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Dirk Koetter Apologizes For '28-3' Shot At Falcons

May 26, 2017 11:36 AM

Dirk Koetter has apologized after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tweeted a '28-3' joke to the Atlanta Falcons.

"I want to sure on behalf of the Bucs organization that I apologize for whatever that was supposed to be that went out on social media yesterday," Koetter said. "That's not what our organization is about and that was totally unprofessional and not smart on our part, whoever was responsible for that. Heck, we want to be playing in the Super Bowl and we were sitting on our butt while they were playing. So we've got no room to make fun of anyone in the Super Bowl whether they won or not."

The Buccaneers' tweet to the Falcons was in response to Atlanta mocking Tampa Bay's fidget spinner promotion.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Super Bowl LV Moved To Tampa; L.A. To Host SB LVI

May 24, 2017 8:11 AM

The NFL is delaying the Super Bowl's return to Los Angeles.

League owners voted unanimously Tuesday to relocate the site of Super Bowl LV in 2021 from L.A. to Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The vote was held days after it was revealed the opening of the Rams and Chargers' joint stadium would be delayed by a year.

Owners voted for the yet-to-be completed stadium to host Super Bowl LVI in 2022.

"From our standpoint, we felt this was an appropriate thing to do," Roger Goodell said. "We were fortunate that Tampa had a very competitive presentation when they bid on the Super Bowl earlier [in 2016]. So this was a solution the membership got on very quickly."

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Tags: Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Buccaneers, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Agree To One-Year Deal

May 19, 2017 5:52 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached an agreement with veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, the team announced Friday.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the one-year deal is for $3 million.

ESPN.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Doug Martin Not Badly Injured In Car Accident

May 4, 2017 6:00 PM

Doug Martin was involved in a car crash in Tampa on Thursday.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., Martin's black BMW was struck by a black Kia in the middle of an intersection, resulting in the Kia ramming into the side of a periodontist's office and destroying an air conditioning unit.

Police say Martin suffered minor cuts and bruises from the crash. 

The Bucs released a statement Thursday afternoon that said Martin has been evaluated by the team's medical staff and has headed home.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Injury

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Full List Of 2017 NFL Draft, First Round

Apr 27, 2017 11:47 PM

1. Cleveland Browns: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina

3. San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU

5. Tennessee Titans: Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross, WR, Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State

12. Houston Texans: Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State

16. Baltimore Ravens: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans: Adoree’ Jackson, CB, Southern California

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama

20. Denver Broncos: Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah

21. Detroit Lions: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida

22. Miami Dolphins: Charles Harris, DE/OLB, Missouri

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

25. Cleveland Browns: Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons: Takkarist McKinley, OLB, UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns: David Njoku, TE, Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers: Reuben Foster, MLB, Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints: Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin

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8 NFL Owners Contributed 6.7 Percent Of Money For Trump's Inauguration

Apr 19, 2017 12:00 PM

Eight NFL owners contributed to the inauguration of Donald Trump.

According to the FEC filing, NFL owners’ $7.25 million in contributions represented nearly one of every $15 donated to Trump’s inaugural committee.

Robert Kraft (Patriots), Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Woody Johnson (Jets), Bob McNair (Texans), Shahid Khan (Jaguars), Stan Kroenke (Rams) and Dan Snyder (Washington) each contributed $1 million. Ed Glazer (Buccaneers) contributed $250,000.

The $7.25 million donated to the inauguration by NFL franchise owners represented about 6.7 percent of all money contributed to the inaugural committee.

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Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins

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Buccaneers Chosen For HBO's Hard Knocks

Apr 18, 2017 1:47 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been chosen for HBO's Hard Knocks.

“The fans would get an inside look at how our team really is,” Jason Licht said in comments distributed by the team on Monday. “I know that you guys get a better feel than most, but I think the fans would get a real inside look at how we operate, how the players are. In terms of being a distraction, I think we’re wired to where we would be able to minimize that. Dirk has been through it [with the Falcons in 2014]. Mike Smith has been through it and I’ve heard positive things from them.”

Jameis Winston figures to be heavily featured.

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Buccaneers Exercise Fifth-Year Option On Mike Evans

Apr 17, 2017 5:10 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have exercised their fifth-year option on Mike Evans.

The next move would be a long-term deal down the road.

"Yeah we picked up his fifth-year option today," Jason Licht said. "Mike, in terms of his future here, I know I can speak for myself and I'm pretty sure I'm speaking for everybody here, well I know I am, but Mike is a Buc for life. Today, we picked up his option. It wasn't a very tough decision. We'll take it from there. I can promise you at some point, I can't tell you when, we'll be contacting his agent to try to make him an offer that will make him a Buc for long term."

In just three seasons Evans has totaled 238 receptions, 3,578 yards and 27 touchdowns.

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

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Seahawks Have Steep Asking Price For Richard Sherman

Apr 12, 2017 8:37 AM

The Seattle Seahawks are open to trading Richard Sherman, but they have placed a steep asking price on the cornerback.

The Seahawks are looking for a first-round pick and potentially a good player on a cheap contract, according to a report.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that Seattle is looking for something huge.

"We're talking Darrelle Revis Jets-to-Buccaneers type of deal," Garafolo said. "That's what's going to get this thing done."

Just prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jets traded Revis to Tampa Bay in exchange for the No. 13 overall selection and a conditional 2014 fourth-round pick.

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Tags: Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jameis Winston Working Out With Adrian Peterson

Mar 30, 2017 8:52 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't chased Adrian Peterson in free agency, but Dirk Koetter was interested to hear that Jameis Winston spent Thursday working out with the running back.

Winston's personal quarterback coach, George Whitfield, posted a photo on Instagram of himself with Peterson, Winston and Winston's strength and conditioning coach Tim Grover in Houston.

Whitfield also posted a photo of himself with Winston, Peterson, DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans after Tuesday night's Houston Rockets game.

"I've seen Adrian Peterson many times -- one of the best running backs to ever play," Koetter said. Then, after a long pause, he added, "I'm anxious to talk to Jameis and ask him about how his workouts went."

Peterson, 32, became an unrestricted free agent March 9 when the Minnesota Vikings opted not to pick up the option on his contract, which would have paid him $18 million for 2017.

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

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DeSean Jackson Agrees To Three-Year, $35M Deal With Buccaneers
DeSean Jackson caught 56 balls for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns last season.

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Buccaneers Closing In On Deal With DeSean Jackson
In fact, the Buccaneers are expected to sign DeSean Jackson on Thursday afternoon when free agency opens.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Buccaneers Offer To Make Mike Glennon NFL's Highest Paid Backup QB
Mike Glennon is seeking a job as a starting quarterback and plans to test free agency.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Jameis Winston: 'You Better Believe We Want' DeSean Jackson
Jameis Winston has taken his recruitment of DeSean Jackson public.

Tampa Bay Times

Peterson Interested In Giants, Texans, Bucs If He Leaves Vikings
The Vikings have a team option on Adrian Peterson for 2017 that includes an $11.75 million base salary and $6 million roster bonus.

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Buccaneers Agree To Extension With DC Mike Smith
Mike Smith flirted with some of the head coaching vacancies this month.

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Chargers To Interview Matt Patricia, Dave Toub, Mike Smith
Matt Patricia is defensive coordinator of the Patriots while Dave Toub is special-teams coordinator for the Chiefs.

Eric D. Williams/ESPN

Eight Teams Can Be Forced To Appear On Hard Knocks In 2017
If no teams volunteers, there are eight teams that the NFL can force to appear on HBO's Hard Knocks this year.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

No Teams Finish 2016 In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive DVOA
Last season, the Seahawks, Panthers, Cardinals, Bengals and Chiefs ranked in the top-10 on both sides of the ball.

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Buccaneers Will Make Roberto Aguayo Compete For Job
Roberto Aguayo, who the Buccaneers used a second-round pick on in 2016, will have to compete for his job next summer.

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Doug Martin Begins Serving Four-Game Suspension For PED Violation
Doug Martin initially wanted to appeal the ban.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Dirk Koetter Defends Decision To Bench Doug Martin
Doug Martin was made a healthy scratch against the Saints.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

Only Steelers Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA (Infographic)
Pittsburgh ranks third in total DVOA and first in Weighted DVOA.

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Jameis Winston Settles Lawsuit From Alleged 2012 Sexual Assault
Erica Kinsman accused Jameis Winston of sexually assaulting her at his apartment in December 2012.

Mark Schlabach/ESPN

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.

Jenna Laine/ESPN

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.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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.

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