TAMPA — The day before teams can open contact with free agents, the Bucs reached a deal to bring back one of their own, re-signing strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas to a one-year contract.
Casillas, 26, joined the Bucs last year and established himself as a special teams standout with nine tackles (one shy of the team lead). He also started four games at linebacker and had 24 tackles and a forced fumble. ...
TAMPA -- The day before NFL teams can open contact with the representatives for unrestricted free agents, the Bucs reached a deal to bring one of their own back for 2014, re-signing strongside linebacker Jonathan Casillas to a one-year contract.
Casillas, 26, joined the Bucs last year and established himself as a special-teams standout, starting four games at linebacker on the way to 24 tackles and a forced fumble. Terms were not disclosed, but he had joined the team last spring after four seasons in New Orleans with a one-year, $1.4-million deal....
NFL teams can't start signing free agents until Tuesday, but starting Friday, they can begin the process of negotiating with players. The Bucs have some clear needs — finding a pass-rushing defensive end, upgrading the offensive line, adding talent at tight end and receiver — and should be active in their first offseason under new general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith.
The Bucs have about $19 million in room under the salary cap, plus whatever is freed up by cutting veterans with expensive, non-guaranteed contracts. It's unknown whether Tampa Bay will attack free agency going for quantity (upgrading as many positions as possible) or trying to land a few top-dollar stars to address the biggest needs....
TAMPA — The Bucs have made it clear they expect to bring in competition for Mike Glennon for the starting quarterback job, but as free agency begins this weekend, there are limited options among the established passers available on the market.
The Bucs could use their first-round pick (No. 7 overall) on one of the draft's perceived top three quarterbacks — Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, UCF's Blake Bortles and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, though not necessarily in that order — but they also could bring in a veteran....
03/06/14 BlogTAMPA -- The Bucs have made it clear they expect to bring in competition for Mike Glennon for the team's starting quarterback job, but as free agency begins this weekend, there are limited options in the established passers available on the open market.The Bucs could use their top draft pick (No. 7 overall) on one of t...03/06/14Bucs
TAMPA — New Bucs coach Lovie Smith has plenty of former players available in free agency, including top returner Devin Hester, who said Wednesday that he would like the idea of playing for Smith again in Tampa.
"It's possible," Hester said on the on the NFL Network's Total Access show. "I know Chicago wants to go a different route with me. … Tampa, I look at Lovie as my No. 1 coach right now. He's the one that took a chance on me coming out of the draft. He has all my respect. If he's a guy that's going to shoot at me and want me to come play with him again, my arms are open."...03/06/14 Blog
The NFL's annual free-agency shopping spree opens in earnest on Tuesday afternoon, and teams can begin the process of negotiating with players on Saturday. The Bucs have some clear needs -- finding a pass-rushing defensive end, upgrading the offensive line, adding talent at tight end and receiver -- and should be active in their first offseason under new general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith....03/06/14 Blog
New Bucs coach Lovie Smith has plenty of former players available in free agency, like top returner Devin Hester, who said Wednesday on the NFL Network that he'd like the idea of playing for Smith again in Tampa.
"It's possible," Hester said on the "Total Access" show, which can be seen here. "I know Chicago wants to go a different route with me. ... Tampa, I look at Lovie as my No. 1 coach right now. He's the one that took a chance on me coming out of the draft. He has all my respect. If he's a guy that's going to shoot at me and want me to come play with him again, my arms are open."...03/05/14 Blog
In what is largely a procedural move, the Bucs have given a one-year extension to running back Bobby Rainey, who went from the waiver wire to the starting lineup last year after season-ending injuries to Doug Martin and Mike James.
Rainey was an exclusive-rights free agent, which meant the Bucs needed only to offer him a contract to keep his rights. The one-year extension puts him back on the traditional NFL cycle of being a restricted free agent after his third NFL season in the spring of 2015....03/03/14Bucs
TAMPA — After just a subtle tweak in changing their logo and helmets last month, the Bucs unveiled a significant change to their uniforms Monday, fitting a new-look team under new coach Lovie Smith.
The Bucs released photos of the new Nike uniforms — a red home uniform on defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and a white road uniform on running back Doug Martin — with a new font for numbers and orange trim as a nod to the team's first uniforms....03/03/14 Blog
Eleven days after rolling out a subtle tweak to their logo and helmet, the Bucs on Monday unveiled a first look at their new uniforms for 2014, with a significant change fitting for a new-look team under new coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht.
The single image, posted on the Bucs' official site and on the team's social media accounts, shows running back Doug Martin in white Nike jersey with red numbers and orange trim, with pewter pants and pewter on the shoulders. The numbers have a new font, as well as a unique chrome reflective border the team says is the first of its kind. The orange is a nod to the team's original uniforms, which went away when the team shifted to pewter and red in 1997....02/28/14Bucs
TAMPA — NFL free agency is less than two weeks away, and it could be a busy time for new Bucs coach Lovie Smith and new general manager Jason Licht, who are tasked with turning around a franchise that hasn't won a playoff game since the Super Bowl in January 2003.
With a fresh set of eyes looking over a team that went 4-12 in 2013, change could come nearly anywhere.
You can connect the Bucs to many notable potential free agents via the familiarity of Smith, his staff and Licht. ...02/28/14News
TAMPA — Declan Farmer never saw the surprise coming. The tall, red-headed sophomore had walked to the main auditorium at Berkeley Prep on Tuesday morning, not noticing that all his classmates were decked out in red, white and blue. An a capella version of the national anthem, sung to a packed house of 600-plus students and teachers, gave him no hint. His name was announced, and what followed was a loud standing ovation, a "U-S-A" chant and a good-luck banner signed by so many that it took five students to stretch it out across the stage. The outpouring of campus pride and patriotism was for Farmer, who was soon ...02/28/14 Blog
Free agency is still almost two weeks off, but we're offering up a primer of sorts to help get everybody understanding what's ahead for the Bucs as Lovie Smith and Jason Licht get their first chance to overhaul the roster of a team that went 4-12 last season. Here you go -- we'll be happy to answer any questions left in the comments, as always ...
WHEN IT BEGINS: March 11 at 4 p.m. -- that's the official start of the league year, when teams must be under the salary cap and can start signing free agents from other teams. Teams can re-sign their own players before then, but cannot sign players who finished the 2013 season with other teams until the new year begins.....02/27/14 Blog
The unknown addition and subtraction of NFL free agency is fast approaching, but the Bucs made a celebratory stop at Pizzo Elementary in Tampa on Thursday morning, with six players honoring the school for winning the team's 2014 "Play 60 Challenge."
The Bucs players -- receiver Vincent Jackson, tight end Tim Wright, defensive ends Da'Quan Bowers and William Gholston, linebacker Ka'lial Glaud and safety Keith Tandy -- were joined by cheerleaders and mascot Captain Fear, as Pizzo's fifth-graders amassed more than 164,000 minutes of exercise in the month of January, winning the Bucs' district and earning $2,000 in new physical education equipment for their hard work....