2019 started with much optimism and hopes for a turnaround from the doldrums and apathy of two consecutive 5-11 season for the Buccaneers who haven’t made the playoffs since 2007.

Getting back to the playoffs this season may have just become an even more difficult task with the news that the Bucs could be without their top defensive veteran pass rusher. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting on Tuesday that star defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul could miss the 2019 season with a neck fracture suffered in a car accident lass week.


Pierre-Paul led the Bucs with 12.5 sacks in 2018 and was expected to be the anchor again in Todd Bowles new 3-4 defensive scheme.

According to a report from ESPNPierre-Paul will likely need surgery, a source told Schefter. He will be visiting with neck specialists at some point this week to get their opinions, with the hope that a portion of this season can be saved.”

The Buccaneers added defensive end Anthony Nelson in last month’s NFL Draft, but passed on Kentucky DE/OLB Josh Allen in favor of middle linebacker Devin White. Tampa Bay did sign former Broncos pass rusher Shaq Barrett in free agency, and still have Carl Nassib and Noah Spence who could fill in for Pierre-Paul if he misses time this season.

Details from the single car accident that injured Pierre-Paul have been murky, but Bucs general manager Jason Licht indicated that Pierre-Paul Wass not cited by police.

“We have been informed that Jason was involved in a one-car accident early this morning in South Florida in which he was not cited,” Licht said in a statement last week. “We know that he was evaluated at a local hospital and has since been released. Our immediate concern is for the safety and well-being of Jason and his passenger. We have been in contact with Jason and will be getting him further evaluated by our medical staff in the near future.”

The Buccaneers declined comment when reached citing HIPAA rules.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

52 COMMENTS

  1. Jesus, can we just ban players from driving anywhere?! What shitty luck. And hes guaranteed 7.5 mill already. Hopefully that 4th round pick can step in and alleviate some stress, cause you know, licht didnt feel like drafting a defensive lineman this year.

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  2. Ouch! A dark cloud over this franchise.

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  3. First he blew off some fingers with a firecracker a few years hurting himself badly. Now a car accident which again hurt himself badly. This guy cannot get a break. I hope he recovers fully but as the article states, this year is very much in question. Hope he feels better soon.

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  4. Do us all a favor, and next time one of our guys is in a car accident, don’t call it minor.

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    • Ain’t that the truth!

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  5. So glad we drafted a MLB over the several edge rushers/DL available. Gholston, Vita and Beau Allen lol, this is too easy.

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  6. Also, if it wasn’t clear before, it is now: DO NOT CUT MCCOY.

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  7. This is why ladies and gentlemen you draft pass rushers and trench players when you have the chance.

    SMH. It’s a Bucs life. 🙁

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  8. I will say, with the switch to 3-4, I don’t think this is as devastating as people are making it out to be. Still very unfortunate, but next man up!

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  9. Since this is clearly a non-football related injury, can the Bucs get an exemption for his salary?

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  10. Derrick Morgan or Dion Jordan should be on Licht’s speed dial at this point. Can never have enough edge pass rushers.

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  11. Yea so it went from being a minor accident and no one was hurt. To he has a fractured neck and his season/career might be over with

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  12. I wonder how all of these young DB’s are going to handle QB’S having all day to throw to receivers that will just keep running around until they’re open. It will be great for their psyche! This is why you start build from the front seven back. It was ok to draft White. They just needed to draft more pass rushing LB & DL instead of a bunch of DB’s!

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  13. Andy , the bucs pr staff is full of shit. These are the same people that same Bekwith would be ready for camp last year.

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  14. LMAO, karma bites Licht, Arians and Scott Reynolds in the draft.

    Need Josh Allen now?? LOL

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    • LMAO, karma bites Licht, Arians and Scott Reynolds * in the ass

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  15. Sorry to hear this and best of luck to JPP for safe surgery and recovery.

    For the Bucs though, we need to clear the cap hit for him this season, even if it means cutting him. And that may not even do it. But at his age and returning from a major neck injury it doesn’t make sense to keep him.

    Between JPP and Beckwith the team needs to have a standing limo service to ensure safe travel…..

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  16. Bucs need to start clearing cap space and roster space for players that will be with this team moving forward. Sucks, but it needs to be done because this defense need as much help as it can muster to turn around this unit.

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  17. This also shows that the Bucs were probably planning of blitzing D. White and LVD the majority of the time. But this recent news probably solidifies that approach and probably expect to see a sharp increase in nickel and safety blitzes. Rookie Mike Edwards is going to have a big role for this team this season or so it seems.

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  18. Here comes all the “ we drafted the wrong guy” crowd. It’s almost unheard of, for a rookie DE or DT to come in and make an immediate impact. Most take at least 2 to 3 years to develop. So even if we had drafted Allen it wasn’t going to make that much difference this year. The best pick is still D. White because he will be an instant impact player. Losing Jpp hurts bad but that means Bowles will get pressure with the blitz, which means White will be that guy. This is a huge blow to the defense but saying we should of drafted Allen over White because of this is wrong.

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  19. Is his salary guaranteed for this year? If cut, how much dead money to the cap? I agree with Dman, cut him. The S.O.B. shoulda been here working with his mates, and new coaching staff. When he was first traded he didn’t show up till it was mandatory, now with a new staff, and scheme he still couldn’t be bothered to show. Between him, and McCoy that’s two no shows at about 27 million in cap space. Cut them both, use the money on our draft choices, and another quality F.A. that can help us this year. Maybe put that cash to signing Ziggy? Whatever, 5-11 the year before he got here, 5-11 his first year here, don’t see where we got a return on the trade. That third round pick we gave up to get him could’ve helped this year in a draft loaded with D linemen. Licht, you suck.

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  20. There’s probably a chance he’s had this fracture for some time and was only discovered after the accident.

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  21. Get ready for the chase to Number 1 (draft pick) Bucs fans!

    And to @pewterreportmc one of the only places with ‘much optimism and hopes for a turnaround’ was Scott Reynold’s Jason-Licht-loving Pewter Report. Unless you consider 6 wins a great season Vegas was never optimistic on a turnaround, and other places that cover the team (JBF) has been pretty pessimistic about a team on a 11 season playoff skid with a proven incompetent ownership group and GM with a worse record than what got his predecessor fired.

    I can see Scott’s excuses for this year building: 1. The schedule 2. JPP’s injury 3. Whatever else he can think of to rationalize keeping a GM after his 6th season of missing the playoffs.

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  22. Remember what Tony Dungy used to tell his team, “Nothing good happens after midnight.”
    This single car accident occurred at 5 a.m.
    What in the world is a highly paid professional football player doing driving around at 5 a.m.
    Would like Pewter Report to follow up with a story about what, if any, salary cap implications are going on here since as it was noted the injury is non football related.
    Can the Bucs just cut him without being dinged with his salary.
    If so, they should do so depending on the injury report from the specialist.

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  23. From what I’m reading, the Bucs are on the hook for $7 million after March 17th. Not sure if this accident is covered in insurance and the Bucs are off the hook for the full contract or not. What a blow. I swear this franchise is straight cursed. Well, cut him and move on.

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  24. It is terrible luck, however, the Bucs were very short sited in not capitalizing on the strength of this draft.

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  25. If that is the case chefboho, no doubt he will be cut. This team is in no position to carry a $13.5 million salary on a player who isn’t smart enough to keep from hurting himself by his moronic actions.

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  26. Not many of you may recall this, but we originally picked up JPP because the Giants didn’t see him fitting into the new 3-4 scheme they were installing.
    Cutting JPP and having 6 million in change left over to sign another player that fits better into a 3-4 scheme may not be the worst thing to happen to this team.

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  27. Some of you buc fans are straight up trolls/clowns/idiots. All you screaming about building from the trenches yada yada yada crap. There is no guarantee Allen or who ever else you are screaming for would have worked out. I bet you same building through the trenches crowd are the same hypocritical fans that bash the bucs for drafting Gaines Adams over Adrian Peterson. Wasn’t Gaines Adams trenches? GTFOOH. You draft who you feel is the best player period. What good does it do to draft a player in the first round and he turns out to be a william gholston type because you need trenches when you could have drafted an Ed Reed. You draft the player you feel is best period. Either cheer on your team or kick rocks!!!!!!

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  28. Tough break..how is our secondary supposed to improve without a pass rush? I have been saying that our depth on both offensive and defensive lines needed to be addressed and ofcourse this happens..we hoping for Barrett to be that guy with Nassib? Or are we expecting Spence to finally break out? Can we cut JPP to use that money to sign our draft picks? It is really frustrating being a bucs fan…

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  29. @mizzbucsfan24 Why troll Bucs fans for calling out the obvious? So maybe taking White over Allen is ok – I won’t criticize the team for that – but not taking higher rated D lineman in rounds 2 or 3 is a mistake. And not taking any O lineman that can start in the draft is a mistake. And keeping high priced players on the downside of their careers that soak up valuable cap space is a mistake. Or signing mediocre players to big money deals that soak up valuable cap space is a mistake.

    For guys that recognize games are won in the trenches, and that we are weak in the trenches, I could care less how many 4.3 or 4.4 guys we draft to get faster. If we can’t block, can’t stop the run or rush the passer it just doesn’t matter how fast guys are or how many athletes we have.

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  30. Sucks a lot bad luck, for JPP I enjoyed watching him play since his USF days. Hope his surgery is successful. We should not cut him this season period. It sends a bad message about your franchise & league. Hopefully their is a league wide policy for things like this, where the bucs get cap relief & JPP gets his money. For good league image & competition product. Most of all i still think defense will improve this year, if they commit to the fundamentals stay within themselves, take the right angles to the ball, be a smart defense, play for each other hopefully this standard will be demanded like Monty & Dungy did back in da day. we be a top 15 defense with our offense ability to score minus the turn overs we could 7-10 wins. I don’t see us winning any playoffs games, but who knows, we are a playoff long shot, maybe some this bad luck turns to good luck during the season we earning it: bad schedule, hurricane bye week 16 straight games old school dumb luck injuries Beckwith & now JPP. CAN A BUC CATCH BREAK. We will look bad early if the players buy in. we can be 5-6 by week 11. if are worse than 5-6 they should probably tank. Really wish we would have drafted RG & RT. A improved run game by commitment.

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  31. You do not take a dlineman if you have the corner backs rated higher. As arians said, drafting for need gets you fired.

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  32. The year of the dline draft has come and gone with lb Cashman who might not have been a superstar but many rated as the 3rd or 4th best middle linebacker in this draft and as someone that was a former safety would have been a good fit to cover rb’s and we could of had him in the 5th round which shows how the league values that position. Yes some dline might not make an immediate impact, but a top 5 pick dline would have. I wanted ed Oliver but rather if you wanted Allen or if reports are to be believed the bucs had de sweat higher, it would have been the right move even before today’s news. Doesn’t mean white won’t be good, but it’s a matter of draft resources and value. Meanwhile we spend our draft having a do over on lasts years cb’s. Jason gets fixated on a theme like “weapons for winston” and ignores true value and instead falls in love with his targets while ignoring the overall board. And how in the hell wasnt Jason able to convince some of the better oline and rb undrafted free agents like og bars from Notre Dame and benzschawel from wisc, rb ozigbo and wr hall to come to Tampa where they have a better chance of making the roster than anywhere else. I guess they weren’t team captains and didnt fit the speed theme of the year.

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  33. @Dman what player were we going to draft in the 2nd or 3rd round to replace a player like Jpp? I’m not on here to troll Bucs fans. Lol some of these people yelling about building from the trenches and how much more valuable D-Line is than corner or linebacker in the draft, are the same people that cried we drafted Vea over D. James last year. The fact is it’s not easy to replace great players so you draft the best players regardless of position and make it work. It does not work when a team try’s to draft best position. And who are any of us to say that there were “higher rated” players in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Maybe we drafted the highest rated play available. Maybe some of you should stop reading mock drafts for 4 months and think you have a better idea on how to build the team than the people who get paid too.

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  34. @drdneast. I thought the same thing about JPP. I wrote it plenty of times on here that JPP should be a DE in base 3-4 and a DE in nickle and not an OLB. He had the best trade value of all aging defenders(JPP, GMC, David) especially with the scheme change and last years production. Bucs might have gotten a 2nd or a 3rd + 4th.

    Doesn’t matter now. It’s a Bucs life.

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  35. I think we’ve all strayed away from the fact that JPP’s career might be in jeopardy. Let’s focus on that for now and let Bruce worry about September. Jeez. This commentary is the equivalent of your kid wrecking your car and your first question is “Is it totaled?”

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  36. AshevilleFC-Coach you have no idea if a top 5 dlineman would make an immediate impact. Did Gaines Adams? What about Solomon Thomas drafted #3 over all in 2017? He sucks just like allen or Ed oliver can suck. Dante Fowler in 2015 drafted #3 overall. He sucks and is on his second team. Vic Beasley? Yea he had one good year out of 4. The other years he has like 4 sacks. 2013 Dion Jordan was picked #3. How did that work out. That same draft, Barkevious Mingo DE out of LSU was picked 6th. How well did he play in the league.
    Stop lying about the potential production of players you have no idea if they will be good. You draft who you feel is better period. And no, a top 5 dlinman is not guaranteed to make an immediate impact. And as I have shown, they may never make an impact. Cheer for your team.

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  37. I wish Bruce Arians was smarter. I mean he has spent his entire life coaching football at all levels. But apparently he’s not smart enough to know that a middle linebacker cant be drafted at 5. I mean you would think someone would have told him that edge rusher or DT is the hot spot for the most talented. Maybe if Bruce and Jason had access to the vast knowledge of player rankings on PRs comment section we could avoid these kind of mistakes.

    People talk a lot about the players on this team having a losers mindset. But I’m starting to think some of the fans have a losers mindset. We haven’t even put on pads yet and some are calling this season over. Either because we draft who you wanted or didn’t sign the right FA. We hired the best coach since Gruden. He is a winner, his staff has coached winners. Let’s see how this season goes before we start the list of whys it didn’t work.

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  38. You gotta be kidding me! Man that f*#%ing sucks. My other thought is that I hope the analysts employed by Vegas are paid well because they’re pretty good at this team win prediction stuff. JPP has rarely played 16 games seasons in his career so since he played all 16 games last season this may be a return to mean value that they saw coming.

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  39. @mizzbucsfan24 When the Bucs start winning I guess we’ll stop critisizing them. After reading all the hype about all these great players and all the great coaches we’ve had, it doesn’t take a genius to see that you do need to build from the trenches back – check the history of dominant Super Bowl teams, or even the Bucs Super Bowl team!

    Going 5-11 for a couple years and then not making any changes to either O or D line begs the questions and the criticism.

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  40. @Dman we signed a new center then we signed curry, Allen, Nassib, and drafted Vea and traded for Jpp. That is 6 players in the trenches and we won 5 games the same as the year before. So yea I guess I checked the history. So maybe it does take a genius, maybe it takes a player like White or maybe it takes a few new people in the secondary. I don’t know if that’s the answer either but we will see when the season starts.

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  41. Man, first the hand issues and now this. Stay positive, JPP and get well soon!

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  42. @majc32 Dante Fowler played well in the playoffs and Super Bowl and the team that traded him won 6 games in the weak AFC South. Plus, LA extended him.

    Also, BAs comment are BS. Drafting for need is what all teams do. If they didn’t, no one would ever make trades! BA and Licht apparently thought the team NEEDED more speed and playmaking in the secondary. They valued that over keeping their 3rd round pick to select RB Henderson, who went to the Rams, who NEED a RB since Gurley has arthritis in his knees.

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  43. @MizzouBucs24 Domminik tried to build through the backside via drafts, trades, & free agency acquired Mark Baron, Jonathan Banks, Darrelle Revis, and Dashon Goldson. How did that work out record wise?

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  44. @ BigSombrero Fowler had 4 sacks last year. He is on his second team in his first three years in the league (missed his first year due to injury). The jags did not pick up his fifth year option. And the rams brought him back for a one year prove it deal. You can’t put lipstick on a turd. Well you can if you want to, but I do not grade on a curve. No team trades a “dominant” top 5 DE in his third season. You can miss me with that nonsense you are talking about with Fowler. You must be a Florida Gators fan if you think he has remotely performed at a top 5 pick level.

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  45. @ Buc-Up Dominick also tried to build the trenches or did you forget Bowers, Clayborne, Mccoy, Price etc? How did that work out? Again, you draft the best player period.

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  46. @majc32 good point. I wanted Cam Jordan over Clayborn. I also wasn’t a fan of drafting a DT high because they usually don’t have a major impact for a few years. The others all fell because of injuries except Adam’s which was supposed to be a stud, but so were Curry and Mccants coming out of Alabama in the 90’s. The common theme seems to be bad front offices that don’t know how to evaluate talent and when to acquire it.

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  47. @bucianco: Here we’re reading that one of our better players, who is also a USF alumnus and a fine young man, may have a career ending injury and all our fans want to discuss is how it might affect the team and of course continue the ridiculous debate about a Draft that is long over.

    Reminds me of the time (1977) our fans cheered the injury to QB Gary Huff as he writhed in pain, hoping to see the the legendary Jeb Blount trot onto the field. Poor gladiator Gary received more thumbs down from the audience than Buc Ass Bob after one of his remarks.

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  48. Bucsfan1983, how the [email protected]& is that “karma” for Licht & Arians? Sorry they didn’t pick the guy you wanted…
    White is gonna be a solid player for many years, and a needed leader on defense- that Allen would not have been able to provide…
    crazy there was a greater need for his position because of Beckwith’s auto injury.
    Hope JPP recovers quickly

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  49. My poor Bucs. What was it that old song use to say, If it Ain’t one thing..its another.
    Somewhere there’s a guy sittin back smilin named GMC sayin, How ya like me now?

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  50. Sucks big time for many reasons to name but hopefully he will be ok and get healthy and we need to keep McCoy more than ever now

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