TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-11)
New faces: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Beau Allen, DE Vinny Curry, DT Vita Vea, RB Ronald Jones, C Ryan Jensen, DT Mitch Unrein, K Chandler Catanzaro.
Key losses: RB Doug Martin, DE Robert Ayers, Jr., G J.R. Sweezy, DT Chris Baker, DT Clinton McDonald, S T.J. Ward.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Robert Ayers' stint with the Detroit Lions was a short one.
The Lions have the released the veteran defensive end, and their announcement Tuesday of Ayers' departure came about 28 hours after the team said it had signed him.
Earlier on Tuesday, coach Matt Patricia described Ayers as "another guy that obviously has some good experience that we could bring in."
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — When healthy, Robert Ayers has been a pretty productive pass rusher.
The Detroit Lions could use some help in that area, and now the veteran defensive end has a chance to provide it.
The Lions signed Ayers in their latest attempt to bolster their defensive front. Now entering his 10th NFL season, Ayers made 10 starts in each of the past two seasons with Tampa Bay. He has 35 sacks, including a career-high 9½ with the New York Giants in 2015.
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (9-7)
New Faces: WR DeSean Jackson, DE Chris Baker, TE O.J. Howard, S Justin Evans, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, K Nick Folk, WR Chris Godwin, S J.J. Wilcox.
Key Losses: QB Mike Glennon, WR Russell Shepard, LB Daryl Smith, CB Alterraun Verner, S Bradley McDougald.
Strengths: Bucs go as Jameis Winston goes. With additional playmakers — Jackson, Howard, Godwin — around young QB, coach Dirk Koetter is counting on offense being more explosive.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kwon Alexander smiles at the suggestion that he's a tackling machine who isn't content with being one of the top young linebackers in the NFL.
Tampa Bay's emerging star wants to be the best, period, while also helping an improved defense do its part to transform the Buccaneers into a playoff team.
"We just have to come together," Alexander said of heightened expectations for a club coming off a 9-7 finish.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received some good news Wednesday when defensive tackle Gerald McCoy returned to practice.
It was a welcome sight for the Bucs, who have had their share of bad news as they get ready to take on San Francisco.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be without three starting defensive linemen for Monday night's game against the Carolina Panthers.
Defensive tackles Gerald McCoy (calf) and Clinton McDonald (hamstring) and defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle) are all listed as inactive, along with running back Doug Martin (hamstring), wide receiver Cecil Shorts III (hamstring), tight end Luke Stocker (ankle) and guard Caleb Benenoch.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars worked out polarizing defensive end Greg Hardy on Thursday.
A team spokesman confirmed the workout but did not indicate whether the Jags planned on signing the former Dallas and Carolina standout.
Hardy had a tumultuous season in Dallas, one that started with a four-game suspension related to his domestic violence case in North Carolina and included several disruptions that included a physical confrontation with...