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Bucs GM Jason Licht said he'll work to re-sign free agent Jacquizz Rodgers.

With Doug Martin suspended the first three games of 2017 and his status with the team up in the air, the Bucs at least need to consider bringing back Rodgers as reliable depth. All things considered, Rodgers was Tampa Bay's best back last season after averaging 4.3 YPC and is still just 27. He should have options, but Rodgers could opt for familiarity with coach Dirk Koetter.
Mar 1 - 11:11 AM

Speaking Wednesday at the Combine, coach Dirk Koetter was noncommittal about suspended RB Doug Martin's future with the Bucs.

Specifically, Koetter stated "we don't have to make a decision on Doug Martin right now," and the Bucs are "going to let the process play out." Koetter did add Martin is "in town and he looked great and sounded good," the last time they spoke. Koetter also believes Martin is "extremely motivated" to prove "getting the second contract didn't lessen his motivation." After inking a five-year, $36 million deal last offseason, Martin battled repeated hamstring woes, averaged a career-worst 2.9 years per carry, and was suspended for violating the NFL's drug policy. He won't be eligible to play until Week 4 of the 2017 season.
Mar 1 - 11:07 AM

Coach Dirk Koetter said the Bucs have "had talks" with free agent Vincent Jackson about returning for another season.

At 34 years old, it's unclear what Jackson's plans are for 2017. He's coming off an ACL injury and hasn't been effective for a couple years now, so it's possible he's considering retirement. If he does opt to continue his playing career, Jackson shouldn't command much in terms of guaranteed money.
Mar 1 - 10:32 AM

Bucs re-signed WR Freddie Martino and LB Adarius Glanton.

Both players were exclusive rights free agents. A 2014 UDFA, Martino caught the first eight passes of his career last season. He'll be a long shot to make the 53-man roster.
Feb 28 - 4:05 PM

The Bucs tendered exclusive rights free agent TE Cameron Brate.

Brate broke out with 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016. There have been rumors the Bucs will add a more dynamic tight end this offseason, but if they plan to open 2017 with Brate as their primary option, it would make a lot of sense to work out a long-term extension. Brate will be a restricted free agent next offseason if he plays under the tender this year.
Feb 28 - 10:32 AM

The Bucs tendered exclusive rights free agent WR Adam Humphries.

They also tendered CB Jude Adjei-Barimah, LB Adarius Glanton, and WR Freddie Martino. All four must accept the tender or sit out 2017. Undrafted out of Clemson, Humphries has 82 catches for 882 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Bucs working primarily out of the slot. Even with Tampa Bay looking to upgrade the receiver corps, he should win a roster spot in camp.
Feb 27 - 8:40 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Bucs want to re-sign free agent DE William Gholston.

A fourth-round pick in 2013, Gholston's career started off in pedestrian way, but he's played well the past two seasons, combining for six sacks with end-tackle versatility in DC Mike Smith's 4-3 front. Gholston is said to be looking for a "life-changing" deal. Expect him to command around $6 million per year. The Bucs have a boat load of cap space available.
Feb 27 - 10:30 AM

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


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