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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

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


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