Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is out of the hospital, one day after being stabbed. Police say Williams’ brother is a suspect.
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What a week it has been for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That’s not much of a surprising statement, given that the start of free agency always results in a lot of activity around the league. But I wasn’t expecting it to be quite like this.
It all started even before free agency began, when word leaked out that the Bucs were shopping Darrelle Revis. He ended up signing with New England. One year and $16 million later, he’s out of Tampa. That didn’t take long.
So who’s new? They picked up cornerback Alterraun Verner from Tennessee, and defensive end Michael Johnson from Cincinnati. Verner had five picks for the Titans last season. And two years ago, Johnson had 11 1/2 sacks for the Bengals. Throw in former Seattle defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and it’s clear Lovie Smith and Jason Licht are overhauling just about everything on the defensive side of the ball. A few extra sacks this season would be a nice return on this investment.
There is also a change on the offensive line. Donald Penn is gone, and Anthony Collins is now a Buc. Like Johnson, Collins spent the past few years in Cincinnati.
But the biggest surprise may have come at the quarterback position. Josh McCown signed a two-year, $10 million contract. Signing a QB may not be a shocker. What is surprising, is that Lovie Smith has pretty much named McCown the starter already. So there won’t even be any competition with Mike Glennon? Will the Bucs draft a rookie QB in the draft? Who knows if we’ve heard the last of this quarterback situation.
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We have our first indication that the Buccaneers’ offensive line in 2014 is going to look much different from a year ago.
On Saturday, the team released right guard Davin Joseph, a former first-round pick out of Oklahoma. Joseph spent eight seasons in Tampa, made 99 starts and went to the Pro Bowl twice. But he missed the entire 2012 season due to a knee injury during the preseason, and never really regained his form.
There is a new GM calling the shots now (Jason Licht) so it was inevitable that we’d see some changes.
This move also clears up some cap space for Tampa Bay, as Joseph was due to earn $6 million next year.
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When the Buccaneers unveiled their new helmets recently, it ended up being more of an enhancement of the old look.
Well, now we have our first look at the team’s new uniforms. And they are VERY different. There’s even a little orange mixed in there. In the past 24 hours, I’ve read a lot of comparisons to the uniforms worn by XFL teams, and I think that’s accurate.
For those who do not care for them: if Doug Martin rushes for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns in that outfit, then who cares?
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