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Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014

Cummings, Roy

Tribune Staff

Bucs face decision on DE Clayborn’s contract

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a big decision to make regarding the future of defensive end Adrian Clayborn, and they don’t have much time to make it.

Lovie Smith shows sense of humor in Bucs offseason

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— There’s more to Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith’s personality than the soft-spoken, congenial side that is typic...

Bucs LG Nicks eyes return for training camp

- Bucs guard Carl Nicks is still not ready to return to full-time duty but is confident he'll be back on the field for the start of training camp in late July.

Lovie Smith opens Bucs three-day minicamp

- The Bucs will take the field en masse for the first time under new coach Lovie Smith today. The occasion is the first of the three minicamps they’re allowed to hold as a team with a new head coach.

Bolts’ Killorn keeps scoring touch in first full season

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Lightning coach Jon Cooper knew he had someone special in center Alex Killorn the first time he coached him.

G Price overcomes shaky start to dominate Bolts

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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has always had a tendency to struggle when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin, and the first game of this year’s postseason was no...

Bolts Notes: Vinik pushing to host big NHL events

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— Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik has been urging the NHL to grant the city of Tampa either an NHL All-Star Game or an NHL Entry Draft...

Bolts notes: LW Palat’s Game 2 status uncertain

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Down 1-0 in their first-round playoff series against Montreal and with lead G Ben Bishop nowhere near ready to come off the shelf, the Lightning are in a tough enough bind as ...

Things moving quickly for Bolts rookie Paquette

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TAMPA — Lightning rookie center Cedric Paquette didn’t sleep very well Tuesday night. No surprise there. It’s hard to sleep when you know your wildest dreams are about to come true.

Bucs’ McCoy: Will be in camp regardless of contract talk

- Even though talks on a long-term deal have yet to begin, Gerald McCoy says he will report to Bucs training camp regardless of his contract status.

Bolts notes: Success not just goaltending

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning might not be in the playoffs were it not for G Ben Bishop. Coach Jon Cooper doesn’t dispute that. But there is more to the Lightning’s success than the play of their l...

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

- Under new coach Lovie Smith, the Bucs are resurrecting the defensive system that bears their name and once made them a Super Bowl champion. Gerald McCoy, the leader of that defense, couldn’t be happier about it.

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.