Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th101.0 (24th)245.4 (16th)
Defense23rd117.2 (22nd)250.8 (22nd)
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38Adjei-Barimah, Jude CB5-112007/21/19923Bowling Green State
19Aguayo, Roberto K6-02075/17/19942Florida State
58Alexander, Kwon MLB6-12278/3/19943Louisiana State
 Allen, Josh C6-331512/30/19911Louisiana-Monroe
9Anger, Bryan (FA) P6-320510/6/19886California
91Ayers, Robert DE6-32759/6/19859Tennessee
 Baker, Chris DE6-232010/8/19876Hampton
43Barber, Peyton RB5-102256/27/19942Auburn
77Benenoch, Caleb G6-53058/2/19942UCLA
59Bond, Devante OLB6-12367/3/19932Oklahoma
84Brate, Cameron TE6-52357/3/19913Harvard
46Cartwright, Kivon TE6-42453/3/19921Colorado State
 Cherilus, Gosder (FA) T6-73166/28/198410Boston College
23Conte, Chris SS6-22032/23/19897California
45Cross, Alan RB6-12455/2/19932Memphis
54David, Lavonte OLB6-12331/23/19906Nebraska
48DePaola, Andrew LS6-22307/28/19874Rutgers
 Dellenbach, Dax LS6-12354/13/1990RFlorida State
69Dotson, Demar T6-931510/11/19859Southern Mississippi
17Dye, Donteea WR6-01958/20/19932Heidelberg
35Elliott, Javien DB5-111767/18/19932Florida State
13Evans, Mike WR6-52318/21/19934Texas A&M
 Folk, Nick K6-122211/5/198411Arizona
92Gholston, William DE6-62817/31/19915Michigan State
53Glanton, Adarius OLB6-12309/21/19904Florida Atlantic
72Gottschalk, Ben G6-52932/15/19922Southern Methodist
4Griffin, Ryan QB6-521011/17/19894Tulane
24Grimes, Brent CB5-101857/19/198311Shippensburg
44Hansbrough, Russell RB5-819511/19/19931Missouri
28Hargreaves, Vernon CB5-102046/3/19952Florida
 Harrison, Jarvis G6-433012/25/19912Texas A&M
68Hawley, Joe C6-330210/22/19888Nevada-Las Vegas
 Hicks, Quayvon RB6-12537/17/1994RGeorgia
15Huff, Josh WR5-1120610/14/19914Oregon
67Hughes, John (FA) DE6-23204/27/19886Cincinnati
 Humphries, Adam WR5-111956/24/19933Clemson
 Jackson, DeSean WR5-1017512/1/198610California
83Jackson, Vincent (FA) WR6-52301/14/198313Northern Colorado
46Johnson, Austin FB6-22406/16/19893Tennessee
39Johnson, Isaiah DB6-020910/14/19921South Carolina
94Johnson, George DE6-426512/11/19876Rutgers
95Jones, Howard DE6-42382/10/19903Shepherd
 Knox, Jeff LB6-2225//RCalifornia (PA)
75Lambert, DaVonte DE6-22826/23/19942Auburn
 Liedtke, Michael G6-33101/15/19921Illinois State
52Lynch, Cameron LB6-02298/4/19933Syracuse
74Marpet, Ali G6-43074/17/19933Hobart
22Martin, Doug RB5-92231/13/19896Boise State
 Martino, Freddie WR6-01959/7/19912North Greenville
93McCoy, Gerald DT6-43002/25/19888Oklahoma
98McDonald, Clinton DT6-22971/6/19879Memphis
82Myers, Brandon (FA) TE6-32569/4/19859Iowa
64Pamphile, Kevin G6-531011/27/19904Purdue
 Reedy, Bernard WR5-917512/31/19911Toledo
 Renfree, Sean QB6-52254/28/19903Duke
 Riggs, Cody CB5-918712/28/19913Notre Dame
26Robinson, Josh DB5-102001/8/19916Central Florida
32Rodgers, Jacquizz RB5-62052/6/19907Oregon State
 Russell, Ryan DE6-52751/17/19923Purdue
 Sanborn, Garrison C6-12407/31/19859Florida State
10Shorts, Cecil (FA) WR6-020212/22/19877Mount Union
70Siliga, Sealver DT6-23254/26/19906Utah
 Sims, Blake QB5-112181/3/19921Alabama
34Sims, Charles RB6-02119/19/19904West Virginia
30Smith, Antone (FA) RB5-91929/17/19858Florida State
76Smith, Donovan T6-63386/23/19933Penn State
56Smith, Jacquies DE6-22603/18/19904Missouri
62Smith, Evan G6-23087/19/19868Idaho State
51Smith, Daryl (FA) OLB6-22503/14/198214Georgia Tech
29Smith, Ryan CB5-111899/7/19932North Carolina Central
57Spence, Noah DE6-22511/8/19942Eastern Kentucky
88Stocker, Luke TE6-52537/17/19887Tennessee
 Stone, James C6-32914/26/19922Tennessee
73Sweezy, J.R. G6-52984/8/19896North Carolina State
37Tandy, Keith SS5-102052/12/19896West Virginia
21Verner, Alterraun (FA) CB5-1018712/13/19888UCLA
 Walker, Derel WR6-11886/29/1991RTexas A&M
71Ward, Channing DT6-42799/17/19922Mississippi
 Westbrook, Tevin TE6-52371/17/19931Florida
66Wester, Leonard T6-63051/3/19932Missouri Western State
 Wilcox, J.J. DB6-02122/14/19915Georgia Southern
3Winston, Jameis QB6-42311/6/19943Florida State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Tampa Bay6-4310.86-3280.625.72133
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Position Listing
Andrew DePaola
DePaola (knee) is unlikely to be healthy for the start of the 2017 season, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Noah Spence
Spence is undergoing shoulder surgery to repair a fully-torn labrum Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jude Adjei-Barimah
Adjei-Barimah officially signed his one-year exclusive rights tender Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Jarvis Harrison
No Updates
Lavonte David
David posted six tackles (five solo), including two sacks and another tackle for loss, in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Panthers.

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.

Cameron Lynch
Lynch was signed to the Bucs practice squad Tuesday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Ben Gottschalk
Gottschalk (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Garrison Sanborn
Sanborn signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday.

Sanborn spent the past eight seasons in Buffalo and did not miss a single game during that run. He'll now take over as the Bills' long snapper for the upcoming season. Details of the contract are still unknown.

Antone Smith
Smith (knee) remains unsigned while rehabbing from a season-ending injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kwon Alexander
Alexander was credited with 10 tackles (six solo), including one for loss, and a pass defensed in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Panthers.

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.

Jeff Knox
No Updates
Jameis Winston
Winston, who showed above-average accuracy when throwing on the run last season, is expected to have more designed rollout plays called for him in 2017, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "When Jameis was outside the pocket and had multiple receivers to throw it to or run it at times, we did well," said head coach Dir Koetter. "So I would say we will continue to build that part of the offense."

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.

Sealver Siliga
Siliga re-signed with the Buccaneers on Saturday on a one-year contract.

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.

Quayvon Hicks
No Updates
Mike Evans
Evans is looking to be a more vocal leader entering his fourth season, particularly in the wake of veteran Vincent Jackson's departure, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Alan Cross
Cross finished the 2016 season with six receptions (10 targets) for 38 yards and a touchdown over 14 games.

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.

Donovan Smith
The Buccaneers held out wide receiver Mike Evans and left tackle Donovan Smith of practice on Monday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Evans is dealing with a lingering hamstring injury, while Donovan Smith has ailments to his foot and ankle.

Kivon Cartwright
Cartwright was signed to a futures contract by the Bucs on Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

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.

Howard Jones
Jones (knee) will not have his contract tendered by the Buccaneers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Caleb Benenoch
No Updates
Cody Riggs
Riggs (hamstring) was absent from the Titans' injury report Wednesday.

Riggs has missed the previous three games, but appears to be trending toward a return in Week 7. He figures to help provide depth in the secondary if he can indeed return to action.

Clinton McDonald
McDonald totaled 36 tackles (25 solo), including three for loss, along with 3.5 sacks over 12 games in the 2016 season.

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.

Dax Dellenbach
No Updates
Donteea Dye
Dye (ankle) underwent surgery on his injured ankle Monday, ESPN reports.

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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Blake Sims
Sims signed a future contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Jacquies Smith
Smith (knee) did not sign an offer sheet prior to Friday's deadline for restricted free agents to do so, effectively meaning he'll remain with the Buccaneers this season.

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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Michael Liedtke
No Updates
Leonard Wester
No Updates
Doug Martin
Martin (suspension) joined the Bucs as expected for the start of offseason work Monday and made a positive impression on general manager Jason Licth, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "He looks great right now; he looks as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," Licht said. "He was in very good spirits. We're excited to have him, excited to see how he does out here in OTAs."

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.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 4 of the 2017 season
Kevin Pamphile
Pamphile has cleared through the league's concussion protocol and will be available to play Sunday against the Seahawks, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Cecil Shorts
Shorts (knee) faces an 18-to-24 month recovery and might not return to the NFL, Joe Scalzo of the Columbus Monthly reports.

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.

Knee - Doubtful for the start of training camp
DeSean Jackson
Jackson is joining Tampa Bay on a three-year, $35 million contract that includes $20 million guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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.

Vernon Hargreaves
Head coach Dirk Koetter expects Hargreaves, who totaled 76 tackles (68 solo) but only caused two turnovers in his rookie season, to be more aggressive in 2017, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "I think Vernon needs to be more aggressive. I think, sometimes, Vernon was too content to just cover his guy," Koetter said. "They threw it to him and he was right there and made the tackle. Instead of, 'Vernon, scoot up and make that play!'"

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.

Sean Renfree
Renfree signed a future/reserve contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, The Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Bryan Anger
Anger signed a five-year contract extension with the Buccaneers on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Anger has become a proven vet in the punting game, and is now slated to continue playing in Tampa Bay for at least the next five years.

Robert Ayers
Ayers finished the 2016 season with 29 tackles (21 solo), including two for loss, 6.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass defensed over 12 games.

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.

Chris Baker
Baker signed a three-year contract with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Adarius Glanton
Glanton officially signed his one-year exclusive rights tender Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Evan Smith
Smith, who started at center and both guard spots last season, received a $1 million roster bonus Wednesday, essentially guaranteeing his return in 2017, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Josh Robinson
Robinson signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal with the Buccaneers on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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.

Daryl Smith
Smith totaled 35 tackles (28 solo), including two for loss, one fumble recovery and one interception over 16 games during the 2016 season.

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.

Josh Huff
Huff accepted a conditional plea on November 2016 unlawful possession of weapons charges, meaning that he will not face any jail time for the infraction, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Austin Johnson
Johnson was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster from the practice squad Wednesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

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.

William Gholston
Gholston (elbow) has agreed to a five-year contract to remain with the Buccaneers, ESPN reports.

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.

J.J. Wilcox
Wilcox agreed to the terms of a deal with the Buccanneers on Saturday.

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.

Demar Dotson
Dotson (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Vincent Jackson
Jackson (knee) does not plan on retiring, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Adam Humphries
Humphries officially signed his one-year exclusive rights tender Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Luke Stocker
Stocker finished the 2016 season with five receptions (eight targets) for 23 yards and no scores over 12 games.

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.

Peyton Barber
Barber finished the 2016 season with 55 carries for 223 yards and a touchdown along with five receptions (six targets) for 28 yards over 15 games.

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.

Ryan Griffin
Griffin signed Monday with the Buccaneers to the one-year, $1.8 million restricted free agent contract he was tendered, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

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.

Ryan Smith
Smith (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Smith practiced in full Friday, so the expectation was that he was going to suit up for Week 13. Look for him to serve as the Buccaneers' backup free safety and factor into their return game.

Devante Bond
Bond (hamstring) could have a chance to start at strong side linebacker, Roy Cummings of WFLA.com reports.

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.

Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Charles Sims
Sims (pectoral) will return as a key component of the Tampa Bay backfield, while teammate Doug Martin (suspension) faces a more uncertain future, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Pectoral - Questionable for the start of training camp
Channing Ward
Ward (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against the Panthers.

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.

James Stone
With center Peter Konz (ACL) out for the season, the Falcons are going with undrafted rookie James Stone at center Sunday against the Lions. He'll be Atlanta's third center this season after the team put Joe Hawley and Konz on injured reserve.

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.

Brandon Myers
Myers finished the 2016 season with just seven receptions (14 targets) for 59 yards and a touchdown in 16 games.

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.

Jacquizz Rodgers
Rodgers agreed to a two-year contract to stay in Tampa Bay, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

John Hughes
Hughes was signed by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Roy Cummings of FanRagSports.com reports.

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.

Ali Marpet
Marpet, a career guard being tried at center in OTAs, has the endorsement of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He's so athletic. He can pull. He can make all the blocks. He's highly intelligent, very intelligent. I truly believe, and you can stamp this and quote it: I believe Ali Marpet will be a dominant -- not good -- dominant center," said McCoy.

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).

Gosder Cherilus
Cherilus, an unrestricted free agent, is contemplating retirement, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Isaiah Johnson
No Updates
Russell Hansbrough
Tampa Bay plans to sign Hansbrough from the Giants' practice squad and add him to the active roster for Sunday's game against Carolina, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Joe Hawley
Hawley re-signed with the Buccaneers to a two-year contract, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Tevin Westbrook
Westbrook signed a future contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Javien Elliott
Elliott was promoted from the practice squad Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Josh Allen
Allen was released by the 49ers on Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of CSN reports.

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.

Ryan Russell
Russell was promoted to the Buccaneers' active roster on Saturday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Russell was promoted just in time for the team's game against the Bears on Sunday. He'll likely be at the bottom of the depth chart amongst Tampa Bay's six healthy defensive ends.

Derel Walker
Walker, an offseason acquisition from the CFL, has received high praise from fellow receiver Mike Evans for his work since arriving in Tampa, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He can go up and get the ball. He's sneaky athletic. He's sneaky fast. His 40 time doesn't show how fast he is. He plays fast, strong hands and he's one of the hardest workers I've ever been around."

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.

Roberto Aguayo
Aguayo is facing a make-or-break training camp and preseason with the recent signing of Nick Folk, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

DaVonte Lambert
David (shoulder) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, the team's official site reports.

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.

Freddie Martino
Martino officially signed his one-year exclusive rights tender Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Bernard Reedy
Reedy (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Panthers, the team's official site reports.

Reedy will thus be out of uniform for the second straight week following a call-up from the practice squad.

Brent Grimes
Grimes triggered an extra $1 million in contract incentives by playing in 94 percent of the defensive snaps in his first Bucs season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Gerald McCoy
McCoy is determined to take his fourth-quarter production up a notch in 2017 following conversations with several fellow Pro Bowlers last January, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "It hit home to the point where I re-evaluated myself, my whole career, up to this point,'' McCoy said. "The gist of what it is, is I haven't done enough to lead this team. Simple as that. If this team goes to the next level, as much as you need a franchise quarterback and those things are great, this organization, this team to win a Super Bowl was built on defense. That guy in the middle is what makes everything roll."

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.''

Nick Folk
Folk will sign with the Buccaneers, Peter Schrager of FOX Sports reports.

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.

George Johnson
Johnson has been placed on IR after injuring his hip in Thursday's practice.

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.

Hip - Questionable for the start of training camp
J.R. Sweezy
Sweezy, who signed a five-year deal worth more than $32.5 million with the Bucs last offseason but never played a down to a back injury, had the final four years of his contract recently reworked, Jenna Laine and Field Yates of ESPN.com report.

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 converted $1.25 million of what had been a guaranteed $2.5 million base salary for 2017 into per-game roster bonuses that can be achieved for each game that Sweezy is on the 53-man roster 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. "No one wants to be back out there helping the team more than J.R.," said coach Dirk Koetter. "He's back training again and now we're ready to take it to the next step. Besides having surgery, nothing has changed from J.R. the player who played so well for the Seahawks before we signed him."

Chris Conte
Conte signed a two-year contract with Tampa Bay on Thursday, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

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.

Cameron Brate
Brate officially signed his one-year exclusive rights tender Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Alterraun Verner
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.

Keith Tandy
Tandy collected 12 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss, and notched a pair of interceptions in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Panthers.

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.


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