Louis Murphy is staying home.
The former Lakewood High and Florida Gators receiver signed a three-year extension with the Bucs Friday, the team announced.
Murphy, 27, played in 11 games with the Bucs this season and caught 31 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns. Murphy was released by the Bucs just before the start of the regular season, but resigned three weeks later.
In his first game back wiith the Bucs, he had six catches for 99 yards, including a 41-yarder that set up the game-winning touchdown in a 27-24 win at Pittsburgh....
Louis Murphy is the son of a preacher, but his faith was tested when the Bucs released him just one day before the start of the regular season.
Murphy kept working, and after being re-signed by the team three weeks later, had a 41-yard reception to set up the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Bucs are 2-13 entering Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints and Murphy could've become a free agent after the season. But this time, the former Lakewood High and Florida Gators receiver is showing his belief in the Bucs by signing a three-year extension Friday....
Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was left off the Pro Bowl team again this year but was named an alternate....
Josh McCown will be 36 on the 4th of July. He is 1-10 as a starter this season with 10 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for the Bucs, who most likely will strongly consider selecting a quarterback with the first or second overall pick....
TAMPA — Gerald McCoy said it never gets old being named to the Pro Bowl and was thrilled when he received the honor for the third straight year on Tuesday. But the Bucs' defensive tackle is tired of it being the only postseason game he's invited to play in.
"We're going to get this thing turned around," McCoy said. "But really, what's going to have to happen is we're going to have to decide in the locker room that it's time to change the culture. We can't allow this to keep happening. That's five years straight for me I've missed the postseason. Quite frankly, I'm tired of dealing with it. We're all going to have to pick it up as a unit, as a team and get this thing rolling."...
Gerald McCoy said it never gets old being named to the Pro Bowl and was thrilled when he received the honor for the third straight year on Tuesday. But the Bucs’ defensive tackle is tired of it being the only post-season game he’s invited to play in.
“We’re going to get this thing turned around,’’ McCoy said. “But really, what’s going to have to happen is we’re going to have to decide in the locker room that it’s time to change the culture. We can’t allow this to keep happening. That’s five years straight for me I’ve missed the post-season. Quite frankly, I’m tired of dealing with it. We’re all going to have to pick it up as a unit, as a team and get this thing rolling.’’...
TAMPA — The Bucs are not on the clock yet for the NFL draft, but it's fair to say they're counting down to the end of 2014 like Ryan Seacrest in Times Square.
Every thorn has its rose. For Bucs coach Lovie Smith, at 2-13, it's the realization his team could own the first or second pick in each round of the NFL draft next spring.
A loss to New Orleans on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium would clinch the top spot based on the worst won-loss record of opponents' strength of schedule. Even if the Bucs defeat the Saints, Tampa Bay should net no worse than the No. 2 overall pick....
TAMPA — Any Green Bay Packers fan worth his Instagram photo account left Sunday's 20-3 win over the Buccaneers with a few new tan lines and some terrific shots of his Christmas vacation to Florida.
See the largest Raymond James Stadium crowd (64,247) in two years, two-thirds of it wearing cheeseheads and turning the new Sombrero into a Lambeau Field south. You can't really blame Bucs fans for selling their tickets rather than watch a 2-13 team while the Pack clinched a playoff spot in their yard....
TAMPA — Vincent Jackson was named the Bucs' man of the year for the second straight season for his help with military families. He even published a book he wrote, Danny Dogtags, about the challenges children face while relatives are deployed in military service.
The 10th-year receiver also has been a good soldier on the field, never complaining when rookie Mike Evans started getting more passes aimed in his direction. Jackson has provided a great example on and off the field for Evans to follow....
TAMPA — Demar Dotson has nimble feet, long arms and good strength, all important traits to play left tackle.
Protecting the quarterback's blind side is among the most important jobs on any football team. Next to a great edge rusher or the quarterback, it's also the hardest to adequately fill. It's not easy blocking the best pass rushers who line up on the right and whip around the corner like thoroughbreds on the backstretch at Churchill Downs....
TAMPA — The last time the Packers played at Raymond James Stadium, on Nov. 8, 2009, Josh Freeman made his first NFL start at quarterback and won 38-28, becoming the third rookie in Bucs history to win his first start.
But since being released by the Giants on May 30 — his third team in a year — Freeman has flown under the NFL radar. In a league that employs quarterbacks such as the Bears' Jimmy Clausen and the Cardinals' Ryan Lindley, a guy who passed for 13,724 and 80 touchdowns in five seasons is a relative ghost. ...
Vincent Jackson has kept in touch with him and says he’s back at his home in Kansas City. Gerald McCoy says he has known him since high school and prays he can return to the NFL.
The last time the Packers played at Raymond James Stadium, on Nov. 8, 2009, Josh Freeman made his first NFL start at quarterback and won 38-28.
But since being released by the New York Giants May 30 –his third team in a year -- Freeman has flown beneath the NFL radar. In a league that employs quarterbacks such as Jimmy Clausen and Ryan Lindley, the guy who passed for 13,724 and 80 touchdowns in five NFL seasons is a relative ghost....
TAMPA — It's strange because Josh McCown protected the football like a family heirloom last season.
Now he holds it like a tray of hors d'oeuvres.
Opponents have feasted off McCown's 16 turnovers — 12 interceptions and four fumbles. The only players to have more turnovers this year are Jets second-year quarterback Geno Smith and Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles.
"Not what you want as a quarterback," said Bucs offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo. "It's something that he did not do last year. At all. He was as good as it gets in the league. A lot of (the turnovers) were in the pocket this year. A lot of them were ball-security things....
The Bucs have been eliminated from the playoffs, have the worst record in football and currently own the No. 1 pick in a draft that's top heavy with Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks.
Sounds like a time to look to the future, right?
But despite throwing 12 interceptions and losing four fumbles, the Bucs have decided to stick with veteran Josh McCown. Does Mike Glennon, who went 1-4 as a starter this season, still think he is the team's quarterback of the future as stated by coach Lovie Smith?...