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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Roy Cummings

Tribune Staff

Bucs decline fifth-year option on RB Martin

- The Bucs decided not to exercise the fifth-year option on Martin’s rookie contract, Bucs general manager Jason Licht told The Tampa Tribune.

Winston’s Bucs contract prohibits him from playing baseball

- Jameis Winston, who spent two years pitching in relief for FSU, often has talked about his desire to one day be a professional baseball player. That can't happen under his four-year deal with Tampa Bay.

Buccaneers add 14 players to roster

- The additions included former Ohio State tackle Reid Fragel, who was claimed off waivers from the Falcons, and 13 undrafted free agents.

Bucs use NFL draft to get faster, tougher

- With the Bucs picks, they are suddenly a faster, tougher and far more athletic team than they were when the draft started.

Bucs add LB Alexander in fourth, WR Bell in fifth

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— It took a year and nine selections before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ regime run by general manager Jason Licht and coach Lovie Smith invested a draft pick in a defensiv...

Bucs add OLs Smith, Marpet on draft’s second day

- A night after investing the first pick in the draft on who they believe is a franchise quarterback, the Bucs turned their attention toward protecting their investment by selecting Penn State tackle Donovan Smith and guard A...

Bucs notes: Smith stuck with Penn State after Sandusky scandal

- Tampa Bay's second-round draft pick, tackle Donovan Smith, faced a tough decision before he ever played a down for Penn State. But while other players applied for transfers, Smith remained in Happy Valley.

Winston signs 4-year, $23M contract with Bucs

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t waste any time getting quarterback Jameis Winston signed to a contract.

Bucs could target linemen in Day 2 of NFL draft

- Now that the Bucs have chosen their franchise quarterback, they figure to spend at least one of their picks in the second or third round on an offensive lineman, while possibly adding depth at defensive line and safety.

Bucs take Jameis Winston with No. 1 pick, as expected

- The Bucs kicked off the NFL draft by spending the first overall pick on Jameis Winston, the former Florida State quarterback who became arguably the most polarizing figure in his draft class.

Risks aside, Bucs expected to take Winston tonight

- The Bucs own the first pick in the NFL draft for the first time since 1987. In a move they hope will alter their fortunes for decades to come, they are expected to spend that pick on former FSU quarterback Jameis Winston.

David: Bucs’ vets would ask Winston to tone it down

- Should Jameis Winston become the new Bucs quarterback, some of his new teammates may suggest he tone that cockiness down a bit. So says Bucs linebacker Lavonte David.

Winston in Tampa for Brooks’ charity golf tournament

- Jameis Winston is back in Tampa today, participating in former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks’ charity golf tournament at Avila Country Club.

Buccaneers did extensive vetting of Winston off the field

- The Bucs asked about Jameis Winston’s relationships — with family, teammates and coaches — his upbringing, his support system, his work ethic. Their list likely was even longer.

Buc Beat: Tampa’s pursuit keeps Johnson’s NFL dream alive

- George Johnson had had enough. Enough of the roller-coaster ride low-level prospects usually find themselves on if they’re lucky enough to make it to the NFL in the first place.

Bucs will try to buck bum first-pick QB trend

- In the past 20 years, 12 quarterbacks were drafted first overall, yet only five — Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, and Andrew Luck — have had the type of career that justifies their sta...

Winston says crab legs were given to him, not stolen

- Jameis Winston says those "stolen" crab legs came as part of an agreement he had with a Publix employee who promised to hook him up with free food “anytime” he came to the grocery store.

Bucs to partner with FanDuel fantasy sports website

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting into the fantasy sports business.

Bucs schedule: Winston vs. Mariota possible for opener

- No matter which side of the great quarterback debate they fall on, Buccaneers fans may get to see both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota when the Bucs open the 2015 season.

GM Licht: Bucs already have a ‘face of the franchise’

- The Bucs’ GM says the team already has a face of the franchise in Gerald McCoy and if Jameis Winston or any other newcomer wants to replace that face they’ll have a lot of work to do.

Bucs put 2-14 in past with start of offseason program

- Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy showed up for the start of the team’s offseason workout program with a red streak in his hair and a chip on his shoulder.

Licht would be ‘comfortable’ making Bucs’ top pick today

- The 2015 NFL draft is still more than a week away, but Bucs General Manager Jason Licht says he’d be comfortable making the first pick in that draft today.

Rays swept by Yankees with 5-3 loss

- For the second time in as many starts, Matt Andriese failed to make it through the fourth inning, allowing eight hits and four runs in what became a 5-3 Rays loss at Tropicana Field.

Bucs Beat: McCoy turns up heat on offseason training

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There’s not much a player like Tampa Bay Buccaneers DT Gerald McCoy can do to prevent the broken hand that cost him one game and limited him in others early last season.

Kiper projects Bucs staying in state for top three picks

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— Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the verge of asking a Florida Gator to protect a Florida State Seminole when the 2015 season begins? One well-known NFL draft analyst thinks s...

Detroit Red Wings: What you need to know

- In the first round of the NHL playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning face what hockey afficionados refer to as an Original Six team in the Detroit Red Wings. Need to know more about the history and tradition of one of the league...

Win chance to attend Bucs’ draft pick news conference

- Most everyone has an opinion on what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should do with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy wants to hear yours.

Bucs, Lions swap late picks to settle Johnson dispute

- The Bucs and Lions agreed to a trade that involves a swap of as-yet unspecified late-round draft picks and allows DE George Johnson to become a Buc again.

Report: Lions' dispute with Bucs over Johnson involves 'de-escalator' clause

- The three-year, $9 million offer the Bucs made to DE George Johnson contains clauses that could drop the value of the deal to $7 million. The Lions want to know whether they can retain Johnson by matching the lower amount, ...

Lions dispute Bucs’ offer for DE George Johnson

- The Bucs expected to hear Monday whether they would be rewarded the rights to restricted free agent George Johnson, but the Detroit Lions are disputing the offer the Bucs made to Johnson, the NFL announced.

Bucs Beat: Pass rush will start with dominant interior

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are facing the very real possibility of playing the 2015 season without an established or dominant edge rusher. Not to worry, Bucs general manager Jason Licht says.

Gruden hosts Winston on TV show, says he sees improvement in QB

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— Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden sees in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston the same thing that a lot of NFL scouts are seei...

Winston’s lawyer: QB isn’t ready for NFL ‘off the field’

- At the Villanova sports law forum, David Cornwell says Jameis Winston needs help to grow and develop as a man, adding the task will not be easy. He also said that concern is not unique to Winston.

Bucs’ fans at forum make it clear: They want Winston

- Jameis Winston’s mere appearance in the brief video clip that kicked off the team-sponsored Front Office Forum Q&A session sparked a raucous round of applause, the first and perhaps loudest of the evening.

Bucs meet with Winston for private Tallahasee workout

- The private workout on FSU’s Tallahassee campus was designed and administered by the Bucs just a day after the team ran Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota through a 45-throw workout in Eugene.

Bucs sign Lions DE Johnson to offer sheet

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The Buccaneers want George Johnson back. And they just may get the backup defensive end back if the Detroit Lions choose not to hold on to him.

Marcus Mariota featured on ‘Gruden’s QB Camp’

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— Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden loves nothing more than to haul a young quarterback into what he calls his “laboratory’’ and find out what&#x...

Bucs face $20 million MRSA lawsuit from ex-kicker Tynes

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Kicker Lawrence Tynes has filed a lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, seeking $20 million and claiming the team created “unsanitary conditions” that allowed him to contract the MRSA infection that ev...

Naimoli tosses first pitch, says Rays are staying in St. Pete

- The man who in 1995 finally secured an MLB franchise for Tampa Bay believes the Rays are staying in St. Petersburg for the long term and even has a favorite site picked out for their new stadium.

Base-running blunders hamper Rays in opener

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— One of the things the Rays believe they have to do to win more often this season is run the bases better. Sooner or later they might achieve that objective. They didn...

Bucs Draft: When character comes into play, assessing risk is painstaking

- It was all right there in their scouting reports. At least, that's what the Cleveland Browns thought when they decided to use the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft on quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Bucs unload Goldson in trade with Redskins

- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been looking for a team to take safety Dashon Goldson off their hands for almost a year. When they finally found one Friday, it was hard to tell who paid more in the deal, the buyer or the sell...

Bucs can begin offseason program April 20

- It won’t be long now before the Buccaneers are back on the field and preparing for the 2015 season. The Bucs can officially begin the first phase of their voluntary offseason workout program on April 20, the NFL anno...

Bucs agree to terms with TE Ogbuehi, C Gottschalk

- It proved to be a busy Thursday at One Buc Place. In addition to the signings, the Bucs entertained former Patriots offensive lineman Dan Connolly, an unrestricted free agent, and Lions restricted free agent defensive end G...

Bucs meeting with free agent OL Connolly

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— When they traded long-time starting left guard Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year, the New England Patriots compensated by moving Dan Connolly from right gua...

Winston shows Bucs improvements in passing motion

- One of the things coaches and scouts look for the most at a pro day workout is whether a prospect has made any progress toward correcting some of the flaws previously detected in his game.

Jameis Winston puts on Pro Day show for Bucs

- The FSU QB finds his groove and shows leadership skills during a long workout attended by GM Jason Licht, head Lovie Smith and others from the Bucs. Licht says Winston was “outstanding.”

Bucs get another look at Winston during FSU Pro Day

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— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take another long look at Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston today.

Bucs Beat: Conte says playing football worth the risk

- Fearful that continuing to play football might one day reduce his quality of life or, even worse, shorten it by a few years, former San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland retired last week at age 24 after just one NFL season.

Bucs decide not to pursue DE Greg Hardy

- Bucs officials never developed a comfort level with the idea of bringing DE Greg Hardy into their locker room, which is why they bowed out of the bidding for him on Wednesday.