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Bucs DE Noah Spence could see time at strong side linebacker.

Spence played all his rookie-year snaps at end. The Bucs have a need on the strong side and could get him some time there in base sets. Spence has injury questions coming off labrum surgery, but projects for a bigger second-year role after rotating behind William Gholston and Robert Ayers.
Apr 22 - 8:20 PM

The Bucs will be the featured team on this year's season of Hard Knocks.

The Bucs campaigned for the gig, and got it. Although the show has gotten rather formulaic in recent years, it's still a fascinating look into training camp. The Bucs will try to present a team that's ready for a return to the playoffs after 2016's step forward.
Apr 18 - 1:25 PM

Bucs re-signed TE Cameron Brate to a one-year, $690,000 contract.

An exclusive rights free agent, Brate's return was a formality. WR Adam Humphries has also signed his ERFA tender. Coming off an excellent 2016, Brate has emerged as one of Jameis Winston's preferred targets in the red zone. Even with DeSean Jackson joining the Bucs' receiver corps, Brate could remain a low-end TE1 in 2017.
Apr 17 - 2:36 PM

Bucs exercised WR Mike Evans' fifth-year team option for 2018.

It was a no-brainer move, obviously. Evans has topped 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons and is still just 23 years old. GM Jason Licht knows it's going to cost a ton to keep Evans long-term and said on Monday the goal is to make Evans a lifelong Buc. Evans could become the league's highest-paid receiver when/if he signs an extension between now and next summer.
Apr 17 - 11:53 AM

Suspended RB Doug Martin is present for the start of the Bucs' offseason workout program Monday.

Martin has been out of rehab for awhile now and was fully expected to be present for day one of the offseason. This is just confirmation. Martin will be suspended the first three weeks of the regular season but is allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason. His future in Tampa Bay remains uncertain. The team may not make a decision until his suspension is done.
Apr 17 - 9:35 AM

Bucs re-signed QB Ryan Griffin to a one-year, $1.797 million contract.

Griffin was extended the low-level tender as a restricted free agent. He's expected to be the No. 2 this season after Mike Glennon left to sign with the Bears.
Apr 17 - 9:33 AM

The Bucs could ask suspended RB Doug Martin for a pay cut.

Martin has a $7 million salary, but will make only $5.7 million after his three game suspension. It’s possible the Bucs offer him an incentives-based restructure similar to what they did with J.R. Sweezy. Tampa isn’t committed to Martin, but strong ties with Dirk Koetter and GM Jason Licht are working in his favor. Martin is expected to attend offseason workouts next week.
Apr 14 - 8:06 PM

Second-year LB Devante Bond is penciled in as the Bucs' starting strong-side linebacker.

Last year's No. 183 overall pick, Bond missed his rookie season with a hamstring injury. But the Bucs believe he's ready to play on defense. Veteran Daryl Smith was the starting SAM last year, but he's a free agent. Smith played just 475 snaps across all 16 games last season, so Bond will be a part-time player.
Apr 10 - 11:52 AM

Roy Cummings of Florida Football Insiders reports suspended RB Doug Martin is expected to attend the start of Bucs offseason workouts on Monday.

After completing rehab stemming from his four-game drug suspension, Martin is "all good," according to Cummings. Martin recently posted an inspirational photo on his Twitter account with a caption reading, "Never forget your past, it's the foundation that built your existence and the secret to your future." As all of the guaranteed money in his contract was voided by the suspension, Martin's roster spot in Tampa Bay remains a 2017 question mark.
Apr 9 - 3:14 PM

The Bucs restructured OG J.R. Sweezy's contract.

It's the second time Sweezy's contract has been reworked this offseason. Sweezy hasn't played since 2015 due to a lingering back issue. The new deal raises his 2017 salary $1.25 million, but gives the Bucs some injury protection.
Source: ESPN
Apr 8 - 2:36 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter wants sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves "to be more aggressive."

"I think, sometimes, Vernon was too content to just cover his guy," Koetter said. "They threw it to him and he was right there and made the tackle. Instead of, ‘Vernon, scoot up and make that play!’" Hargreaves played well as a 16-game starter his rookie season, but he recorded just one interception. Tampa Bay still finished fourth in interceptions and third in takeaways, but they would clearly like the 2016 first-rounder to become a bigger playmaker.
Source: ESPN
Apr 6 - 9:03 AM

Ryan Griffin is expected to open the season as the Bucs' No. 2 quarterback.

The Bucs liked Griffin enough to tender him at $1.8 million. He's the favorite to back up Jameis Winston after spending the last two years as a third-stringer. Sean Renfree is the only other quarterback on Tampa's roster.
Apr 1 - 8:11 PM

The Bucs plan to give RG Ali Marpet some looks at center during OTAs.

Marpet played every snap at guard last year, but the Bucs view him a better fit at center. Moving him would allow Tampa to get bigger with J.R. Sweezy and Kevin Pamphile starting inside. The Bucs also have Joe Hawley and Evan Smith as fallback options.
Mar 30 - 9:34 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said the team can let the Doug Martin (suspended) situation "play out."

Suspended for the first three games for a PED violation, Martin did a stint in rehab following his positive test. The Bucs have been noncommittal on his future, and Koetter's comments suggest it is a decision they will take deep into the offseason. "I don’t know what’s going to happen as I sit here today," Koetter said, "but right now we’ve got time on our side." Unless the Bucs draft a running back early or bring in someone like Adrian Peterson, Martin will likely be back.
Mar 30 - 9:41 AM

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


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