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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

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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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

Tags: New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars In Running For Peterson; Cowboys Out

Apr 23, 2015 12:43 PM

The number of teams who realistically might trade for Adrian Peterson are less than what has been previously reported.

The Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers represent the three teams who could deal for Peterson.

Despite speculation to the contrary, the Dallas Cowboys are not in play for Peterson.

"Whoever says otherwise is 1,000 percent wrong," said Charles Robinson. "The Cowboys have not spoken to the Minnesota Vikings about Adrian Peterson. It has not happened. They haven't offered a draft pick, they have not picked up the telephone to talk to the Minnesota Vikings about Adrian Peterson. It simply has not happened."

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cardinals, Falcons, Cowboys, Jags, Chargers, Bucs In Mix For Peterson

Apr 21, 2015 1:04 PM

The Minnesota Vikings want a resolution to the Adrian Peterson situation during draft week.

"If he's not traded next week, they're going to keep him," the source said.

The Vikings could entice a team to trade for Peterson once Melvin Gordon and Todd Gurley are drafted.

According to a source, the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the six teams that could deal for Peterson.

Peterson was reinstated last week from an NFL suspension for a child-abuse incident. 

Chris Tomasson/Pioneer Press

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, San Diego Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Titans Like Jameis Winston At No. 2 If Buccaneers Pass

Apr 21, 2015 12:53 PM

The Tennessee Titans will consider selecting Jameis Winston with the second overall pick if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass on him at No. 1.

The Titans have done their homework on Winston, and the team feels he "checks out," according to the source. 


While the team does see maturity issues, Winston made a fantastic impression during his April 13 visit to Titans headquarters.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

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

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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.

Pat Yasinskas/ESPN

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

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Draft, Draft Misc, IQ

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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
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.


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

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

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