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ESPN Bucs reporter Pat Yasinskas expects Tampa Bay to use a committee approach at running back.

Injured most of the year and playing behind one of the league's worst offensive lines, Martin struggled to a sub-3.7 yards per carry average for the second straight season. He played better than those numbers indicate, however, and came on strong as he got healthy down the stretch. Martin has struggled to stay healthy and will lose passing-down work to second-year player Charles Sims, but those factors could make him a value pick this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 28 - 10:49 AM

Teams have shown interest in trading for Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon.

Tampa Bay is a virtual lock to draft Jameis Winston with the No. 1 pick, making Glennon expendable. The Browns, Redskins, Jets and Bills are a few quarterback-needy teams that could be interested. Glennon would likely fetch a mid-round pick, so there is incentive for Tampa to get a deal done before the draft.
Mar 25 - 11:23 AM

The Buccaneers plan to use Bruce Carter at middle linebacker.

"Mike" linebacker in Lovie Smith's defense can be a high-production position, so this is news worth filing away for IDP owners. Primarily playing strong-side linebacker in Dallas last year, Carter piled up 68 tackles, one sack, and five interceptions. He will be an every-down player in Tampa Bay.
Mar 23 - 5:23 PM

Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds expects second-year TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to be a "featured weapon" in the Bucs offense.

New Bucs OC Dirk Koetter has traditionally been successful utilizing tight ends. Mercedes Lewis had his best season as a pro under Koetter in Jacksonville, and Koetter fed the ball to Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta. Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans will soak up their share of targets outside, but Seferian-Jenkins has the frame and athleticism to dominate over the middle. With the tight end position as weak as ever, second-year players like Seferian-Jenkins and Lions TE Eric Ebron could easily be top-ten options in 2015.
Mar 21 - 10:23 AM

Bucs agreed to terms with CB Sterling Moore, formerly of the Cowboys, on a one-year contract.

Moore had also visited the Steelers and 49ers. Moore played both inside and out as a cornerback for the Cowboys last season, but also has experience at safety. He's best suited to the slot. Moore has a leg up on Leonard Johnson for No. 3 cornerback duties. He'll be on the field plenty in 2015.
Mar 19 - 1:40 PM

Free agent CB Sterling Moore will visit the 49ers on Wednesday.

That's if he escapes his Tuesday Steelers visit without a contract. Moore turned in 752 largely solid snaps for the Cowboys last season.
Mar 16 - 3:06 PM

Free agent CB Sterling Moore will visit the Steelers on Tuesday.

Given how horrendous the Steelers' corner play was last season (the secondary gave up the sixth-most passing yards in the NFL), it's surprising they haven't addressed it already. Plenty of big names came and went while the Steelers stood idly by. Moore is a competent backup, but he won't move the needle much. The secondary figures to be a focus during the draft.
Mar 16 - 11:48 AM

The Redskins would likely have interest in S Dashon Goldson if he is released by the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay is trying to trade Goldson, but they will almost certainly fail. Goldson carries an unwieldy contract, and there is little reason to trade for a player that will likely be released anyway. The fit makes sense. Washington needs a safety, and Redskins GM Scot McCloughan was with San Francisco when the team drafted Goldson in the fourth round of the 2007 draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 14 - 1:56 PM

Buccaneers re-signed FB Jorvorskie Lane to a one-year contract.

He suffered a broken ankle late last season but obviously the Buccaneers aren't concerned about it. Lane has a reputation as a poor blocker and may not make it out of training camp.
Mar 12 - 12:51 PM

Free agent CB Sterling Moore is visiting the Buccaneers.

Henry Melton mentioned this in his introductory press conference. Moore and Melton were teammates in Dallas. Moore started seven games for the Cowboys last season, finishing the year with 46 tackles and two fumble recoveries. He'd fit in as a nickelback or a backup corner in Tampa Bay.
Mar 12 - 12:36 PM

The Bucs are trying to trade S Dashon Goldson.

Good luck with that. Trading Goldson will be next to impossible given his enormous contract. Tampa Bay signed Goldson's replacement at free safety, Chris Conte, on Thursday. Goldson's play has deteriorated rapidly since joining the Bucs in 2013. Either way, he won't play another down for Tampa Bay.
Mar 12 - 11:14 AM

Bucs signed S Chris Conte, formerly of the Bears.

The 26-year-old gives Tampa Bay some stability at safety after four players started at least five games at that position last season. He's likely to start at free safety following Dashon Goldson's departure. Conte played his first two seasons under coach Lovie Smith in Chicago. Although he has battled numerous injuries -- particularly to his shoulder -- Conte is a capable starter when healthy. He played cornerback in college.
Mar 12 - 10:47 AM

Bucs agreed to terms with DT Henry Melton, formerly of the Cowboys, on a one-year contract.

Melton reunites with coach Lovie Smith, whom he played under in Chicago. The 28-year-old will be part of the rotation with Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald, giving the Bucs an interior pass-rush upgrade on free agent Da'Quan Bowers.
Mar 12 - 9:16 AM

Free agent S Chris Conte has a visit lined up with the Jets if his deal with the Buccaneers falls through.

This has to have the Bucs at least a little concerned. If Conte's preference is to win games, it's more likely that will happen in New York as the Jets have vastly improved themselves this offseason. There are still plenty of reasons for Conte to sign with Tampa Bay, including his close ties to head coach Lovie Smith. Dashon Goldson's release should create urgency for Tampa Bay to sign Conte.
Mar 12 - 8:55 AM

Bucs will release S Dashon Goldson.

They've found a replacement in Chris Conte. Cutting Goldson saves $4 million, but also leaves behind $4 million in dead money. Signed to a five-year, $41.25 million contract in March 2013, Goldson was an abject failure both of his seasons in Tampa, performing as one of the league's worst safeties. That, coupled with his advancing age (31 in September), made him a no-brainer release for a team that's performed comically poorly in free agency in recent years. Despite his rough play the past two seasons, there should be no shortage of teams willing to take a flier on a player who was a first-team All-Pro in 2012.
Mar 11 - 7:37 PM


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