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Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

Cummings, Roy

Tribune Staff

Bolts’ Hedman breaking through in big way

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TAMPA — Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman played as if something suddenly clicked for him this year, a traffic light turning from red to green.

Bucs DT McCoy eager to resurrect Tampa 2

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TAMPA — Whatever kind of scheme Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Je...

Bucs invite Fresno State QB Carr for visit

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are leaving no quarterback unturned in their quest to find the signal-caller who will eventually replace projected starter Josh McCown.

Bucs work out ex-FSU, Plant RB Wilder Jr.

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to determine if running back James Wilder Jr. c...

Source: QB Manziel will visit Bucs today

- Clearly, the Bucs are doing their due diligence on the quarterback prospects. Today brings in Johnny Manziel. They had Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater in for a visit on Monday and met on Tuesday with Eastern Illinois' Jimmy ...

Bucs’ 2014 preseason schedule announced

- The Bucs will take the field for the first time under new coach Lovie Smith during a road game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in early August.

Lovie Smith's presence brings new vibe to Bucs workouts

- Quarterback Mike Glennon likened his return to One Buc Place for the start of the offseason workout program this week to his first day of high school. “There’s a different vibe from everyone. We feel like the s...

Ex-Bucs WR Williams admits he needs to ‘grow up’

- Ex-Bucs WR Mike Williams, traded to the Bills for a 2014 sixth-round draft pick, discussed his tough offseason during his introductory news conference in Buffalo.

Bucs host Bridgewater; sign S Wright, WR Hawkins

- The Bucs added depth at safety and wide receiver by signing veterans Major Wright and Lavelle Hawkins, while visiting with quarterback prospect Teddy Bridgewater.

Bucs trade Williams to Bills for draft pick

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The Bucs have traded wide receiver Mike Williams to Buffalo for a sixth-round draft pick in May’s draft, ending a sometimes turbulent four-year tenure with Tampa Bay.

Bucs’ Williams to enter intervention in misdemeanor case

- The criminal mischief and trespassing charges brought against Bucs WR Mike Williams last December will be dropped, pending Williams’ completion of a misdemeanor intervention program.

Smith says Bucs ready to contend in 2014

- Lovie Smith isn’t predicting a championship for the Bucs in his first year as coach, but he says fans deserve a team that can win now. He says the team he’s building will do just that.

Bucs notes: Team hopeful G Nicks will return

- The Bucs are growing confident LG Carl Nicks will return to action this year after being sidelined much of the past two seasons with a foot injury and a MRSA staph infection.

Smith: Bucs WR Williams not being kicked off team

- Bucs coach Lovie Smith said that, based on what he knows of a stabbing incident at Mike Williams’ Tampa home, Williams did nothing to warrant being moved off the team.

Bucs WR Williams stabbed in thigh; suspect sought

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A trouble-filled offseason for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams continued Sunday when the 2010 fourth-ro...

Bucs trade Zuttah to Ravens for 2015 pick

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TAMPA — It appears as though newcomer Evan Dietrich-Smith will be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting center after all.

Bucs near salary cap after active free-agency period

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ free-spending ways in free agency will probably come to a screeching halt very soon now. Not because the Bucs want them to, but because they have no choice.

Bucs sign ex-USF CB Mike Jenkins

- After playing high school ball at Bradenton Southeast and college ball at USF, Pro Bowl cornerback Mike Jenkins will play pro ball with the Bucs.

Former Bucs GM Dominik headed to ESPN

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Mark Dominik, who had only one winning season with the Buccaneers, moves to ESPN as an NFL front-office insider for many of the networks platforms.

Bucs not done with free agency, Smith says

- The pace of free agency signings has definitely slowed down at One Buc Place, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith says fans need to stay tuned for a couple more moves.

Bucs sign long-snapper Cain

- Though free agent Andrew Economos remains available and still could re-sign with Tampa Bay, a likely replacement was signed Tuesday in 10-year veteran snapper Jeremy Cain.

Former NFL exec lauds Bucs’ Verner signing

- In a National Football Post list of the five signings that hit the mark, former New York Jets executive Ari Nissam ranks the Bucs’ signing of cornerback Alterraun Verner as second overall.

Saints sign ex-Bucs FB Lorig to four-year deal

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TAMPA — Another Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ free agent has moved on to another team. Erik Lorig, the Bucs’ starting fullback the past three years, signed a four-year deal with New Orleans, the Saints annou...

Report: Bucs visiting with CB Mike Jenkins

- After missing on Charles Tillman, who re-signed with the Bears, and Captain Munnerlyn, who signed with the Vikings, the Bucs are visiting today with former USF standout cornerback Mike Jenkins, according to a Twitter post b...

Bucs sign OL Cousins, LB Fletcher

- The Bucs signed 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman Oniel Cousins and ex-Patriots backup linebacker Dane Fletcher to one-year deals.

Bucs sign ex-Packers C Evan Dietrich-Smith

- The Buccaneers on Friday signed former Packers starting center Evan Dietrich Smith to a four-year contract.

Steve Smith in pewter? There’s a chance

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A lot of Buccaneers fans would like to see former Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith wearing Tampa Bay’s deeper pewter, red and orange uniform next year, and there is a chance they might.

After fast start, Bucs’ pace slows in free agency

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TAMPA — So much talk has been generated by the arrival of newcomers such as defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner and quarterback Josh McCown, Buccaneers followers might not realize the team ...

Bucs new QB McCown is man of character

- One thing you can say about Bucs quarterback Josh McCown is he is a man who has always kept his word — even when keeping his word has worked largely to the detriment of his career.

Bucs add T Collins, release veteran Penn

- It was not a coincidence that Bucs quarterback Josh McCown sat down for his news conference Thursday with fellow newcomer Anthony Collins sitting immediately to his left.

Releasing Revis helps Bucs reshape roster

- Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said he would have had to pass on one of the new free agents had he held on to Darrelle Revis for even one more day.

Bucs sign QB Josh McCown to be starter

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TAMPA — So much for a quarterback controversy.

Bucs release CB Darrelle Revis

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TAMPA — As expected, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers released five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, the team announced.

Bucs add several on busy first day of free agency

- It became glaringly apparent that the Bucs were not just sitting around idly twiddling their thumbs during the NFL’s three-day free-agency negotiating period.

Dominik: Bucs have options to keep Revis, shed salary

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TAMPA — The latest Darrelle Revis saga is, of course, all about money, and there is a way for the Buccaneers to get out of the financial bind that Revis’s $16 million salary creates and still keep Revis ar...

Bucs might be trying to trade Revis

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With the Buccaneers unable to restructure Darrell Revis’ $96 million contract, the team is trying to trade the five-time Pro Bowl cornerback.

Buccaneers eye free agents for three positions

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The Buccaneers plan to target mostly defensive ends, quarterbacks and offensive linemen during the free-agency signing period that begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Joseph's release starts Bucs overhaul

- A unit that was paid like one of the league's best, the Bucs' $25 million offensive line instead looked like one of the league's worst, prompting changes that started with Davin Joseph's release.

You be the Bucs GM: Defensive backs

- The NFL calendar officially flips to 2014 with the start of free agency Tuesday. Wtih that in mind, we'll provide analysis of each position in the days leading up and list players the Bucs might consider.

Bucs release right guard Joseph

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have parted ways with two-time Pro Bowl right guard and offensive captain Davin Joseph.

You be the GM: Defensive line

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The NFL calendar officially flips to 2014 with the start of free agency on Tuesday. A three-day negotiating period begins today, allowing teams and prospective free agents to begin the match-making process.

Bucs expected to be in thick of free agency talks

- On your marks, get set — tamper! That in essence is the cry that will go out at noon today when the NFL kicks off free agency.

LB Casillas signs one-year deal with Bucs

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TAMPA — A knee injury brought a premature end to linebacker Jonathan Casillas’ first season with the Buccaneers, but it didn’t bring a premature end to his Buccaneers career.

Bears part with Hester, who'd welcome offer from Bucs

- Free-agent return specialist Devin Hester is no longer in the Bears' plans. He says that joining the Bucs and his former coach, Lovie Smith, might be at the top of his list of options.

You Be the Bucs GM: Quarterback

- For seven straight days, The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com will feature one position each day. We’ll provide analysis of the position and list the players to consider.

Bucs' new uniforms mold old with new

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The Bucs wanted to "break new ground" with their new look, which features a richer pewter paired with a more vibrant shade of Buccaneer Red, and introduces orange to honor team history.

Bucs deflect Revis trade speculation

- All of a sudden there is talk everywhere of the Buccaneers possibly trading cornerback Darrelle Revis, but a move involving Revis would seem to run contrary to the Bucs defensive plans for 2014.

Criminal mischief case of Bucs WR Williams moved to March

- Mike Williams has entered a written plea of not guilty and been granted an arraignment waiver in a case in which he faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and trespassing.

Bucs' Lovie Smith ready to build on solid base

- While Bucs coach Lovie Smith says some areas need to be addressed, there are many pieces in place to fuel a turnaround in 2014, especially on defense.

Bucs overhaul will start with free agency

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Buccaneers had an abundance of salary cap space even before it was learned this week that the NFL is planning to bump the 2014 cap up by another $4 million to $130 million.