Tag:Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:05 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 12:23 pm

Week 1 review, NFC South podcast preview

Posted by Will Brinson & Ryan Wilson

The podcast preview train has pulled into the NFC South and, quite conveniently, we also have a full week of NFL preseason games in which we can judge the nature of every single team without fear that things will change later.

I kid, I kid. But we do debate whether Cam Newton was awesome or overrated, how much of an impact Julio Jones will have on the Falcons, whether people are sleeping on the Saints, and whether or the Buccaneers are due to regress.

We also do the over/under thing for the teams (Panthers, 4.5; Saints/Falcons, 10; Bucs, 8), we rank the running backs in the division in order of best-to-worst and we guess who the impact player in the division will be. Also, Ryan chides Will for trying to talk about the Panthers too much. But that happens every week.

All that -- and much, much, more -- by clicking the play button below. Also, SUBSCRIBE VIA ITUNES.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download.

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Posted on: August 9, 2011 11:05 am
Edited on: August 9, 2011 5:03 pm

Talib ready to move on with season

TalibPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It’s been quite an interesting offseason for Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib (all of which you can read in our handy related box in the middle of this post). But to sum up, Talib was arrested and faces charges of attempted assault with a deadly weapon, and though many of us assumed Tampa Bay would release Talib the first chance it got, that obviously hasn’t happened.

Since he’s still in a Bucs uniform, Talib says he will focus only on his on-field performance.

"Straight football,'' Talib told the Tampa Tribune. "I'm focused only on the stuff I can control. If I can't control it, I'm not going to focus on it. It's about setting that alarm, waking up, making it to meetings, coming out here on the practice field and making (wide receiver) Mike Williams better. It's about seeing Calvin Johnson early, Sept. 11th, when it all starts.''

Talib's Timeline
That last sentence, of course, assumes that commissioner Roger Goodell won’t suspend Talib for his supposed actions. And as we’re all aware, Goodell isn’t shy about pressing the “suspension” button whether a player has been found guilty or not (ask Ben Roethlisberger if you even need to be INDICTED in order for Goodell to make his decision).

Talib won’t go to trial until next spring, so he won’t miss any football this fall because of the legal system.

He also can count on coach Raheem Morris for support apparently.

"That's my dog,'' said Talib. "If anybody's got the real true story of what happened, Rah does.''

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 11:15 pm

2011 NFL Draft rookie contracts coming in

Posted by Will Brinson

There's been plenty of action in free agency thus far (don't forget to follow it all in our live, updating Experience and with our 2011 NFL Free Agency Tracker!), but it also warrants mentioning that there have been a good number of first-round draft picks signed by various teams over the past few days.

Interestingly, many of these players who are signing have received fully guaranteed contracts, something you don't typically see with rookies, even though the total contracts, because of the new rookie wage system, are coming in lower than previous years.

For instance, the Cowboys signed Tyson Smith, their top pick, likely right tackle for 2011 and eventual successor to Doug Free, to a four-year, $12.5 million deal which is entirely guaranteed. By contrast, C.J. Spiller, taken in the same spot last season by the Bills, received a five-year, $25 million deal with $20.5 million guaranteed.

The Bengals signed Georgia wideout A.J. Green to a four-year, $19.6 million deal, all of which is also guaranteed, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. (Trent Williams, by contrast, got $60 million with $36.5 guaranteed out of the No. 4 slot from the Redskins in 2010.)

The 49ers reported via Twitter that they've signed all their draft picks, including second-round quarterback Colin Kaepernick (four-year deal) and first-round defensive end Aldon Smith. Financials haven't been put out yet.

The same goes for the Buccaneers, who signed first- and second-round picks Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers (deets on the monies aren't out yet last I checked).

In Denver, Von Miller is "expected" to sign a four-year, $21-million deal with the Broncos soon. He probably would have seen up to $50 million more (not all guaranteed, of course) under the old rookie salary system. The ironic part? He was a named plaintiff on the Brady v. NFL lawsuit. It's worth noting that Miller's not sweating losing any pile of money and says he "plans on getting three, four, five contracts."

[(UPDATED 4:47 p.m. ET): John Elway confirms the team has agreed to terms with Miller. Wrote Elway on his Twitter feed: "Can't wait to get him on the field."]

The final thing to remember as the first-year player contracts start to come in? There's a fifth-year team option built into these four-year deals, and that deal must be picked up by the end of the third year or else the amount owed balloons to an average of the top-10 salaries at the position.

If a player performs well in his first three seasons then, he stands to either get locked for a fifth year or find himself inked to a new contract sooner than he expected.

Everything's not all roses, though. Agent Jack Bechta writes at the National Football Post that some teams are utilizing dollars for later-round picks and allocating them towards first rounders. It's not happening often, at least right now, but Bechta cites it as a "disturbing trend" because it's something that could potentially create a false inflation system for first-round picks as agents try to get more money than the player drafted the previous year.

There's not telling how often that will happen going forward, but it's still a bit concerning as the rookies current wages are pushed back because of the new CBA.

On the bright side, if shifting salaries does happen, it's a lot less likely that JaMarcus Russell remains the biggest NFL Draft bust forever. So there's that.

UPDATED 7:48 p.m. ET: The Jaguars have announced that No. 10 overall pick, QB Blaine Gabbert, has signed his contract.

UPDATED 11:14 p.m. ET: No. 13 pick Nick Fairley has signed a four-year deal worth about $10 million with the Lions.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 5:50 pm

Looks like Bucs will keep Talib for now

TalibPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib has had his share of legal problems this offseason.

In late March, he was arrested on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing gun shots at his sister’s boyfriend. Before he was indicted, he decided to place all the blame on his mom (perhaps you shouldn’t blame him; if convicted he’d face five to 20 years in prison).

Either way, it seemed like there was a good chance the Buccaneers would release him the first chance they got, especially considering this isn’t exactly Talib’s first time in trouble with the law.

Of course, Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik let us in on a little secret today: Talib, for the time being, isn’t going anywhere. He told reporters today (via ESPN.com) that he expects Talib to report to training camp on time.

There are also reports that Talib will be on the roster for 2011. So, aside from an NFL suspension that’s almost surely coming, Talib should feel OK about everything. Unless, of course, a court of law finds him guilty.

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Posted on: July 25, 2011 4:12 pm

NFL: London game 'moves forward as planned'

Posted by Will Brinson

Amid the champagne-popping of the settlement between the NFL and the NFLPA, there are still some issues to be concerned about. Like the good football fans of London, who were nervously eyeing the August 1 deadline to get a new deal in place (otherwise the game would be canceled).

So we checked on it for them, and NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told CBSSports.com that the London game, featuring the Chicago Bears and Tampa Buccaneers, "moves forward as planned."

That's not tremendously surprising, because it seemed like a logical move for the NFL, given the timing of the deal that got done, the revenue that it brings in and the global growth of the game that the game offers.

But because the timing of the deadline for the game to take place and the possibility that a deal might not be "done" done until August 4, there was still some uncertainty surrounding the London game.

But just like with the rest of the 2011 NFL season, that's no longer a concern.

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Posted on: July 16, 2011 8:27 pm

Report: Buccaneers won't cut Aqib Talib

Posted by Will Brinson

It wouldn't be the most shocking news in the world if Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib ended up suspended by the NFL to start 2011, or even if he ended up getting dumped by the Bucs as soon as the lockout ends.

There were plenty of reports to that extent following Talib's arrest on aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges (not to mention his mother's involvement as well). But according to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, Tampa Bay won't end up cutting the talented-but-troubled defensive back.

LaCanfora also cites sources who believe that when Talib's March 2012 trial rolls around "the level of evidence and nature of the testimony against the 25-year-old might work in his favor."

Then there's the disciplinary end of things: though Roger Goodell has said the league will enforce the personal conduct policy, there's absolutely no guarantee that the NFL will have power over issues relating to off-field behavior that occurred during the lockout.

And, of course, there's the matter of simply dumping a player who was the 20th overall pick in the 2008 draft and finding someone to replace a cornerback of of Talib's skills on short notice.

It's simply not easy, and given that the league could wait until Talib's trial ends before actually issuing a punishment, gambling on Talib to stay off the radar for a full season of football is a pretty wise move by the Bucs.

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Posted on: July 11, 2011 11:47 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 12:02 am

Josh Freeman talks Bucs, lockout, FA's, Tiki

Posted by Will Brinson

Josh Freeman had a hell of a season in 2010, nearly leading the Buccaneers to the playoffs as Tampa Bay posted a surprising 10-win season.

We had a chance to catch up with the Bucs quarterback over the weekend at Nike's 7-on-7 tournament, "The Opening," and we asked him about the Bucs' future, how they're building long-term, whether he thinks Tiki Barber would be a good fit with the team, how he'd feel if the Bucs were spenders when it came to free agents and how he manages to keep cranking out fourth-quarter comebacks.

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:23 pm

Ronde isn't sure Tiki fits in with Buccaneers

R. Barber (left) says he's not sure his brother, Tiki, playing for Tampa Bay is a great idea (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber, who has been largely silent whenever anybody brings up the name of his twin brother Tiki, doesn’t necessarily think the possibility of “Tiki to Tampa Bay” makes a whole lot of sense.

Not now anyway.

"It was an entertaining thought four or five years ago," Ronde told the St. Petersburg Times. "I don't know how realistic it is now. I've not had a chance to talk to (GM) Mark (Dominik) or Raheem (Morris) about it. Maybe the situation would be a little different under different circumstances. But I know he wants to go somewhere where feels like he's wanted."

Where would he be wanted? Um, not sure. Probably the UFL, right Jim Fassel? But if Barber thinks he can catch on with the Steelers or the Buccaneers -- his two stated preferences -- he’s probably very wrong about either spot (even though it sounds like Cadillac Williams isn’t long for Tampa Bay).

"We're not looking to turn this into an auction," Tiki's agent Mark Lepselter said last week. "There are only a handful of coaches he would want to play for."

Tiki Time
As of now, any kind of auction for Barber probably would be welcome. I mean, if your own brother has doubts about whether you’d fit into his team, that’s not a strong endorsement of your return from retirement. That’s not to say, though, that Ronde is totally crapping on his brother’s comeback attempt.

"He's prepared. He looks like [he] did pre-retirement," Ronde said. "He really dedicated himself and has been in there working out for four months. The only thing he doesn't have is the on-field endurance.

"He's very adept at what he used to do. I don't see him having a problem. The one thing he can't fail at is football. He had somewhat mastered it when he retired."

I’m not sure if that last line is Ronde being sarcastic or if it’s some kind of shot at how Tiki did NOT have retirement mastered. Either way, at this point, it sounds like Tiki might be lucky to end up in the NFL again.  

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