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C.J. Wilson Released From Hospital After Fireworks' Accident

Jul 13, 2015 11:32 PM

C.J. Wilson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was released from a hospital on Friday after losing two fingers in a fireworks accident.

Wilson underwent at least two surgeries on his hand while hospitalized at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The cornerback's father, Curtis Wilson Sr., appearing on Charlotte's WBTV last week, said the fireworks did not pop out of the canister when they exploded. He said his son lost his index and middle fingers off of one of his hands.

Wilson Sr. was asked by WBTV how the injury might affect his son's career.

"For me, that really doesn't matter. My son is alive, so God took care of him as far as that. I guess we'll cross that bridge later on down the road," he told the television station last week.

The accident occurred in Wilson's hometown of Lincolnton, North Carolina, on July 4.

Adam Caplan/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Injury

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Jameis Winston Trying To Lose Weight Before Training Camp

Jun 27, 2015 9:56 AM

Jameis Winston is hoping to lose some weight to get into better shape heading into his first NFL training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Trying to lose some weight, try to get back skinny," he said of his plans. "Right now I'm 238 (pounds), I'm trying to be my redshirt freshman year (weight), about 230. I mean, learn that playbook too, man, you can never go wrong with that."

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

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Buccaneers Using Virtual Reality To Help Develop Jameis Winston

Jun 19, 2015 12:54 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will use a virtual reality system to help Jameis Winston develop his decision-making.

"It might be good for Jameis," offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. "He is a film junkie. We have looked into that."

The system helps players develop the ability to keep up with the rapid pace of the NFL.

"I visualize the concept and go through my reads with no one out there," Winston told FOX Sports of his current methods. "I haven't done any virtual things. I know the Cowboys have got it."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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Buccaneers Claim Tim Wright

Jun 13, 2015 1:13 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed Tim Wright off waivers.

The Buccaneers traded Wright to the New England Patriots last August and he was waived by the franchise this week.

Wright caught six touchdowns for the Patriots.

While Wright did play at Rutgers, a program near and dear to Bill Belichick's heart, he probably wasn't going to keep a roster spot over Scott Chandler, the productive veteran from Buffalo who signed with New England in March.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

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

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Jameis Winston Working Out With Bucs' No. 2 Offense

Jun 5, 2015 12:13 PM

Jameis Winston is the presumptive starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season, but he worked out with the No. 2 offense on Thursday.

Lovie Smith will make Winston earn the starting job from Mike Glennon.

"Jameis and everybody else have to earn their position," Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "Jameis is getting his first-team reps. You guys are here on Thursday, and Wednesday he was with the first group then. Don't look too much into that. We just want the guys we think can play to get reps, and we want them to work with a lot of different combinations.

"Jameis is right on schedule. We're not disappointed or anything like that in him."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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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.

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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

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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.

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

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Leonard Williams Believes He Should Go First Overall
Leonard Williams is rated by RealGM's Jeff Risdon as the top overall prospect in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Buccaneers Conducted Extensive Vetting Of Jameis Winston
Jason Licht said the Buccaneers "spoke to upwards of 75 people" about Jameis Winston.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Jets Secretly Worked Out Marcus Mariota At Facility
The Jets, Buccaneers and Titans are the three teams to have worked out Marcus Mariota at both their own practice facility and on Oregon's campus.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

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.


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

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