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Lions Trade George Johnson To Buccaneers, Dropping Grievance

Apr 15, 2015 1:36 PM

The Detroit Lions have agreed to send George Johnson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Lions dropped their grievance after reaching an agreement with the Bucs.


As part of the deal, the two teams will exchange unspecified late-round draft picks.

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Tags: Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Mike Mayock Moves Mariota Ahead Of Winston On Draft Board

Apr 9, 2015 3:25 PM

Mike Mayock has moved Marcus Mariota ahead of Jameis Winston on his draft board.

Winston has been widely considered the top prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I've been fighting with this thing all along," said Mayock. "There have been two issues for me with Winston. Number one is on the field. He threw 18 interceptions this year. On a team that arguably had the best talent in the country, he continued to put his team at a disadvantage almost weekly," Mayock said on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" Wednesday. " ... Off the field, regardless of what did or didn't happen in that alleged rape, he continued a pattern of poor decisions throughout his career. The bottom line for me is, can you trust him off the field?

"As far as Mariota is concerned, the more tape that I've watched, the more I've appreciated what he's been asked to do in their version of the spread offense. He reads combination routes, takes tremendous care of the football, and he wins games. He's not a natural thrower, but in the correct scheme, I think he can be productive. I've been fighting this for a long time, and I think that's what I've come down on."

Bryan Fischer/NFL.com

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George Johnson Signs Three-Year Deal With Buccaneers

Apr 8, 2015 12:06 AM

George Johnson has signed a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Johnson had six sacks last season with the Detroit Lions.

The Bucs are desperate for some pass rush help on the outside, while the Lions have to be concerned about a defensive line that has lost Suh and Nick Fairley.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

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

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Buccaneers In Oregon For Private Marcus Mariota Workout

Apr 7, 2015 12:27 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have sent a large contingent to Oregon to watch Marcus Mariota in a private workout.

The Buccaneers will watch Jameis Winston in a private workout on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay owns the first overall pick.

Mike Huguenin/NFL.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Draft, Draft Misc

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Dashon Goldson Traded By Buccaneers To Washington

Apr 3, 2015 10:49 AM

Washington has acquired Dashon Goldson from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a sixth round pick in 2016.

Goldson, who began his career with the San Francisco 49ers, was signed to a five-year, $41 million contract in 2013.

A source told ESPN that the Buccaneers will save $4 million in salary-cap space with this trade, but are still responsible for the other $4 million, which was guaranteed.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jameis Winston Declares Himself Best Player In Draft

Mar 31, 2015 5:47 PM

Jameis Winston declared himself the best player in the draft and that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should take him with the top overall selection.

"Because I'm the best player in the draft," Winston said.

Tampa Bay was well-represented at the workout with coach Lovie Smith, general manager Jason Licht, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian among those in attendance.

Winston threw 102 passes, completing all but 10 of them. Most pro days feature quarterbacks making 50 or 60 throws.

"He had a great day," Licht said. "He threw a full nine innings."

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

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Jets, Chargers, Buccaneers To Work Out Marcus Mariota

Mar 28, 2015 2:19 PM

The New York Jets, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan on working out Marcus Mariota.

Mariota has a wide draft range from No. 1 to No. 10.

Jameis Winston is expected to be the first quarterback selected.

Bryan Fischer/NFL.com

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Buccaneers Receive Trade Interest In Mike Glennon

Mar 26, 2015 2:14 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are receiving trade calls about the availability of Mike Glennon.

The Buccaneers are widely expected to select Jameis Winston with the first overall pick.

"We've had the first pick and we've been taking calls for a long period of time, and I assume that would go right up until the draft," Smith said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Yes, specifically on Glennon."

The Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills are two teams that could have interest in Glennon.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

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Buccaneers' Ownership Approves Drafting Winston Or Mariota

Mar 25, 2015 12:08 PM

Joel Glazer, co-chairman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has approved drafting Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the No. 1 overall selection.

Glazer is confident Lovie Smith and Jason Licht will make the right selection come April 30 in Chicago.

"With anybody we're looking to draft, we do an extensive amount of work on their background, history and all that," Glazer told the newspaper. "We spent time with Jameis and Marcus and went into everything into their background. After everything we've done and where we're at right now, we're comfortable where Jameis is at, we're comfortable with Marcus or whoever else it could be."

Winston is widely expected to be the Buccaneers' selection.



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Several Teams Concerned Marcus Mariota Prefers Fit Over Going 1st

Mar 20, 2015 4:58 PM

Marcus Mariota recently said the prospect of being the first player selected in the 2015 NFL Draft wasn't a "huge thing" for him.

According to Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, “more than a few teams” have taken issue with the statement.

Here is the question Mariota was asked by Buccaneers.com writer Scott Smith:

“The draft’s just a little bit ahead now. If the Buccaneers did make that pick, that would be the first pick in the draft, something only a few men every year have a shot at. Is that something that’s important to you?

Here was Mariota’s response:

“You know, being the first pick, to me, it’s not a huge thing. You know, I’d love to play for the Bucs. But that being said, you know, I think if you find a team that wants you, that’s going to be the right team. I’m looking forward to kind of marketing myself and finding that team.”

Mike Freeman/Bleacher Report (via PFT)

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

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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.

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

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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

Jameis Winston Undergoing Tests On Shoulder
Jameis Winston not only has played quarterback at Florida State but also was a vital member of the Seminoles baseball team, primarily as a relief pitcher.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Buccaneers Release Josh McCown
Josh McCown started 11 games in 2014, throwing 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions after signing a two-year, $10 million contract with the Bucs in March.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Eagles Will Try To Move Up For Marcus Mariota
The Eagles have the 20th overall pick and Marcus Mariota is expected to be one of the first five selections.

Mark Eckel/Trenton Times

Rod Marinelli Agrees To Remain With Cowboys
There were reports that Rod Marinelli could leave the Cowboys for the Buccaneers to reunite with Lovie Smith.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Rod Marinelli Expected To Leave Cowboys For Buccaneers
Rod Marinelli is without a contract for 2015 and could reunite with Lovie Smith.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Buccaneers Hire Dirk Koetter As Offensive Coordinator
Dirk Koetter had spent the previous three seasons with the Falcons and will join Lovie Smith with Tampa Bay.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

Jameis Winston Leaves Florida State For NFL Draft
Todd McShay believes Jameis Winston is a better NFL prospect than Marcus Mariota.

David M. Hale/ESPN

Jameis Winston Won't Announce Decision Until After Championship
Jameis Winston threw for nearly 8,000 yards and 65 touchdowns, was 26-1 as a starter and won a Heisman Trophy and a national championship in 2013.

David M. Hale/ESPN

Bills Request Interview With Greg Roman
Greg Roman previously interviewed this offseason with the Buccaneers for their offensive coordinator job.

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Titans Deny Request From Buccaneers To Interview Mike Mularkey
Mike Mularkey is currently the Titans' tight end coach.

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Jameis Winston Offers No Hint On Decision
Jameis Winston has until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL draft.

Andrea Adelson/ESPN

Buccaneers Deny Tanking For Top Draft Pick
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith strongly denies that the team tanked in the fourth quarter on Sunday.