The sparse linebacking unit for the Buccaneers took another hit on Wednesday, as special teams standout and fill-in starter Adarius Taylor is reportedly signing a deal with the Cleveland Browns.


The Buccaneers already lost Kwon Alexander to the 49ers earlier this week and the status of Kendell Beckwith and Jack Cichy are still up in air as they recover from injuries.

Tampa Bay did agree to terms with former Cardinals safety and hybrid linebacker Deone Bucannon and also re-signed Kevin Minter on Tuesday.

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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]

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  1. The signings by some of these NFL teams are insane.

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  2. Holy Crap. The Browns are KILLING the GAME. They’re only adding other teams best players. Taylor was a special teams captain and an ace.

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  3. The Browns still have #12 million in cap space after the OBJ trade! Just…WOW.

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  4. Damn…..

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  5. The world hasn’t come to an end. There’s other back ups we can find.
    Question? Has anybody in the world seen Beckwidth or Cichy, and have physically seen them work out somewhere? Please report in.

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  6. They need to sign bigger LB’s anyway if they’re going to a 3-4. Isn’t the prototype 3-4 LB supposed to be 6’3-6’5 235-270lbs depending on if they’re inside or outside?

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  7. @Buc-Up They just signed Deone Buchanan as a “Moneybacker” He is 6’1, 215lbs.

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  8. Yeah but he’s not the norm. He plays a special role, the rest of them will probably be bigger…

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  9. @horse It’s in the article…Beckwith and Cichy are still recovering from their injuries. It’s been speculated widely that Beckwith’s career is over. Can’t run or cut without working ankles.

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  10. This is a bunch of crap….I guess we are just going to let the whole team walk or we are going to cut em with no compensation.

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  11. Tampa Bay the team that trains players up for winning super bowls for other teams. Winston will be the next QB to win a super bowl for someone else.

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  12. Todd Monken is going to have a top 3 offense again, this time in Cleveland.

    I’m just glad the Bucs have Byron Leftwich. He helped the Cards secure the 1st pick in the 2019 draft!

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  13. And don’t forget the Bucs have Todd Bowles! He lead the jets to the 3rd worst record last year before becoming “available”.

    Lol.

    It’s a Bucs life!

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  14. Good luck A. Taylor!

    Nice to see that Bucs free agents are popular with other teams. Just means the Bucs need to keep grinding and find a way to become a winning franchise again as the talent is there.

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  15. I thought the same thing Alldaway. Seems our 5-11 cast-offs are more highly regarded elsewhere. Perhaps the team was more talented than the won-loss record indicates. Let’s home there’s some left on the roster when the wheel of free agency stops spinning.

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  16. It’s funny how you so called bucs fans! Are scared to see a couple of players leave to get payed with another team. As I recall our defense was the reason we went 5-11 the last two seasons! Now we have the chance to draft some young talent in a very talented defensive heavy draft this year and we the number 5 pick! And ya’ll want to start talking shit about the new coaching staff who have to play the hand there given.
    Ya’ll are a joke!

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  17. The Bucs are in a precarious position for the 2019 draft. They have more needs than they have the draft picks to fill them with. Resigning LT Smith and RT Dotson is a signal that the new coaching staff thinks they can make them better. Dotson is getting long of tooth though.

    Changing to a 3-4 defense is a key to me. If Alabama DT Quinnen Williams drops to 5, that’s a no brainer to me. Otherwise I could see the Bucs trading down as has been suggested by a lot of the Gurus with Denver and picking up their #10 pick plus their 2nd and 3rd round picks in 2019. I think Devin White could still be available. He would Solidify the LB position. The injury news on Kendell Beckwith and Jack Cichy is not real encouraging. White would move to ROLB in the 3-4, Lavonte David would move in one spot to RILB, Riley Bullough could play LILB and maybe Noah Spence can finally make his mark as LOLB. Of course if Beckwith can make it back that would be huge. Cichy is a hell of a player if he can stay well.

    I figure Vita Vea and Beau Allen is the rotation at NT. If the Bucs can hang on to Gerald McCoy he is an excellent 5 tech (Like Sapp at Oakland), JPP can do anything in any defense and I like William Gholston as a 5 Tech. I think that may be his natural position. That’s my opinion for what it’s worth. I would hate to lose Gerald McCoy, but with the D-line prospects in this draft, the Bucs could save some Bucks and have a young guy to develop for down the road. There are CB and Safety needs and O-line and RB on offense. I think Justin Watson is the sleeper at WR this season. I guess the Bucs plan to move Chris Godwin into slot receiver to replace Humpty Dumpty. Breshard Perriman will play across from Mike Evans at WR, with Justin Watson backing him up, so that is speed to burn. OJ Howard is back along with Cameron Brate. I love Noah Cross, the guy is a playmaker. If ROJO comes through at RB this seaon things may not be as bad as people think. But Jameis has to have time to throw the long ball.

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  18. Bucs TE Alan Cross not Noah Cross. Noah Cross was the part played by John Huston in China Town. Cross is from Memphis and came in well trained.

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  19. It’s no joke if you pay $$ for season tkts? A losing record and no cash doesn’t sound like winning !

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  20. So neither Pewter Report have seen or talked to Cichy or Beckwith?
    The standard answer PR has given is very vanilla. Is there something you know, but can’t tell us?
    This is to vague because Beckwidth could stay the same way they did it last year and give it some more time.

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  21. is sunshineben code for a fair weather fan ?

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