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Cadillac Williams Signs Tender
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed running back Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams to his tender contract on Wednesday afternoon. Williams led the Bucs in rushing in 2009 and was a restricted free agent. Tampa Bay also claimed guard/tackle Michael Shumard off waivers from Denver and waived tackle Robert Okeafor.
   
Morris Talks OTA Absences
In this OTA Notebook, Bucs head coach Raheem Morris addressed the absence of some key Buccaneers including LT Donald Penn, TE Kellen Winslow and RB Derrick Ward. S Sean Jones talked about joining the Buccaneers, and DT Gerald McCoy said he was nervous in his first practice with Tampa Bay's veterans.
  
Bucs OTA Insider - 5/17
Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib was the star on Monday with two interceptions as the Bucs kicked off their OTAs at One Buccaneer Place. Find out which wide receivers stood out, which position group had the best day overall, and which Bucs struggled in this in-depth OTA Insider report.
   
Winslow Recovering From Fifth Knee Surgery
PewterReport.com has learned that Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow, who was Tampa Bay's leading receiver in 2009, is recovering from offseason knee surgery. Winslow, who has had five knee surgeries since 2005, was not present at Monday's OTA session at One Buccaneer Place.
   
Joseph Feeling Optimistic About The Buccaneers In 2010
Davin Joseph didn't want to discuss his minor knee surgery, which kept him out of Tampa Bay's OTAs this week, but the Bucs right guard was ready to talk about the loss of Arron Sears, the acquisition of Gerald McCoy, Donald Penn's absence and the improvements on offense, which has him feeling downright optimistic.
   
Clayton Talks About Being On The Bubble
Bucs WR Michael Clayton spoke about his status on the roster after Monday's OTA. Clayton said he knows he could be on the roster bubble, but he is committed to the Buccaneers. Clayton and head coach Raheem Morris said the lack of continuity at quarterback has hurt Clayton's production in recent seasons.
   
Freeman, Offense Working To Improve
Tampa Bay QB Josh Freeman is trying to lead the Buccaneers to an improved showing in 2010. Buccaneers offensive coordinator Greg Olson said he wants Freeman to improve his accuracy and decision-making, while head coach Raheem Morris said that Freeman is showing improvement.
   
Ward Frustrated With Losing, Not His Role
Bucs RB Derrick Ward practiced with his teammates on Tuesday. Ward missed Monday’s OTA, and held his first interview since early in the 2009 season. Ward said he was frustrated with the Bucs losing games but was not angry with the team or his role as a backup behind Cadillac Williams.
   
Morris Wants Better Practices
Tampa Bay head coach Raheem Morris discussed the Bucs practice habits, and acknowledged that they slipped during 2009 when the Buccaneers went 3-13. Bucs players also claimed that the practices were not good enough. Plus notes on DT Roy Miller projected return to practice, and OT Demar Dotson.
   
"Score Or Get The Ball Back"
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris and linebacker Barrett Ruud think 2010 will be an improved year for the Bucs defense. Morris has told the defense their job is to 'score or get the ball back.' Ruud also talks about left tackle Donald Penn missing OTAs, Morris discusses S Sean Jones, and giving out some scholarships to some local students.
   
Chat Session 4:00 PM Tuesday
Join PewterReport.com for a chat session today at 4:00 PM. The chat will be hosted by Bucs beat writer Charlie Campbell. Campbell will answer questions on the Bucs as the team prepares for a busy June with a lot of practices and mandatory mini-camp. The chat is for pewter insiders only.
   
Bucs, McCoy Don't Expect Holdout
The Buccaneers front office and the representative for Gerald McCoy are optimistic that his rookie contract will be done before training camp starts. McCoy was taken with the third-overall pick in the draft, and the contract will be aided by a defensive lineman being taken with the third pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
   
Carlson On Freeman's Ball Security & Johnson's Long-Term Potential
Pewter Report contributing writer Jeff Carlson discusses how Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman can improve his ball security, and the long-term prospects for backup quarterback Josh Johnson. Carlson also hits on how he would choose and use a third-string quarterback.
   
Buccaneers To Hold Evening FanFest In 2010
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be holding their 2010 Fan Fest at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, June 19. The big change in this year's event is the time, which will be from 4:30-9:00 p.m. In years past, fans had to battle the daytime heat and humidity to meet the players and get autographs.
   
Rookies Are In For A Rude Awakening
Former Bucs right tackle Jerry Wunsch discusses the trials and tribulations of being an NFL rookie and how they have to not only learn Tampa Bay’s playbook, but also adjust their bodies to pro football and learn how to co-exist with new teammates. For many rookies, life in the NFL is a rude awakening.
   
Graham Currently Starting At Fullback
Buccaneers veteran Earnest Graham said that he is the starting fullback at this time, and his goal is to make the Pro Bowl as a fullback. Tampa Bay rookie CB Myron Lewis is still day-to-day with abdominal injury. Plus notes from Bucs DE Kyle Moore and WR Sammie Stroughter in this OTA notebook.
   
Talib Eyes Barber's Records, Puts Past Behind Him
Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib said he has put his past off-the-field issues behind him and is focused on getting better. Talib has the goal of breaking Ronde Barber's records and being the best corner in Bucs history. PLUS, Bucs return man Clifton Smith said that he has no after effects from his concussions.
  
Bucs OTA Insider - 6/3
The Bucs capped off three days worth of voluntary OTAs on Thursday with a practice that was open to the media. Which players were in attendance? Which Bucs were absent? Which offensive and defensive performers shined? What new wrinkles did Greg Olson show on offense? Get the answers in this Bucs OTA Insider.
   
Morris Comfortable With Young QB Stable
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris talked about his young QB stable, and why Tampa Bay does not need an experienced backup behind starter Josh Freeman. Morris teased a bit about backup Josh Johnson playing in some Wildcat sets. It was an emotional day for Morris as he discussed the loss of his college head coach, Joe Gardi.
   
Carlson's OTA Observations
Pewter Report contributing writer and former Bucs QB Jeff Carlson watched the Bucs Thursday OTA practice with Pewter Report. Carlson offers up his practice observations here. Carlson profiles the Bucs new formations on offense, the play of Josh Freeman, and what backup QB stood out to him.
   
Buccaneers Sign WR Williams To 4-Year Deal
The Bucs started signing their draft picks on Friday with the signing of fourth-round pick WR Mike Williams. The Syracuse product is considered to have first-round talent, but off-field concerns pushed him down in the draft. Williams was signed to a four-year contract worth as much as $3.15 million.
   
Bucs Respond To BBC Story Regarding Glazers' Debt
New Buccaneers director of communications Jonathan Grella issued a statement on behalf of the team and the Glazers in response to a BBC report that stated that he Glazers' debt total has risen to $1.5 billion for their purchase of the Manchester United soccer team. Read Grella's response in this story.
  
Bucs OTA Insider - 6/7
Monday's OTA practice was open to the media. Find out which Buccaneer quarterbacks struggled? How did rookie WR Arrelious Benn perform? What rookie defender intercepted Josh Freeman? Who else had an interception for the defense? Find out in this insider practice report.
 
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