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March 29, 2014 @ 10:03 pm
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Bucs News Recap: Williams' Troubles, Smith Speaks, Bucs Add WR

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The news pertaining to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was extremely active over the last seven days. From Mike Williams stabbing, to Joel Glazer, Lovie Smith and Jason Licht speaking at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, there was plenty of new stories for Bucs fans. In case you missed any of it, here is a recap of what happened.
While technically it is the NFL offseason, things were fluid with news over the last seven days, some good and some concerning. The Buccaneers traded a starter, saw one become a victim of a stabbing, added a receiver and also had one of their owners and their head coach and general manager speak to the media over the last week.

Below is a recap of the last seven days of news concerning Tampa Bay, along with links to the stories just in case you missed any Buccaneers news this week.

3-23 Bucs Trade Zuttah To Ravens For 2015 Draft Pick
The Bucs continued their reshaping of their offensive line on Sunday afternoon by trading starting center Jeremy Zuttah to the Ravens for a 2015 draft pick. Zuttah now joins Davin Joseph and Donald Penn as starters from 2013 that are no longer with the Buccaneers.

3-23 Bucs Receiver Stabbed In The Leg By Brother
Trouble keeps finding beleaguered Buccaneers WR Mike Williams, who was stabbed in the thigh by his brother, according to a report by WTSP. The stabbing occurred at Williams' home and he was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla. Williams ended up just needing three stitches to close the wound. His brother was charged with felony domestic violence and was arrest late on Monday evening.

3-23 Time For Bucs To Move On From Mike Williams
PewterReport.com publisher Scott Reynolds shared his thoughts on the Mike Williams situation in this editorial column late Sunday night saying Bucs head coach Lovie Smith and G.M. Jason Licht don't have a problem getting rid of high-character players who make too much money. Now it's time for Tampa Bay to move on from troubled WR Mike Williams after his third negative headline in the last three months, which was getting stabbed in the thigh by his own brother.

3-24 Contract Structure Doesn’t Guarantee Williams 2015 Salary
The Buccaneers haven't made any public decision on the future of WR Mike Williams yet, but the team is not on the hook for his 2015 salary as some have suggested. GM Jason Licht spoke briefly at the NFL owners meeting on Monday and said the team is still waiting to hear from Williams about an altercation that led to him being stabbed in the thigh on Sunday afternoon.

3-25 Former Syracuse Coach Doug Marrone Shares His Thoughts On Mike Williams
Former Syracuse head football coach Doug Marrone, who now coaches the Buffalo Bills, spoke about troubled Bucs receiver Mike Williams at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando Tuesday morning.

3-25 Bucs GM Jason Licht Says Bucs Striving To Win A Championship In 2014
Bucs GM Jason Licht spoke to the media, PewterReport.com included, on Tuesday afternoon at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando. Licht touched on a number of subjects, including on why the Buccaneers were so active in free agency. Read the full press conference here.

3-25 Joel Glazer Addresses William Situation, Tickets, Blackouts And The Future
Orlando, Fla. was host to this year's annual owners meeting and Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer took a few minutes to speak to the media on several subjects including the recent troubles of wide receiver Mike Williams, season ticket sales, blackouts and more. Find out what Glazer had to say.

3-26 Lovie Smith Talks Williams, Bortles And Manziel
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith spoke at length about WR Mike Williams, Tampa Bay's moves in free agency, the health of G Carl Nicks, and draft prospect QBs Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles in an hour-long interview with the media. This is the first installment of a four-part transcript of Smith's hour-long interview with the media.


3-26 Lovie Smith Intrigued By Demps’ Speed, Wants To Get McCoy Extended
Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith is intrigued by Jeff Demps' speed as a runner, receiver and return man; wants to extend the contract of DT Gerald McCoy and talked about the strengths of QB Mike Glennon and CB Michael Jenkins. This is the second installment of a four-part transcript of Smith's hour-long interview with the media.

3-26 Lovie Smith Talks Goldson’s Tackling, Nickel CBs
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith touched on whether FS Dashon Goldson working with a tackling coach was a good thing, the role of the nickel cornerback in the Tampa 2, and the competitive advantage Jeff Tedford's new offense brings to Tampa Bay. This is the third installment of a four-part transcript of Smith's hour-long interview with the media.

3-26 Bucs Get Some Help At Receiver, Sign Local Product Louis Murphy
Tampa Bay added local product Louis Murphy to their receiving corps on Wednesday Murphy played college football at the University of Florida and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 2009.

3-27 Lovie Smith Discusses LBs Fletcher And Foster; Martin To Be Feature Back
Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith wrapped up his hour-long interview with PewterReport.com and the media by talking about MLBs Mason Foster and Dane Fletcher, the RB position where Doug Martin will start, and how he leans on director of pro personnel Shelton Quarles. This is the fourth installment of a four-part transcript of Smith's interview with the media.

3-28 Weekly Pewter Report Chat With Scott Reynolds
Scott Reynolds hosted the weekly chat for our PewterReport.com Insiders and answered a number of topics including Mike Williams, free agency and the upcoming NFL Draft. You can read the full transcript here.

3-28 SR’s Fab 5
Why were the Bucs forced to sign so many free agents? Does DT Gerald McCoy deserve a contract extension? Did Tampa Bay prefer Ndamukong Suh over McCoy in the 2010 draft? How much dead salary cap room does Tampa Bay have? Get the answers to these questions, plus insight on QB Josh Freeman, CB Lamarcus Joyner and WR Mike Williams in this edition of SR's Fab 5.

3-28 Bucs Showcase Their New Look Live At Raymond James Stadium
Bucs season ticket holders got to get a glimpse of the new uniforms on Friday night at Raymond James Stadium with Doug Martin, Gerald McCoy and Alterraun Verner modeling the new look in front of an enthusiastic crowd.


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    I like Mike Evans size, I hope they pick him up in the draft, second to Donald (Clowney and Watkins will be gone anyway, likely Donald too). I guess it makes more sense to get a tackle, but it is not as sexy....
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    Phili just cut one of the leagues best receivers because of issues off the field that are distracting in a locker room. Why should Tampa not cut a trouble receiver who is average? In comment to the Bucs Nation article, sorry but one event does not sway me to change my opinion on Williams. Also PR your recent Retweets have shown a displeasure to Manziel. Why? His pro day workout was impressive and he would sit under McCown for a year or two. If Watkins is on the board we should take him, or even Mike Evans maybe. I feel like Lovie has zero interest in making Glennon mobile, therefore go for the most mobile man in the draft. And more important he can throw on the run for distance too. would love to hear PR perspective on Johnny Football.
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    http://www.bucsnation.com/2014/3/26/5551524/the-other-side-of-mike-williams
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    Williams is our new Clayton- both gave us hope we found a real weapon and produced for a minute..then it seemed like the football heart stopped beating so fast and effort started slippin...Bucs fans with their receivers are like people in abusive relationships saying 'That was the last time,he said he was gonna change'...it's been a damn long time since we have had a WR we can really trust and depend on- even Galloway and Bryant hurt us in the end as the Bucs held on to hoping...Lets see what VJAX does over his time in Tampa before you all claim he is the one to break the pattern...though a great weapon now,he does have his problems.
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    There's time to work with Williams if he chooses to do so. I haven't heard that Williams has been communicating with Smith, Licht, or even Quarles or that he cares too. Williams has put us in a uncomfortable position as for the short term. This reminds me a lot of the Bryan Price events as he self destructed his short career. I believe we will pick up another WR before the draft starts and probably before the first OTA in two weeks. I don't believe Lovie will won't any problem children on the team as he starts the implementation of his playbook.
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    Cutting Williams might devastate our offense....especially if VJax goes down. Give lovie some time to work with mike, he's never been a distraction when with the team. His life has been put under a microscope and he needs to stay out of the spotlight. Sure he's audacious and a bit rough around the edges but what 26 year old millionaire isn't? We are paper thin at WR with a whole new offensive system, there's no need to be hasty. Remember how PR praised MW's play as a rookie during camp? Now they're calling for the axe. You take the good with the bad, nobody is perfect. Draft Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack, or Aaron Donald at #7.
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    "he's never been a distraction when with the team." Guess you forgot the $200,000 in team fines
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