|Offense||18th||101.0 (24th)||245.4 (16th)|
|Defense||23rd||117.2 (22nd)||250.8 (22nd)|
|38||Adjei-Barimah, Jude||CB||5-11||200||7/21/1992||3||Bowling Green State|
|19||Aguayo, Roberto||K||6-0||207||5/17/1994||2||Florida State|
|58||Alexander, Kwon||MLB||6-1||227||8/3/1994||3||Louisiana State|
|9||Anger, Bryan (FA)||P||6-3||205||10/6/1988||6||California|
|46||Cartwright, Kivon||TE||6-4||245||3/3/1992||1||Colorado State|
|Cherilus, Gosder (FA)||T||6-7||316||6/28/1984||10||Boston College|
|Dellenbach, Dax||LS||6-1||235||4/13/1990||R||Florida State|
|69||Dotson, Demar||T||6-9||315||10/11/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|35||Elliott, Javien||DB||5-11||176||7/18/1993||2||Florida State|
|13||Evans, Mike||WR||6-5||231||8/21/1993||4||Texas A&M|
|92||Gholston, William||DE||6-6||281||7/31/1991||5||Michigan State|
|53||Glanton, Adarius||OLB||6-1||230||9/21/1990||4||Florida Atlantic|
|72||Gottschalk, Ben||G||6-5||293||2/15/1992||2||Southern Methodist|
|Harrison, Jarvis||G||6-4||330||12/25/1991||2||Texas A&M|
|68||Hawley, Joe||C||6-3||302||10/22/1988||8||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|67||Hughes, John (FA)||DE||6-2||320||4/27/1988||6||Cincinnati|
|83||Jackson, Vincent (FA)||WR||6-5||230||1/14/1983||13||Northern Colorado|
|39||Johnson, Isaiah||DB||6-0||209||10/14/1992||1||South Carolina|
|Knox, Jeff||LB||6-2||225||//||R||California (PA)|
|Liedtke, Michael||G||6-3||310||1/15/1992||1||Illinois State|
|22||Martin, Doug||RB||5-9||223||1/13/1989||6||Boise State|
|Martino, Freddie||WR||6-0||195||9/7/1991||2||North Greenville|
|82||Myers, Brandon (FA)||TE||6-3||256||9/4/1985||9||Iowa|
|Riggs, Cody||CB||5-9||187||12/28/1991||3||Notre Dame|
|26||Robinson, Josh||DB||5-10||200||1/8/1991||6||Central Florida|
|32||Rodgers, Jacquizz||RB||5-6||205||2/6/1990||7||Oregon State|
|Sanborn, Garrison||C||6-1||240||7/31/1985||9||Florida State|
|10||Shorts, Cecil (FA)||WR||6-0||202||12/22/1987||7||Mount Union|
|34||Sims, Charles||RB||6-0||211||9/19/1990||4||West Virginia|
|30||Smith, Antone (FA)||RB||5-9||192||9/17/1985||8||Florida State|
|76||Smith, Donovan||T||6-6||338||6/23/1993||3||Penn State|
|62||Smith, Evan||G||6-2||308||7/19/1986||8||Idaho State|
|51||Smith, Daryl (FA)||OLB||6-2||250||3/14/1982||14||Georgia Tech|
|29||Smith, Ryan||CB||5-11||189||9/7/1993||2||North Carolina Central|
|57||Spence, Noah||DE||6-2||251||1/8/1994||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|73||Sweezy, J.R.||G||6-5||298||4/8/1989||6||North Carolina State|
|37||Tandy, Keith||SS||5-10||205||2/12/1989||6||West Virginia|
|21||Verner, Alterraun (FA)||CB||5-10||187||12/13/1988||8||UCLA|
|Walker, Derel||WR||6-1||188||6/29/1991||R||Texas A&M|
|66||Wester, Leonard||T||6-6||305||1/3/1993||2||Missouri Western State|
|Wilcox, J.J.||DB||6-0||212||2/14/1991||5||Georgia Southern|
|3||Winston, Jameis||QB||6-4||231||1/6/1994||3||Florida State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
DePaola, who was one of the Buccaneers' restricted free agents, tore an ACL in Week 17 and did not receive a tender this offseason, presumably due to his current health concerns. Instead, the team signed longtime Bills long snapper Garrison Sanborn to take his place. While it appears DePaola's time in Tampa Bay is over, the soon to be 30-year-old could resurface elsewhere when he returns to full health.
Spence suffered the shoulder injury during the Buccaneers' season finale against the Panthers, but not before recording three tackles. He'll have plenty of time to recover before training camp in July. Spence, a 2016 second-round pick, finished his rookie campaign with 22 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two passes defensed, and three forced fumbles in 16 games.
Adjei-Barimah was originally tendered on Feb. 28 but didn't officially sign until Monday. The third-year corner logged 22 tackles, two sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in 10 games in 2016 over 290 defensive snaps, and he added 95 additional plays on special teams. The 24-year-old is currently slotted as Brent Grimes' primary backup at right cornerback.
The former Pro Bowler seemed to be stuck in neutral for most of the season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's system before turning it on over the last month-plus. David tallied 37 stops (28 solo), four sacks (all within the last three games) and an interception in Weeks 12-17, salvaging his season to large extent from an IDP perspective. The fifth-year pro actually finished with the second-highest sack total of his career (5.0), equaled a career best in forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (two) and also notched a pick-six, helping to offset what was by far the lowest tackle total of his career (87). If Smith, who is reportedly under consideration for head coaching opportunities, does return to Tampa for a second season, David may be primed for a much stronger start to 2017 given his season of acclimation in this past campaign.
The 23-year-old played in all 16 games for the Rams last season, tallying four special-teams tackles. Lynch totaled 243 tackles (173 solo), including 31.5 for loss, 17 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries over 37 career games at Syracuse from 2011-2014.
In light of the injury, the Buccaneers added guard Josh Allen from the practice squad to fill Gottschalk's spot on the active roster. Joe Hawley will continue to start at center after injuring his knee two weeks ago.
Smith had some success as an occasional big-play threat for the Falcons in 2013 and 2014, but a combination of injuries and age have sapped his explosiveness. Even if he returns to full health at some point this offseason, the 31-year-old may find it tough to catch on with a team that gives him a real shot to earn a roster spot. He had 10 carries for 47 yards and six catches for 77 yards in three games with Tampa Bay last season.
The second-year middle linebacker thus wraps up his sophomore pro campaign with consecutive 10-tackle efforts, and a whopping 41 stops overall in the last three games thanks to his 21-tackle explosion in Week 15 versus the Cowboys. After seeing a PED suspension wipe out the final four games of what was an otherwise stellar rookie season in 2015, Alexander bounced back to excel in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's attacking scheme, compiling 145 tackles, matching last season's three-sack total, and also notching a forced fumble, fumble recovery and interception apiece.
The third-year quarterback wasn't really lauded for his mobility coming into the NFL, but he's been serviceable when scrambling and throwing on the move over his first two campaigns. Winston scored six rushing touchdowns in his rookie 2015 season, and, after focusing last offseason on improving his accuracy when throwing on the run, was one of the better outside-the-pocket passers in the league in 2016. The Bucs certainly took note as the season went on, increasing their use of a "small movement package" that they'd installed early in the season as Winston found more and more success when firing on the run. With a receiving corps already significantly boosted by the acquisition of speedster DeSean Jackson in free agency -- and with some additional talent expected to be added in the upcoming draft -- Winston should be more dangerous than ever when he takes off in 2017.
A November pickup by the Bucs last season, Siliga brought some additional size to the team's defensive line last season. However, he saw limited action over six games with the club, notching just five tackles (three solo) and one sack. He will likely return to a similar role with Tampa Bay in 2017.
The Bucs' No. 1 wideout will be joined by veteran DeSean Jackson this season, but entering his fourth season in Tampa, it's Evans who feels the duty of assuming a more overt leadership role in the receiving corps. In addition to V-Jax, valued locker-room figures Louis Murphy, Cecil Shorts and Russell Shepard have also departed since mid-season last year, making Evans one of the elder statesmen of the incumbent group. The towering pass catcher sees himself in a similar position to Jameis Winston, who was much more of an assertive presence within the offense in just his second season last year. One of the most definitive paths to being perceived as a true leader is to continue churning out Pro Bowl-caliber seasons the likes of 2016, when Evans tallied a career-best 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The undrafted rookie from Memphis made the original version of the 53-man roster coming out of preseason but was waived the day before the season opener. Re-signed to the practice squad just four days later, Cross soon found himself on the active roster after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released on Sept 23. Cross was often deployed in an H-back-type role, and saw at least one target in nine of his 14 contests. He notched a reception in five of the last seven games of the season, but his role was predominantly that of a blocker. A younger, cheaper version of teammate Brandon Myers, Cross figures to stick on the roster in 2017, given his reasonable $540,000 cap hit and Myers' unlikely return.
The former Colorado State Ram tallied 75 receptions for 1,136 yards and 11 touchdowns -- along with five rushes for 26 yards -- over five college seasons before going undrafted in 2016. Cartwright subsequently spent all of training camp and preseason with the Bucs, recording one reception for one yard before being waived/injured on Sept. 3. He figures to join an offseason tight end mix that will likely include the likes of Alan Cross, Luke Stocker and Brandon Myers.
Jones now can test the market but may have trouble finding work as he continues to recover from ACL surgery. Before the injury, the defensive end split time on special teams and defense, recording three tackles in eight games.
The veteran tackle was able to play double the amount of games he had in 2015, when a pectoral injury cut short what was on pace to be a career season. He didn't exactly escape 2016 injury-free, as a hamstring injury cost him four games midway through the campaign. However, McDonald was once again productive when healthy, albeit not to the same extent as he'd been a year earlier. He posted six-and-eight-tackle efforts in Weeks 3 and 4, and was once again solid in the run game overall, posting the second-best tackle total of his seven-season career. He seemed to adapt well to the nuances of new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which called for him to be a part of a wider variety of personnel groupings than in former head coach Lovie Smith's system. On the books for a modest $2 million cap hit in 2017, McDonald figures to once serve as a dependable presence in the middle of the Bucs' defensive line.
After injuring his ankle in practice, Dye was placed on injured reserve in mid-December. While his procedure Monday required screws to re-set a ligament in his ankle and will sideline the receiver for about six weeks, Dye should be ready in time for summer OTAs.
Sims joined the Buccaneers practice squad a week ago and will now have an opportunity to spend the offseason with the team. However, the former Alabama quarterback signed with the team as a running back so he'll compete for a spot in the team's backfield over the next several months.
Smith was tendered by Tampa Bay last month, and although he's yet to sign that offer, he's been participating in the team's offseason program this week after putting pen to paper on a workout addendum. Given that involvement, it's of no surprise that Smith won't be heading elsewhere ahead of the 2017 campaign. After suffering a torn ACL in Week 1 of last year, Smith remains in the process of returning to his best form, which saw him total 39 tackles in 13.5 sacks for the Bucs during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Martin's physical and mental well-being has been subject of considerable intrigue this offseason, although reports have consistently had him doing very well in all aspects after completing a rehabilitation program early in 2017. This is a particularly pivotal time of year for the former Pro Bowler's future with the Bucs, with Licht acknowledging that the early, pre-draft portion of OTAs is a golden opportunity for the running back to "assert his place with the team." That wording seems to at least partly imply that the team is giving serious consideration to investing a premium draft pick on a running back, and recent visits and workouts with the likes of Florida State's Dalvin Cook, Texas' D'Onta Foreman and Oklahoma's Joe Mixon lend further credence to that theory. While the 10-day period preceding the draft naturally won't tell Tampa everything it needs to know about Martin's overall condition, the fact that he's arrived in looking as good as previously advertised is certainly a step in the right direction. Unwavering support expressed by team leaders Jameis Winston and Gerald McCoy on Monday also speaks volumes, and the reality is that the Bucs will likely take plenty of time to make a final decision on Martin's future, potentially even having him serve the remaining three games on his suspension at the beginning of the regular season before making a definitive call on his future.
Pamphile is in line to return to game action in Week 12 after missing the Buccaneers' last two games. Expect the former fifth-rounder to be suited up Sunday, especially given the fact that he's already logged multiple full-participation practices this week.
Shorts suffered a devastating right knee injury in early December that included a torn ACL, MCL, and PCL, not to mention a dislocated kneecap. The short end of his recovery timeline would put him on schedule to be ready for training camp ahead of the 2018 campaign while the latter end would rule him out for that season entirely. Either way, in order to play again, the diminutive receiver will not only have to recover in full but also regain the necessary burst to separate from opposing defenders. A return from a catastrophe like this would be a gruesome task for any player, but for a 29-year-old veteran whose already shown signs of decline, it seems nearly impossible.
Jackson's speed and elusiveness make him an ideal complement to the hulking Mike Evans in a young and talented Buccaneers offense. After bouncing back to (barely) produce his fifth career 1,000-yard campaign in his third and final season in Washington, the 30-year-old Jackson made out quite well in negotiations for an aging wideout with durability concerns. He'll be the unquestioned No. 2 target in a Tampa Bay offense that previously lacked complementary weapons behind Evans. Jameis Winston has the arm strength to find Jackson deep down the field, but Evans presumably will continue to hog the QB's attention near the end zone.
The 2016 first-round pick flashed plenty of potential, particularly during training camp and practices, but that play-making ability didn't translate very often to regular-season games. Koetter believes that part of Hargreaves' apprehension last season was largely the result of the ebbs and flows of confidence that are part and parcel with being an NFL rookie, but he also expects for most of that indecisiveness to evaporate in Year 2. The former Gator did have the relative misfortune of lining up opposite veteran ballhawk Brent Grimes, which helped lead to Hargreaves seeing a league-high 113 passes thrown in his direction and him giving up the most receiving yards in the NFL (1,069) among corners. The instances in which Hargreaves was aggressive did often generate positive results, however, such as when his deflection of a Philip Rivers pass in Week 14 led to a pick-six by Lavonte David. The 21-year-old notably played more snaps than all but one rookie (Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey) last season, so the Bucs certainly hope the extensive experience he garnered will lead to a more instinctual player in 2017.
Renfree appears to have a legitimate path towards making the final roster in Tampa Bay as last years No. 2 QB, Mike Glennon, seems destined to land elsewhere via free agency for a chance to earn a starting gig. In turn, last year's No. 3, Ryan Griffin, should bump up a slot, clearing room for Renfree to secure third-string duties.
The veteran pass rusher, inked to a three-year, $19.5 million free-agent contract last offseason, had a rather uneven start to his Bucs tenure, suffering an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Cardinals and missing the subsequent four games. However, Ayers came on strong over the last month-plus of the campaign, recording sacks in four of the last six contests. He also notched a season-high six tackles against the Bears in Week 10, but didn't record more than three stops in any of the other 11 games he participated in. Ayers couldn't quite duplicate the career 2015 season he enjoyed with the Giants in which he set personal bests in tackles (41) and sacks (9.5), but his 6.5 quarterback takedowns in 2016 did represent the second-best total of his career. With the possibility of a full 16 games and a second season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme on tap in 2017, Ayers could certainly be poised to build on this past season's production.
Baker had 47 tackles and 3.5 sacks with the Redskins last season. The 29-year old defensive end will fit in alongside William Gholston, Robert Ayers, and Gerald McCoy on the Buccaneers defensive line in 2017.
The 26-year-old has tallied 25 tackles (19 solo) over 26 NFL games, with 16 of those contests coming with the Bucs in 2016. Glanton's primary value came on special teams last season, when he logged 308 of the 332 total snaps he played last season.
The versatile 30-year-old had been rumored to be a potential salary-cap cut this offseason, but Wednesday's bonus payment put that possibility to rest. Smith will thus play out the final season of his four-year contract with the Bucs in 2017 and is expected to at a minimum serve as a valuable backup along the interior of the offensive line. Smith is even a candidate to compete for the starting center job he'd held in 2014, but Tampa also re-signed Joe Hawley later Wednesday, who held down that role last season when healthy.
Robinson served as a key member of Tampa Bay's special teams corps last season after spending the first four seasons of his pro career in Minnesota. He'll likely reprise that role in 2017 and will add depth at safety for the Buccaneers.
The veteran tackling machine posted what was easily his lowest total of stops of any season in which he'd played at least 14 games. Smith held down the starting strongside linebacker job throughout the duration of the campaign, but the drop in his production was especially notable considering he was coming off the three most prolific seasons of his career from a tackles perspective. New defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, which Smith had played in for four seasons (2004-07) in Jacksonville, seemed to funnel a great deal of the action to MLB Kwon Alexander, who posted 145 tackles. The 13-year pro notably wasn't the only established linebacker on the Bucs to see a precipitous drop in his numbers -- Lavonte David's 87 tackles also represented a low-water mark for him -- so the downturn likely wasn't exclusively age-related. However, Smith is now an unrestricted free agent, and given his largely disappointing season, the Bucs would currently appear unlikely to bring him back into the fold for 2017.
As per his attorney Andrew Smith, the 25-year-old will be subject to six months' probation and will have the charges expunged from his record as long as he successfully complies. The Nov. 1, 2016 incident, which also involved DUI and marijuana possession charges, unfolded during a traffic stop in New Jersey while Huff was still with the Eagles. It led to his release just two days later, which paved the way for his signing by the Bucs on Nov. 7. Huff saw action in three games in Tampa, totaling three receptions for 41 yards and adding 72 yards on six kickoff returns. The Oregon product does have 48 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns on his resume from his time in Philadelphia, so the Bucs are looking forward to seeing what he can do with a full offseason, training camp and preseason under coach Dirk Koetter's offensive system. Huff has recently worked out with Jameis Winston and several other teammates in Houston and was present for the start of the team's OTAs on Monday, but it remains to be seen how the NFL may weigh in with respect to disciplinary action for the incident.
Johnson's spot on the active roster was made possible the placement of Charles Sims (pectoral) on IR. Johnson figures to serve as a blocker out of the backfield during Sunday's regular season finale against the Panthers.
Gholston's deal is reportedly worth a maximum of $37 million and includes $13.7 million in guarantees. The 25-year-old missed two games due to a dislocated elbow this past season, but he still finished with 49 tackles, including nine for loss and three sacks, from his run-stuffing end role. Considering only Gerald McCoy played more snaps than Gholston among Tampa Bay's defensive linemen, retaining the two-year starter ensures stability is kept going into next season, which Gholston has already been medically cleared for, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.
Wilcox should join the starting strong safety mix with the Buccaneers in 2017 after racking up 49 tackles (37 solo) and one interception with the Cowboys last season. His competition at the spot comes in the form of Chris Conte and Keith Tandy.
The veteran tackle appears to be on the right track for active status in the Week 17 finale against the Panthers. Dotson's presence has been missed during the last two games that he's been sidelined, as Jameis Winston has taken six sacks over that stretch.
Jackson is slated to hit free agency after ending both of the last two seasons on injured reserve due to knee issues. Despite being 34 years old, Jackson still feels there's room left in the tank to continue his career. Just how much interest he receives in free agency remains to be seen, leaving his diminished fantasy stock in limbo, but the veteran isn't calling it quits yet.
Humphries was tendered back on Feb. 28 but officially inked his one-year deal Monday. The third-year receiver proved particularly valuable last season in the wake of multiple injuries to Bucs receivers, setting career highs in receptions (55), yards (622) and targets (83). The team has already let it be known they'd be interested in preventing the Clemson product from entering restricted free agency next offseason by reaching a multi-year agreement with him before that point. With DeSean Jackson now in the fold, Humphries should return to the slot receiver role he's ideally suited for on a full-time basis.
The fifth-year pro once again dutifully served as one of the better blockers at his position in the NFL, battling a troublesome ankle injury that ultimately cost him four games along the way. Stocker's reception, target and yardage totals were the lowest of his career, as his job helping to clear lanes in the running game clearly takes precedence in the Bucs' offensive system. While Tampa didn't exactly enjoy prolific success on the ground this past season -- checking in as the 24th-ranked unit with 1,616 rushing yards and an average of 101.0 per game -- Stocker's veteran presence, familiarity with the offense and modest $1.7 million cap hit in 2017 seem to assure him of another season on the roster.
The undrafted rookie from Auburn bucked the odds in 2016, heading to the practice squad after a solid preseason and then receiving a promotion to the active roster in advance of the regular-season opener. Barber logged 45 special teams snaps in Weeks 1, 3 and 4 before seeing his first work from scrimmage in Week 5 against the Panthers, after hamstring and knee injuries had felled Doug Martin and Charles Sims, respectively. The 22-year-old went on to see double-digit totes in three contests overall, with a 12-carry, 84-yard, one-touchdown effort in Week 7 against the Niners serving as the high point of his season. Barber saw a good deal of short-yardage and red-zone work, with his eight carries inside the opponents' 20-yard line ranking him third on the team behind Martin and Jacquizz Rodgers. A 1,000-yard rusher in his second and final season for the Tigers, Barber offers some potential despite a lack of seasoning after only 248 carries at the collegiate level. With the Bucs' backfield enveloped in uncertainty as the offseason begins due to Doug Martin's PED suspension, Barber figures to be given every opportunity to retain a roster spot in 2017.
Griffin has never seen the field in his four seasons as a backup quarterback, but the Buccaneers appear comfortable with him as their replacement option for Jameis Winston following Mike Glennon's departure for Chicago in the offseason. Barring an injury to Winston, Griffin will likely be held off the field for the majority of 2017 as well.
A 2016 sixth-round selection, Bond missed his entire rookie year with a hamstring injury while Daryl Smith (free agent) served as Tampa's starter on the strong side. Smith only logged 476 defensive snaps despite playing all 16 games, with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander serving as the three-down linebackers. Unless David and/or Alexander suffers an injury, there won't be room for another IDP contributor in the Tampa linebacking corps. Bond also figures to face competition for a role which isn't all that important in today's NFL. His hamstring should be fully healed by training camp, if it isn't already.
Martin's suspension cost him $7 million in guarantees, making it more palatable for the Buccaneers to simply release him in the wake of an ineffective season that was plagued by both injuries and the suspension. Even if he sticks around, Martin will miss the first three games, and then may have to re-prove himself to the team. Sims also saw his 2016 campaign marred by injuries, limiting him to 75 touches (24 catches) in only seven games. He landed on injured reserve with a pectoral injury prior to Week 17, but there's been nothing to suggest the ailment will be a factor for the upcoming season, which means Sims should be locked into his usual role as the passing-down back. He'll have the potential for a bit more than that -- especially if Martin is released or ineffective -- but the Bucs also have Jacquizz Rodgers and Peyton Barber in the mix for carries. Given Sims' injury history, Rodgers' middling track record and Barber's inexperience, the Bucs may also look to upgrade via the draft.
Ward was promoted from the practice squad Thursday, but he'll ultimately stay on the sidelines Sunday. His last action came in Week 9 against Atlanta, although he saw just four total snaps.
Stone has played in three games. Quarterback Matt Ryan said Stone performed well after replacing Konz in the first quarter Week 7 at Baltimore. "I thought James Stone did a great job of coming in and filling in for Peter," Ryan told the team's website.
The veteran tight end, once thought to be an emerging pass-catching threat after totaling 126 receptions for 1,328 yards and eight touchdowns over the 2012-2013 seasons, has primarily been deployed as a blocker in his three Bucs campaigns. Myers' reception and yardage totals this past season were his lowest outside of his 2009 rookie year in Oakland, although he did record his first touchdown in a Tampa uniform in the opener against the Falcons. Now an unrestricted free agent and 31 years of age, Myers could well have played his last snap with the Bucs, as Cameron Brate is the clear-cut offensive weapon at the position, Luke Stocker is younger and a better overall blocker, and promising prospect Tevin Westbrook, who's spent the last two years on the practice squad, has been signed to a futures contract and is expected to compete for a roster spot next summer. Myers could potentially latch on a roster in need of some veteran tight end help, or in a less likely scenario, return to the Bucs on a veteran minimum-type deal.
Released by Chicago after the preseason, Rodgers surprisingly found himself in a prominent role with Tampa Bay later in the year, helping the Bucs overcome injuries to Doug Martin (suspension) and Charles Sims (pectoral). Rodgers is probably only the third option when everyone's available, but Martin and Sims have both struggled to stay healthy, and Martin has three games remaining on the suspension he was handed in December.
Hughes had previously been demoted from the Bucs' active roster on Saturday in order for Donteea Dye to fill in at wide receiver, but he returns to provide depth on the defensive line after the release of safety Major Wright.
Marpet will be entering his third NFL season in 2017, meaning McCoy has two years' worth of head-to-head battles against him in practice to serve as a point of reference. McCoy specifically points to Marpet's motor as another key trait in his favor, noting that the young offensive lineman "only knows one speed." The 24-year-old has never snapped in a college or NFL game, but the Bucs clearly believe his array of physical and mental skills will be more than sufficient to allow him to make a successful transition. Coach Dirk Koetter and his staff are open to trying different offensive line combinations after a 2016 season that saw the team rank 24th in rushing yards (1,616) and rushing yards per game (101.0) while also checking in 29th in yards per rush (3.6).
Cherilus hasn't formally decided to retire, but he reportedly isn't looking for a new contract this offseason either. Once the Lions' first-round selection back in 2008, the 32-year-old veteran has played in 132 games across the past nine seasons and was regarded as an above-average offensive lineman during his five years in Detroit. However, his performance largely declined thereafter to where he spent this past season in Tampa Bay as a mere backup. While he seems intent on sitting out at least the 2017 campaign, a return for the 2018 season technically remains in the picture.
He'll add depth at running back with Doug Martin set to be inactive again as a healthy scratch. With Martin's surprising benching, it's not clear how carries will be divided among Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims or Peyton Barber.
Hawley has played in 30 of 32 games for the Buccaneers over the last two seasons, including 29 starts, so he's been a dependable guy who's avoided the injury bug. He should tentatively slot back in as the team's starting center, although he'll still have to solidify that starting role during training camp.
The tight end has spent the last two seasons on the Buccaneers' practice squad and will now spend the offseason with the team in the hopes of making the 53-man roster next season.
The rookie will take the roster spot of the suspended Jude Adjei-Barimah and provide some depth at corner for the depleted Bucs, who also saw Brent Grimes suffer a quad injury in Sunday's game against the Chiefs. If Grimes is unable to suit up for the Week 12 tilt against the Seahawks, Elliott and Josh Robinson figure in as the top backups behind presumed starters Alterraun Verner and Vernon Hargreaves.
Allen was claimed off waivers from the Bucs last week, but was inactive for his only game as a member of the 49ers last Sunday against the Falcons. His release clears room for the addition of Andrew Gardner.
Walker and Evans were college teammates at Texas A & M, with the former going undrafted in 2014 and failing to stick with the Titans after spending training camp and the preseason with the club as an undrafted free agent. The 25-year-old eventually headed north of the border, where he proceeded to rack up 198 receptions for 2,699 yards and 16 touchdowns over 30 games across the 2015-16 seasons. Walker certainly has a chance to stick on a Bucs receiving corps that badly needs an infusion of speed, and the early endorsement from the team's No. 1 wideout -- as well as his impressive work in OTAs thus far -- both help his cause.
The much-heralded 2016 second-round pick from FSU had a rocky start to his NFL career, making just 71 percent of his 31 field-goal attempts, worst in the league in 2016. Aguayo's problems were largely centered on kicks of 40-plus yards, a distance from which he was only 4-for-10 despite his longest attempt on the season coming from just 43 yards away. It was a stark contrast his storied college career, one that saw him win the Groza Award and leave the Seminoles as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Aguayo certainly has the pedigree to right the ship, however, and also can look to two of the league's longest-tenured and most successful kickers, fellow FSU alumnus Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostowski, for inspiration. The former went 22-for-32 in his rookie season in 2000 after enduring even more pressure as a first-round pick, while the latter was successful on just 70 percent of his attempts in his first season as well. Folk certainly serves as formidable competition for Aguayo, though, considering his proven track record and the fact that he boasts success rates of between 81.3 and 91.7 percent on his attempts over the last four seasons.
The Pro Bowl linebacker apparently sustained a minor shoulder ailment at some point during Week 1, but he was still on the field for all 65 defensive snaps against the Falcons. Given his full particpation Wednesday, David doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing the Week 2 tilt against the Cardinals.
Martino was tendered back on Feb. 28 but officially signed his deal Monday. The 25-year-old speedster notched the first eight receptions of his career in 2016 and averaged an impressive 17.8 yards per grab in the process, With Russell Shepard now in Carolina, Martino could potentially carve out a role as a downfield threat, although there should be plenty of competition for the last 2-3 receiver spots in training camp and the preseason.
Reedy will thus be out of uniform for the second straight week following a call-up from the practice squad.
The 33-year-old corner turned in an above-average campaign overall, snagging four interceptions and notching 24 passes defensed overall. His durability -- which was evidenced by the fact he only missed 64 snaps all season -- allowed him to supplement his base salary in relatively robust fashion. He'll have an even better opportunity to earn bonuses in 2017, as the second year of his contract calls for the veteran ballhawk to earn a total of $1.5 million if he can log at least 80 percent of the snaps. Grimes is a near lock to reprise his starting cornerback job next season opposite promising second-year player Vernon Hargreaves, given both his solid play and the lack of experienced depth at the position.
McCoy described his conversations with the unnamed players as a "reality check" as to what his impact, or lack thereof, had been in crunch time over the last few seasons. The multi-time Pro Bowler came to the conclusion that despite the well-deserved accolades he's received throughout his first eight campaigns, not enough of his sacks have come in the fourth quarter. In fact, only 31 percent of his 42.5 career quarterback takedowns have come in the final 15 minutes of contests, and a majority of those have occurred with the outcome of the game already decided. Last season, McCoy managed just two sacks in the final quarter of games overall, and he failed to notch any QB traps in the last four games altogether, a key stretch when the Bucs were in the midst of a playoff push that ultimately fell short. Motivated by the realization that he has plenty of room for improvement in key moments, the 29-year-old has already vowed to make the 2017 campaign a turning point in that regard. "My approach to everything will be different. The media. My workouts. Practice. The meeting room. Games. Something has to change...I was just always taught when more than one person is saying the same thing, there's got to be some truth to it.''
Folk put together a solid season in 2016 by converting 27 of 31 field goals and his numbers could have looked even better considering three of his four missed attempts were blocked. Meanwhile, Roberto Aguayo, who the Bucs traded up to select in the second round of last year's draft, was true on just 22 of 31 attempts in what ultimately was a disappointing campaign for a kicker selected so high. While it's fair to wonder whether the hefty expectations placed upon the rookie are to blame for his first-year struggles, Aguayo still failed to perform at a league-average level and could find himself dueling with Folk for the starting job in training camp this summer if he's unable to turn things around.
Johnson played in 11 games for Tampa Bay last year, recording 23 tackles in two forced fumbles while seeing the field for 39.4 percent of the teams defensive snaps. It's unclear what exactly his hip injury is at this point, but it was enough for the team to officially end his season just a day after the injury. With him out, look for Cliff Matthews and Jacquies Smith to see some extra reps with the second unit.
The 28-year-old guard was one of the prize acquisitions for the Bucs leading up to the 2016 campaign after several stellar seasons in Seattle, including the Seahawks' 2014 championship campaign. However, a back surgery that took place shortly after the signing eventually led to him missing minicamps, training camp and all of the preseason and regular season. Sweezy was cleared to resume training at the end of the season, but the team naturally wanted to reevaluate the terms of the contract and implement some protections against another prolonged absence specifically due to back-related issues. Accordingly, the Bucs shifted half of what had been a $2.5 million roster bonus for 2017 into per-game roster bonuses that can be achieved for each game that Sweezy is on the 53-man or on injured reserve for any injury unrelated to his previous back problem. Injury waiver language as well as split salaries and base salary escalators tied into Sweezy playing at least 70 percent of the snaps over the next three seasons are also part of the revamped terms, providing the club protection while giving the sixth-year pro a chance to earn the full value of his contract if he remains sufficiently healthy.
Conte has been the Buccaneers' starting safety for the past two seasons, and he likely will be once again in 2017. He had 69 tackles and five passes defensed, including two interceptions and one touchdown while playing in 14 games in 2016.
The emerging tight end was tendered Feb. 28 but officially inked his deal Monday. Brate projects as a key component of the Bucs offense in the coming season after a breakout campaign that saw him set career highs in receptions (57), yards (660) and touchdowns (10), although DeSean Jackson's arrival figures to eat into some of the 81 targets he saw in 2016.
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.
The veteran safety finished off the season in fine fashion, racking up 40 tackles (30 solo) over the final four games. Tandy also racked up four picks over the last five contests of the season, victimizing Cam Newton twice on Sunday and posting a career-best figure in that category overall in 2016. Despite having set a then-career high in tackles in 2015, Tandy's re-signing in March 2016 was primarily for depth purposes, as well as his solid special teams work. However, given his play in the latter stages of the campaign, the fifth-year pro figures to be heavily in the mix for a potential starting safety spot in 2017, the second year of his two-year, $1.85 million contract.