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    Official Offseason/Free Agency V3 Thread

    We've hit the quota. Lets start fresh.

    After looking at the photos/videos of the OTA from yesterday I was really impressed with the offensive/defensive tempo. It just feels different at OBP, the players look more engaged, and look like they're getting to know one another well from what I could see.


    I'm really pulling for Hughes for FB this year. That dude is massive.

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    Yeah. Same here i lost respect for DEZ when I saw that picture too you dont do something like that.

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    NFL Network did a segment on the Bucs. Here is a link:


    http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/09000...-the-NFC-South

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    Report: Mike Jenkins will skip OTAs, wants to be traded

    Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is hopeful that cornerback Mike Jenkins will join the team at organized team activities on Tuesday, but it seems that his hopes will be dashed.

    Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Jenkins will not be showing up on Tuesday and that he wants to be traded away from the Cowboys. By signing Brandon Carr and drafting Morris Claiborne, the Cowboys have pushed Jenkins to third on the depth chart and there’s not much chance he’s going to get an extension from a team that’s already spending a fair amount on Carr, Claiborne and Orlando Scandrick.

    Jenkins was shopped during the draft, but the Cowboys didn’t find a deal that made them pull the trigger. Since then they have been talking up their depth at corner, something that doesn’t seem to have struck any heart strings for Jenkins. Jenkins is set to make $1.052 million in 2012, a number that makes it much easier to consider keeping him as a third corner and letting him walk after the season.

    Jenkins had shoulder surgery after last season which would have kept him out of OTAs even if he showed up. Neither the injury nor his desire for a new deal will make Jenkins any easier for the Cowboys to deal unless their asking price is on the modest side.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...-to-be-traded/

    should our Buccaneers show interest?
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    How much will Bucs throw to TEs?

    We don’t know exactly what Tampa Bay’s new offense will look like until September, but there are some clues out there that suggest the Buccaneers could go away from the league-wide trend of throwing more to tight ends.

    The Bucs had a major shakeup at the position this week when they traded Kellen Winslow to Seattle and brought in free agent Dallas Clark. The Bucs basically replaced one veteran pass catcher with another.

    Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said he believes Clark can get back to being the same player he was before injuries limited his production with Indianapolis the last two seasons. In 2009, Clark caught 100 passes.

    But, even if Clark is healthy, he might have a tough time registering a 100-catch season. The Bucs hired former New York Giants quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan as their offensive coordinator, so it’s safe to assume this offense will at least look a little like what the Giants run.

    In a 2011 season in which eight tight ends, including Winslow, were targeted at least 110 times (according to ESPN Stats & Information), the Giants took a completely different approach. New York’s top tight end Jake Ballard was targeted 58 times and ranked No. 25 in tight-end targets. Ballard produced 38 catches for 604 yards and four touchdowns. Backups Bear Pascoe and Travis Beckum were targeted 16 and 10 times respectively.

    Maybe Sullivan doesn’t take the exact approach the Giants did. Maybe a healthy Clark convinces Sullivan to throw to the tight ends more often.

    Or maybe the Bucs will follow what the Giants did and dare to be different than the rest of the league.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcsouth/pos...s-throw-to-tes


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    Penn To Freeman: "We Like The Way You Are Working"

    The Buccaneers aren’t stacked with a ton of veterans. In fact 2012 could be the third season in a row that Tampa Bay fields the league’s youngest team. While just 29, seven-year NFL veteran offensive tackle Donald Penn is one of the Buccaneers elder statesmen, and said there are lessons to learn from a 4-12 season.

    “One thing I did learn – when last year is over – it is over,” Penn said. “It is totally a new year. You can’t think you are going to do the same thing you did last year just by showing up. You have to put in the effort and put in the work.”

    Penn thinks the Buccaneers are on the right track with head coach Greg Schiano, and likes what he has seen from his new head coach.

    “He (Schiano) doesn’t hide anything, he wants everything upfront,” Penn said. “100 percent real and it seems like he is going to try and do that back to you.”

    The former Utah State star appreciates Schiano’s style.

    “That is the way I try and live life,” Penn said. “My motto in life is to try and treat people the way I want to be treated. And I think that is what he is trying to give to these young guys. Don’t half-*censored* something if you don’t want the other guy doing it. You have to be on top of your game and you make sure the other guys are on top of their game. And with a young team that is something you need.”

    Penn has lined up at left tackle for every game of quarterback Josh Freeman’s career, and knows No. 5 will need a bounce back season for Tampa Bay to be successful. Penn likes what he sees so far.

    “I whispered in his ear today, ‘you know you are still my favorite quarterback,’ and he started laughing,” Penn said. “He is getting better. But you have to understand Josh has so much on his plate right now. He is learning so much and is getting so much thrown at him.


    “With the offensive line we are out trying to make calls to make his job easier. He is getting so much (thrown) upon him. He is grasping it and doing a good job. He has to take it slow. Sometimes we have to tell him to slow down because he is getting overwhelmed, because he wants everything perfect.

    “But right now we are learning and fixing things, everything is not going to be perfect. And he wants everything to be perfect. You have to sit back sometimes and tell him everything is not going to be perfect. We still have time. But we like the way you are working.”

    Tampa Bay’s most experienced lineman noticed Schiano telling Freeman the same thing.

    “I saw coach Schiano pull him to the side and tell him to keep working hard and doing what you are doing but not to get frustrated with yourself,” Penn said. “They are throwing a lot at him (Freeman) – they are throwing a lot at all of us – and we are trying to respond.”

    Freeman ended 2011 throwing 22 interceptions after tossing just six in 2010, and Penn knows the cynics will be out in full force until Freeman proves he is more of the 2010 version of quarterback than the one he displayed in 2011.

    That is how it goes,” Penn said. “When you are the top (quarterback) you get all the love and when you are at the bottom you get all the bad stuff. And he knows that. And like I said it is a learning experience. We have to learn from last year. I don’t want that feeling again and I don’t think any of these guys do.

    “But Josh handled it well. And that is what he needed to do. It is maturing him and making him a better player and leader to lead us.”
    http://www.pewterreport.com/index.ph...981:&Itemid=15


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    Bucs Q&A: Will Blount be the starter, or Martin?

    Q: Who do you think will start Day One at running back? I think it should be LeGarrette Blount, he has shown flashes of being great and fits Schiano's physical mentality. Don't get me wrong, Doug Martin will get a lot of touches as well. At this point in time LeGarrette is just the better back.

    Andrew Athans, Arnold, Md.

    A: I don’t disagree with what you say about Blount, but I think Martin will be the starter. He's more versatile than Blount and doesn't have the problems holding on to the ball that Blount does. Martin can break tackles, too, and he has the speed to break free for a home run. He'll likely get the chance to be the starter out of the chute but it's nice to have a starting-caliber player like Blount in reserve, who can finish games and punish tired defenses.

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    Q: I understand that Kellen Winslow may not have been so easy to control, but given his productivity and ability, and also the fact that he had not missed a game with the Bucs, why is it a smart move to trade him and bring in Dallas clark, who is older not as much of a playmaker and has had his own injury problems?

    I'm not saying Winslow was the best ever, but I fail to see how this makes the Bucs a better team. Do they have some other plan at tight end?

    Joe Baisden, Sharana, Afghanistan

    A: I think the plan is to de-emphasize the tight end a little bit in the passing game. The Bucs threw to Winslow 114 times last year, the fourth most in the league for any tight end. I think they want to get the ball to their wideouts and running backs a little more, so the possible de-emphasis may have had something to do with the dismissal.

    There was also the issue of Winslow's desire to work out in San Diego during the offseason. He said that didn't sit well with Schiano and Schiano never denied it. We have to believe then that the issue was a factor and that Schiano used Winslow to send yet another message to his players that they will do things as he wishes, not as they wish, or they will be out of here.

    -- Roy Cummings

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    Q: I can smell the excitement all the way from Washington about the Bucs' new regime. I'm curious though what your opinion(s) are about the discipline and demeanor of new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano. I'm a school teacher with traditional values and make my students "toe the line." After watching every game last year and following up with studying game film I saw immaturity prevail. Last year's Bucs looked lifeless and careless.

    My question is this: How is the progress so far at One Buc Place for Schiano's "Buccaneer Way" transformation? Working with late adolescent millionaires might require little less than a miracle compared to my 8th grade P.E. class.

    P.S. Thanks for all the in-depth coverage. I'm 3,000 miles away from being a season ticket holder. It means a lot.

    Curtis Weber, Spokane, Wash.

    A: First off, thanks for being a loyal reader and I know the Bucs appreciate your loyalty to them, as well.

    As for the transformation, all seems to be going well. Coach Schiano is clearly getting rid of those who choose not to buy into his program and that will send a clear message to the current and potentially future Bucs that his way is the only way. That's a good thing. Like your students football players, even veteran ones, need guidance and leadership.

    No team has 53 Hardy Nickersons or Ronde Barbers or Warren Sapps, guys who "get it'' from the very start and know how to be pros, work their game and improve steadily as time goes on. Most teams have two or three of those guys and so the coaches have to be the real leaders and they have to lead with smart discipline. By that I mean there has to be a payoff for all that they're doing.

    It's kind of like the Karate Kid. He didn't understand why he was washing and waxing all those cars until his mentor showed him the skills he'd developed through consistent work habits. It's the same with football. If you get used to running from one drill to another all day in practice, you'll run all day on Sunday, too.

    The bottom line answer will come in the shape of wins and losses. If he produces more wins than losses, Schiano's transformation of the organization will be deemed a success.

    -- Roy Cummings

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    Q: Coach Schiano impresses me by trying to instill work ethics back in the Bucs. His selection of experienced ex-pro assistants and his style are impressive. My concern is his ability to develop a pro-caliber offense. The Rutgers offense was mediocre by college standards and the jump to the NFL is a concern. Can Schiano make the leap scheme-wise?

    Al, Belleview

    A: Well, the Bucs aren't going to run Schiano's offense. They're going to run his defense and Mike Sullivan's offense. We're still not sure what Sullivan's offense will look like but the word we have from the players we've talked to, including QB Josh Freeman, is that it will look a lot like what the New York Giants have been running lately. That makes sense since Sullivan came from the Giants, where he was receivers coach and then quarterbacks coach. That offense has won two Super Bowls so it must be rather effective. It's primarily a rush-oriented attack that takes shots down the field, which is definitely what Schiano wants.

    -- Roy Cummings

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    Q: I am assuming that Gerald McCoy is attending OTAs. What is his health status?

    Keith Henderson, Lecanto

    A: McCoy isn't just attending, he's participating. Regularly. And he's really working hard. There is nothing at this point to indicate he's been slowed at all by his season-ending surgery. He's doing all the drills and mixing it up in the 11-on-11 work, as well. Now, they're only in shorts, but that's probably a good thing. So far though, so good. He looks well down the road to recovery.

    -- Roy Cummings

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    Q: Who's getting more touches at running back? LeGarrette Blount or Doug Martin?

    Phillip Groenstein, Florida

    A: Right now it's Blount, but that's only because Martin continues to be limited by a sore hamstring. The Bucs are being cautious there, but look for Martin to start getting more of the work once training camp rolls around.

    -- Roy Cummings
    http://www2.tbo.com/sports/bucs/2012...BO+%3E+Bucs%29

    Roy Cummings is a Buccaneers beat writer for the Tampa Tribune. Correspondent for The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly
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    His rules, his decisions: That's the Greg Schiano way with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    By Stephen F. Holder

    The Bucs, like all NFL teams, begin practice with a set of stretching and calisthenics routines. In the past, you'd usually find players on the field ready to go, on time, lined up by position.

    Except for one: Kellen Winslow.

    The tight end typically ambled out of the building about 15 minutes into practice, taking his place alongside teammates as individual drills began. No one ever explained what Winslow was doing all that time, but most reporters assumed he had a different prep routine related to his delicate knees.

    Winslow also got most Wednesdays off from practice to help preserve his knees for game day.

    The point?

    If you know anything about new coach Greg Schiano, you're aware he likes things done his way. And no one could be sure Winslow, heading into his ninth season, would fully accept that, which is widely believed to have been a factor in the team trading him Monday to the Seahawks.

    It seems every important decision is being made by Schiano. He made the call to release S Tanard Jackson, who six months earlier received a hero's welcome back after a yearlong drug suspension.

    Schiano's influence even extends to trivial matters, such as when and how players are permitted to give interviews. (Schiano, in a team meeting, instructed players to stop taking calls from reporters.)

    April's draft offered other examples. First-round pick Doug Martin is exactly the type of running back Schiano said he prefers. Later in the draft, the team selected two players Schiano had coached against while at Rutgers, Najee Goode and Keith Tandy, both of West Virginia.

    This is not necessarily bad, as long as Schiano makes the right calls and the team wins. But it's different.

    Tampa Bay's recent head coaches, including Tony Dungy and Jon Gruden, haven't wielded that kind of absolute authority. Maybe Gruden did for a while after his Super Bowl XXXVII victory, but by the end of his tenure, GM Bruce Allen had usurped some of his juice.

    After the 2007 draft, when seven of the team's 10 picks were defensive players, the offensive-minded Gruden joked about conceding to Allen and defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

    We must assume Schiano's apparent autonomy was granted by the Glazers when the owners hired him. It also changes significantly the role of GM Mark Dominik, who often had the final say on matters with fired coach Raheem Morris. Now his role seems more of an executor than a decision-maker.

    Again, not good or bad, just different.

    The Bucs' model is not typical. Even coaches with the stature of the Giants' Tom Coughlin, the Packers' Mike McCarthy and the Chargers' Norv Turner share the decision-making with general managers.

    The Patriots' Bill Belichick, the Seahawks' Pete Carroll and the Redskins' Mike Shanahan are some of the few coaches who have comparable clout to Schiano, which puts the first-time NFL coach in pretty select company.

    So the next time the Bucs make a bold decision, there will be little doubt who pulled the trigger.

    KEEP AN EYE ON: Though it could be temporary, LB Rennie Curran often has been running with the first team during practices, continuing his attempt to restart his career. The 2010 third-round pick of the Titans spent last season on the sideline after Tennessee cut him. The former Georgia standout is 23 and seems a good fit at weak-side linebacker, where he is lining up. Rookie Lavonte David, on second team, could eventually assume the starting role.

    NOT DONE YET? The Bucs have roughly $12 million in salary cap space remaining and must be mindful with big expenditures looming, such as QB Josh Freeman's contract extension. But additional free agent signings can't be ruled out, Schiano said. One position to monitor is defensive end now that Da'Quan Bowers has a torn Achilles tendon.

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports/footb...cle1232238.ece
    Has Mark Dominik lost much of his power?
    Throughout this offseason, it seems Greg schiano has been pulling the strings at One Buc Place. While there's no concrete evidence for that assumption, there's a lot of circumstantial evidence. There's the influx of former Rutgers players on the roster and the change in philosophy that included the sudden addition of veteran free agents. Perhaps most telling of all, the Buccaneers added former coach Butch Davis in an undetermined front office role. Butch Davis is a Greg Schiano guy, and his presence in the front office can only take away from Schiano's power.

    When the Glazers fired Raheem Morris in January, they didn't fire Dominik - but they didn't offer him a lot of support, either. In fact, they made it clear that he could lose final control over the roster to a head coach. All in all, it's easy to assume that Dominik has lost quite a bit of authority over the past few months. That's exactly what Stephen Holder did in article published in the Tampa Bay Times today.


    If that is indeed the way it works in Tampa Bay these days, I would be pretty disappointed. Placing total control of an organization in one person's hands has only rarely worked in the NFL, and it has blown up in a coach's face much more often. A coach and a general manager have different ways of looking at a roster, with GMs being much more concerned with the long-term prospects of the franchise, while coaches often look at just the next year. Coaches also evaluate players differently from general managers.

    All of this produces natural conflicts, which is not a bad thing. But if the coach is ultimately the one who gets to decide on everything, the result is a roster built for the short term, and one that collapses after a few years. The Bucs saw the result of short-term roster building throughout most of Jon Gruden's tenure, for instance.

    Of course, we don't actually know whether Greg Schiano has final say. There's one other, simple explanation: Mark Dominik listens to Schiano more than he did to Morris. When Morris was coach, he didn't have a lot of input on which players would be acquired and which ones would be retained. If it had been up to Raheem, Barrett Ruud would still be a Buccaneer, for instance. With Schiano, this is certainly different, as many of Schiano's guys have been added to the roster over the past few months.

    Is this simply a case of a general manager listening to his coach, or is Dominik being overruled? It's impossible to say at this point.

    http://www.bucsnation.com/2012/5/27/...h-of-his-power
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    with June 1st approaching im keeping an eye on these veterans who could possibly come free (Cap Cuts)

    Colts: Dwight Freeney
    Jets: Bart Scott
    Cowbltches: Mike Jenkins
    Jaguars: Aaron Kampman
    Bills: Leodis McKelvin
    Eagles: Darryl Tapp
    Chargers: Shaun Phillips
    Bengals: Nate Clements

    we have around 16million in cap space (flexibility) and it wouldn't surprise me that my Bucs make Kellen Winslow a cap casualty freeing up even more space
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    Nobody on that list is worthy of a roster spot outside Freeney and Scott. Freeney is old and will not accept a back up role and Scott is an @$$hole. Not the type of player we need on this team. The rest of the guys havent produced for some time. I would rather pass and give our youngsters a chance at improving or making a name for themselves. If we cut Winslow, it would be the dumbest fking move in recent Buc history. He has proven he can stay healthy through the season and is arguably Freemans most consistant weapon at this moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrews1469 View Post
    Nobody on that list is worthy of a roster spot outside Freeney and Scott. Freeney is old and will not accept a back up role and Scott is an @$$hole. Not the type of player we need on this team. The rest of the guys havent produced for some time. I would rather pass and give our youngsters a chance at improving or making a name for themselves. If we cut Winslow, it would be the dumbest fking move in recent Buc history. He has proven he can stay healthy through the season and is arguably Freemans most consistant weapon at this moment.
    Lmao and who is freeney suppose to backup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagicBucsSox View Post
    Lmao and who is freeney suppose to backup?
    Very well thought out and logical argument. Im an idiot because you debated with me by responding "Lmao" completely negating my post. Im so stupid.....

    He would in fact not be guaranteed starting position over left or right when both of our current LE and RE had just as many sacks last year and are younger, one playing part time. Now you can respond "Rofl" which makes my argument incorrect. Your respect level is at an all time low.
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    LDE
    Dwight Freeney - Free Agent Acquired (multi-year deal)
    Michael Bennett
    RDE
    Adrian Clayborn
    George Johnson

    DT
    Gerald McCoy
    Brian Price
    Amobi Okoye
    Gary Gibson
    Myles Wade

    SLB
    Mason Foster
    Dekoda Watson

    MLB
    Bart Scott - Free Agent Acquired (1 year deal)
    Adam Hayward
    Najee Goode

    WLB
    Lavonte David
    Quincy Black

    CB
    Aqib Talib
    Eric Wright
    Mike Jenkins - Free Agent Acquired (1 year deal)
    E.J. Biggers
    Myron Lewis
    Keith Tandy
    Anthony Gaitor

    FS
    Ronde Barber
    Cody Grimm

    SS
    Mark Barron
    Larry Asante

    now that's a Defense I can get behind on 1 can dream!


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    when June 1st rolls around we'll see who will actually become available ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by andrews1469 View Post
    Very well thought out and logical argument. Im an idiot because you debated with me by responding "Lmao" completely negating my post. Im so stupid.....

    He would in fact not be guaranteed starting position over left or right when both of our current LE and RE had just as many sacks last year and are younger, one playing part time. Now you can respond "Rofl" which makes my argument incorrect. Your respect level is at an all time low.
    First off Dwight Freeney last yr, "washed up" would've LEAD THE BUCS IN SACKS. So let's get that out the way.

    Your talking about my respect level? I'm sorry but who are you? I mean come on now your saying Dwight Freeney wouldn't start in Tampa and that's as far as my interactions with you will go. Im alost for words.

    You got it you won man

    Ps. Quietly to myself(Dwight Freeney wouldnt start in Tampa, n'please)
    and with the 12th pick, The New York Football Giants select ......Odell Beckham Jr, Wide Reciever from Louisana State University

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