Player News - Buccaneers

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Restricted free agent DE Jacquies Smith visited the 49ers on Friday.

The Bucs tendered Smith at the original round level. If Smith signs an offer sheet elsewhere and the Bucs decline, Tampa Bay won't receive any draft pick compensation because Smith was undrafted. The 27-year-old missed all but one game last year after tearing his ACL in the Bucs' season opener.
Mar 24 - 3:34 PM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins weren't always happy with DE Chris Baker's work ethic before letting him walk to the Bucs in free agency.

Coaches, officials and "even some teammates" were reportedly "lukewarm" on the pass rusher. The Post's Mike Jones reports the 'Skins felt they needed someone who would make a more "consistent impact." To replace Baker, Washington made the unimpressive signings of Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee. No one escapes Washington without getting slammed on the way out the door.
Mar 21 - 6:32 PM

Nick Folk's one-year contract with the Bucs includes $750,000 fully guaranteed.

The deal is worth $1.75 million in total. Thought to be camp competition for failed 2016 second-rounder Roberto Aguayo when he originally signed, this deal suggests Folk is at least even odds to win the kicking competition. Aguayo has $428,000 guaranteed left on his deal.
Mar 21 - 12:22 PM

Suspended Bucs RB Doug Martin completed his rehab stint in February.

Martin checked into rehab after testing positive for Adderall, which triggered a four-game PED suspension. He met with coach Dirk Koetter and GM Jason Licht before the Combine and was reportedly in good spirits. Following rehab, Martin was expected to train in California in preparation for OTAs. It remains unclear if Martin factors into the Bucs' 2017 plans. He is suspended until Week 4.
Mar 19 - 9:14 AM

Bucs signed K Nick Folk, formerly of the Jets.

The Bucs promised to bring in competition for 2016 second-rounder Roberto Aguayo, and Folk certainly fits the bill. A 10-year vet with a career 81.3% conversion rate, Folk should put pressure on the sophomore if Tampa holds a real competition. Aguayo converted 22-of-31 attempts (70.9%) as a rookie.
Mar 18 - 9:22 AM

Bucs re-signed C Joe Hawley to a two-year contract.

Hawley has been the Bucs' center the past two seasons. He held up in pass protection last year, but finished near the bottom of PFF's run-blocking grades. The Bucs decision to bring back Hawley means Evan Smith will remain in a swing role.
Mar 15 - 4:30 PM

Bucs signed LS Garrison Sanborn to a one-year contract.

A longtime snapper of longer-than-normal snaps, Sanborn has spent the past eight years in Buffalo.
Mar 14 - 3:47 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht said the team "may not be so grim" at running back.

It suggests Tampa could go into 2017 without adding another back. The Bucs re-signed Jacquizz Rodgers and haven't given up on suspended RB Doug Martin. Barring a draft upgrade, Rodgers and Charles Sims could open the season in a committee.
Mar 11 - 6:17 PM

Bucs re-signed CB Josh Robinson to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.

With $3.5 million in guarantees, Robinson is now one of the NFL's highest-paid gunners. He will see an expanded role after the loss of Russell Shepard.
Mar 11 - 4:48 PM

Bucs re-signed DT Sealver Siliga.

Claimed off waivers from the Seahawks in November, Siliga played 67 snaps in six games. He will fight for a roster spot in camp.
Mar 11 - 11:40 AM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said DeSean Jackson will return punts, but they will be selective about when to use him.

Jackson returned three punts total during his three-year run in Washington and zero in 2016. That will obviously change in Tampa, but it will be surprising if he cracks 20 returns, a number he has not reached since 2010. Still, it is a small boost to his fantasy value in return yardage leagues.
Mar 11 - 11:29 AM

Bucs signed FS J.J. Wilcox, formerly of the Cowboys, to a two-year contract.

The deal is reportedly worth "up to $8.5 million." A third-round pick in 2013, Wilcox only started four games last season but had his best year as a pro. Bringing in Wilcox likely means Tampa Bay is moving on from free agent Bradley McDougald.
Mar 11 - 10:15 AM

Free agent S J.J. Wilcox will visit the Buccaneers and Seahawks.

Notably, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News said the Cowboys are not pursuing him. Wilcox drew four starts at strong safety last year while filling in for an injured Barry Church. The Dolphins have also been linked to Wilcox.
Mar 9 - 6:23 PM

Bucs re-signed S Chris Conte to a two-year contract.

The Bucs continue to keep around Lovie Smith's teacher's pet even though he's been gone two years. Now 28, Conte played 717 ineffective snaps in 2016.
Mar 9 - 4:21 PM

Bucs signed Chris Baker, formerly of the Redskins, to a three-year, $15.75-million contract including $9 million guaranteed.

This had been expected most of the day. The deal can be worth up to $6.25 million per year with incentives. Baker was a defensive end with Washington, but he will likely start at defensive tackle next to Gerald McCoy in Tampa Bay. It is a good signing for an improving defensive line.
Mar 9 - 4:09 PM


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