Saturday, March 17, 2018


Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): Listen live

Kicker Chandler Catanzaro answers questions during a press conference at One Buc Place in Tampa Friday, March 16, 2018.  Catanzaro, who has made 84.4% of his field goal tries and was one of the NFL's best kickoff men in 2017, has signed with Tampa Bay as an unrestricted free agent. (James Borchuck, Times)

New Buc Chandler Catanzaro knows his place Ö on kickoffs, that is

TAMPA — More than any free agent who signed with the Bucs, place-kicker Chandler Catanzaro could have the biggest impact on the new season.Finding a kicker who won't choke in the clutch has been the hardest piece of the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Ravens center Ryan Jensen warms up before a game against the Bears on Oct. 15, 2017, in Baltimore. [Associated Press]

Bucs reach agreement with Ravens free agent Ryan Jensen to make him one of the NFLís top paid centers

To understand why the Bucs went so hard after Ravens free agent center Ryan Jensen, you just have to see to what extent he went to protect his quarterback last season.After Joe Flacco took a late hit from the Dolphins' Kiko Alonso in a game...
Published: 03/16/18
Eagles free agent defensive tackle Beau Allen is ready to go to work and eager to form relationships with his new teammates (GREG AUMAN -- Times)

Beau knows: Allen will be a perfect fit for the Bucs defense and in the locker room

TAMPA – Beau Allen had not met a single teammate when he walked into One Buc Place to survey his new surroundings Thursday and hold an introductory news conference. But it was immediately clear, unlike recent free agents, the Eagles defensive...
Published: 03/15/18
New Bucs defensive tackle Beau Allen spoke with reporters on Thursday morning.(GREG AUMAN -- TIMES)

New Bucs DT Beau Allen once wore an elephant costume on Bumble

TAMPA — Free agent defensive tackle Beau Allen is not a guy who will have a negative impact in the Bucs locker room. On the contrary, the Philadelphia Eagles credited their closeness as a team for helping them win Super Bowl LII over the...
Published: 03/15/18
Jets kicker Chandler Catanzaro is the latest to try to solve the Bucs' kicking issues.  [Associated Press]

Bucs have low-key start to free agency

TAMPA — A run-stuffing, rotational defensive tackle from the Super Bowl champion Eagles. Another one from the Bears. A Jets place-kicker. A starting center/guard from the Ravens is visiting.Those were the Bucs' headliners when the NFL's...
Published: 03/14/18
Denver Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (96) hits Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman (5) as he throws in the third quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  ORG XMIT: COJJ124

Bucs agree to terms with Bears defensive lineman Mitch Unrein

The Bucs continued to load up on run-stuffing defensive linemen Wednesday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract with Bears free agent Mitch Unrein.The 3o-year-old Unrein played defensive end in the Bears 3-4 defense but will play...
Published: 03/14/18
Defensive tackle Beau Allen played the last four seasons with Philadelphia.(NFL)

Bucs expected to begin free agency by signing Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen

TAMPA — The Bucs will begin free agency by signing defensive tackle Beau Allen, a key cog in the Philadelphia Eagles No. 1 run defense.Allen, a seventh-round pick out of Wisconsin in 2104, had 20 tackles 423 defensive snaps as a...
Published: 03/14/18
Bucs tight end Cameron Brate secures a catch as he is hit by Falcons  linebacker Deion Jones. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]

Bucs lock up Cameron Brate, Brent Grimes with new deals

TAMPA — By this time in his life, Cameron Brate figured to be a lawyer for some big firm on Wall Street. But at 26, the Harvard graduate has made a good closing argument for why he should be considered one of the best tight ends in the...
Published: 03/12/18
Tampa Bay's Adam Humphries makes a catch over Cleveland's  Joe Haden during a preseason game last  August. (Times file, 2017)

Bucs place second-round tender on Adam Humphries, re-sign LB Adarius Glanton to a one-year deal

Adam Humphries was an undrafted free agent from Clemson who caught the Bucs eye in a rookie tryout camp in 2015. Last season, he was second on the team in receptions with 61 for 631 yards and one touchdown.That earned Humphries a substantial...
Published: 03/12/18
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht introduces Dirk Koetter as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at One Buc Place in Tampa on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 [Times file (2016)]

How active will the Bucs be in free agent negotiating period?

The Bucs and other NFL teams can begin negotiating contracts for free agents beginning at noon today. The new league year and signing period commences at 4 p.m. Wednesday.A big focus for the Bucs this offseason is locking up some of their own...
Published: 03/12/18