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Buccaneers | Ryan Smith could play safety
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ryan Smith could serve as a safety, according to general manager Jason Licht. Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter were both attracted to Smith's versatility as a safety and/or cornerback.
Buccaneers | Connor Barth released
Buccaneers | Connor Barth expected to be cut
Buccaneers | Elijah Shumate agrees to terms with Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent SS Elijah Shumate (Notre Dame) Saturday, April 30. He received a signing bonus of $13,000, but other financial details were undisclosed.
Buccaneers | Ryan Smith expects big role
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Ryan Smith anticipates playing a major role in the Buccaneers' defense. Smith believes he can help out Tampa Bay a lot and said he's going to do everything he can to help the team. "I did special teams all my life, in college, and I made plays," Smith said. "I'm going to continue to do the same thing at the next level. I'm going to give it my all."
Buccaneers | Ryan Smith could return kicks
Buccaneers | Roberto Aguayo first kicker off the board
Buccaneers | Noah Spence drafted by Bucs
Buccaneers | Eight players waived
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Andre Davis, LB Darius Eubanks, OG Antoine Everett, FS Gerod Holliman, DT Derrick Lott, S Kimario McFadden, LB Jermauria Rasco and CB C.J. Roberts were waived Friday, April 29.
Buccaneers | Bucs take Vernon Hargreaves at No. 11
Buccaneers | Tampa moves down in first round
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay likes Noah Spence
Eastern Kentucky LB Noah Spence would be coveted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he is still available when they pick in the second round. The Buccaneers hold the eighth pick in the second round -- 39th overall.
Buccaneers | Mike Evans idle Thursday
Buccaneers | Two Tampa wideouts to get chance in slot
Buccaneers | Kenny Bell ready to make plays
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Kenny Bell (hamstring) spent the 2015 season, his rookie year, on the Reserve/Injured list due to a hamstring injury, but he stayed connected with the team while the coaching staff made a point to keep him involved in the day-to-day activity, even taking him on every road trip despite his being out. Bell is expected to compete with WRs Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries for slot duties during the spring.
Buccaneers | Two linemen will miss some time
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OGs J.R. Sweezy (undisclosed) and Ali Marpet (undisclosed) underwent offseason procedures and will not participate in minicamp or organized team activities. They are not expected to practice until late July when training camp begins.
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston loses weight
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has put in work to enter the 2016 season in much better shape, and his teammates were impressed with the results during voluntary minicamp Tuesday, April 26. Winston's trainer, Tim Grover, said Winston lost 18 pounds since last year. "I was joking with him the other day. He took his shirt off, and I said 'Man, what happened to the belly?' He's got a six-pack like me. He's put in a tremendous amount of work and I think it's going to be a great year for him and this whole team," WR Mike Evans said.
Buccaneers | Two OL to receive tryout at minicamp
Buccaneers | Storm Johnson signs with Bucs
Buccaneers | Caylin Hauptmann works out
Buccaneers | Work out Quenton Bundrage
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay works out Dan Vitale
Buccaneers | Sign Dan LeFevour
Buccaneers | Tampa Bay wants to upgrade pass rush
Buccaneers | Vernon Hargreaves' size no concern for TB
Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves III's lack of size is not a concern for Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht. "I like good football players, I like strong football players," Licht said. "I like playmakers. No, I'm not concerned."
Buccaneers | Demar Dotson recovering well
Buccaneers | Kwon Alexander excited about new defense
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Kwon Alexander said the system being installed by defensive coordinator Mike Smith is much more aggressive than last year's defense. "There's a lot of schemes," Alexander said. "I love it, though. We're going to have fun with it. We're going to be out there flying around. I can't wait to get back on the field."
Buccaneers | Sean Davis to visit Tampa Bay
Buccaneers | Mike Evans acknowledges slump
Buccaneers | Ryan Griffin has potential
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Ryan W. Griffin has a chance to be an ascending player at quarterback, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Griffin would take over as the No. 2 quarterback in Tampa Bay if QB Mike Glennon is traded.
Buccaneers | Kenny Bell low on depth chart
Buccaneers | Two players sign tenders
Buccaneers | Jameis Winston in better shape
Buccaneers | 50-50 chance for Mike Glennon trade?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon has a 50-50 chance of being traded before the NFL Draft, according to Mark Cook of Pewter Report. Cook noted the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets as the two most likely landing spots for Glennon if he were to be traded. Cook also speculated that general manager Jason Licht could pull the trigger on a trade if a second-round pick or a low-end second round pick and a fourth-round pick is offered.
Buccaneers | Brent Grimes could be temporary fix
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed CB Brent Grimes to a two-year, $13.5 million deal in the offseason, but if they draft a quality cornerback in the first- or second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, they could move on from Grimes after this season. Only $7 million is guaranteed in the first year.
Buccaneers | Robert Ayers could be cut in 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers might be a potential one-and-done candidate to be cut in 2017 if the team scores well in the 2016 NFL Draft at the defensive end position. He signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract, but all of the skill guarantees are in the final year of the deal. He has a $3 million injury guarantee in Year 2, which the Bucs could get out of if they find the proper replacement.
Buccaneers | Jeremiah George signs tender
Buccaneers | Andrew DePaola signs tender
Buccaneers | Bradley McDougald signs tender
Buccaneers | Bryan Anger contract details
Buccaneers | Mike Glennon could be extended
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon has been the subject of trade talks in recent weeks, but he could also receive an extension from the Buccaneers if a trade does not work out. Tampa Bay has already discussed a two-year extension for Glennon that would likely be worth at least $6 million per year.
Buccaneers | Plan in place to help Jameis Winston
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston growth will be measured in wins, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and Koetter said he plans to eliminate the "unknowns" for Winston and help him avoid unnecessary hits in order to help him succeed.
Buccaneers | Dirk Koetter praises Vincent Jackson
Buccaneers | Cameron Brate earns praise from coach
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate exceeded expectations in the absence of an injured TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins in 2015, finishing with 288 yards and three touchdowns on 23 receptions. "Cam is an ascending player and our hope for him is that he takes it and runs with it. That's what you want. It would be a great story and great for our team," head coach Dirk Koetter said.
Buccaneers | Coach defends Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has missed 16 of 32 possible games since entering the league in 2014, but head coach Dirk Koetter stated recently that no one worked harder at rehabbing or was more anxious to hit the field in 2015 than Seferian-Jenkins.
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