Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wiretap

Buccaneers Had Winston 1A, Mariota 1B In 2015

May 22, 2016 4:15 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggled to make a decision between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Tennessee Titans' general manager Jon Robinson was with the Buccaneers during that draft decision.

"I mean it was a tough decision in Tampa for us last year," Robinson told Jim Rome. "I was heavily involved in that process, and it really wasn't a 1-2, it was more of a 1a -- 1b, where we really couldn't go wrong with either player."

Robinson became sold on Mariota well before the 2015 draft.

"You notice good football players on the road when you're scouting, and he was a guy that had a quiet confidence about him that distributed the football well, that had a unique balance of arm talent and athleticism and just thought he was going to be a really good football player," Robinson said.

John Breech/CBS Sports

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Buccaneers Inspired By Belichick, Gostkowski In Selecting Kicker Early

May 20, 2016 8:12 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were inspired by Bill Belichick and Stephen Gostkowski for their decision to draft Roberto Aguayo in the second round.

The Buccaneers had a first-round grade on Aguayo.

"None of us had the kicker, Stephen Gostkowski, in our top 10 -- even though he was an excellent kicker," Jason Licht explained, via PewterReport.com. "After we were done, Bill said, 'Nobody wants to put Gostkowski in our top 10? Why, just because he's a kicker?' Bill made us 'rethink that' and he got his point across. He said, 'You tell me 10 other players that are more important than him'"

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Buccaneers Release Connor Barth After Selecting Kicker In 2nd Round

May 2, 2016 7:13 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have cut Connor Barth after selecting another kicker in the second round of the draft.

Roberto Aguayo became just the fourth kicker in the past 25 years to be selected in the second round or higher.

Barth made 23-of-28 FG attempts after replacing the ineffective Kyle Brindza.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

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Buccaneers Would Like To Trade Or Extend Mike Glennon

Mar 30, 2016 11:41 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers would like to either extend the contract of Mike Glennon or trade him.

Glennon is one of the NFL's better backups at quarterback.

"We're open to discuss things, we have been open, we've been talking to a lot of teams," Jason Licht told Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio last week. "That's dwindled now to a few teams. We're still talking.

"At some point we're going to make a decision whether or not we're going to keep him. He's a super asset for us now. And when I say keep him, keep him now -- try to keep him long-term, extend him for a couple years. Having a backup quarterback that we think has starting ability is a huge asset for us."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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Doug Martin Re-Signs With Buccaneers On Five-Year, $35.75M Deal

Mar 9, 2016 2:28 PM

Doug Martin has agreed to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a five-year, $35.75 million deal.

Martin had a return to form season in 2015 before hitting free agency.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Logan Mankins Retires After 11 NFL Seasons

Mar 7, 2016 11:42 AM

Logan Mankins has retired from the NFL after 11 seasons.

Mankins spent the majority of his career (2005-13) with the New England Patriots but finished it with an impressive two-year coda with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a surprise trade just before the start of the 2014 campaign.

“It is always difficult losing a player of Logan’s caliber both on the field and in the locker room,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht, who swung the unexpected trade for the former first-team Associated Press All-Pro on August 26, 2014. “He is one of the toughest, most intelligent and skilled players at his position that I have seen in my years around this game. Logan distinguished himself as the ultimate professional over his 11-year career and he was an unquestioned leader for us over the past two seasons. His leadership, work ethic and selflessness played a key role in the development of our younger players and he set the standard which we use to evaluate all of our offensive linemen.”

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Buccaneers Optimistic On Re-Signing Doug Martin

Feb 24, 2016 12:45 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are optimistic about their chances of re-signing Doug Martin.

“I know he wants to be a Buc and we want him to be a Buc,” Licht said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Martin had an outstanding season in 2015, rushing for 1,402 yards in his walk year.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Doug Martin 'Hoping To Hit Jackpot' In Free Agency

Feb 12, 2016 1:31 PM

Doug Martin is "hoping to hit the jackpot" in free agency after a career year.

Martin rushed for 1,402 yards in 2015, trailing on Adrian Peterson. Martin had six rushing touchdowns and 271 receiving yards.

"We've had great discussions, and I think it's pretty mutual he'd like to be here and we'd like to have him," Bucs GM Jason Licht said. "We'll have to see how it goes."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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Patriots, Panthers Have Best 2016 Super Bowl Odds (All Teams Listed)

Feb 8, 2016 10:41 AM

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win the 2016 Super Bowl at 9-1.

The Patriots lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, while the team with the second best odds, the Carolina Panthers, lost to the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

The Broncos have the ninth best odds at 18-1.

New England -- 9-1
Carolina -- 10-1
Seattle -- 11-1
Green Bay -- 12-1
Pittsburgh -- 12-1
Arizona -- 15-1
Cincinnati -- 15-1
Indianapolis -- 15-1
Denver -- 18-1
Dallas -- 24-1
Kansas City -- 25-1
Minnesota -- 25-1
Philadelphia -- 35-1
Baltimore -- 38-1
Giants -- 42-1
Jets -- 42-1
Buffalo -- 45-1
Houston -- 45-1
Atlanta -- 50-1
LA Rams -- 50-1
Washington -- 50-1
Miami -- 60-1
Detroit -- 60-1
Oakland -- 60-1
Chicago -- 65-1
New Orleans -- 65-1
San Diego -- 75-1
Jacksonville -- 85-1
San Francisco -- 110-1
Tampa Bay -- 110-1
Cleveland -- 200-1
Tennessee -- 220-1

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Buccaneers Not Interested In Trading Away Mike Glennon

Jan 31, 2016 11:43 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not interested in trading away Mike Glennon.

Glennon has previously been a starter at quarterback for the Buccaneers and is now Jameis Winston's backup. 

“I would hate to be in a position where your quarterback goes down for however many games it is and then you’re basically throwing the towel in, like a lot of teams did this year,” Licht said. “It wasn’t because they wanted to throw in the towel, that’s just the way it happened, without naming teams. Those were the same teams, a lot of them, that were inquiring about Mike Glennon at the time.”

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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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.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

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.


Seahawks Lead NFL In DVOA For 4th Straight Season (Infographic)
The Seahawks, Bengals, Cardinals, Panthers and Chiefs finished the 2015 regular season in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive DVOA.

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Buccaneers Wouldn't Trade Jameis Winston For Any Other QB In NFL
Jason Licht said he "wouldn't trade (Jameis Winston) for another quarterback in the league."

Will Brinson/CBS Sports

Joey Bosa, Paxton Lynch Go 1st, 2nd In First McShay Draft
Todd McShay has Joey Bosa going first overall to the Titans in his initial mock for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Todd McShay/ESPN

Ohio State Hires Greg Schiano As Associate Head Coach, Co-DC
Greg Schiano has sat out of football following his dismissal by the Buccaneers in 2013.

Pete Thamel/Sports Illustrated

Kwon Alexander Facing Four-Game PED Suspension
Kwon Alexander ranks second on the Buccaneers this season in tackles.


Bucs' Offense Youngest In NFL History
Jameis Winston will start at quarterback, along with other potential offensive starters in wide receiver Mike Evans, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, guard Ali Marpet and offensive tackle Donovan Sm

Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Gosder Cherilus Signs Two-Year Deal With Buccaneers
The Buccaneers needed to make a move at tackle following Demar Dotson's injury.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Lavonte David, Buccaneers Agree To Five-Year, $50.25M Deal
The new deal for Lavonte David includes $25M in guaranteed money, according to sources.


Doug Martin Currently Buccaneers' Top Running Back
Doug Martin had a great rookie season but has struggled ever since with injuries and ineffectiveness.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

C.J. Wilson Released From Hospital After Fireworks' Accident
C.J. Wilson lost his index and middle fingers off of one of his hands.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Jameis Winston Trying To Lose Weight Before Training Camp
Jameis Winston's weight was a topic for the media and fans earlier in the year, but he looked impressive during workouts.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Buccaneers Using Virtual Reality To Help Develop Jameis Winston
The system helps players develop the ability to keep up with the rapid pace of the NFL.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Buccaneers Claim Tim Wright
The Buccaneers traded Tim Wright to the Patriots last August.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Jameis Winston Working Out With Bucs' No. 2 Offense
Lovie Smith will make Jameis Winston earn the starting job from Mike Glennon.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Buccaneers Claim D.J. Swearinger
D.J. Swearinger will likely start alongside Chris Conte at safety.

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