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 Latest Buccaneers Player Notes
Jun 1 2017 - Chris Godwin
  WR Chris Godwin signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. Godwin, who was the first of the team's two third-round selections in the draft, is coming off a season in which he reeled in 11 touchdown passes with Penn State. That total is the second-most in a single season in school history.


May 22 2017 - Jacquies Smith
  DE Jacquies Smith signed his restricted free agent tender. The 6-2, 260-pound Smith came to the Bucs after being claimed off waivers from the Buffalo Bills in 2014. During the past three seasons with Tampa Bay, Smith started 18 of 28 contests he has played in, totaling 39 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries (one for touchdown) and three passes defensed.


May 22 2017 - Ryan Fitzpatrick
  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick officially was signed by Tampa Bay. He is expected to serve as the backup to Jameis Winston. The 6-2, 223-pound Fitzpatrick joins the Buccaneers after spending the past two seasons with the New York Jets. In his 12-year career, the 34-year old has started 116 of 127 games played, throwing for 25,888 yards and 166 touchdowns.


May 22 2017 - O.J. Howard
  TE O.J. Howard,Tampa Bay's first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, signed a four-year rookie contract with a fifth-year club option. Howard was the 19th overall pick out Alabama. Terms of the deal were not released but it is projected to be worth $11.2 million with about $6.2 million to sign, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Howard, who has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, recorded 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns as a member of the Crimson Tide.


May 19 2017 - Ryan Fitzpatrick
  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick reached an agreement with the Buccaneers to serve as the backup to Jameis Winston. The deal is for one year and worth a reported $3 million that includes incentives to take the base salary higher. The 34-year-old Fitzpatrick has started 116 games over his 12 seasons in the NFL, including 27 the past two years with the New York Jets. He entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Rams in 2005 out of Harvard. He is 46-69-1 as a starter and for his carrer has thrown for 25,888 yards with 166 touchdown passes and 133 interceptions.


May 17 2017 - Jacquies Smith
  DE Jacquies Smith, who missed virtually all of last season with an ACL injury, signed his restricted free agent tender with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Wednesday. The San Francisco 49ers brought Smith in for a visit, but did not make an offer, leaving the 27-year-old will little alternative but to sign his tender with the Bucs.


May 11 2017 - Evan Panfil
  DE Evan Panfil signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. Panfil was one of 26 undrafted players that participated in Tampa Bay's recent rookie mini-camp on a tryout basis. Panfil led Purdue with 12 tackles for loss and shared top honors on the team with five sacks during his senior year. The 6-foot-5, 270-pounder recorded 76 tackles, nine sacks and one forced fumble in 43 career contests with the Boilermakers.


May 10 2017 - Robert McClain
  CB Robert McClain was signed by the Buccaneers to add depth at the position. McClain, 28, played for Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith with the Falcons from 2012-14. He originally entered the league as a seventh-round pick of the Panthers in 2010 out of Connecticut. He spent time with the Panthers, Falcons and Chargers, totaling 80 games (23 starts) and recording 248 tackles, 23 passes defensed, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.


Mar 18 2017 - Nick Folk
  K Nick Folk was signed by the Buccaneers on Saturday. Folk, 32, will compete with Roberto Aguayo for the starting job this season. The Jets released Folk on Feb. 23 in a move to save approximately $7.5 million in salary-cap space. He spent the past seven seasons with the Jets (2010-16), where he ranks first in franchise history in field-goal percentage (81.3) and second in field goals made (172). Last season, the 10-year veteran converted 27 of 31 field goals (87.1 percent), tied for sixth-best in the NFL, while making 24 of 26 extra-point attempts.


Mar 15 2017 - Joe Hawley
  C Joe Hawley and the Buccaneers agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Hawley, 28, started 15 games in 2016 and 29 of the 30 he played in two seasons with the Bucs.


Mar 12 2017 - Josh Robinson
  CB Josh Robinson was re-signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The two-year deal is worth $6.5 million with $3.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Robinson played in all 16 games for Tampa Bay last season, topping the team with 12 special teams tackles -- all solo that tied for the third-most in the NFL. He led a coverage unit that helped the Buccaneers rank third in the league in net punting average (42.7). A third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Robinson has played in 53 career regular-season games (21 starts), recording 146 tackles, three tackles for loss, 15 passes defensed, five interceptions (returned 90 yards) and one forced fumble, along with 22 special teams tackles.


Mar 11 2017 - Sealver Siliga
  DT Sealver Siliga re-signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Siliga split last season between the Seattle Seahawks and the Buccaneers, notching 10 tackles and one sack in 10 games. The 6-foot-2, 345-pound Siliga, who appeared in 25 games with the New England Patriots over three seasons (2013-15), has 94 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 36 games. Siliga was an undrafted free agent out of Utah in 2011.


Mar 11 2017 - J.J. Wilcox
  S J.J. Wilcox signed a free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Wilcox spent his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, appearing in 58 games while starting 38, including all 16 games in 2014. A third-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2013, Wilcox started four games last season. The former Georgia Southern product finished his tenure with Dallas by registering 196 tackles, 15 passes defensed, five interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.


Mar 10 2017 - DeSean Jackson
  WR DeSean Jackson signed a three-year, $35 million free agent deal with Tampa Bay on Thursday. Jackson recorded four 100-yard performances in his last six games to finish strong in his third season with Washington. Jackson, 30, collected 56 receptions for 1,005 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. "It is rare to find a player in free agency with the combination of speed and natural playmaking ability of a DeSean Jackson," Bucs general manager Jason Licht said


Mar 6 2017 - William Gholston
  DE William Gholston avoided free agency and agreed to re-sign with the Buccaneers on a five-year contract, the team announced Monday. Sources told ESPN the sides agreed to a $27.5 million deal that could be worth up to $36.5 million based on sack incentives and other escalators. The contract through the 2021 season includes $13.5 million guaranteed.


Mar 2 2017 - Vincent Jackson
  WR Vincent Jackson apparently will retire. Jackson, 33, will become a free agent and recently paid a visit to Bucs coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht. Each of the last two seasons have ended in knee injuries for Jackson, who played out his 5-year, $55.5-million contract with Tampa Bay.


Mar 2 2017 - Doug Martin
  RB Doug Martin apparently is out of drug rehab, looks fit and met with coach Dirk Koetter and general manager Jason Licht in Tampa last week. But the Buccaneers still aren't ready to commit to him as their running back for 2017, the clearest sign yet that they plan to find somebody else to carry the mail. Martin was held out of the Week 16 game at New Orleans and was suspended the next four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. As a result, the Bucs no longer have to guarantee his $7-million salary next season.


Feb 23 2017 - Nick Folk
  K Nick Folk was released by the New York Jets on Thursday. In seven seasons with the Jets, he converted 175 field goals and his 81.3 kicking percentage is the highest of any kicker in team history with at least 100 attempts. In 2013, Folk established a team-record with a 91.7 field goal percentage and his 33 field goals were the second-most in team history. Last year Folk made 27 of 31 field attempts for the 4-12 Jets.


Feb 23 2017 - Jameis Winston
  QB Jameis Winston lamented "poor word choice" after making stereotypical gender comments during a speech at an elementary school on Wednesday. While speaking to third through fifth graders at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, Fla., Winston demanded that the male students stand up while telling the female students to remain seated. "All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down," the 23-year-old Winston said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "But all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to. Now, a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I'm saying? One day y'all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you'll have a very, very deep voice. But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y'all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to."


Jan 4 2017 - Bryan Anger
  P Bryan Anger was named NFC Special Teams Player after placing all five punts inside the 20 in the 17-16 win against the Carolina Panthers. He had a net average of 45.8 yards and allowed zero punt return yards.


Jan 2 2017 - Ryan Smith
  S Ryan Smith didn't play a single snap on defense in 2016, working exclusively on special teams. After spending most of his rookie season practicing at safety, he'll go back to cornerback moving forward, coach Dirk Koetter said Monday.


Jan 2 2017 - Jacquizz Rodgers
  RB Jacquizz Rodgers led the Bucs in rushing this season but is set to become a free agent. The team wants him back and Koetter joked he had a "firm handshake" on the pledge.


Jan 2 2017 - Jameis Winston
  QB Jameis Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. He also had 28 TD passes, a team record


Jan 2 2017 - DeSean Jackson
  WR DeSean Jackson topped 1,000 receiving yards for the fifth time in his career. He caught two passes for 34 yards Sunday to reach 1,005 for the year.


Jan 2 2017 - DeSean Jackson
  WR DeSean Jackson and WR Pierre Carcon both went over 1,000 yards receiving for the season.


Jan 2 2017 - Doug Martin
  RB Doug Martin began serving a four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing substances policy.


Jan 2 2017 - Jameis Winston
  QB Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Mike Evans with 3:13 to play as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 17-16 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. Winston went 5 of 6 for 73 yards on the winning drive, hitting Evans for a 10-yard touchdown after the Tampa Bay offense had mustered only three points in the first 57 minutes. The throw gave Winston the team record for touchdown passes in a season (28) and Evans tied his own record for touchdown catches in a season (12). Winston became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons.


Jan 2 2017 - Ryan Fitzpatrick
  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, likely making his final appearance with the Jets, threw for 210 yards and a pair of short touchdowns in a 30-10 rout of the Bills in the season finale at MetLife Stadium. "I don't think anybody expected to be sitting here, celebrating a win over the Bills the last game of the year and having it not be for the playoffs," Fitzpatrick said. Fitzpatrick, who held out the entire offseason before signing a one-year deal worth $12 million on the eve of training camp, could not replicate the magic he enjoyed in 2015, when he threw a franchise-record 31 touchdowns. Fitzpatrick threw 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions and was benched twice, though he regained his starting job both times due to season-ending injuries suffered by Geno Smith and Bryce Petty. "Didn't meet my own expectations or anybody else's, probably, but mine are probably higher than everybody else's," Fitzpatrick said. "So there's disappointment there, but that's just the way that it went." Fitzpatrick at least ended on a high note Sunday, when he connected for scores with Powell (two yards) and Jalin Marshall (six yards). Kicker Nick Folk booted three field goals and Doug Middleton recovered a muffed kickoff by the Bills in the end zone for the Jets' final score.


Dec 31 2016 - Bryan Anger
  P Bryan Anger was signed by the Buccaneers to a five-year contract extension. The deal is worth $17 million ($3.4 million per year average), according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Anger, 28, joined Tampa Bay in 2016, setting franchise records for punts inside the 20 (32) and net punting average (42.4) -- both career bests -- while also establishing a new team record for gross punting average (45.9).


Dec 28 2016 - Cameron Brate
  TE Cam Brate's eight TDs tied Jimmie Giles for the most in a single season by a tight end in club history.


Dec 28 2016 - Josh Huff
  WR Josh Huff will continue to be the Bucs primary kickoff returner despite muffs against the Saints.


Dec 28 2016 - William Gholston
  DE Will Gholston has a dislocated elbow and did not practice on Wednesday.


Dec 28 2016 - Demar Dotson
  T Demar Dotson, who has missed three games with a concussion, had full participation in practice but is still in the protocol.


Dec 28 2016 - DeSean Jackson
  WR DeSean Jackson (jaw) took a pop to the face that ended his game against the Bears last Saturday, but said he was a full participant in practice on Wednesday and will play against the Giants.


Dec 28 2016 - Doug Martin
  RB Doug Martin left the team Wednesday to enter a treatment facility after announcing he violated the league's performance-enhancing drug policy and will serve a four-game suspension. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter earlier stood by his decision to bench the Pro Bowl running back in Saturday's 31-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Koetter called it a "coach's decision" to declare Martin inactive for the game.


Dec 28 2016 - Blake Sims
  RB Blake Sims was promoted to the practice squad on Wednesday. The 5-11, 218-pound Blake Sims spent time on the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad earlier this season.


Dec 28 2016 - Deonte Gibson
  DE Deonte Gibson was promoted to the practice squad on Wednesday. The 6-1, 266-pound Gibson entered the league this season as a college free agent with the Detroit Lions. He spent the offseason and preseason with Detroit.


Dec 28 2016 - Austin Johnson
  FB Austin Johnson was promoted from the practice squad on Wednesday. The 6-2, 240-pound Johnson was signed to Tampa Bay's practice squad on Dec. 13. He spent time on the Saints' active roster and practice squad from 2013-15, playing in 17 games (two starts) and rushing 12 times for 31 yards and one touchdown, with seven catches for 45 yards and one touchdown. He originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Saints in 2013.


Dec 28 2016 - Charles Sims
  RB Charles Sims was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with an undisclosed injury, ending his season. Sims has the rare distinction of being placed on IR twice in the same season. The 6-foot, 211-pound Sims suffered a knee injury in Week 4 against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 2 and was placed on injured reserve eight days later. The Bucs subsequently used their one designated-for-return tag on him and he came back to action in Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints. Overall, Sims played in seven games with two starts this season, rushing 51 times for 149 yards and one touchdown, while catching 24 passes for 190 yards and one score.


Dec 27 2016 - Josh Allen
  OL Josh Allen was signed to the practice squad on Tuesday.


Dec 27 2016 - Jude Adjei-Barimah
  CB Jude Adjei-Barimah was placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury. Adjei-Barimah played in 10 games for the Buccaneers this season, starting one.


Dec 27 2016 - Russell Hansbrough
  RB Russell Hansbrough was signed from the New York Giants' practice squad to the active roster of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hansbrough made his NFL debut with Tampa Bay in Week 5 at Carolina and spent time on the Buccaneers' practice squad this season. He has yet to get a rushing attempt.


Dec 27 2016 - Cameron Brate
  TE Cameron Brate was placed on the injured reserve list, the team announced Tuesday. Brate injured his back in Saturday's game. He started 10 of the Buccaneers' 15 games this season, and caught 57 passes for 660 yards and eight touchdowns


Dec 27 2016 - Ryan Fitzpatrick
  QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will end the season as he began it -- as the New York Jets' starting quarterback. Jets coach Todd Bowles announced Tuesday that Fitzpatrick will start the final game of the regular season against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Bryce Petty, who was scheduled to start the final four games, suffered a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder on Saturday and is unavailable. It left Fitzpatrick and rookie Christian Hackenberg as Bowles' only options to start the finale.


Dec 27 2016 - J.J. Wilcox
  S J.J. Wilcox ended Detroit's second-half-opening possession by intercepting Matthew Stafford at the Lions 46-yard line.


Dec 26 2016 - DeSean Jackson
  WR DeSean Jackson (jaw) was listed as day-to-day after being hit in the face during Sunday's win over Chicago.


Dec 26 2016 - Jude Adjei-Barimah
  CB Jude Adjei-Barimah missed four games serving a suspension for testing positive for performing enhancing drugs. But when he returned to the roster, he has been injured and unable to play and Koetter indicated he will be placed on injured reserve this week.


Dec 26 2016 - Demar Dotson
  T Demar Dotson still is in the concussion protocol and it's uncertain whether he will play Sunday against Carolina.


Dec 26 2016 - Bryan Anger
  P Bryan Anger continues to impress. He averaged 51 yards on three punts and three inside the 20 on Saturday.


Dec 26 2016 - Mike Evans
  WR Mike Evans had gone three games without a touchdown until he caught his 11th of the season against the Saints on Saturday.



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