Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wiretap

Mike Evans Sits During Anthem To Protest Trump's Election Victory

Nov 14, 2016 8:13 AM

Mike Evans sat during the national anthem prior to Sunday's Chicago Bears-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game to protest Donald Trump's victory in last week's presidential election.

"I'm not big on politics or anything like that, but I told myself, 'If this happens, America is not right right now,'" Evans said of Trump being elected. "I said this a long time ago -- when he ran, I thought it was a joke. The joke continues."

Evans said his gesture wasn't in line with Colin Kaepernick's protest on the treatment of racial minorities in the United States.

"I know Kaepernick did that," he said. "I'm doing it for a different reason, for how a reality star can be the president. That's not a good look. ... I'm not a political person, but I have common sense and I know something is not right."

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Doug Martin Could Return For First Time Since Week 2

Nov 11, 2016 1:07 PM

Doug Martin will be a game-time decision for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears.

Martin hasn't played since Week 2 when he injured his hamstring.

The Buccaneers have three other running backs on the roster injured.

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NFL Now Has 10 Teams In Marijuana-Legal States

Nov 9, 2016 1:36 PM

With Tuesday's elections, 10 NFL teams play in a state where marijuana has been legalized medically or recreationally.

California and Massachusetts joined Washington and Colorado as states where marijuana can be consumed for any purpose. If the Raiders relocate to Las Vegas, that won't change as Nevada has legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.

Florida is one of various states to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. 

The NFL previously justified their ongoing ban because federal law considers marijuana as a controlled substance.

The 49ers, Raiders, Rams, Chargers and Patriots joined the Seahawks, Broncos, Jaguars, Dolphins and Buccaneers.

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Mike Evans In Concussion Protocol; Jameis Winston Says Knee OK

Nov 4, 2016 8:04 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers watched both Mike Evans and Jameis Winston suffer injuries in the team's 43-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night.

Evans left the game after catching 11 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He entered the NFL's concussion protocol.

"Mike played the best game I've seen him play in my time here," Dirk Koetter said. "Mike was fantastic tonight."

Winston suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter after taking a hit on a two-point conversion attempt.

"I take a lot of shots every week," Winston said. "I feel great."

In addition, running back Antone Smith left the game with a knee injury and had to be carted off the field.

The Buccaneers are 3-5 and 2.5 games back of the Falcons in the NFC South.

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Doug Martin Has Setback, Will Miss At Least One More Game

Oct 20, 2016 7:56 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without Doug Martin for at least one more game after he suffered a setback in practice on Wednesday.

Martin hasn't played since Sept. 18 because of a hamstring injury.

Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to make his second-straight start for the Buccaneers this week.

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Vincent Jackson Out For Season With ACL Injury

Oct 18, 2016 5:34 PM

Vincent Jackson has been placed on injured reserve by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after he suffered an ACL injury.

Jackson played through an ACL injury in Week 5, but received no medical attention. 

"This is obviously very disappointing for me personally," Jackson said in a statement released by the team. "I had high hopes for this season because I know what we are capable of accomplishing as a team. My top priority going into every season is being out there with my teammates and helping my team any way possible. While I may not be on the field for the foreseeable future, I will be focused on beginning my rehab as soon as possible and finding ways to support my teammates in whatever way I can."

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Buccaneers Want Jameis Winston To Throw Less

Sep 29, 2016 4:13 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to focus on the ground game more and limit the number of throws Jameis Winston has to make.

"In the last two games, we've thrown too much," Dirk Koetter said. "We've got to quit getting behind by two scores, and we need to run the ball better."

Doug Martin will miss another week or two with a hamstring injury, which may limit Tampa Bay's ability to run.

Winston has thrown more than 50 times each of the past two weeks.

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Doug Martin Expected To Miss Three Weeks With Hamstring Injury

Sep 21, 2016 11:04 AM

Doug Martin is expected to miss three weeks with a hamstring injury, according to a source.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back left Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals in the second quarter and did not return.

Martin had an MRI on Tuesday.

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

Sep 13, 2016 3:40 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added depth to their backfield by signing Jacquizz Rodgers.

The Buccaneers will likely move Peyton Barber back to the practice squad.

Rodgers, 26, played under Dirk Koetter with the Atlanta Falcons. He piled up 1,116 yards rushing at 3.7 yards per carry from 2011 to 2014.

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Cecil Shorts Signs With Buccaneers

Sep 6, 2016 5:40 PM

Cecil Shorts has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Shorts was released last weekend with the Houston Texans.

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

Shorts has started 38 of 61 career games and has 218 career receptions, 14 for touchdowns.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Logan Mankins Retires After 11 NFL Seasons
Logan Mankins spent the majority of his career (2005-13) with the Patriots.

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Buccaneers Optimistic On Re-Signing Doug Martin
Doug Martin had an outstanding season in 2015, rushing for 1,402 yards in his walk year.

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Doug Martin 'Hoping To Hit Jackpot' In Free Agency
Doug Martin had six rushing touchdowns and 271 receiving yards.

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)
The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

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Buccaneers Not Interested In Trading Away Mike Glennon
Mike Glennon has previously been a starter at quarterback for the Buccaneers and is now Jameis Winston's backup.

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Buccaneers Hire Dirk Koetter As Head Coach
Dirk Koetter joined the Buccaneers last season as offensive coordinator after three seasons in the same job with the Falcons for the previous three seasons.

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Titans Hire Jon Robinson As General Manager
Jon Robinson has been director of college scouting for the Buccaneers since 2009.

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Dirk Koetter Considered Favorite For Buccaneers' Job
Jason Licht is heading the search for the Bucs' new head coach.

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Buccaneers Fire Lovie Smith As Head Coach
Lovie Smith went 6-10 this season after the Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston first overall.


Washington To Hand Out 'You Like That?! Towels Before Playoff Game
Kirk Cousins made the phrase famous after a come from behind win in Week 7 against the Buccaneers.