Player News - Buccaneers

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The Bucs have "yet to reach out" to free agent Jacquizz Rodgers.

It suggests the Bucs are prepared to move on from Rodgers. Tampa could also be waiting for the market to be set before making an offer. Despite coming off a career year, 27-year-old Rodgers shouldn't generate much free agent interest. The Bucs may view Peyton Barber as an in-house replacement.
Feb 15 - 5:31 PM

WFLA’s Roy Cummings reports the Bucs haven’t given up on suspended RB Doug Martin for 2017.

The Bucs can get out of Martin’s contract without any guaranteed money, but "intend to play the situation out." Tampa is still expected to add depth through the draft/free agency with Martin set to miss the first three games of the regular season. The Bucs currently have Charles Sims, Peyton Barber, and Russell Hansbrough behind Martin on their depth chart.
Feb 15 - 5:21 PM

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said K Roberto Aguayo "needs to have a great camp" to make the team.

"We will do everything we can to bring in the best competition at that position," said Licht. "I think Dirk [Koetter] even said he’s not locked into this roster." A 2016 second-round reach, Aguayo is on notice after making just 71 percent of his kicks as a rookie. Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds suggests the Bucs could bring in free agent Steven Hauschka to compete with Aguayo.
Feb 10 - 2:41 PM

The Buccaneers hired former NFL tight end Alex Smith as a pro scout.

He will join the Bucs' pro personnel department, which evaluates free agents and does advanced scouting of teams the Bucs have on their upcoming schedule. An 11-year NFL veteran, 34-year-old Smith spent 2016 out of football after finishing his career with the 2015 Redskins. He was mostly a blocking tight end.
Feb 10 - 2:39 PM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes reports the Jets "seem to have their eyes on" impending free agent QB Mike Glennon.

Spending the money it will take to land Glennon -- Adam Schefter estimated his market at $13-15 million in December -- a year after spending a second-round pick on Christian Hackenberg would be a clear admission of failure, but it has become obvious Hack is not the future. Glennon was competent in 18 starts in 2013 and 14 before Jameis Winston showed up in Tampa Bay, and he should get a shot at a starting job this offseason.
Feb 4 - 10:10 AM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said he wants to re-sign free agent C Joe Hawley.

"He’s been the glue in the offensive line room," Licht said. "He’s a great leader and very tough, obviously. He’s one that we have been talking with, and if it makes sense we’d love to have him back." Hawley had a solid year in 2016 but isn’t a huge priority. Evan Smith would be the Bucs' best in-house replacement, although Smith has been a disappointment in Tampa.
Feb 1 - 6:30 PM

The Bucs have opened extension talks with free agent DE William Gholston.

"We have had dialogue," GM Jason Licht said. "He’s definitely a priority." Gholston had three sacks last year but is one of the better run stoppers in the league. He’ll likely want something in the range of the $6.5 million AAV Tampa gave Robert Ayers last offseason. The Bucs have around $65.2 million in cap space.
Feb 1 - 6:21 PM

Mike Evans said he isn't worried about his contract.

Evans has topped 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons and is owed just $2.415 million in 2017. He's due for a big raise, but it likely won't come before 2018. "I’m not worried about that stuff," said Evans. "It’ll come, but I’m mainly focused on getting better and helping this team win." Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds believes Evans could get "Julio Jones-type money" on his next contract.
Jan 29 - 9:25 AM

Bucs OG J.R. Sweezy (back) has been cleared for football activities.

Sweezy could be limited to begin the spring, but should be ready for training camp. Signed to a five-year, $32.5 million deal last March, Sweezy ended up missing his entire first season as a Buc. Kevin Pamphile mostly struggled in Sweezy's absence, so as long as Sweezy is healthy, he should claim the left guard job he was slated for in 2016.
Jan 26 - 5:33 PM

The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud doesn't believe Doug Martin is part of the Bucs' plans for 2017.

"You have to address the running back situation," Stroud said. "I don’t think Martin is going to be part of their plans, short- or long-term, in my opinion. That’s just me." Tampa Bay has an easy out with Martin. As a result of his failed drug test, the guaranteed money on his deal was voided, and the Bucs can get out of it scot-free. Martin just turned 28 earlier this month and has had one good season since his 2012 rookie year. GM Jason Licht figures to overhaul this backfield.
Jan 25 - 10:04 AM

Bucs signed QB Sean Renfree to a reserve/future contract.

Renfree has been out of the league since getting cut in the preseason. He was a backup for two years in Atlanta. Renfree could open training camp as the No. 3 quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin.
Jan 20 - 8:02 PM

Bucs DC Mike Smith has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy, and signed an extension in Tampa.

Smith looked like one of the favorites in San Diego — excuse us, Los Angeles — so this could be a repudiation of a toxic organization slated to spend the next two years in a temporary stadium. There have been rumors the Bolts want to foist their current offensive staff on any new hire, which if true is the exact sort of thing that would scare a veteran like Smith away. Smith did an excellent job with the Bucs' defense this season, turning it into an above-average unit down the stretch.
Jan 12 - 6:56 PM

Bucs DE Noah Spence is undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder on Wednesday.

Spence's labrum was fully torn, according to ESPN Bucs reporter Jenna Laine. Spence originally injured the shoulder in early October but continued to play through it. He finished with 5.5 sacks as a rookie. Recovery from labrum surgery can be extensive. Spence likely will miss OTAs and minicamp.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 11 - 11:39 AM

Bucs signed WR Derel Walker to a two-year contract.

The deal includes $100,000 guaranteed. It is a big chunk of change for the CFL star, indicating the Bucs were facing competition for his signature. A Texas A&M product, Walker recorded 198 catches for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns in two years with the Edmonton Eskimos.
Jan 10 - 11:28 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports Bucs DC Mike Smith has emerged as the "top guy" in the Jaguars' head-coaching search.

Smith has interviewed with Jacksonville and San Diego. He and Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell worked together in Atlanta for five years before Caldwell took the Jaguars' GM job. In those five years, Smith went 56-24 and made the playoffs four times. Smith's star faded before getting fired after the 2014 season. He just wrapped up his first season with the Bucs. Smith also coordinated Jacksonville's defense under coach Jack Del Rio from 2003-07.
Jan 9 - 9:18 AM


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