Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th101.0 (24th)245.4 (16th)
Defense23rd117.2 (22nd)250.8 (22nd)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
W 31 - 24at ATL
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Sun Sep 18
L 40 - 7at ARI
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Sun Sep 25
L 37 - 32LAR
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Sun Oct 2
L 27 - 7DEN
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Mon Oct 10
W 17 - 14at CAR
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Sun Oct 23
W 34 - 17at SF
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Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 24OAK
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Thu Nov 3
L 43 - 28ATL
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Sun Nov 13
W 36 - 10CHI
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Sun Nov 20
W 19 - 17at KC
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Sun Nov 27
W 14 - 5SEA
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Sun Dec 4
W 28 - 21at SD
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Sun Dec 11
W 16 - 11NO
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Sun Dec 18
L 26 - 20at DAL
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Sat Dec 24
L 31 - 24at NO
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Sun Jan 1
W 17 - 16CAR
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Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Atlanta11-5-05-1-0
Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Carolina6-10-01-5-0
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Buccaneers' Alterraun Verner: Will be released Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Verner will be released by the Buccaneers on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Verner would have been owed $6.5 million in 2017. He saw a reduced workload in 2016 compared to his first two seasons in Tampa Bay, recording only 16 tackles compared to 76 and 56 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. A big reason for this regression was the emergence of rookie Vernon Hargreaves, who took over as the starting corner opposite Brent Grimes last season and racked up 76 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble. Verner still has value as a defender, and should find himself on an NFL roster come September.

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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Talks up DeSean Jackson as possible acquisition
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Winston recently provided a strong endorsement for a potential Bucs acquisition of free-agent receiver DeSean Jackson, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I've met him before, and we want DeSean. You better believe we want DeSean here," Winston said. "I think he would be a great asset to our team."

Winston's comments came in response to a question stemming from ESPN.com's Josina Anderson's report that the Bucs could be a possible destination for Jackson in free agency. Winston set new personal bests across the board in his sophomore campaign, but did so while seeing his wide receiver corps considerably handicapped by injuries, especially in the second half of the season. With veteran No. 2 receiver Vincent Jackson one of the wideouts that was sidelined for an extended period for a second consecutive season, Winston seems buoyed by the prospect of what a healthy speed merchant like DeSean Jackson could bring to the offense opposite Mike Evans. The 30-year-old Jackson had 56 catches for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns with the Redskins in 2016, eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in four years and sporting the highest YPC (17.9) in the NFL for all receivers with a minimum of 30 receptions.

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Buccaneers' William Gholston: Won't be slapped with franchise tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gholston (elbow), an unrestricted free agent the Bucs wish to retain, nevertheless isn't a candidate for the franchise or transition tags, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The soon-to-be fifth-year pro was one of the Bucs' most effective run stoppers in 2016, tallying 49 tackles (37 solo) and equaling a career high with three sacks over 14 games. However, the team and Gholston will have to come to terms on a multi-year dear for him to remain in Tampa, as the 2017 franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to be about $17 million, while the rarely-used transition tag is likely to run approximately $14 million. Although the team regards Gholston as one of its most dependable components along the front seven, those costs would be prohibitive relative to his overall impact and upside. The Bucs may allow Gholston to test the open market before entering into negotiations for his return in earnest, and could seek out a more dynamic pass-rushing presence as his potential replacement in the interim.

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Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Decision on Bucs future to be determined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers aren't expected to make a decision on Martin (suspension) for the foreseeable future, Roy Cummings of FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports.

Handed a four-game suspension in December for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Martin missed the final game of the 2016 season and promptly entered a treatment facility. Prior to the ban, he was a workhorse in the eight games in which he was active, averaging 18 carries per contest and corralling 14 of 16 passes. However, he also missed six outings in the early going due to a hamstring injury and was inactive in Week 16 for an undisclosed reason. The impetus was soon revealed, though, at which point his campaign was over. If Martin is still a Buccaneer next season, the backfield will be entrusted to holdovers Charles Sims (pectoral), a veritable pass catcher, and Peyton Barber for the first three games, while unrestricted free agent Jacquizz Rodgers, exclusive rights free agent Russell Hansbrough, and a draft pick or two may also be in the fold.

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Buccaneers' J.R. Sweezy: Cleared for action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sweezy (back) has been cleared to return to action.

Sweezy started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, but never returned to full strength, so that's also where he ended the year. However, in late January general manager Jason Licht confirmed that Sweezy has been cleared to return to action. Thus, expect the offensive lineman to be fully available for offseason activities and, most importantly, the start of the 2017 campaign.

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