Player News - Buccaneers

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Bucs DC Mike Smith has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy, and signed an extension in Tampa.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

Buccaneers signed K John Lunsford to a reserve/future contract.

It's Lunsford's first gig since being let go by the 49ers at the end of training camp. Lunsford will compete with Roberto Aguayo for kicking duties this summer. Despite an underwhelming rookie year, Aguayo is still the clear favorite to open next season as the Bucs' starting kicker.
Jan 4 - 4:27 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bucs DC Mike Smith will interview for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Panthers DC Sean McDermott is another name the Bolts have reportedly added to their list. Smith was reasonably successful as the Falcons' coach, but won only one playoff game in seven seasons. He'd be about as vanilla of a hire as possible. The Jaguars are also interested.
Jan 3 - 7:29 PM

Buccaneers DE William Gholston won't need surgery on his injured elbow.

He sat out the Bucs' final two games with a dislocated elbow. Severe dislocations can sometimes lead to bone chips and ligament damage but Gholston's was relatively mild. His biggest issue is getting his full range of motion back. Regardless, Gholston should be healed in plenty of time for the start of OTAs.
Jan 2 - 6:53 PM

Bucs signed TE Tevin Westbrook, OL Josh Allen, S Isaiah Johnson, OL Mike Liedtke, CB Cody Riggs and RB Blake Sims to reserve/future contracts.

The Bucs are simply promoting their practice squad to the offseason roster.
Jan 2 - 4:46 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is considering giving up play-calling duties in 2017.

Koetter's play-calling was not an issue in his first season as head coach, but he's exploring ways to free up more time as his team's leader. Coach Mike McCarthy recently made the same decision (since reversed), to disastrous results. Koetter will probably hold onto the play sheet in 2017.
Jan 2 - 4:05 PM

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter expects K Roberto Aguayo to face competition in 2017.

That's No. 59 overall pick Roberto Aguayo. It's an easily-mockable situation, but probably ultimately just coachspeak. Aguayo really settled down as the year progressed before shanking two Week 17 kicks. Barring a camp meltdown, Aguayo will keep his job next year.
Jan 2 - 1:35 PM

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports Bucs DC Mike Smith will interview for the Jaguars' coaching vacancy.

Pro Football Weekly believes Smith is one of the top candidates for the job. Smith led the Falcons to a 66-46 record and four playoff appearances in seven seasons with the team from 2008-2014, and he helped spark a defensive turnaround in his first season in Tampa Bay this year. The Jaguars have also been linked with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan.
Jan 2 - 11:16 AM

Peyton Barber had five carries for 19 yards in Week 17 against the Panthers.

Barber put some good things on tape when Doug Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers missed time earlier this season. He closes out the year with a 55/223/1 line in 15 appearances (one start). With Martin's status up in the air and Rodgers a free agent, Barber could open 2017 as the Bucs' No. 2 back.
Jan 1 - 5:34 PM

Adam Humphries caught 10-of-13 targets for 94 yards in Week 17 against the Panthers.

Humphries emerged as Tampa's No. 2 receiver after Vincent Jackson was lost for the season. He posted a 55/622/2 line in five starts. Despite the expanded role, Humphries isn't more than a low upside possession receiver. With Jackson unlikely to be re-signed, the Bucs should upgrade on Humphries this offseason.
Jan 1 - 5:19 PM

Mike Evans caught 5-of-6 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs' Week 17 win over the Panthers.

He finishes the season with a 96/1,321/12 line. Evans busted out of his second-half slump with touchdowns in consecutive weeks to close the year. It’s a rebound from 2015, when Evans was held to three touchdowns and struggled with drops. The clear No. 1 option in an ascending offense, Evans is locked in as a top-five receiver.
Jan 1 - 5:00 PM

Jacquizz Rodgers had 17 carries for 75 yards and caught one pass for four yards in Week 17 against the Panthers.

Rodgers came out of nowhere to start five games with Doug Martin and Charles Sims sidelined most the year. He was the Bucs' most productive runner, averaging 4.3 YPC. The Bucs could move on from Martin this offseason, but aren't going to be counting on Rodgers as their starter. An impending free agent, Rodgers should return as depth.
Jan 1 - 4:51 PM

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