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Bucs waived K Chandler Catanzaro.

Catanzaro entered Week 10 10-of-13 on field goal attempts, but he missed two more in the Bucs' dispiriting loss to the Redskins. We suppose it's a justifiable move, but coach Dirk Koetter is simply re-arranging deck chairs on the Titanic at this point.
Nov 12 - 2:17 PM

Bucs fired DC Mike Smith.

LBs coach Mark Duffner is expected to take Smith's place. Smith is the first scapegoat for the collapsing Dirk Koetter regime, though a richly-deserving one. Running antiquated, vanilla schemes, Smith's defense was getting gutted for 440 yards per game, a number that would be by far the worst in the league if not for the Chiefs. They are on pace to allow the most points in NFL history. Smith's unit wasn't good (as in, dead last in yards allowed) in 2017, either, and it's fair to question why he was brought back in the first place. The game has passed Smith by.
Oct 15 - 1:43 PM

Free agent RB Charcandrick West worked out for the Bucs.

West has been out of the league since getting cut from the Jets before Week 1. The Bucs have one of the worst running back situations in the league, but West would just be veteran depth.
Oct 3 - 5:59 PM

Free agent QB Paxton Lynch worked out for the Buccaneers on Wednesday.

Lynch has gotten a few nibbles since his release from Denver last month but remains unemployed. The Bucs don't have an obvious need at quarterback with Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick in tow, though obviously it doesn't hurt for them to give Lynch a look. After flaming out in spectacular fashion with the Broncos, the 2016 first-rounder's NFL career is hanging by a thread.
Oct 3 - 4:38 PM

Bucs released DT Jerel Worthy.

Worthy was playing around 20 snaps per game, but he got destroyed in run defense against the Bears and got flagged twice for penalties.
Oct 1 - 4:52 PM

Former Eagles and Bucs DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim suffered from Grade 2 CTE prior to his death last October.

Te'o-Nesheim died after a night of heavy drinking, and it was revealed he had alcohol and pills in his system. Brain doctors believe Te'o-Nesheim suffered "approximately 100 concussions, all from contact sports, 10 with loss of consciousness." He was a third-round pick of the Eagles in 2010.
Sep 28 - 9:30 AM

Saints declared WR Cameron Meredith, WR Dan Arnold, C Will Clapp, DL Mitchell Loewen, OG Andrus Peat, DL Taylor Stallworth and CB P.J. Williams inactive for Week 1 against the Buccaneers.

This was expected after Meredith was seen warming up with members of the Saints' practice squad. Meredith is healthy coming off last year's ACL tear but struggled throughout the preseason and has been slow to adjust to Sean Payton's scheme. With Meredith sitting, Austin Carr is likely to start at slot receiver. Peat, who is absent with a quad injury, was the only player listed on the Saints' injury report this week.
Sep 9 - 11:42 AM

Buccaneers released S Keith Tandy.

Tampa Bay also cut ties with WR Ervin Phillips and CB Mark Meyers. Tandy, the Bucs' sixth-round pick in 2012, recorded eight career interceptions and 14 passes defended in his six-year tenure with the team. He'll find a home with another franchise as a key contributor on special teams.
Sep 1 - 10:14 AM

Bucs released RB Charles Sims with an injury settlement.

It means the knee injury Sims suffered in the Bucs' second preseason game was not season-ending. If Sims were to return to the Bucs, it would have to be after Week 7. It's surprising Sims was slated for a 2018 role before his injury. He is arguably the stiffest running back in football.
Aug 30 - 4:19 PM

Free agent RB Terrance West visited the Buccaneers on Saturday.

West tallied seven carries for 36 yards (5.1 YPC) with the Saints this preseason prior to his release earlier in the week. The Bucs are in the market for another back following the loss of Charles Sims (knee, I.R.), but West doesn't fit the mold of Sims' third-down pass-catching style. Even if he signs, Peyton Barber remains the back to own in Tampa Bay, with rookie Ronald Jones considered a distant No. 2.
Aug 25 - 8:58 AM

Buccaneers placed RB Charles Sims (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Sims suffered a knee injury in the Bucs' second preseason game. It wasn't believed to be serious, so it's possible Sims is later released with an injury settlement so he can find a new team when healthy. His absence opens the door for UDFA Shaun Wilson and second-year back Dare Ogunbowale to make the team. If Jacquizz Rodgers is unable to man the third-down role, duties would likely fall to Peyton Barber rather than rookie second-rounder Ronald Jones, who has shown inefficiency in catching the ball throughout camp.
Aug 23 - 3:04 PM

Bucs LT Donovan Smith suffered what appeared to be a "fairly serious knee injury" at practice Tuesday.

Smith's leg was rolled up on at the end of a running play and he had to be helped off by trainers. Michael Liedtke finished practice with the starters. Smith was subpar last season, finishing as Pro Football Focus' No. 45 tackle among 79 qualifiers, but he's undeniably needed given Tampa Bay's lack of serviceable depth in the trenches. It's still very early in Smith's diagnosis, so it's possible he's ready for Week 1. Stay tuned for updates.
Aug 21 - 12:54 PM

Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves (groin) returned to practice Tuesday.

Hargreaves suffered a strained groin in the Bucs' preseason opener and was expected to miss "some time." It's been 11 days since he's last practiced, but he surprisingly returned to full form in drills Tuesday. Hargreaves is currently penned to start as the nickel corner in the Bucs' weak secondary.
Aug 21 - 9:27 AM

NFL Nation's Jenna Laine believes fifth-round WR Justin Watson may earn a roster spot only because the Bucs might not want to risk putting him through waivers.

A 6-foot-2, 225-lb SPARQ monstrosity (91st-percentile), Watson is already behind the rest of the team's receivers after missing offseason activities with a hamstring strain. Bobo Wilson and Freddy Martino aren't nearly as athletic or physical as Watson, but both have an edge over the rookie given their experience on special teams. A trio of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Watson is one to salivate over if the Bucs make it happen in 2019.
Aug 17 - 11:44 AM

Free agent K Nick Rose worked out for the Buccaneers on Friday.

It appears the Bucs are looking to bring in competition for Chandler Catanzaro, who missed a 53-yarder as well as an extra point in Thursday's preseason opener against Miami. Rose converted 11-of-14 field goal tries with a long of 55 yards last year over 10 games for the Chargers and Redskins. Drew Brown and Joey Slye were also brought in for tryouts on Friday.
Aug 10 - 3:30 PM

Jaguars signed DT Sealver Siliga, formerly of the Buccaneers.

To make room for him, Jacksonville waived DT Kaleb Eulls. Siliga spent last year with Tampa Bay, logging eight tackles over 117 defensive snaps. He'll give the Jaguars some depth on the interior behind starters Marcell Dareus and Malik Jackson.
Aug 3 - 2:16 PM

Former Jets, Bucs, Patriots, and Chiefs CB Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL after 11 seasons.

The former No. 14 overall pick in the 2007 draft, Revis was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and four-time first-team All-Pro pick. Revis turned 33 last weekend and spent eight seasons with the Jets across two stints and spent one each with the Bucs, Patriots, and Chiefs, winning Super Bowl 49 with New England. Revis picked off 29 career passes, but quarterbacks were so afraid to throw at "Revis Island" during his initial six-year stint with the Jets. He's a lock for the Hall of Fame and will likely see his name in the Jets' Ring of Honor.
Jul 18 - 10:51 AM

Buccaneers released OG J.R. Sweezy.

Sweezy only lasted two seasons in Tampa after joining the Bucs on a five-year, $32.5 million deal in 2016. A back injury sidelined Sweezy for all of 2016 while a leg injury sidelined the 29-year-old for the final two games of 2017. Sweezy sat out the offseason program due to his leg injury but has been cleared for training camp. The NC State alum didn’t show much last year, earning PFF’s No. 64 grade out of 80 qualifiers at guard. With Sweezy out of the picture, Caleb Benenoch and third-round rookie Alex Cappa will likely battle it out for the starting job at right guard. Evan Smith might also be in the mix.
Jun 29 - 3:30 PM

Florida Football Insiders reports the Bucs may have interest in free agent Adrian Peterson.

The Bucs were linked to Peterson last offseason before he signed with the Saints. Peterson has played most of his career in West Coast schemes and is a fit for Dirk Koetter's offense. Tampa has a talented but unproven tandem of second-rounder Ronald Jones and Peyton Barber atop their depth chart. Taking a flyer on Peterson would add an early-down veteran to the backfield mix.
May 26 - 2:31 PM

Former Bucs DL Da'Quan Bowers retired after five seasons in the NFL.

A second-round pick by the Bucs in 2011, Bowers played five seasons in Tampa, recording seven sacks in 53 games. Bowers sat out 2016 before signing with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL last season, where he recorded seven sacks in 14 games.
May 21 - 8:54 AM

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