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Bucs In Pursuit of Vilma, Lose Out On Haynesworth
UPDATED: The Bucs are attempting to persuade LB Jonathan Vilma to visit Tampa Bay, even though New Orleans is trying to re-sign him. Tampa Bay was in the mix for Titans DT Albert Haynesworth, but finished second to Washington, which paid him $100 million over seven years, including $41 million in guaranteed money.
Dominik, Morris Discuss Roster Cuts
Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris held a press conference at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the release of LBs Derrick Brooks and Cato June, RB Warrick Dunn and WRs Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard. Read their comments in this article.
"This Is Barrett's Defense Now"
In a shockingly swift move, new Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and GM Mark Dominik released 14-year veteran Derrick Brooks and handed the leadership reins of Tampa Bay's defense to middle linebacker Barrett Ruud. Ruud and his teammates acknowledge that he's ready to take on an even greater leadership role in 2009.
Bucs Tender LT Penn
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tendered Donald Penn a contract that will force another team to surrender a first- and third-round draft pick if the Bucs decide not to match any long-term contract extended to the starting left tackle.
Pewter Report's 7-Round Bucs Mock Draft
Pewter Report announces its first Buccaneers 7-round mock draft for 2009. Northern Illinois DE Larry English is slated as the top pick in Pewter Report's mock draft, but which player gets the call in the second round? Which WR and RB does Pewter Report have the Bucs drafting? Get the answers in this Pewter Insider article.
PI Quick Hits
What are the options available for the Buccaneers to make a splash move in free agency? What draft prospect that Raheem Morris is interested in has lots of questions to answer? Who are some the biggest bargains in the NFL? And BREAKING: a list of names the Bucs target early in free agency.
Haynesworth Agrees To Record Deal With 'Skins
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost out in the bidding war for Tennessee Titans free agent defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth when he agreed to a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins on Friday morning. The Bucs are in the process of trying to line up visits with several players.
Brooks Uncertain About Future
On Friday former Bucs LB Derrick Brooks met with the media at One Buc Place to discuss his departure from the organization. Brooks said he would evaluate all of his options about where, and if he will play football again. Brooks said he was surprised by his release, and will keep his home in Tampa.
Bucs Express Interest In WR Henderson, Others
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have expressed an interest in signing several free agents, including New Orleans WR Devery Henderson, Chicago S Brandon McGowan and Jacksonville T Khalif Barnes. However, none of these players are scheduled to visit the Bucs yet.
Bucs Interested In Trading For Raiders RB Bush
The Oakland Raiders are shopping running back Michael Bush, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in trading for him. Bucs fans will remember Bush for his breakout game vs. Tampa Bay in Week 17 of the 2008 season when he rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
Bucs Trade For TE Winslow
The Bucs reportedly a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick for tight end Kellen Winslow on Friday. The 25-year old Winslow has battled through some injuries, but has also been one of the most productive tight ends in the NFL over the past three years. Winslow said the Bucs expect him to help provide leadership this year.
Winslow Press Conference Transcript
New Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow met with the Tampa Bay media on Friday to discuss his trade to the Bucs. The Pro Bowl tight end reportedly cost a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick. Winslow talked about reuniting with Buccaneers quarterback Luke McCown. Read the transcript of Winslow’s press conference.
Bucs Cornering The Market?
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are targeting several positions in free agency, including cornerback. The Bucs have expressed interest in signing Bengals CB Jamar Fletcher and Bills CB Jabari Greer. Neither player is scheduled to visit the Bucs. Tampa Bay remains interested in re-signing CB Phillip Buchanon.
Bucs Fail To Steal Vilma From Saints
The Bucs were in pursuit of Saints LB Jonathan Vilma on Friday as free agency opened, but in the end, Vilma chose to remain in New Orleans. Tampa Bay was hoping Vilma could fill an OLB role vacated by Derrick Brooks and Cato June, who were cut Wednesday.
Opportunity Arrives For Black, Hayes and Hayward
The departure of veteran linebackers Derrick Brooks and Cato June has created the chance for young players like Quincy Black, Geno Hayes and Adam Hayward to earn starting roles. PewterReport.com spoke with the trio of young backers, who had some interesting things to say about this sudden opportunity.
Report: Bucs Attempted To Trade For QB Cutler
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly attempted to trade for Denver quarterback Jay Cutler before New England QB Matt Cassel was dealt to Kansas City on Saturday. The Bucs re-signed QB Luke McCown before the start of free agency, but still are in the market for a quarterback.
Bucs Re-Sign Allen
On Saturday the Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed backup safety Will Allen. The special teams captain stays with the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. After being a starter for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Allen has been a reserve the past two years backing up Tanard Jackson.
Houshmandzadeh To Visit Buccaneers
Cincinnati Bengals free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, according to ESPN. Houshmandzadeh, 31, isn't the only receiver the Bucs are interested in signing.
Bucs Interested In CB Ivy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have expressed interest in Baltimore Ravens free agent cornerback Corey Ivy, who played for the Bucs from 2001-04. Ivy, who has spent the last three seasons with the Ravens, may visit the Bucs soon.
Greer To Visit Bucs On Monday
The Bucs are scheduled to visit with Buffalo Bills cornerback Jabari Greer on Monday. Greer is one of several cornerbacks the Bucs have expressed interest in since free agency began on Friday morning. In other news, Raiders G Cooper Carlisle did not visit the Bucs.
Inside The Haynesworth Deal
Were the Bucs serious players in the Albert Haynesworth sweepstakes before the Redskins signed him to a record contract? What were the Bucs offering for Haynesworth and how did it compare to the deal he landed in Washington? Find out in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
Buchanon To Visit Lions
Tampa Bay free agent cornerback Phillip Buchanon is scheduled to meet with the Detroit Lions on Monday night, according to ProFootballTalk.com. The Bucs remain interested in re-signing Buchanon, but spent Monday visiting with another cornerback.
McCown Comments On Failed Cutler Trade
Bucs quarterback Luke McCown commented on the Bucs pursuing of Denver signal caller Jay Cutler. McCown was not upset with the team, and is confident in his abilities to compete for the starting spot. Instead of hitting the open market, McCown signed a two-year contract to stay with the Bucs prior to free agency.
PI Quick Hits
What does Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik need to better attack free agency? How was Dominik in a tough position from the start? Why is new tight end Kellen Winslow II's swagger just what the Bucs need? How is he great for Luke McCown off the field? Find out the answers in this PI Quick Hits.
Bucs Sign LB Koutouvides
The Buccaneers signed Broncos free agent linebacker Niko Koutouvides to a contract on Monday. The 6-foot-2, 238-pound Koutouvides was a player on Tampa Bay's radar last offseason before he signed with Denver.
Bucs Sign Ward
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Derrick Ward on Monday night after Ward had visited with the Bucs during the day on Monday. According to ProFootballTalk.com, the contract is for four seasons worth a total of $17 million.
Dominik Weighs In On Free Agency
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik met with the media on Tuesday to answer questions about the direction of the Bucs in free agency. Dominik hit on a number of topics including the quarterbacks, wide receivers, the pass rush, and new running back Derrick Ward. Read the full transcript here.
Ward Excited To Be A Buc
New Tampa Bay running back Derrick Ward spoke about becoming a Buccaneer on Tuesday. Ward says that the Bucs were his first choice, and he told his agent Drew Rosenhaus to get a deal done with Tampa Bay. Ward also said he is eager to play alongside new teammate Earnest Graham.
Bucs Sign K Nugent
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed New York Jets free agent kicker Mike Nugent on Wednesday. Nugent, 27, originally entered the NFL as a second-round pick in 2005. He has made 81.5 percent of his field goals and will compete with Bucs K Matt Bryant.
Stevens Still A Possibility For Bucs
Although they have three veteran tight ends on their roster, the Buccaneers still are open to the possibility of re-signing free agent TE Jerramy Stevens, according to general manager Mark Dominik. In other news, two free agents the Bucs were interested in signing have inked deals with the Saints.
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