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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
NEW FACES: Coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, LB Devin White, DL Ndamukong Suh, LB/S Deone Bucannon, LB Shaquil Barrett, P Bradley Pinion, WR...
Buccaneers’ Ryan Smith suspended 4 games by NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith has been suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancers.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The status of Tampa Bay's Jason Pierre-Paul for the upcoming season is uncertain following a single-car accident last week near his home in South Florida.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul has been released from the hospital after a single-car crash in South Florida.
Bucs bolster defense in hopes of helping Winston
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFL draft was all about trying to give Jameis Winston a better chance to succeed.
Buccaneers draft Utah kicker Matt Gay in 5th round
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — For the second time in four NFL drafts, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected one of the best kickers in college football.
Bucs draft Central Michigan CB Sean Bunting in 2nd round
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hope they're finally getting it right on defense.
After selecting linebacker Devin White in Thursday's first round, the Bucs reiterated their...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are counting on Devin White to help them become relevant again.
The powerful and speedy LSU linebacker was the fifth pick in the NFL draft on...
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New regime, same old mission for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bruce Arians is the latest coach taking a stab at making the Bucs relevant again.
Buccaneers Draft Preview Capsule
TAMPA BAY (5-11)
LAST SEASON: Surprising 2-0 start, featuring confidence-building upsets of New Orleans and Philadelphia, dissolved into team's second straight 5-11 finish and firing of...
Bucs become 1st NFL team with 2 female coaches on staff
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust as assistant coaches, becoming the first NFL team with two female coaches on their staff.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed offensive tackle Donovan Smith to a three-year, $41.25 million contract.
The fifth-year pro was facing the prospect of having a...
Arians confident Buccaneers not far from playoff contention
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's bid to lure Bruce Arians out of retirement and back to the NFL included a pitch from baseball manager Joe Maddon.
The 66-year-old coach grew up in York, Pennsylvania, not far from Maddon's hometown of Hazelton. He and the Chicago Cubs skipper have grown close since Buccaneers general Jason Licht introduced them several years ago.
GM Licht says he’ll find right fit for Bucs coaching vacancy
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are searching for a new coach for the fifth time in 10 years. History says they'll set their sights on a big name, but not necessarily land their first or even second choice.
General manager Jason Licht said Monday he's just "grateful" to have an opportunity to lead the effort to replace Dirk Koetter, who was fired after going 19-29 with no playoff appearances over three seasons.
Frustrated WR Jackson not giving up on Bucs playoff hopes
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — DeSean Jackson's frustration grows by the loss.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dropped five of six games following a 2-0 start, and the veteran receiver doesn't want anyone to buy the notion that all it'll take to make him happy is to catch more passes Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
The Bucs (3-5) haven't made the playoffs since 2007, and the only way to change that trend is to start winning.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers turned to offense with their first of three picks in the second round, taking USC running back Ronald Jones II.
Tampa Bay then returned to an emphasis on defense with its final two second-round picks, taking cornerbacks M.J. Stewart from North Carolina and Auburn's Carlton Davis.
The Buccaneers closed out Friday night by picking Humboldt State guard Alex Cappa in the third round.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may not be finished wheeling and dealing in the NFL draft.
The team traded down five spots in the opening round, selected Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea 12th overall, while also putting themselves in a better position to be impact players on Day Two by receiving a pair of second-round draft picks from the Buffalo Bills.
Buccaneers draft Washington DT Vita Vea in 1st round
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are intent on building a defense capable of helping quarterback Jameis Winston end the team's long playoff drought.
Tackle Vita Vea is the latest addition to a reconstructed unit that's been a liability for most of the past decade, joining the Bucs as the 12th overall pick in the opening round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.
Buccaneers seek more help for QB Winston at NFL draft
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Licht says one valuable lesson he's learned in four years of running Tampa Bay's draft is to trust his instinct.
It worked well for the general manager when he selected Mike Evans No. 7 overall in 2014. And, he's confident the Buccaneers will land another impact player if the team stays put and picks seventh again this week.
Giants trade Jason Pierre-Paul to Bucs for draft picks
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sending two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay for two draft picks gives the New York Giants much-needed salary cap space for 2019 and allows the Buccaneers to continue rebuilding a line that had the fewest sacks in the NFL last season.
Bucs feel they’re headed in right direction under Koetter
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Despite winning just five games and missing the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feel they're progressing under Dirk Koetter.
Koetter is the coach the Bucs are betting on to help quarterback Jameis Winston realize his potential in 2018. That's a bit of a surprise considering ownership's lack of patience with predecessors hired to change the team's fortunes.
Here's a list of every former Husker football player currently coaching in the college or professional ranks. Did we miss anybody? Send an email to email@example.com and let us know.
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Daniel Bullocks — San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach
Doug Colman — Houston Texans assistant special teams coordinator
Jason Licht — GM of Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Received his degree from Nebraska Wesleyan)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers say running back Doug Martin suffered "minor cuts and bruises" when he was involved in a car accident near the team's training facility.
General manager Jason Licht said in a statement that the two-time Pro Bowl selection who was the NFL's second-leading rusher two years ago was evaluated by team medical staff before heading home Thursday.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are committed to giving Jameis Winston everything he needs be successful.
The emerging team continued to surround their young quarterback with explosive offensive playmakers Friday night, selecting speedy Penn State receiver Chris Godwin in the third round of the NFL draft.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — One of the first people to contact O.J. Howard after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected the tight end in the opening round of the NFL draft was an elated Jameis Winston.
From one native of Alabama to another, the Bucs' young quarterback wanted to welcome the latest addition to what has the potential to be one of the NFL's most improved offenses next seasons.
"He text me," an excited Howard said. "He's a great quarterback, a good guy. ... I'm looking forward to playing with him."
Winning season without playoffs bittersweet for Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't playing the "what if" game.
The team's first winning record in six years wasn't good enough to get them into the playoffs, however coach Dirk Koetter isn't spending a lot time lamenting what might have been if a play or two had gone differently during a 9-7 finish.
Bucs release Seferian Jenkins after arrest on DUI charge
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived tight end Austin-Seferian Jenkins on Friday, hours after the third-year pro was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that Seferian-Jenkins, a second-round draft pick out of the University of Washington in 2014, was driving between 75 and 80 mph on Interstate 275 when the football player's vehicle cut in front in front of a trooper's cruiser and began weaving back and forth.