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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler confirms that WR Vincent Jackson is "very happily retired."

Jackson was out of the league last year following an injury-plagued 2016 season and apparently has no interest in resuming his career. Instead the 35-year-old will shift his focus to community and business work in Tampa. A second-round pick of the Chargers in 2005, Jackson topped 1,000 receiving yards in six of his 11 NFL seasons. The three-time Pro Bowler will finish his career with 540 catches, 9,080 receiving yards and 57 touchdowns over 155 NFL games.
May 18 - 2:44 PM

Buccaneers waived WR Devin Lucien.

Bucs also waived S Josh Liddell and LB Antonio Simmons to make room for G Ruben Holcomb and CB Mark Myers. A seventh-round pick of the Patriots in 2016, Lucien could latch on somewhere else.
May 13 - 3:17 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

It's unclear whether it's the same knee that forced Dotson to land on injured reserve late last season. Rapoport writes Dotson will miss OTAs and minicamp but the "belief" is he'll be healthy when the Bucs open training camp in July. Prior to suffering a torn PCL in November, Dotson was PFF's No. 1 overall tackle in pass protection out of 80 qualifiers. Tampa Bay is hoping both he and C Ali Marpet are fully healthy to start the year as both are considered the Bucs' top two offensive linemen.
Apr 15 - 6:15 PM

Titans signed G/T Kevin Pamphile, formerly of the Bucs, to a one-year contract.

Although capable of playing all five spots on the line, Pamphile settled in at guard the past two seasons. He wasn't particularly effective but provides experienced, versatile depth in case the Titans lose LG Quinton Spain in restricted free agency.
Mar 22 - 6:58 PM

Raiders signed RB Doug Martin, formerly of the Bucs, to a one-year contract.

Although Martin is coming off a stupendously-bad year, it could be an indication the Raiders are moving on from Marshawn Lynch. That's been hinted at for weeks. New Raiders coach Jon Gruden never coached Martin in Tampa but seems to have remained something of a Bucs partisan. Martin has a three-down skill-set when right but is one of the most inconsistent players in the NFL. Off-the-field issues have played a part. The Raiders are hoping a 29-year-old back who has had some great seasons is ready to make the most of a new opportunity. Martin will not be handed anything in a backfield that includes DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard in addition to Lynch.
Mar 15 - 2:24 PM

Free agent C/G Ryan Jensen is visiting the Colts on Thursday.

Jensen met with the Bucs on Wednesday. Both Tampa and Indy already have established centers, so it is possible Jensen is looking to play guard at his next stop. Jensen turns 27 in May.
Mar 15 - 8:58 AM

Free agent DE Alex Okafor will visit the Buccaneers on Thursday.

Bucs GM Jason Licht was involved in drafting Okafor when he was in the Cardinals' organization. Okafor also has ties to DL coach Brentson Buckner, who coached him in Arizona for four years. Coming off a torn Achilles, the 26-year-old's market has been somewhat slow to develop. So far the Bucs and Saints have shown the most interest.
Mar 14 - 9:50 PM

ESPN's Jenna Laine reports the Bucs have "some level of interest" in a reunion with free agent DE Adrian Clayborn.

29-year-old Clayborn is coming off a career-high nine sacks, though six of them came in one game against the Tyron Smith-less Cowboys. Wherever Clayborn ends up, he will be a situational pass rusher.
Mar 14 - 4:00 PM

According to ESPN's Jenna Laine, the Patriots are among the finalists for free agent OLB Trent Murphy.

So are the Buccaneers. It's been a while since we've seen Murphy on the field after he missed all of last season with a torn ACL. Murphy was also hit with a four-game PED suspension, which he served while on injured reserve. The 27-year-old would likely move to defensive end in New England's 4-3 scheme.
Mar 14 - 1:46 PM

Free agent C Ryan Jensen will visit the Buccaneers.

He also has a meeting on the books with Indianapolis. Jensen didn't miss a snap as Baltimore's starting center last year and impressed as a run-blocker. Ali Marpet showed well at center for Tampa Bay last year, but the Bucs may be concerned about his health after he missed the final five games with a knee injury. In addition to playing center, the 26-year-old Jensen also has experience at both guard positions.
Mar 14 - 11:18 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Bucs are interested in free agent Jerick McKinnon.

The Bucs, who have a wide-open backfield, would be an excellent landing spot for a back who has said he wants more work. Free agency is off to a fast start but it could be typically slow-developing for running backs.
Mar 13 - 1:43 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Richard Sherman's first visit is with the 49ers and "there's a real chance it's his last."

The 49ers reportedly "want to make sure" Sherman is healing from his Achilles' injury. If his recovery is going well they will try to get a contract done. Sherman has also received "preliminary interest" from the Titans, Lions, Raiders, Texans, Bucs, and Packers. The 49ers are a rapidly improving team with plenty of cap space. They also play a similar defensive scheme to Seattle under DC Robert Saleh and will get to match up against Sherman's former team twice a year. This seems to be nearly a perfect match.
Mar 10 - 9:07 AM

Bengals signed DT Chris Baker, formerly of the Bucs, to a one-year contract.

The deal is worth a "little more than $3 million." Baker is reportedly down to 300 pounds after flopping as a 2017 free agent bust in Tampa Bay. He signed a "three-year, $15.75 million" deal, but recorded only a half-sack over 15 games and was released in February. Criticized for his lack of effort, Baker won't lack motivation on this one-year, prove-it deal. If focused, Baker should beat out Andrew Billings for the starting nose tackle job next to Geno Atkins.
Mar 7 - 5:01 PM

Free agent SS T.J. Ward is not expected back with the Buccaneers.

Ward struggled with injuries and performance in his lone year with Tampa, and he was arrested for marijuana possession immediately after the season. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Ward will have "a strong market," but we'll believe it when we see it. Ward flopped on a one-year, $4 million deal and figures to command less than that after a forgettable season. Ward turned 31 in February.
Feb 26 - 4:41 PM

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times expects the Buccaneers to monitor Mike Glennon "closely" this offseason.

It's a near certainty that Glennon will be cut this offseason after losing his starting job to Mitchell Trubisky and the Bucs are looking for a signal-caller to back up Jameis Winston. Glennon began his career in Tampa before joining the Bears on a three-year deal last offseason. The Bucs could also look to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick, who served as Winston's backup in 2017.
Feb 23 - 3:29 PM

The Bucs will not tender restricted free agent CB Jude Adjei-Barimah a contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

A 2015 UDFA, Adjei-Barimah missed all of 2017 with a fractured kneecap. He made 23 appearances between 2015-16, including eight starts. He turns 26 in July.
Feb 22 - 8:03 PM

The Bucs will not tender restricted free agent LB Adarius Glanton a contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.

A 2014 UDFA, Glanton made the first four starts of his career in 2017. He spent the final few weeks of the season on injured reserve with a broken leg. Glanton will hunt for reserve/special teams work in free agency.
Feb 22 - 7:53 PM

Bucs released DT Chris Baker.

Baker signed a "three-year, $15.75 million" contract last March but was a huge disappointment his first year in Tampa. The Tampa Bay Times reported in December that both teammates and coaches had questioned Baker's effort. Baker faced similar questions with the Redskins. His entire $4.875 million cap hit comes off the books. Baker, who notched 0.5 sacks in 15 games in 2017, turns 31 in October.
Feb 20 - 3:25 PM

Bucs released Doug Martin.

This move, which saves Tampa Bay $6.75 million against the cap, was fully expected following two seasons marred by injury, suspension, and ineffectiveness. Martin was an All-Pro as recently as 2015, however, and just turned 29 in January. He would be a good get for running-back needy teams on a one-year, incentive-laden deal. For the Bucs, Peyton Barber played reasonably well down the stretch last season, but they will be on the lookout for help this spring, especially with Charles Sims headed to free agency.
Feb 20 - 11:18 AM

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reports there's a "growing sense in league circles" Jon Gruden will return as the next coach of the Bucs.

This falls in line with previous reports on the Bucs interest in Gruden. Tampa is expected to fire Dirk Koetter next week and Gruden is their top candidate replace him. Despite a nine-year layoff, Gruden has been putting together a staff behind the scenes and is serious about making a return. With Gruden making a $6M-plus salary at ESPN, the Bucs are going to need to make him one of the highest paid coaches in the league.
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