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Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings

Jan 19, 2017 1:46 PM

Adrian Peterson would like to remain with the Minnesota Vikings but he openly talked about other teams he would consider in free agency, such as the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers .

"I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on Thursday. "I see myself finishing off in purple. It is a business at the end of the day, so with that, things could end up differently. ... Hopefully we can work things out."

"There's a couple teams out there that I've thought about. ... New York was one of them that popped up, Tampa Bay, lot of different teams. Houston would be a good spot," Peterson said. "I'll stop right there. ... I'm just throwing random names out there."

The Vikings have a team option on Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus. They have to decide on Peterson's 2017 option by the start of the league year and would owe him the $6 million roster bonus if he was on the team by the third day of the league year.

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Buccaneers Agree To Extension With DC Mike Smith

Jan 13, 2017 8:23 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a contract extension with defensive coordinator Mike Smith, according to a source.

Smith flirted with some of the head coaching vacancies this month.

After allowing 26.1 points per game (26th in the league) in 2015, that number dropped to 23.1, the 15th-best mark. During the Tampa Bay's five-game winning streak in the middle of the season, the defense allowed a minuscule 64 points.

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Chargers To Interview Matt Patricia, Dave Toub, Mike Smith

Jan 5, 2017 10:41 AM

The San Diego Chargers will interview Matt Patricia and Dave Toub this weekend.

Patricia is defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots while Toub is special-teams coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chargers are also expected to interview Mike Smith, who is defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

San Diego also plans to set up an interview with Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and has requested to interview Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

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Tags: Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017

Jan 4, 2017 8:45 AM

If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Those teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Indianapolis Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints.

A team can be forced to appear on Hard Knocks if three conditions are met: a) it hasn't appeared on Hard Knocks in the last 10 years, b) it hasn't made the playoffs in the last two years, and c) it doesn't have a new head coach.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

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No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA

Jan 3, 2017 2:01 PM

The NFL has very few teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

The Chiefs were the closest team to finish in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 14th.

The New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys finished the season ranked first and second in both Total DVOA and Weighted DVOA.

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Buccaneers Will Make Roberto Aguayo Compete For Job

Jan 3, 2017 7:38 AM

Roberto Aguayo, who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used a second-round pick on in 2016, will have to compete for his job next summer.

Tampa Bay traded up for the pick that was used on the kicker.

"As far as the investment in Roberto and where we picked him, we were all on board with that," Dirk Koetter said. "That's not going to change. We're never going to bring that back. That happened, and Roberto was our kicker and like any other player, if he's got that Buc jersey on and he's out there on game day, I'm 100 percent in. With that said, our field-goal percentage this year was not good enough. That's not the only stat that's not good enough."

Aguayo's field goal rate of 71 percent was the worst in the NFL among kickers who lasted the whole season.

"I think it's already proven that we have no problem moving on from a draft choice and playing somebody that wasn't drafted," Koetter said. "We've got to have competition at every position. Nothing's a given. If they're not the best player, then I feel pretty certain in saying they won't be out there."

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Doug Martin Begins Serving Four-Game Suspension For PED Violation

Dec 28, 2016 6:42 PM

Doug Martin has tested positive for performance enhancing drugs and will serve a four-game suspension effective immediately.

"I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy," Martin said in a statement. "My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me -- including Coach (Dirk) Koetter -- I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need.

"On the field, I must be strong and determined to push through both pain and injuries to become an elite NFL running back. Off the field, I have tried that same approach in my personal life. My shortcomings in this area have taught me both that I cannot win these personal battles alone and that there is no shame in asking for help."

Martin was declared inactive for Week 16, which Koetter called a "coach's decision."

"I sincerely apologize to the Glazer family, general manager Jason Licht and the entire Tampa Bay organization, my teammates and our tremendous fans," said Martin, who wasn't at practice Wednesday. "This was not the season I envisioned and I have let everyone down, including myself. However, adversity yields opportunity and I ask for your support in my battle to overcome these personal issues."

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Dirk Koetter Defends Decision To Bench Doug Martin

Dec 26, 2016 8:50 PM

Doug Martin was made a healthy scratch against the New Orleans Saints before a game that would essentially decide whether they would reach the playoffs, Dirk Koetter stood by his decision and his previous defense of Martin.

Koetter wouldn't say what it means going forward, though.

"As I said last week, we made a decision for the Saints game based on what I thought was best for our team that week, and we'll do the same thing this week," Koetter said. "We'll make the decision, not just at running back, but at every position."

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Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)

Dec 21, 2016 10:35 AM

The NFL has very teams this season that excel in all facets of the game. Further evidence of this issue shows itself in the fact that there is only one team ranking in the top-10 in both Football Outsiders' Offensive and Defensive DVOA: the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are 9-5 after winning five straight games and must beat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16 to ensure their place in the playoffs. Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

Last season, the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball. The Chiefs are the closest team to joining the Steelers in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA at 13th and 12th.

The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots rank first and second overall in DVOA as they rank second and third, respectively in Offensive DVOA but 20th and 19th in Defensive DVOA. The Atlanta Falcons rank first in Offensive DVOA, 27th in Defensive and fourth overall. The Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders have similar splits as the Cowboys and Patriots, while the Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants are the inverse of those teams with top-5 defenses and offenses below the NFL mean.

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Jameis Winston Settles Lawsuit From Alleged 2012 Sexual Assault

Dec 14, 2016 9:23 PM

Jameis Winston has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a woman who accused him of sexually assaulting her in 2012 while he played at Florida State, according to the woman's attorney.

Erica Kinsman accused Winston of sexually assaulting her at his apartment in December 2012. He was never charged with a crime by police in Tallahassee, Florida, and the state attorney's office there declined to pursue a criminal case against him.

"The case has been resolved to the satisfaction of the parties," John Clune, the woman's attorney, told ESPN on Wednesday night.

Kinsman sued Winston in April 2015, accusing him of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. According to the lawsuit, Winston's "conduct was extreme and outrageous and caused Plaintiff to suffer severe mental anguish and suffering, including, more specifically, loss of sleep, flashbacks, severe anxiety, fear of repeat sexual violence, an unfounded sense of shame and depression, all of which will continue to require psychological and other counseling."

Winston filed a countersuit against Kinsman a month later, alleging that her accusations were "false, defamatory ... and have maliciously and impermissibly interfered with Mr. Winston's business and personal relationships."

Kinsman shared account of the alleged assault in the documentary "The Hunting Ground."

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Mike Evans Sits During Anthem To Protest Trump's Election Victory
Mike Evans sat during the national anthem prior to Sunday's Bears-Buccaneers game to protest Donald Trump's victory in last week's presidential election.

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Doug Martin Could Return For First Time Since Week 2
Doug Martin will be a game-time decision as he returns from a hamstring injury.

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NFL Now Has 10 Teams In Marijuana-Legal States
With Tuesday's elections, 10 NFL teams play in a state where marijuana has been legalized medically or recreationally.

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Mike Evans In Concussion Protocol; Jameis Winston Says Knee OK
The Buccaneers watched both Mike Evans and Jameis Winston suffer injuries in the team's 43-28 loss to the Falcons on Thursday night.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Doug Martin Has Setback, Will Miss At Least One More Game
Doug Martin hasn't played since Sept. 18 because of a hamstring injury.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Vincent Jackson Out For Season With ACL Injury
Vincent Jackson played through an ACL injury in Week 5, but received no medical attention.

Jeremy Bergman/NFL.com

Buccaneers Want Jameis Winston To Throw Less
The Buccaneers want to focus on the ground game more and limit the number of throws Jameis Winston has to make.

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Doug Martin Expected To Miss Three Weeks With Hamstring Injury
He was second in the NFL with 1,402 rushing yards in 2015, and he averaged 4.9 yards per carry.

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Buccaneers To Sign Jacquizz Rodgers
The Buccaneers have added depth to their backfield by signing Jacquizz Rodgers.

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Cecil Shorts Signs With Buccaneers
The Buccaneers need depth at wide receiver with Louis Murphy still recovering from a torn ACL.

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Washington-Buccaneers Preseason Game Moved Due To Weather
The Buccaneers have announced that this week's preseason finale against Washington has been moved up to Wednesday due to the threat of severe weather.

Zac Jackson/Pro Football Talk

Fans Boo As Buccaneers Rookie Kicker Struggles
Roberto Aguayo struggled during Tuesday's joint practice with the Browns, going 3-for-6 on field goal attempts.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Jameis Winston Has Lost 20 Pounds Ahead Of Camp
Jameis Winston was heavily criticized entering the 2015 draft for being overweight and out of shape.

ESPN

Marvin Lewis Advises Dirk Dirk Koetter To 'Throw Deep'
Marvin Lewis has some advice for longtime friend Dirk Koetter, who is in his first season as head coach of the Buccaneers.

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Lavonte David Believes Buccaneers Could Have 'Best Defense Ever'
Lavonte David believes the Buccaneers could have a special defense this season.

Greg Auman/Tampa Bay Times

Buccaneers Had Winston 1A, Mariota 1B In 2015
Jon Robinson was with the Buccaneers during that draft decision and is now GM of the Titans.

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Buccaneers Inspired By Belichick, Gostkowski In Selecting Kicker Early
The Buccaneers had a first-round grade on Roberto Aguayo.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Buccaneers Release Connor Barth After Selecting Kicker In 2nd Round
Connor Barth made 23-of-28 FG attempts after replacing the ineffective Kyle Brindza.

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Buccaneers Would Like To Trade Or Extend Mike Glennon
Mike Glennon is one of the NFL's better backups at quarterback.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Doug Martin Re-Signs With Buccaneers On Five-Year, $35.75M Deal
Doug Martin had a return to form season in 2015 before hitting free agency.

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