Though we are a Bucs-centric site, PewterReport.com will be tracking all of the big-name free agents in real time here on this page, because where players go could affect other moves around the league, and could ultimately be players the Bucs face at some point.
Just because you may not see a player’s name on this list right away, that doesn’t mean we won’t be adding them as rumors and reports start to come out about different players with the start of the open negotiating period on Monday, March 11 at noon prior to the official start of free agency on Wednesday, March 13.
Make sure to refer back to this page to get not only the official signings of the players, but also any well-sourced rumors of where some of the big-name players may be going before it happens. When players are signed, we will update that next to their name with the team and contract details, if known.
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BUCS FREE AGENCY RUMORS
*UPDATED: MARCH 14 – 10:30 AM
• The Bucs have some mild interest in Jacksonville’s T.J. Yeldon because of his receiving ability, and might have signed him by now if they hadn’t added Andre Ellington already. But the coaching staff knows Ellington well and he handled third-down duties for Bruce Arians in Arizona.
Crowell rushed for 685 yards and six touchdowns on 143 carries (4.8 avg.) with the Jets last year, in addition to catching 21 passes for 152 yards. At 5-foot-11, 225 pounds, Crowell is built similarly to Peyton Barber, who signed a one-year deal to remain with the Bucs, but a bit more explosive. Crowell has rushed for 3,803 yards and 27 touchdowns on 880 carries (4.3 avg.).
If the price is right, the Bucs could be really interested in Crowell. This one bears watching as the veteran running back free agent market is quickly drying up with Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman heading to San Francisco and New Orleans’ Mark Ingram going to Baltimore on Wednesday.
• Tampa Bay only had lukewarm interest in free agent defensive end Markus Golden and likely won’t be trading for Cleveland’s Emmanuel Ogbah, either. The Bucs need help at strongside defensive end, and that position requires a bigger body to hold up at the point of attack.
Ogbah and Golden are better pass rushers than Will Gholston, but aren’t nearly as stout against the run as what the Bucs are looking for. Keep an eye on Boston College defensive end Zach Allen in the second round of the draft. Allen had a formal interview with the Bucs at the NFL Scouting Combine.
• Despite the Bucs re-signing of inside linebacker Kevin Minter and adding “moneybacker” Deone Bucannon, Tampa Bay isn’t done at linebacker. The signing of Bucannon and the re-signing of Minter and Bond will not preclude the Bucs from drafting a linebacker in free agency – even in the first round. Tampa Bay met with both LSU inside linebacker Devin White and Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush at the NFL Scouting Combine and the Bucs like both players.
• We are sticking with our reporting that despite the Bucs signing Ryan Griffin to a two-year contract, Tampa Bay is still interested in signing former Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon as Jameis Winston’s backup if the price is right, as PewterReport.com reported on Friday. That was a role Glennon occupied from 2015-16 before leaving to go to Chicago to be the Bears’ starter. After one year in the Windy City, Glennon left for Arizona in 2018 where he played for Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.
Tampa Bay will likely carry three quarterbacks this year and Glennon and Griffin would compete for the No. 2 job behind Winston in training camp. The Bucs are concerned that Glennon could be lured to QB-needy Miami where there is a greater chance he would see the field sooner there rather than in Tampa Bay behind Winston, who is entrenched as the starter.
• The Bucs didn’t have any interest in former Cardinals receiver John Brown either, and the feeling was mutual. Brown grew tired of Bruce Arians’ touch practices in Arizona and admitted such last year in playing with Baltimore. The 28-year old Brown, who hasn’t caught more than 42 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns in any season over the past three years, is now on his third team in three years after signing with Buffalo for $27 million over three years.
• Once punter Bradley Pinion was signed, re-signing Cairo Santos made sense for Tampa Bay because Pinion can also handle kickoffs, which was Santos’ weakness. Santos is an accurate kicker, but not known to have a big leg.
Given the Bucs’ kicking woes over the past decade, especially since general manager Jason Licht has run the team since 2014, expect Tampa Bay to add another quality kicker to the mix to have some legitimate competition in training camp. Wouldn’t be surprised if that veteran competition is former Tampa Bay kicker Matt Bryant.
• The signing of wide receiver Breshad Perriman was a surprise that just materialized on Tuesday when he opted out of his one-year, $4 million contract with Cleveland after learning that the Browns had traded for wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. to start opposite Jarvis Landry. Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg were incredibly opportunistic and getting Perriman, who has great size at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and blazing 4.25 speed, to come to Tampa Bay.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick– Signed two-year deal with the Dolphins
QB Case Keenum – Denver to trade Keenum to Washington for a swap of picks with the Broncos getting a sixth-rounder and the Redskins getting a seventh-rounder in 2019.
QB Joe Flacco – Ravens to trade Flacco to Denver for a fourth-round draft pick in 2019.
QB E.J. Manuel – signed a one-year deal with Kansas City.
QB Mike Glennon – released by Cardinals.
QB Nick Foles – Expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars on a four-year deal worth $88 million.
QB Blake Bortles – Expected to be released by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
QB Matt Ryan – Atlanta converts $8.75 million of Ryan’s base salary into a signing bonus. Creates $7 million in cap space for the Falcons.
QB Teddy Bridgewater – Expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints.
QB Ryan Tannehill – Traded to Tennessee Titans for draft picks.
QB Brett Hundley – Expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year deal worth $3 million.
QB Tyrod Taylor – Agreed to terms with Los Angeles Chargers on two-year deal.
QB Ryan Griffin – Signed two-year, $2.9 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
QB Matt Schaub – Signed two-year extension with the Falcons worth $3.78 million.
RB Carlos Hyde – Signed a one-year deal with Kansas City worth $2.8 million after being released by the the Jaguars.
RB Duke Johnson – Reportedly being shopped by Cleveland due to the acquisition of Kareem Hunt, according to NFL.com. Johnson has been drawing the interest of several teams with Tampa Bay potentially being one.
RB Alex Collins – Released by the Baltimore Ravens
RB Kareem Hunt – Signed by the Cleveland Browns for one-year worth $1 million.
FB C.J. Hamm – Tendered as a restricted free agent by the Vikings
RB Raheem Mostert – Tendered as a restricted free agent by the 49ers.
FB Kyle Juszczyk – Team option picked up by 49ers.
RB Frank Gore – Agreed on a deal with the Buffalo Bills for one-year worth $2 million.
RB Mike Davis – Agrees to sign with the Chicago Bears for a two-year deal worth $6 million with a maximum of $7 million.
RB Latavius Murray – Expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints on a four-year deal worth $14.4 million.
RB Le’Veon Bell – Expected to sign with the New York Jets on a four-year deal worth $52.5 million.
RB Brandon Bolden – Expected to sign a two-year deal with the New England Patriots.
RB Mark Ingram – Agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens on a three-year deal worth $15 million.
FB Jamize Olawale – Re-signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
RB Adrian Peterson – Re-signing with the Washington Redskins on a two-year deal worth $8 million.
RB Tevin Coleman – Signs two-year, $10 million deal with the San Fransisco 49ers.
RB Mark Ingram – Signed a three-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
RB Zach Zenner – Signed a one-year extension with the Detroit Lions.
RB Kenjon Barner – Signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
WR Chris Conley – signs with Jaguars
WR Pierre Garcon – Released by San Francisco.
WR Antonio Brown – Traded from Pittsburgh to Oakland for a third- and fifth-round draft pick in 2019.
WR DeSean Jackson – Bucs to trade Jackson and a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2020 to the Philadelphia Eagles for a sixth-round draft pick in 2019.
WR Danny Amendola – Signed a one-year contract with Detroit for a $4.5 million base salary and a chance to get up to $5.75 million with incentives. Amendola was released by Miami on Friday.
WR Sammie Coates – Signed one-year deal with Kansas City.
WR Darren Andrews – Cut by New England.
WR Michael Crabtree – Cut by the Baltimore Ravens.
WR Torrey Smith – Team option picked up by the Carolina Panthers.
WR Daniel Williams – Cut by Cleveland Browns.
WR Robby Anderson – Tendered as a restricted free agent by the New York Jets.
WR Emanuel Sanders – Team option picked up by Denver Broncos.
WR Jamison Crowder – Expected to sign with the New York Jets on a three-year $28.5 million guarantee.
WR Adam Humphries – Expected to sign with the Tennessee Titans for a four-year deal worth $36 million.
WR Devin Funchess – Expected to sign a one-year with the Indianapolis Colts worth $13 million.
WR Josh Bellamy – Expected to sign with the New York Jets on a two-year deal worth $7 million.
WR Josh Gordon – Low restricted tender worth $2.025 million placed on Gordon by the New England Patriots.
WR Jaydon Mickens – Jaguars will not tender a contract for Mickens.
WR DeVante Parker – Re-signs with the Miami Dolphins on a two-year deal worth $13 million.
WR John Brown – Expected to sign with the Buffalo Bills on a three-year deal worth $27 million.
WR Cole Beasley – Expected to sign with the Buffalo Bills for a two-year deal worth $17 million.
WR Breshad Perriman – Signs with Buccaneers for a one-year deal worth $4 million.
WR Cordarrelle Patterson – Intends to sign with the Chicago Bears on a two-year deal worth $10 million.
WR Odell Beckham Jr. – Giants to trade Beckham to the Cleveland Browns for a first-round and third-round pick in 2019, and safety Jabril Peppers.
WR Tyrell Williams – Intends to sign with the Oakland Raiders.
WR Geronimo Allison – Tendered by the Green Bay Packers.
WR Golden Tate – Signed a four-year, $37.5 million deal with the New York Giants.
WR Donte Moncrief – Signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers
WR Phillip Dorsett – Signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots
WR Andre Roberts – Signed a two-year deal with the New York Jets.
WR Maurice Harris – Signed with the New England Patriots.
WR Kevin White – Signing with the Arizona Cardinals
WR Jordan Matthews – Signed with the San Fransisco 49ers.
TE Logan Paulsen – Re-signs with Atlanta
TE Tyler Eifert – Re-signs with the Bengals for two years
TE Dwayne Allen signed a two-year deal with Miami on Saturday after being released by New England.
TE Charles Clay – Signed one-year $12 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals
TE Nick Boyle – Re-signed with the Baltimore Ravens for three-years worth $18 million.
TE Dion Sims – Cut by the Chicago Bears.
TE Darren Fells – Cut by Cleveland Browns.
TE Jason Witten – Signed by Dallas Cowboys for one-year worth $3.5 million.
TE Jermaine Gresham – Cut by the Arizona Cardinals.
TE C.J. Uzomah – Re-signs with the Cincinnati Bengals for a three-year deal worth $18 million.
TE Jesse James – Intending to sign with the Detroit Lions on a four-year deal worth $25 million.
TE Tyler Kroft – Agrees to terms with the Buffalo Bills on a three-year deal worth $18.75 million, and a chance for $21 million with incentives.
TE Demetrius Harris – Intends to sign a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns.
TE Clive Walford – Signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.
TE Marcedes Lewis – Re-signs one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.
TE Luke Stocker – Signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons.
TE Matt LaCosse – Signing with the New England Patriots.
TE Jeff Heuerman – Re-signing to a two-year, $9 million deal with the Denver Broncos.
T Ereck Flowers – Set to visit the Redskins
OG Earl Watford – To sign with Buccaneers
T Cedric Ogbuehi – Signs with the Jaguars
LT Donovan Smith – Re-signed by Tampa Bay to a 3-year, $41.25 million contract.