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Buccaneers Re-Sign Defensive Tackle Sims To A 4-Year Deal
The Bucs have remained active in the weeks leading up to the start of free agency. Just a day after placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Antonio Bryant, Tampa Bay has re-signed DT Ryan Sims to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. Sims has the size at DT that new defensive line coach Jim Bates prefers.
Penn Signs One-Year Tender
Tampa Bay restricted free agent Donald Penn has signed his one-year tender from the Buccaneers. Penn, 25, has started 26 of the 32 games he’s played in as a Buccaneer. His one-year deal is worth nearly $2.8 million.
Clayton To Re-Sign With Bucs
Tampa Bay free agent wide receiver Michael Clayton will re-sign with the Buccaneers. Clayton, 26, will ink a new five-year contract with the Bucs and apparently turned down more money from Seattle to re-sign with Tampa Bay.
Bucs Bring Back Phillips
The Bucs re-signed safety Jermaine Phillips on Thursday. He is the third player the Bucs re-signed on the day. Earlier, the Bucs re-signed tight end Jerramy Stevens and wide receiver Cortez Hankton. Phillips is one of three members of the Bucs' Super Bowl XXXVII team that remain on the current roster.
Haye Signs With Titans
The Tennessee Titans have signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Jovan Haye. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Haye is the first of Tampa Bay's free agents to sign elsewhere.
Bucs Still Debating Use Of Franchise Tag For Bryant
The Bucs have until Thursday to place the franchise tag or transition tag on WR Antonio Bryant. Tampa Bay is trying to reach a long-term deal with Bryant and the team’s chances of placing the tag on the 6-foot-1, 205-pound WR is “still up for debate," according to Bucs general manager Mark Dominik.
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Freeman: "It Would Be Awesome Going To Tampa Bay"
K-State's Josh Freeman gets his chance to impress scouts on Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Bucs coach Raheem Morris, who was K-State's defensive coordinator in 2006 during Freeman's freshman year, will be in attendance. The Bucs like Freeman, and the QB would love to be reunited with Morris.
Flynn's Focus
Will Jim Bates implement his own defensive scheme or does he plan to operate the "Tampa 2" defense? What will his defensive scheme mean for Bucs middle linebacker Barrett Ruud? Which player would Ruud like to see the Bucs sign in free agency? Find out in this Pewter Insider column.
Bucs Won't Bring Back Garcia
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly informed quarterback Jeff Garcia they do not intend to have him back in 2009. Garcia, who turns 39 this month, spent two seasons with the Bucs and is scheduled to become a free agent on Feb. 27.
Q&A With Jagodzinski
New Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski met with the media Tuesday for the first time since being hired. Read what he said about Tampa Bay's personnel, his offensive philosophy as it pertains to the running and passing game and more in this Q&A with Jagodzinski.
First Impression: Jeff Jagodzinski
What did Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds think of new Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski? How will his offense and demeanor differ from Jon Gruden's? Which players may star in Jags' new offense? Get SR's analysis in this Pewter Insider article.
Q&A With Bates
New Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates met with the media Wednesday for the first time since being hired. What are Bates' observations from watching film on Bucs players? What type of scheme will he run in Tampa Bay? Find out in this Q&A with Bates.
First Impression: Jim Bates
What did Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds think of new Bucs defensive coordinator Jim Bates? How will his defensive scheme change from Monte Kiffin's Cover 2, 4-3 scheme? Which players may shine and struggle in Bates' new defense? Will CB Phillip Buchanon be re-signed? Get SR's analysis in this Pewter Insider article.
Bucs Officially Franchise Bryant
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Antonio Bryant, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 27. The Bucs and Bryant are interested in working out a long-term contract, but in the meantime Bryant will earn a total of $9.884 million in 2009.
Bucs Will Pursue Haynesworth, Possibly Peppers
The Bucs will be one of the teams pursuing Tennessee DT Albert Haynesworth when free agency begins on Feb. 27. Tampa Bay got some good news on Wednesday when Haynesworth said he wouldn't re-sign with the Titans prior to free agency. Could the Bucs also be interested in acquiring Panthers DE Julius Peppers?
Sims Discusses New Contract, Role in Bates' Defense
Newly re-signed DT Ryan Sims talked to PewterReport.com about staying with the Bucs and his first impression about new defensive coordinator Jim Bates' scheme. Sims discussed in detail what roles the DTs will now play, and also talked about new D-line coach Robert Nunn. Read what Sims said in this Pewter Insider story.
Bucs Sign WR Campbell
The day after placing the franchise tag on Antonio Bryant, the Bucs added some more speed and playmaking ability to their WR corps on Thursday by signing Kelly Campbell. Playing for Edmonton in the Canadian Football League in 2008, Campbell had 58 catches for 1,223 yards (22.6 avg.) and seven TDs.
Combine Coverage: Saturday
How did the offensive linemen and tight ends fare during NFL Combine workouts in Indianapolis on Saturday? Which players’ stock might be rising and falling? Are the Bucs really interested in trading for Browns QB Derek Anderson? Find out in this article.
Inside Sims' Contract
PewterReport.com has the contract numbers for DT Ryan Sims, who was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent before signing a four-year contract extension last week. The four-year deal is worth $8 million and features a $1.25 million signing bonus. The Bucs have approximately $55 million in cap room left.
Combine Coverage: Sunday
How did the quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs fare at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Sunday? Which players stood out? Which ones didn't? Pewter Report provides analysis in this article.
Combine Coverage: Monday
How did the defensive linemen and linebackers fare at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Monday? Which players stood out? Which ones didn't? Pewter Report provides analysis in this article.
Bucs Lose Buchanon To Lions
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost free agent cornerback Phillip Buchanon to the Detroit Lions on Wednesday. Buchanon reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Lions. In other news, Bucs free agent wide receiver Joey Galloway visited the Patriots on Wednesday.
Combine Coverage: Tuesday
How did the cornerbacks and safeties fare at the NFL Combine during the last day of workouts in Indianapolis? Which players stood out? Which ones didn't? Pewter Report provides analysis in this article.
Flynn's Focus
Could the Buccaneers have some roster cuts before the free agent signing period begins at midnight on Friday? Pewter Report identifies some players the Bucs could release before the first day of the new league year in this Pewter Insider column.
Free Agency Chat Session - 1PM Wednesday
PewterReport.com will host a 30-minute chat session on Wednesday afternoon. Bring your Bucs-related questions and thoughts on free agency to the chat session, which will begin at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
BREAKING: Bucs Cut Brooks, Dunn, Galloway, Hilliard and June
UPDATED: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a bold statement going with a youth movement on Wednesday, releasing five veterans, four of which are over the age of 30, in Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Brooks, running back Warrick Dunn, wide receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard and linebacker Cato June.
Chat Transcript - 2/25
Did you miss the PewterReport.com chat session on Wednesday afternoon? Not to worry. Pewter Report provides this chat transcript, which provides answers to questions regarding the Bucs, including the release of LBs Derrick Brooks and Cato June, RB Warrick Dunn and WRs Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard.
Bryant Signs Franchise Tender
Tampa Bay wide receiver Antonio Bryant signed his franchise tender from the Buccaneers on Thursday, guaranteeing him a $9.884 million base salary in 2009. Bryant, 27, led Tampa Bay in receptions in his Bucs debut last season. In other news, former Bucs LB Derrick Brooks will hold a press conference at One Buc Place on Friday.
Carlisle Visiting Bucs
Oakland Raiders free agent guard Cooper Carlisle is scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today. Carlisle, 31, has spent the past two seasons with Oakland. He has started 69 games since entering the NFL out of Florida.
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