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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.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 01:30:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jon Gruden has "reached out to possible assistants."

Gruden has been linked to the Bucs as the top candidate to replace Dirk Koetter. Unlike previous years, Gruden is serious about returning, and Tampa looks to be his preferred destination. With Gruden in the stages of putting together a staff, talks could heat up over the next week. The Bucs will likely need to make Gruden one of the highest paid coaches to get him out of his ESPN deal.
Source: NFL Network
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 08:47:00 AM

Bucs waived TE Luke Stocker.

FB/TE Alan Cross has been signed in a corresponding roster move. The No. 104 overall pick of the 2011 draft, Stocker has spent his entire seven-year career in Tampa. Mostly a blocker, Stocker turned 29 in July.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 04:14:00 PM

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds believes there’s "interest on both sides" between the Bucs and Jon Gruden.

Gruden has been broadcasting with ESPN since getting fired from Tampa in 2008. He’s turned down multiple offers from teams, but hasn’t ruled out a return to coaching. With Dirk Koetter on the hot seat, it’s possible the Bucs reunite with Gruden after the season. Tampa has a franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston and a playoff-caliber roster. There are behind-the-scene rumors the Bucs are the job Gruden wants.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:31:00 PM

"Free agent" DE Simeon Rice is campaigning the Bucs to let him come back and play.

Seriously. Rice hasn't played an NFL snap since 2007 but is still built like a brick house and has been training for a return to the field, preferably with the Bucs. "If they want a pass rusher, they should bring in a pass rusher extraordinaire who was one of the dominant pass rushers of any era," Rice said. "What is it going to cost? You don't have one." DC Mike Smith laughed at the notion of signing Rice, but the Bucs are dead-last in the NFL in sacks with just seven and just lost DE Noah Spence to season-ending surgery. It's not going to happen for Rice, but it would be incredible. Rice is 19th in NFL history with 122 career sacks.
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 02:54:00 PM

Bucs released K Nick Folk.

Patrick Murray has been signed to take his place. Folk was an unmitigated disaster after beating out Roberto Aguayo in camp, shanking 5-of-11 field goal attempts. He single-handedly cost the Bucs last Thursday's game against the Patriots. Going on 33, Folk was excellent for seven years with the Jets, but his phone isn't going to be ringing off the hook.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 01:17:00 PM

Free agent DE/OLB Lamarr Houston is visiting the Bucs on Monday.

Released with an injury settlement by the Bears earlier this month, Houston would be a quality addition for a banged-up defensive front if he is healthy. Houston recorded eight sacks in his last full season in 2015.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Free agent K Josh Lambo will work out for the Buccaneers on Monday.

In addition to Lambo, the Bucs will also work out Andrew Franks and Mike Nugent. Nick Folk beat out former second-round pick Roberto Aguayo for the starting job this summer but has gone off the rails by converting just 6-of-11 kicks to start the year. He hit rock bottom on Thursday night, coming up empty on all three of his attempts in a loss to New England.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 08:37:00 AM

Buccaneers waived DE Jacquies Smith.

The move hasn't processed yet but should become official on Thursday. Smith logged seven snaps in Week 4, which was his first game in over a year after sitting out all of 2016 with a torn ACL. He led the Bucs with seven sacks in 2015 and should garner interest on waivers.
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 07:27:00 PM

The NFL has postponed the Bucs-Dolphins game until Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma.

The teams share(d) a Week 11 bye week and will play the game then. The players now have to play 16-straight games with no off week, which is a big concern for player safety, but Roger Goodell apparently wasn't comfortable moving the game to a neutral site like Pittsburgh or Philadelphia. Fantasy owners need to get Bucs and Dolphins out of lineups. Tampa will open at home against Chicago next week, with the Dolphins traveling to face the Chargers.
Wed, Sep 6, 2017 09:14:00 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are neutral sites under consideration if the Bucs-Dolphins game is to be played this weekend.

Both the Steelers and Eagles are on the road to open their seasons. It's still to be determined if the Bucs-Dolphins game will even be played this week; the NFL is expected to make a ruling on Wednesday if the two teams will travel to a neutral site or move the game back to Week 11 when both Tampa Bay and Miami are scheduled to have its bye weeks. That would be a brutal season if both clubs are to play 16-straight weeks without an open date. Neither team wants it.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 09:05:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the league wrapped up a conference call Tuesday morning without a decision on how to handle Dolphins vs. Bucs.

With Hurricane Irma now a Category 5 storm and looking likely to hit Florida on Sunday, the league will almost certainly have to move the game. Whether that is to another location or to each team's Week 11 bye remains to be seen. The Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud reports the Bucs expect the game to be moved to the bye week.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 10:43:00 AM

Steelers acquired S J.J. Wilcox and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Bucs in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick.

Signed to a two-year deal in March, Wilcox apparently struggled to fit in with the Bucs. He would not have been a starter even if Tampa had not just acquired T.J. Ward, but that signing seems to have sealed his fate. Wilcox only started four games for the Cowboys last season, but he had his best year as a pro.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 04:48:00 PM

49ers signed RB Jeremy McNichols to the practice squad.

The fifth-round rookie went unclaimed on waivers after a disastrous preseason. The 49ers have little proven depth behind Carlos Hyde, so a 53-man call up will be a distinct possibility if McNichols can put his woeful summer behind him on the practice field.
Sun, Sep 3, 2017 02:34:00 PM

Buccaneers waived RB Jeremy McNichols.

The fifth-round rookie never lived up to his post-draft hype, disappointing with just 79 rushing yards on 24 carries during the preseason. He was disastrous in pass protection and didn't pan out as a pass-catcher either (zero catches in the preseason). For now, the Bucs will roll with Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Peyton Barber behind eventual starter Doug Martin, who still has three games remaining on his PED suspension.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 11:09:00 AM

Bucs waived WR Josh Huff.

Huff is an asset on special teams, so he should get another look elsewhere. He was jockeying for a position behind Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, Adam Humphries, and Chris Godwin down in Tampa Bay.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 10:39:00 AM

Bucs waived LB Riley Bullough.

The rookie UDFA out of Michigan State, Bullough was a star on this summer's Hard Knocks series. He was trying to carve out a role as a backup middle linebacker and special teams player and should get another shot elsewhere.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 10:21:00 AM

Buccaneers waived RB Russell Hansbrough.

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times notes that Hansbrough was cut by the Bucs five times last year and could be headed to the practice squad. Hansbrough not making the team should come as good news to fifth-round rookie Jeremy McNichols, who finds himself right on the bubble following an unimpressive camp.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 09:06:00 AM

Bucs waived K Zach Hocker.

Nick Folk has won the Bucs' placekicker job.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 01:50:00 PM

Bucs released DE George Johnson and waived TE Tevin Westbrook, DL Mehdi Abdesmad, WR Shaq Hill, LB Richie Brown, CB Mariel Cooper, and G/C Josh Allen.

Johnson had a breakout six-sack season for the Lions in 2014, and Detroit shipped him to Tampa Bay on a three-year, $9 million deal only for the Bucs to see Johnson fail to register a single sack the past two years. His release saves the Bucs $2.25 million against the cap. Johnson turns 30 this year.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 09:33:00 AM

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