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Buccaneers' Vinny Curry: Cut after one season in Tampa
The Buccaneers are releasing Curry on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Signed to a three-year, $27 million contract last offseason, Curry managed just 21 tackles and 2.5 sacks across 12 games (seven starts) in his lone season with Tampa Bay. The 30-year-old defensive end may draw interest as a potential starter on the free-agent market, but he'll presumably have to settle for a smaller contract this time around. The Bucs likely will transition to a 3-4 scheme -- or at least a hybrid version -- under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Phillip Andersen: Getting chance in Tampa Bay
Andersen signed a contract with the Buccaneers on Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Andersen is a Danish kicker who most recently played for the Berlin Rebels of the German Football League. Though he isn't set to graduate from an American college this spring, Andersen surfaced on NFL radars this past January while participating in kicking events during Senior Bowl week. It's possible his name could be one for fantasy owners to keep in mind, as Tampa Bay's incumbent kicker, Cairo Santos, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Sergio Bailey: Could return for spring workouts
Bailey (ankle) could be back to full health by the time Tampa Bay's offseason program begins this spring, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Bailey was having a strong preseason for Tampa Bay before slipping on wet turf and sustaining a significant ankle injury minutes prior to the Buccaneers' third preseason tilt. The undrafted Eastern Michigan product consequently spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve in recovery. However, the timing of Bailey's incident at least allowed him a head start on his rehab process, and it seems the receiver could be back in the swing of things well before training camp opens up this summer. With DeSean Jackson's (Achilles) future with the Bucs on uncertain grounds and Adam Humphries scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, there should be plenty of opportunities for Bailey to make a name for himself in Tampa Bay this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' DeSean Jackson: Interested in working with McVay
Jackson (Achilles) said he would like to play for the Rams, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Given that the Rams aren't a fit in terms of positional need or cap space, this comment is only interesting as an implicit admission that Jackson doesn't expect to be back in Tampa Bay. With a non-guaranteed $10 million remaining on his contract, the 32-year-old wideout likely will be traded or released at some point during the offseason. Jackson struggled with injuries and never lived up to expectations in his time with the Bucs, but he at least proved he's still a first-rate deep threat, producing 18.9 yards per catch and 10.5 per target in 2018. There hasn't been anything to suggest late-season thumb and Achilles injuries will have an impact on his preparation for 2019.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Excited about working with Arians
Evans is looking forward to working under new head coach Bruce Arians next season, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports. "I'm excited," Evans said. "I've heard nothing but good things about him. I'm sure he's going to be ready to work, and I am as well."
Despite a disappointing 2018 season from a team perspective that was bad enough to earn coach Dirk Koetter a pink slip, Evans enjoyed plenty of individual statistical success. The soon-to-be sixth-year veteran set a new career high with 1,524 receiving yards while posting the second-best reception (86) and touchdown (eight) totals of his career. Arians has already committed to Jameis Winston as his starting quarterback, which establishes immediate stability at an all-important position. The continuity under center also ups Evans' chances of success, given his well-established rapport with the 2015 first overall pick. Evans can certainly draw encouragement from the prolific numbers that Larry Fitzgerald generated under Arians as the No.1 receiver in Arizona, particularly over a three-season stretch from 2015-17 in which the future Hall of Famer compiled 325 receptions for 3,394 yards and 21 touchdowns across 48 games.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Ready to work with Leftwich
New offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich confirmed Winston will be the Buccanners' starting quarterback in 2019, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Leftwich said he and Winston will be "connected at the hip" throughout the process of implementing head coach Bruce Arians' vertical offense. The 39-year-old is expected to get his second shot as an NFL play-caller, after taking over in Arizona when Mike McCoy was fired midway through the 2018 campaign. Despite some initial improvement, Leftwich ultimately was unable to turn things around in the desert, faced with the limitations of a rookie quarterback playing behind an atrocious offensive line. The situation in Tampa Bay is vastly superior, albeit far from perfect. Winston's strong arm and aggressive nature make him a natural fit working with Arians and Leftwich, but there's still a lot of work to be done when it comes to ball security and establishing a running game. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard (ankle) will be back in 2019 to lead the Tampa Bay receiving corps, while Adam Humphries, DeSean Jackson (Achilles/finger) and Cameron Brate (hip) all face uncertain futures. Meanwhile, the 25-year-old quarterback is signed for just one more season under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Cameron Brate: Recovering from hip surgery
Brate is on the mend following arthroscopic surgery on a torn labrum in his hip last week, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
In addition to the aforementioned injury, bone fragments were removed from Brate's hip. According to Laine, Brate opted to play through the injury for most of the season, missing no practice time in the process. On a positive note, Brate is expected to be healthy by the conclusion of the offseason program in June. In the recently concluded campaign, he fell far short of his yardage totals from 2016 (660) and 2017 (591) -- 289 at 5.9 yards per target -- but his six touchdowns still tied for fourth most among tight ends. Both Brate and O.J. Howard (ankle) are locked into contracts through at least 2020, but the more experience gained by the latter, the less the former may be able to fulfill the six-year deal he inked last offseason.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Kwon Alexander: Progressing in recovery
Alexander (knee) posted a video Tuesday on his personal Twitter account highlighting his progress as he rehabs a torn ACL.
Alexander initially suffered the knee injury during a Week 7 loss to the Browns and underwent surgery Nov. 14. Barring any setbacks, the linebacker has a shot at being back to full strength for the start of the 2019 season. It's uncertain whether the Buccaneers are planning on retaining Alexander, who is set to hit free agency this offseason.... See More ... See Less
Buccaneers' Alan Cross: May switch to full-time coaching
Cross (shoulder) accepted a position last week as an assistant coach for the University of Memphis football team, Jonah Jordan of The Daily Memphian reports.
Cross played 14 games for the Buccaneers in 2018, logging two catches for nine yards on five targets before ending the season on injured reserve due to a shoulder issue. Set to become a restricted free agent this offseason, the 25-year-old now faces the decision of whether to continue his playing career or return to his alma mater as a coach on a full-time basis. At least for the time being, Cross is keeping his options open for 2019 and could play if he receives the right offer, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.... See More ... See Less
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