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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.
   
Ward Scheduled To Visit Bucs On Tuesday
New York Giants free agent running back Derrick Ward is scheduled to visit Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Ward, 28, rushed for over 1,000 yards last season. The Bucs did not have interest in Ward when free agency began, but the team apparently has had a change of heart over the last 24 hours.
   
LB Crowell On Tampa Bay's Radar
The Buccaneers have expressed interest in signing Buffalo Bills free agent linebacker Angelo Crowell. The 6-foot-1, 246-pound Crowell, 27, has started 42 games in five seasons with the Bills.
   
Bucs Not Interested In RB Ward At The Moment

UPDATED: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were believed to be interested in signing New York Giants free agent running back Derrick Ward, but PewterReport.com has learned that the Bucs are not interested in Ward at the moment. Tampa Bay has expressed interest in several free agents, but has yet to line up visits with them.

   
Freeman Out To Prove Skeptics Wrong
At his introductory press conference, new Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman attempted to clear up some misconceptions about his game and qwell a skeptical Bucs fan base that questioned the team selecting him in the first round. Freeman believes that hard work will be the key in ending the scrutiny from Bucs fans.
   
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.
 
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