The Bucs plan to lock up receiver Mike Evans for the long-term and he is eligible for a new contract after completing his third NFL season with a combined 3,578 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns.
But that doesn’t mean a new deal is likely before 2017. In May, the Bucs will pick up Evans’ fifth-year option.
It’s rare for players, even first round picks such as Evans, to be given long-term deals after only three seasons in the league....
PHOENIX — Two years ago, Bucs general manager Jason Licht had a trail of microphones and reporters chasing him through the NFL annual meeting at the Biltmore resort. That's the kind of attention that comes with owning the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
"I'm glad I'm not the popular guy this year," Licht said Monday. "Usually that means you're doing something right. We're picking 19th this year and our goal is to be picking a lot later in the future."...
At the NFL annual meeting at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach in 1996, Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer was desperate for a stadium deal to keep his franchise from moving from Tampa Bay and time was running out. Roger Goodell, who held various positions in the league before becoming the league’s commissioner, was in charge of things like stadium financing and assisting in franchise relocation.
Glazer was known to tap his watch and turn the heat up on negotiations, which was the case at this meeting and again weeks later when he sat with city and county leaders facing a midnight deadline during a contentious battle for a stadium lease....
TAMPA — You don't see too many ties in the NFL anymore, except for the ones worn by the suits in the league office.
But ties come in many stripes. For instance, had the Bucs tied the Raiders instead of losing 30-24 in overtime last season, they would have made the playoffs at 9-6-1. Instead, they played nearly five complete quarters, then four days later they played a Thursday night game and lost to the Falcons 43-28....
You don’t see too many ties in the NFL anymore, except for the ones worn by the suits in the league office....
In the season opener last year, the Falcons had the football near midfield trailing 24-13. On first down, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy sacked quarterback Matt Ryan for a six-yard loss.
Excited by making such a big play, McCoy swayed his hands above his head and was joined in the motion by linebacker Kwon Alexander. The whole demonstration took only a couple seconds. But McCoy was flagged and the Bucs penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct in what was considered a choreographed celebration....
She called him the ’love of her life.’ Jameis Winston’s grandmother, Myrtle, was his biggest fan. And the feeling was mutual.
Although she suffered from Type 2 diabetes and was in a wheelchair, she made the 4½ hour drive from Bessemer, Ala., to New Orleans two years ago to watch him get his first NFL win against the Saints.
She was the reason Winston stayed home from the NFL draft in 2015 even though he was the No. 1 overall pick by the Bucs. His grandmother couldn’t travel and he wanted to share the experience with her....
There’s been some discussion about how serious the Bucs are about potentially replacing struggling place-kicker Roberto Aguayo after dealing third- and fourth-round picks to move up 15 spots and take the Florida State star in the second round last year....
TAMPA — Doug Martin is used to getting knocked down as a running back, but this time he needed some help getting back up.
Suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy in December, one week after he was benched for a critical game at New Orleans that the Bucs lost, Martin voluntarily sought help at an undisclosed rehab center and completed his stay in February....
The Bucs over-drafted Florida State place-kicker Roberto Aguayo last year, selecting him in the second round. He felt the pressure. One of the most accurate kickers in college history made only 71 percent of his field goal attempts (22-of-31), the worst in the league.
“Read the stats, he wasn’t very good last year,’’ Bucs general manager Jason Licht said. “He wants to improve and he’s going to work at it. And we still have confidence in him but you’re always trying to get better.’’...
Center Joe Hawley agrees to terms on 2-year deal with Bucs but will have a tough battle to keep his starting job03/15/17 Blog
Center Joe Hawley agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Bucs, but he will have plenty of competition for his starting job next season.
Terms of the new deal were not released, but it’s expected to be south of the $3.5-million he earned in salary and playing incentives last season. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has said the Bucs have plenty of options at center. In addition to Evan Smith, guard Ali Marpet and guard/tackle Ken Pamphile also could play center. Koetter has said because of the versatility, the Bucs will try to put their best five offensive linemen on the field....
The Bucs signing of Redskins free agent receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive lineman Chris Baker will ultimately have an impact on their approach to the NFL draft.
“To get two big needs that we have, we still believe in building through the draft and that helps you solidify how you’re going to draft,'' Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said. "This is a deep draft, and free agency isn’t over yet. Not only are we gaining some guys in free agency we’re also losing some guys, too, so it’s a process.''...
As Bucs general manager Jason Licht was getting ready to leave his home and head to the office Thursday morning, the free agent signing period just hours away, his 8-year-old son, Charlie, asked the question on the mind of every NFL insider. "What do you plan on doing today?"
Licht didn't ask to go off the record. "Well, I hope to sign DeSean Jackson, but I don't know yet. I hope," he said....
TAMPA — DeSean Jackson should've been a Buccaneer from the very start. In fact, the Bucs did select a wide receiver named D-Jax in the second round of the 2008 draft.
But they got the wrong guy, and in some ways it might have cost coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen their jobs. Here's what happened.
The Bucs entered the 2008 season with a couple of glaring needs. With Ronde Barber turning 33 and Phillip Buchanon in the final year of his contract, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin needed a long-term solution at cornerback....