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Buccaneers Claim D.J. Swearinger

May 13, 2015 12:03 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed D.J. Swearinger off waivers.

The Houston Texans released Swearinger after he struggled in 2014.

The 2013 second-round pick played in 32 games the past two seasons, with 22 starts. He totaled 140 tackles, 10 passes defensed and three interceptions with the Texans.

Swearinger will likely start alongside Chris Conte at safety.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jameis Winston Countersues Accuser

May 8, 2015 10:27 PM

Jameis Winston has filed a countersuit against the woman accusing him of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and intentionally inflicting "emotional duress."

Erica Kinsman filed suit on April 16th.

Winston is countersuing Kinsman for defamation, defamation per se and tortious interference with prospective business advantage.

Winston was the first overall draft pick of the 2015 NFL Draft and recently signed a $25.35 million contract.

Patrick Nohe/Tomahawk Nation

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Buccaneers Had Marcus Mariota Rated No. 2

May 7, 2015 9:28 PM

Peter King reported that Leonard Williams, Dante Fowler, Marcus Mariota and Todd Gurley were ranked two through five on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' big board behind Jameis Winston.

When asked to comment about that list as depicted in King’s MMQB column in an exclusive interview with PewterReport.com, Bucs general manager Jason Licht wasn’t sure how King obtained that list.

“I don’t know how [that got out],” Licht said.

Licht said that it wasn't the Buccaneers' final draft board and Mariota ended up ranked second.

“We ended up liking Marcus,” Licht said. “I think he has a good chance of being a good quarterback. His leadership style is definitely different. It’s unique. I can’t pinpoint any quarterback that is like him. I think there is a fire within him, a competitor within him. It’s just different. We just really liked Jameis.

“This is a monumental decision and Lovie [Smith] had to like [Winston], which he did. The owners had to be on board with the number one overall pick, which they were. The staff has to like him – Dirk Koetter and Mike Bajakian had to like him, which they did. We all did. We had to take a shot. We all liked Jameis.”

Scott Reynolds/Pewter Report

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Draft, Draft Misc

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Buccaneers Decline Fifth-Year Option On Doug Martin

May 4, 2015 2:46 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Doug Martin's contract.

Martin will be eligible for free agency in 2016.

Martin, a first-round pick in 2012, rushed for 1,454 yards as a rookie, but he has been limited by injuries the past two seasons. 

 

The Buccaneers drafted Charles Sims at running back in the third round this year.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Bucs' Contract Forbids Jameis Winston From Playing Baseball

May 4, 2015 12:36 PM

Jameis Winston will not be allowed to play baseball, according to his contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Winston played both football and baseball while at Florida State.

A relief pitcher, Winston was taken in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB draft and would be eligible to be selected again this season.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

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Buccaneers Asked Jameis Winston To Delete Crab Legs Photo

May 1, 2015 11:09 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers encouraged Jameis Winston to delete the photo of himself with a plate of crab legs.

Winston posted the photo wearing a Buccaneers' jersey and hat after he was drafted by the Buccaneers.

Winston was arrested while at Florida State for shoplifting crab legs in what was believed to be a misunderstanding.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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Eagles Could Bypass Titans At No. 2 With Buccaneers' Trade

Apr 30, 2015 5:43 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are in pursuit of Marcus Mariota and have been zeroed in on moving up to No. 2 with the Tennessee Titans, but they could instead try to business with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers are planning on taking Jameis Winston, but receiving multiple pieces for the first overall pick would allow Lovie Smith and Jason Licht to quickly rebuild an entire team. The move also allows them to bypass the risk that comes with selecting Winston.

The Buccaneers want an extra first round pick already and could receive extra picks in subsequent years.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Leonard Williams Believes He Should Go First Overall

Apr 29, 2015 6:15 PM

Leonard Williams believes he should be the top overall pick in Thursday's draft.

Williams is rated by RealGM's Jeff Risdon as the top overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I respect his confidence," Williams said Wednesday when asked about comments from Dante Fowler thinking he is the best defensive player in the draft. "I feel like every player is going to have to have that type of confidence to do well at the next level, but at the same time I feel like I'm the best defensive player."

Williams was asked if he feels like the best player in the draft.

"Yeah, I feel like I should be taken No. 1," he said with a smile.

Williams has been linked to the Tennessee Titans at No. 2.

"I love the D-line coach (Giff Smith), we have a pretty good connection," he said when asked about the Titans. "The defensive scheme they showed me, I feel like I'd fit in pretty well. With (defensive lineman) Jurrell Casey being from USC, I feel like he would be a good mentor for me."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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Buccaneers Conducted Extensive Vetting Of Jameis Winston

Apr 26, 2015 12:20 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have conducted an extensive level of vetting into Jameis Winston as they consider whether to draft him first overall.

Jason Licht said the Buccaneers “spoke to upwards of 75 people” about Winston. The Tribune has determined that those “upwards of 75 people” include “family members, friends, teammates, former high school coaches, former college coaches and an assistant state attorney.”

“[W]e all couldn’t feel more confident about the process we have gone through,” Licht said.

 

The process, as PFT previously has reported, included contact with assistant Tallahassee district attorney Georgia Cappleman, who spoke to the Bucs not only about Erica Kinsman (who claims Winston sexually assaulted her) but also about a second victim to whom Kinsman’s lawsuit against Winston refers.

“I advised them that there was another woman who received some counseling services from Florida State University as a result of an encounter with Mr. Winston that was of a sexual nature,” Cappleman told the Tribune.  While Cappleman hasn’t personally spoken to the second victim, Cappleman said the second victim “doesn’t even consider herself a victim.”

 

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Jets Secretly Worked Out Marcus Mariota At Facility

Apr 23, 2015 5:26 PM

The New York Jets quietly brought Marcus Mariota to their practice facility on April 2nd for a workout five days after privately working him out in Eugene.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans are the other two teams to have worked out Mariota at both their own practice facility and on Oregon's campus.

Mariota's visit came after he went to meet with the Chicago Bears.

Mariota is expected to be the second quarterback selected in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

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Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars In Running For Peterson; Cowboys Out
The number of teams who realistically might trade for Adrian Peterson are less than what has been previously reported.

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

Cardinals, Falcons, Cowboys, Jags, Chargers, Bucs In Mix For Peterson
The Vikings could entice a team to trade for Adrian Peterson once Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are drafted.

Chris Tomasson/Pioneer Press

Titans Like Jameis Winston At No. 2 If Buccaneers Pass
The Titans have done their homework on Jameis Winston, and the team feels he "checks out."

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Lions Trade George Johnson To Buccaneers, Dropping Grievance
As part of the deal, the two teams will exchange unspecified late-round draft picks.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Mike Mayock Moves Mariota Ahead Of Winston On Draft Board
Jameis Winston has been widely considered the top prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft, but Mike Mayock prefers Marcus Mariota.

Bryan Fischer/NFL.com

George Johnson Signs Three-Year Deal With Buccaneers
George Johnson had six sacks last season with the Lions.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Buccaneers In Oregon For Private Marcus Mariota Workout
Tampa Bay owns the first overall pick and appears to be zeroing in on Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota.

Mike Huguenin/NFL.com

Dashon Goldson Traded By Buccaneers To Washington
Dashon Goldson was signed to a five-year, $41 million contract in 2013.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Jameis Winston Declares Himself Best Player In Draft
Jameis Winston threw 102 passes, completing all but 10 of them at his pro day.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Jets, Chargers, Buccaneers To Work Out Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota has a wide draft range from No. 1 to No. 10.

Bryan Fischer/NFL.com

Buccaneers Receive Trade Interest In Mike Glennon
The Buccaneers could move Mike Glennon as they're expected to select Jameis Winston first overall.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Buccaneers' Ownership Approves Drafting Winston Or Mariota
Jameis Winston is widely expected to be the Buccaneers' selection.

ESPN

Several Teams Concerned Marcus Mariota Prefers Fit Over Going 1st
Marcus Mariota recently said the prospect of being the first player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft wasn't a "huge thing" for him.

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report (via PFT)

Greg Hardy To Choose Between Cowboys, Buccaneers
Greg Hardy is undergoing a physical on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bengals Sign Michael Johnson To Four-Year, $20M Deal
The Bengals are still due a compensatory pick from the Buccaneers and now get Michael Johnson back as well.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Henry Melton, Chris Conte Sign With Buccaneers
Henry Melton and Chris Conte both have strong ties to Lovie Smith.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Buccaneers Release Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson is owed $7 million still from the Buccaneers.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Cardinals, Colts, Cowboys, Chargers, Bucs On Adrian Peterson's List
Adrian Peterson would consider a restructuring of his contract to help facilitate a trade.

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

Jameis Winston Spending Three Days Meeting With Buccaneers
Jameis Winston's meetings are largely with Buccaneers' ownership.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Vincent Jackson To Remain With Buccaneers On Same Deal
Vincent Jackson will return to the Buccaneers in 2015 at his base salary of $9.78 million.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

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