Archive: Buccaneers

Bucs Release C. Simms

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Chris Simms. Simms had described his relationship with Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden as beyond repair and had hoped to be released. He'd said during the offseason that Gruden demonstrated a lack of concern last year when Simms was working his way back from...

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Awaiting Word on C. Simms

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have begun to make their cuts but there's still no word on whether they'll release quarterback Chris Simms. Simms has called his relationship with Coach Jon Gruden irreparable and has said he expects to be released today....

 

By Mark Maske | August 30, 2008; 05:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Re-Sign Defensive End

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that they've re-signed defensive end Patrick Chukwurah. He was with the team last season but was released in June. He played in nine games last season and had 16 tackles and a sack....

 

By Mark Maske | August 28, 2008; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Trade For M. Douglas

The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a trade in which they will obtain defensive end Marques Douglas from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Howard University product has had two previous stints with the Ravens, first as a rookie in 1999 and then again between 2001 and 2004. He spent...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 01:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Put Cadillac on PUP

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams on the physically unable to perform list. He must sit out at least the first six weeks of the season. Williams still is recovering from the severe knee injury that cut short his 2007 season. It's not clear if he...

 

By Mark Maske | August 27, 2008; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

L. Petitgout Reportedly Facing Four-Game Suspension

According to reports by Tampa-area media outlets, former Buccaneers offensive tackle Luke Petitgout has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the regular season. A league official told the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times that Petitgout was suspended for violating the league's steroids policy....

 

By Mark Maske | August 20, 2008; 01:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

D. Penn Gets Left Tackle Job as Bucs Cut L. Petitgout

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released left tackle Luke Petitgout on Saturday, giving the team's starting job at the position to Donald Penn. Petitgout was trying to return from a knee injury but began training camp on the physically unable to perform list and never made it back to the...

 

By Mark Maske | August 17, 2008; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calf Injury Still Plaguing J. Garcia

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers called quarterback Jeff Garcia's calf injury minor when he got hurt, at the height of the speculation that Brett Favre might be headed to Tampa, nearly 2-1/2 weeks ago. Maybe it's not so minor. Garcia hasn't practiced fully since, and he is to miss his...

 

By Mark Maske | August 16, 2008; 11:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Says Gruden Tried Hard to Get Him to Tampa

CLEVELAND--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saying they never made a serious effort to trade for Brett Favre. Favre is telling another story. When talking this evening about the sales job that Jets General Manger Mike Tannenbaum did to convince him to play in New York, Favre mentioned the conversations...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Trade Has Many Ramifications For Many Quarterbacks

The trickle-down effect of the Brett Favre trade is significant. The deal means a lot of things to a lot of fellow NFL quarterbacks, beginning with Chad Pennington. The Jets, after trading for Favre late Wednesday night, plan to release Pennington today. He had been competing with Kellen Clemens...

 

By Mark Maske | August 7, 2008; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bucs Viewed as Favre Front-Runners Over Jets

People familiar with the Brett Favre trade talks believe he will be dealt to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but not necessarily today. The New York Jets apparently also are bidding. "I think it will be Tampa," said one person close to the talks, speaking on the condition of anonymity...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 07:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Stretch Run for Favre Trade Talks?

The Buccaneers and Jets are said by people familiar with the Brett Favre trade discussions to each be pressing for the completion of a deal with the Packers for the quarterback. It's possible but not certain that a trade to one of the teams will be completed today. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bucs, Jets Vie for Favre

So, picking up where we left off before the blog outage... The rumblings early Tuesday that the Packers might trade Brett Favre to Minnesota were misguided, at least for now. The Packers still appear adamant they won't deal the quarterback to a fellow NFC North team. Tampa always was...

 

By Mark Maske | August 6, 2008; 03:28 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bucs Calling Garcia's Injury Minor

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saying that the injury to his right calf that quarterback Jeff Garcia suffered during today's practice isn't serious. Coach Jon Gruden said during a news conference that more evaluation of the injury is required but at this point he doesn't think it's serious. The...

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Garcia Hurt in Bucs' Camp, Favre to the Rescue?

Quarterback Jeff Garcia has suffered an apparent injury to his right leg during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice. According to an observer, Garcia was hurt during a non-contact passing drill and left the field on a cart. He limped to the locker room after getting out of the cart....

 

By Mark Maske | July 31, 2008; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Lose Special Teams Standout

Buccaneers cornerback Torrie Cox is headed to the injured reserve list after suffering a season-ending knee injury over the weekend. The injury will be troublesome to the Buccaneers because Cox is one of the league's better special-teams players....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Simms Trade Still Possible

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't traded quarterback Chris Simms yet, but it remains possible. The Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears are thought to be interested. Simms has said that he doesn't believe he can continue to coexist with Coach Jon Gruden....

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2008; 03:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Packers' Practice Comes This Morning as Favre Trade Talks Continue

GREEN BAY, Wis.--It's a sunny morning in Green Bay and the Packers are scheduled to begin training camp with a practice in a little over two hours. Brett Favre's designated successor at quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, is to be taking the snaps with the starting offense, with Favre still at...

 

By Mark Maske | July 28, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gruden Tired of Favre Questions

Jon Gruden is growing weary of answering questions about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' interest in trading for quarterback Brett Favre. Asked what he makes of the latest round of developments in Favre's standoff with the Green Bay Packers, the Buccaneers coach said during his news conference today: "I don't...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2008; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Moving Day For Favre? (With McCarthy Press Conference Update)

A couple league sources said this morning that the Green Bay Packers have been asking for way, way more than they're going to get in trade discussions for Brett Favre. Still, they're convinced that the Packers will reduce their asking price and something could get done today, most likely...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2008; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Deals For Two More First-Rounders

Two more first-rounders have agreed to contracts. Tailback Rashard Mendenhall, the 23rd overall selection, gets a five-year, $12.5 million deal from the Pittsburgh Steelers that includes just more than $7.1 million in guaranteed money. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while awaiting the possible arrival of quarterback Brett Favre, finished a...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trade Remains Likely Outcome

Even with Brett Favre telling the Packers that he will report to training camp with them, several NFL sources say they still expect Favre to be traded. "Look for a trade," said one source. A source said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed to the Packers that they cannot prevent...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Favre: Dialogue Between Two Sides

A league source says there's been dialogue in recent days between Green Bay Packers officials and quarterback Brett Favre in an attempt to resolve their dispute. "They're talking," said the source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. The source speculated that the...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Resolution Near?

Many people around the league expect the Brett Favre situation to be resolved within the next 48 hours. The most likely outcome, some of them continue to believe, is the quarterback being traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Green Bay Packers, to whom Favre remains under contract, report...

 

By Mark Maske | July 25, 2008; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tampa, Carolina Still Viewed By Many As Top Possible Favre Destinations

People within the league remain convinced that if the Green Bay Packers are going to trade Brett Favre, it probably will be to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Carolina Panthers. Tampa has been regarded as the front-runner within league circles because Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden is a former Packers...

 

By Mark Maske | July 23, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Favre Speculation Centered on Bucs, Panthers

Some people within the league are focusing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina Panthers are possible trade suitors for Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre. In Tampa, Favre would play in the sort of West Coast offensive system that he played in Green Bay and would be coached...

 

By Mark Maske | July 16, 2008; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (44)

Some View Tampa as Possible Landing Spot for Favre

There is growing sentiment in and around the league, it seems, that one possible resolution to the Brett Favre mess in Green Bay is a trade of the quarterback from the Packers to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's unlikely that the Packers will accommodate Favre's request to be released,...

 

By Mark Maske | July 13, 2008; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Deal for Bucs' Graham

Tailback Earnest Graham has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers worth about $11 million. Graham had declined to participate in voluntary offseason activities with the Buccaneers, although he had taken part in a mandatory minicamp. He had one season remaining on his previous deal...

 

By Mark Maske | June 30, 2008; 10:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Terps' Moore Signs Deal With Bucs

Dre Moore, a rookie defensive tackle from the University of Maryland, has signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced. Moore was a fourth-round draft pick in April, the 115th overall selection in the draft....

 

By Mark Maske | June 20, 2008; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simms Not At Bucs' Minicamp

Quarterback Chris Simms did not attend the opening day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' three-day minicamp today. Simms reportedly has asked the team to release him and recently told two Tampa-area newspapers that his relationship with Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden cannot be repaired. Simms said that Gruden last year...

 

By Mark Maske | June 17, 2008; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Plummer, Bucs Reach Settlement

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached a settlement with retired quarterback Jake Plummer. According to the Tampa Tribune, Plummer has agreed to repay half the $7 million in bonus money that the Buccaneers had been seeking to force him to return. The money will be given to the Buccaneers...

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 02:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Simms Tells Newspapers He's At Odds With Gruden

Quarterback Chris Simms remains on the Buccaneers' roster but told Tampa-area newspapers that his relationship with Coach Jon Gruden is "totally broken" and cannot be repaired. Simms indicated he has asked the Buccaneers to trade or release him. Simms had his 2006 season ended by a ruptured spleen suffered...

 

By Mark Maske | June 10, 2008; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Re-Sign J. Stevens, Cut B. Gradkowski

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that they've re-signed tight end Jerramy Stevens and released quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Stevens had been an unrestricted free agent. He spent last season with the Buccaneers after five seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Stevens had 18 catches last season, four of them for...

 

By Mark Maske | May 30, 2008; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (7)

M. Pittman to Broncos

Free agent tailback Michael Pittman agreed to a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos. Pittman gives the Broncos depth at the spot behind starter Travis Henry and top backup Selvin Young. Henry has been kept out of offseason workouts lately by a hamstring injury. Pittman spent the last six...

 

By Mark Maske | May 27, 2008; 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Reportedly in L. Sheppard Chase

According to reports out of media outlets in Philadelphia and Florida, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have emerged as a potential bidder for Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard. The Eagles are thought to be interested in trading Sheppard after signing cornerback Asante Samuel in free agency. The Buccaneers have a need...

 

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2008; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (2)

J. Allen Situation Still Unresolved

Defensive end Jared Allen, last season's NFL sacks leader, visited the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. The Vikings now face a multi-part task: They must negotiate a new contract with Allen and they must work out a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, who gave Allen their franchise player tag...

 

By Mark Maske | April 19, 2008; 04:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Shopping J. Allen to Vikings, Bucs

People around the league say the Kansas City Chiefs are shopping defensive end Jared Allen, the league's sack leader last season. The Chiefs placed their franchise player tag on Allen in February but that doesn't mean they can't trade him. The Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are said...

 

By Mark Maske | April 17, 2008; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

K. Carter Agrees to Return to Bucs

Defensive end Kevin Carter agreed to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Carter had been released by the Buccaneers but agreed to return for a lesser deal. He also received a contract offer from the Oakland Raiders....

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

W. Dunn Returns to Tampa

Tailback Warrick Dunn, released by the Atlanta Falcons, has returned to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have announced that they've re-signed Dunn, who spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in Tampa. He still ranks third on the franchise's career rushing list. Dunn spent the past...

 

By Mark Maske | March 10, 2008; 08:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Activity on Restricted Free Agent Market

The restricted free agent market has gotten its first activity. The Detroit Lions signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Kalvin Pearson to a three-year, $3.5 million offer sheet. The deal includes a $1.1 million signing bonus. The Buccaneers have a week to decide whether to match the offer to retain...

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2008; 09:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Re-Sign M. Bennett

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they'd re-signed tailback Michael Bennett. The former Pro Bowler for the Minnesota Vikings was obtained by the Buccaneers this past season in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs....

 

By Mark Maske | February 15, 2008; 01:38 PM ET | Comments (162)

No Pro Bowl for Favre, So Garcia Gets Nod

Brett Favre isn't going to the Pro Bowl on the heels of the Green Bay Packers' disappointing overtime loss in the NFC title game. The quarterback was replaced on the NFC roster by Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia. It is Garcia's fourth career Pro Bowl appearance. The previous three came...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Retires

Fullback Mike Alstott, as expected, announced his retirement today. He spent a dozen seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was selected to six Pro Bowls. He retires as the franchise's career leader in touchdowns. Alstott missed all of this season with a neck injury, his second such injury...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 02:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Expected to Announce Retirement Today

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scheduled a news conference for today at which fullback Mike Alstott is expected to announce his retirement. The six-time Pro Bowler did not play this season because of a neck injury, which he said was unrelated to a previous neck injury in 2003. Alstott,...

 

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 08:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bucs Sign Gruden, B. Allen to Contract Extensions

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen to three-year contract extensions. The deals run through the 2011 season. The Buccaneers won the NFC South with a record of 9-7 but lost in the first round of the playoffs at home to the New...

 

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 01:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Keep M. Kiffin In Fold

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they'd signed their longtime defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, to a contract extension. There had been speculation in recent weeks that Kiffin would leave Tampa to go to Oakland and work for his son, Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin....

 

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

J. Stevens Suspended For One Game

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Jerramy Stevens was suspended for one game without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Stevens was arrested in March on a drunk driving charge. He also is to be fined an additional game check....

 

By Mark Maske | December 12, 2007; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Garcia's Playing Status Still Unclear

It's still not clear if the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have Jeff Garcia at quarterback Sunday. Garcia participated in Friday's practice on a limited basis but continues to be plagued by a back injury. Luke McCown probably would take over as the starter, ahead of Bruce Gradkowski, if Garcia...

 

By Mark Maske | December 1, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Garcia's Back Still Ailing

The back injury that Jeff Garcia suffered during Sunday's win over the Washington Redskins continues to plague the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' veteran quarterback. Garcia left the game but later returned. He said on a Tampa radio station Tuesday that the injury still is bothering him and he's not yet...

 

By Mark Maske | November 28, 2007; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

M. Lehr Reportedly Implicated By Personal Trainer in Texas

Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Matt Lehr reportedly has been implicated in the NFL's latest steroids scandal. The Dallas Morning News reported that Lehr was implicated by Plano, Tex., personal trainer David Jacobs, who pleaded guilty to a steroids-related charge this week and agreed to cooperate with federal investigators...

 

By Mark Maske | November 15, 2007; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (4)

Buccaneers Get Running Back Help By Trading for Chiefs' M. Bennett

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers filled their need for a tailback by obtaining Michael Bennett in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. Bennett is a former 1,200-yard rusher for the Minnesota Vikings who'd been relegated to backup status in Kansas City. It is not immediately clear what the Chiefs...

 

By Mark Maske | October 16, 2007; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs, Desperately Needing Running Back Help, Sign Z. Crockett

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Zack Crockett, a 12-year NFL veteran formerly with the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. The Buccaneers are shorthanded at the position after losing starting tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams to a season-ending knee injury and his replacement, Michael Pittman, to an...

 

By Mark Maske | October 10, 2007; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bucs Place C. Simms on Injured Reserve List

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed quarterback Chris Simms on the injured reserve list, making him ineligible to play for the team this season. He hasn't played in a regular season game since undergoing emergency surgery to have his spleen removed following a game early last season. "We were hopeful,...

 

By Mark Maske | October 9, 2007; 08:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Lose Another Running Back

A week after losing starting tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams to a season-ending knee injury, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have lost replacement Michael Pittman to an ankle injury suffered during Sunday's loss at Indianapolis. Pittman is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Earnest Graham takes over as...

 

By Mark Maske | October 8, 2007; 03:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Lose C. Williams, L. Petitgout for Season

The triumph over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday that raised the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' record to 3-1 was costly. Tailback Carnell (Cadillac) Williams and left tackle Luke Petitgout suffered season-ending knee injuries. Each player is scheduled to undergo surgery this week. The Buccaneers plan to rotate Michael Pittman and...

 

By Mark Maske | October 1, 2007; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bucs Release D. Boston

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released wide receiver David Boston. The team announced that it had reached an injury settlement with Boston, who sat out the season-opening game because of a foot injury. Earlier this week, police released test results showing that Boston had a depressant, the "date-rape drug" GHB,...

 

By Mark Maske | September 12, 2007; 03:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trotter Agrees to One-Year Deal With Bucs

Free agent middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter agreed to a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The former Pro Bowler was released by the Philadelphia Eagles this preseason. He is to compete with Barrett Ruud for the starting middle linebacker job in Tampa....

 

By Mark Maske | September 3, 2007; 08:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Keep Four Quarterbacks on Roster, At Least for Now

The league-wide trend is recent years has been, increasingly, for teams to keep only two quarterbacks on their 53-man rosters instead of the traditional three, freeing up a spot for a player who might be more useful on game days than a third-string quarterback. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are...

 

By Mark Maske | September 2, 2007; 07:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Trotter to Visit Bucs Today as Eagles Teammates Wonder Why He Was Cut

Free agent linebacker Jeremiah Trotter is scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. Trotter was released Tuesday by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Buccaneers have Barrett Ruud at middle linebacker after releasing Shelton Quarles in the offseason. Trotter, 30, is a four-time Pro Bowl selection at middle linebacker. In...

 

By Mark Maske | August 23, 2007; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Done For Season, But Stops Shy of Announcing Retirement

Fullback Mike Alstott will miss the season after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they're placing him on the injured reserve list. Alstott, 33, suffered a neck injury and said he will determine at a later time whether he will resume his NFL career. There had been reports...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 05:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Reportedly Set to Leave Football, Buccaneers Behind

Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback Mike Alstott reportedly will announce today that he's retiring. The Buccaneers scheduled a news conference for this afternoon and several news outlets reported that Alstott will retire. The Orlando Sentinel reported on its Web site that Alstott plans to sit out the season and then...

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2007; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Buccaneers, Broncos Reportedly Seeking About $7 Million From Retired Quarterback Plummer

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos reportedly have filed a grievance against retired quarterback Jake Plummer, seeking to force him to repay a prorated portion of signing bonus money. The St. Petersburg Times reported that the teams are attempting to force Plummer to return about $7 million. The...

 

By Mark Maske | August 8, 2007; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (3)

C. Simms Not Ready for Full Participation in Bucs' Camp

Quarterback Chris Simms has been unable to participate in full team drills at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' training camp the past two days. Simms reportedly continues to suffer from complications from the emergency surgery that he underwent last September to have his spleen removed following a game against the...

 

By Mark Maske | July 30, 2007; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Rice Might Have Trouble Getting Big Contract

Simeon Rice is 33 years old and coming off a two-sack season, but the veteran defensive end apparently is seeking a lucrative contract after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. He might have trouble getting it. Executives with two NFL teams contacted today said they would...

 

By Mark Maske | July 27, 2007; 06:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

G. Adams Agrees to Deal With Bucs

Defensive end Gaines Adams, the fourth overall selection in the NFL draft in April, has reached a contract agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a league source said. He is the eighth of the 32 first-round picks to complete a deal with his team. The others are Atlanta Falcons...

 

By Mark Maske | July 26, 2007; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Try to Return to Prominence With Busy Offseason

Team-By-Team Offseason Roundup Tampa Bay Buccaneers Players Released: Kenyatta Walker, T Blue Adams, CB Juran Bolden, CB Shelton Quarles, LB Free Agents Lost: Dewayne White, DE Sean Mahan, C Cornell Green, T Tim Rattay, QB Traded For: Jake Plummer, QB (retired) Ryan Sims, DT Free Agents Re-Signed: Phillip Buchanon,...

 

By Mark Maske | June 6, 2007; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chiefs Trade R. Sims to Bucs, Cut E. Hicks

The Kansas City Chiefs did some housecleaning on their defensive line, trading tackle Ryan Sims and releasing end Eric Hicks. Sims was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for an undisclosed draft pick. He was the sixth overall selection in the 2002 NFL draft but never lived up to...

 

By Mark Maske | May 1, 2007; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Buccaneers Sign J. Stevens

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed tight end Jerramy Stevens on Sunday. Stevens is a former first-round draft choice by the Seattle Seahawks. His tenure in Seattle was best remembered for the dropped passes that he had in the Seahawks' Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end...

 

By Mark Maske | April 30, 2007; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

G. Adams to Bucs

NEW YORK--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the fourth selection in the draft on Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams. That leaves open the possibility of a trade that would send Adams to Detroit and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the second overall choice by the Lions, to Tampa....

 

By Mark Maske | April 28, 2007; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs to Release Quarles

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Tuesday that they would release linebacker Shelton Quarles before the draft. Quarles reportedly failed his physical and has a $1 million roster bonus due on May 1. He's been with the Buccaneers since 1997 and was second on the team in tackles last season....

 

By Mark Maske | April 25, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

C. June Picks Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed one of the last few notable players remaining on the unrestricted free agent market when they agreed Saturday to a three-year, approximately $12 million contract with linebacker Cato June. June leaves the Indianapolis Colts. It was the second significant free agent defection from the...

 

By Mark Maske | March 18, 2007; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plummer Insists He Really Is Retiring

Jake Plummer says he's retiring. Really. People around the league have remained suspicious that the quarterback's threat to retire merely is a ploy to try to get himself to the Houston Texans, where he'd be the starter and would be reunited with former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak,...

 

By Mark Maske | March 10, 2007; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

K. Carter to Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed defensive end Kevin Carter. Carter just was released by the Miami Dolphins when they couldn't agree to a reworked contract with him....

 

By Mark Maske | March 5, 2007; 07:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plummer Trade to Bucs Goes Through, After All

The Denver Broncos traded quarterback Jake Plummer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today, after all. A day after the deal was put on hold because Plummer was threatening to retire, the Broncos announced today they'd sent Plummer to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a conditional draft choice in 2008....

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2007; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Land Garcia

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recovered from Friday's failed attempt to trade for Jake Plummer by landing another veteran quarterback today in free agency, Jeff Garcia. Garcia and the Buccaneers agreed to a contract that likely will leave Garcia beginning next season as the club's starter ahead of Chris Simms....

 

By Mark Maske | March 3, 2007; 01:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Plummer Trying to Get to Houston?

According to a source, Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer might reconsider his retirement decision if he has a chance to play for the Houston Texans. The Texans' head coach is former Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and they apparently are looking to trade their starting quarterback, David Carr. Plummer...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 07:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Want Plummer But Does Plummer Want to Play?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reached a tentative trade agreement with the Denver Broncos today to obtain quarterback Jake Plummer from Denver but will have to convince Plummer not to retire to complete the deal, an NFL source said. Plummer lost the starting job in Denver to rookie Jay Cutler...

 

By Mark Maske | March 2, 2007; 01:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Playing Another Season for Bucs

Fullback Mike Alstott has decided against retiring and will spend another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Alstott signed a one-year, approximately $1.5 million contract with the team today....

 

By Mark Maske | March 1, 2007; 02:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Win Coin Flip for Third Pick in Draft

Who says the Cleveland Browns have only bad luck? The Browns won a coin toss with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today for the third overall selection in the NFL draft in April. The Buccaneers will pick fourth. The two clubs had identical 4-12 records and their opponents had the...

 

By Mark Maske | February 23, 2007; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rattay Taking Over as Bucs' Starter at QB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are switching starting quarterbacks this week, from rookie Bruce Gradkowski to veteran Tim Rattay. Rattay replaced Gradkowski during Sunday's overtime loss to the Chicago Bears and threw three touchdown passes to nearly pull off a comeback win....

 

By Mark Maske | December 18, 2006; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place WR Clayton on IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed wide receiver Michael Clayton on the injured reserve list because of a knee injury. He finishes the season with 33 catches for 356 yards and one touchdown. He's totaled 65 catches for 728 yards and one touchdown over the past two seasons after having...

 

By Mark Maske | December 6, 2006; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place S. Rice on IR List

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed veteran defensive end Simeon Rice on the injured reserve list, ending his season, because of a shoulder injury. Rice ends the season with a career-low two sacks. That ends a string of five straight seasons with more than 10 sacks. Dewayne White replaces Rice...

 

By Mark Maske | November 22, 2006; 03:17 PM ET | Comments (4)

Bucs Could Place C. Simms on IR List Soon

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could place quarterback Chris Simms on the injured reserve list this week or next week, a move that would end his season. Simms and the Buccaneers did not rule out the possibility of him playing again this season after he underwent emergency surgery for a...

 

By Mark Maske | October 31, 2006; 12:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place CB Kelly on IR

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they'd placed cornerback Brian Kelly on the injured reserve list, ending his season, because of an ailing toe....

 

By Mark Maske | October 25, 2006; 03:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Overprotecting the Quarterback

The league instructs its game officials to protect quarterbacks. If a hit on a quarterback is borderline, officials are told, call a penalty. But the roughing-the-quarterback call that decided last Sunday's Cincinnati-Tampa Bay game took it too far. The Buccaneers' winning touchdown in their 14-13 triumph came after rookie...

 

By Mark Maske | October 18, 2006; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Buchanon Signs With Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed cornerback Phillip Buchanon, a former first-round draft pick just released by the Houston Texans....

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Trade DT McFarland to Colts

The Indianapolis Colts obtained defensive tackle Anthony McFarland in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a second-round draft choice next spring. The Colts are unbeaten entering Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins but their defense ranks last in the league against the run and is missing tackle...

 

By Mark Maske | October 17, 2006; 06:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Get CB Strait Off Waivers

Cornerback Derrick Strait, released by the New York Jets on Tuesday, was claimed off waivers by several teams and awarded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets signed cornerback Hank Poteat to replace Strait on the roster....

 

By Mark Maske | October 12, 2006; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Simms Says Buccaneers' Medical Staff Not At Fault

Injured Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms said during a news conference Thursday in Tampa that he doesn't fault the team's medical staff for allowing him to reenter a game against the Carolina Panthers 12 days ago. Simms underwent emergency surgery after the game to have his spleen removed. Buccaneers officials...

 

By Mark Maske | October 6, 2006; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Place K. Walker on IR List

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed offensive tackle Kenyatta Walker on the injured reserve list today. He underwent season-ending knee surgery Tuesday. Rookie Jeremy Trueblood moves into the Buccaneers' starting lineup in Walker's place at right tackle....

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 09:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Simms to Speak Publicly Thursday

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Chris Simms is scheduled to participate in a news conference on Thursday in Tampa. Simms was released from a hospital last weekend after undergoing emergency surgery to have his spleen removed following a game against the Carolina Panthers 10 days ago....

 

By Mark Maske | October 4, 2006; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Buccaneers, League Discussing Wallace Hit on Simms

Tampa Bay Buccaneers officials are talking to members of the league office about the hit they believe caused quarterback Chris Simms's injury during last Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. Buccaneers officials believe that Simms most likely was hurt on a fourth-quarter hit by Panthers defensive end Al Wallace....

 

By Mark Maske | September 28, 2006; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

League, Union Officials Seem to Believe that Buccaneers Acted Properly

League and NFL Players Association officials seem to believe that, based on what they've heard at this point, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers followed proper safety and medical procedures Sunday when dealing with quarterback Chris Simms's injury. Simms underwent emergency surgery to have his spleen removed following the Buccaneers' loss...

 

By Mark Maske | September 26, 2006; 07:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gruden Says Simms's Career Is Not in Jeopardy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden visited quarterback Chris Simms at a Tampa-area hospital this morning. Gruden said later at a news conference that Simms's prognosis is promising after the quarterback underwent emergency surgery for a ruptured spleen following Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers. Gruden said that Simms's...

 

By Mark Maske | September 25, 2006; 02:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Bucs Get Presidential Visit

President Bush attended the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice today. He spent about a half-hour at the team's training facility and gave a fundraising speech at nearby Raymond James Stadium....

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 10:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gruden, K. Johnson Getting Together

When the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers play on Sunday in Tampa, it will be the first game involving Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden and Panthers wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson since Gruden de-activated Johnson for the final six games of the 2003 season for insubordination. The two coexisted peacefully...

 

By Mark Maske | September 21, 2006; 04:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

RBs Nicked Up

Running backs already are getting nicked up early in the NFL season. Carnell (Cadillac) Williams sat out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice Thursday because of back spasms. Williams also was plagued by back problems during training camp and during last weekend's season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens, when he...

 

By Mark Maske | September 15, 2006; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Paging the Bucs, Paging the Bucs

Someone please alert the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The season started. The Buccaneers were a playoff team last season but Sunday's lopsided defeat at home to the Baltimore Ravens was a shockingly inept performance. The Ravens are improved, yes, with Steve McNair at quarterback. But not that improved....

 

By Mark Maske | September 11, 2006; 04:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Rookie Guard to Miss Opener

Rookie guard Davin Joseph will miss the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens because of a sprained right knee suffered in practice Wednesday. Jeb Terry is to replace Joseph in the Buccaneers' lineup. Coach Jon Gruden said today that Joseph's injury was not as serious as...

 

By Mark Maske | September 7, 2006; 08:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fiedler Released But Could Return to Bucs When He's Healthy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released quarterback Jay Fiedler on Wednesday. The former Miami Dolphins starter is working his way back from shoulder surgery but has been unable to practice. Fiedler signed with the Buccaneers in June after being released by the New York Jets in February. He missed most...

 

By Mark Maske | August 31, 2006; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Are Latest to Take Look at L. Kennedy

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers became the latest team to host a workout by Lincoln Kennedy as the former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle attempts to revive his playing career. Kennedy retired after the 2003 season but has had a string of workouts with clubs in recent weeks. Buccaneers Coach Jon...

 

By Mark Maske | August 24, 2006; 10:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Could Be Back in QB Market

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be in the market for another quarterback to back up starter Chris Simms. Coach Jon Gruden has experienced reserves Tim Rattay, Luke McCown and Jay Fiedler on the roster but did not rule out the possibility of adding a quarterback when the subject came...

 

By Mark Maske | August 13, 2006; 09:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Stephens Back in League With Bucs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed tight end Leonard Stephens, a Howard University product who was with the Washington Redskins in 2002, after a morning workout today. Stephens was released by the Detroit Lions in training camp last summer and didn't play in the NFL last season....

 

By Mark Maske | August 9, 2006; 09:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Extend R. Barber

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed cornerback Ronde Barber to a five-year contract extension worth as much as $24 million. The deal probably ensures that Barber, 31, will finish his career with the team. He was entering the final season of his previous contract. He reached his third career Pro...

 

By Mark Maske | August 3, 2006; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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