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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the season without quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been suspended three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Police investigating a single-car accident found marijuana and hollow point bullets in an abandoned vehicle registered to Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson.

Several former Florida athletes are using their platform to help Hurricane Irma victims.

Irma already causing big changes to Florida sports schedules

Sep 6, 2017
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Hurricane Irma's looming arrival is already preventing the Miami Dolphins and Florida International from hosting their respective home openers this weekend, with more changes almost certain to happen in the coming days.

The Dolphins were scheduled to host to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; FIU was to host Alcorn State on Saturday night. Officials decided on Tuesday that neither of those games will be played in South Florida, though they may be played elsewhere this weekend.

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Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances and said Wednesday he's entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp started up this week. But before they opened their practices to the public, even before the players started working out in pads, the team invited active-duty military, veterans and their families for a special Military Appreciation Day.

Hundreds turned out Friday before 8:45 a.m.

A U.S. Army staff sergeant and assistant professor of military science at the University of South Florida ROTC, Jonathan Darm, said there are some similarities between the military and professional athletes.

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While the body of the 96-year-old widow of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse Sr. waits in a funeral home, her children are battling in court with her grandson, who had her power of attorney.

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be the franchise’s newest head coach, the team announced Friday.

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Jameis Winston had a strong rookie season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tripled their victory total from the previous year. Still, it wasn't enough to save coach Lovie Smith's job.

Smith was fired Wednesday night after going 6-10 this season, 8-24 overall in two years running a team that has missed the playoffs eight consecutive years.

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Attorneys for top NFL draft pick Jameis Winston contend a woman seeking civil damages from the quarterback after accusing him of rape is trying to tarnish his reputation and tap into the Heisman Trophy winner's newfound wealth.

The former Florida State star practiced again Saturday, the final day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' rookie minicamp, and was not made available to comment on a counterclaim filed on his behalf one week after signing a four-year, $23.35 million contract.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston as their first-round pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.

Winston was awarded the Heisman trophy in 2013 just nine days after a prosecutor declined charge him over allegations that he raped a female student at Florida State.

Here's a bit of Winston's bio from NFL.com:

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is suing the team, claiming unsanitary conditions at Bucs' facilities led to a MRSA infection that he says ended his career.

In a lawsuit filed in Broward County Circuit Court Monday, Tynes claimed the team "failed to disclose and actively concealed ongoing incidents of infection" among other people at the facility.

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Federal drug enforcement agents showed up unannounced Sunday to check at least two visiting NFL teams’ medical staffs, including that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as part of an investigation into former players’ claims that teams mishandled prescription drugs.

Buccaneers Have a New Season Spirit

Sep 2, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to let go of their losing ways with new uniforms, a new general manager and most importantly, a new head coach. Today the team president, Bryan Glazer, talked up Lovie Smith at a Chamber of Commerce event.

Bryan Glazer told fans that when he was looking for a new head coach it was very short list, in fact, it was only one. He said Lovie Smith is a winner, and they're excited for this upcoming season.

Associated Press

With three finalists among the 15 greats on the ballot, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a pretty good shot at having at least one new member named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Saturday.

And like he did so many times during his 14 year career, Derrick Brooks came through.

The 39-year-old former linebacker is the third Bucs player to be elected into the Hall, following the late Lee Roy Selmon and teammate Warren Sapp. Brooks was elected in his first year of eligibility, just as Sapp was a year ago.

Bucs Welcome New Head Coach Lovie Smith

Jan 6, 2014
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially introduced new head coach Lovie Smith today.

The team hasn't seen the playoffs since the 2007 season. Smith said he's optimistic about turning those struggles around.

"It's easy for me to sit up here and say, 'Hey, this time next year we're not going to be having this type of [talk],' I'm talking about as far as where we are in the playoffs and doing different things, but I do think though, nowadays, you can improve quickly."

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It apparently didn't take the Tampa Bay Buccaneers long to find their new head coach, as they've reportedly struck a deal with Lovie Smith.

Multiple media outlets report that the Bucs interviewed Smith Tuesday, a day after they fired Greg Schiano. The team reportedly offered Smith a four-year deal worth in excess of five million dollars per season. The deal also has a team option for a fifth year.

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"Black Monday" has come to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the second time in less than two years, as the team has fired head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik.

The Bucs announced the decision in a two paragraph statement released shortly before noon Monday on the team's webpage.

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For most of the season, head coach Greg Schiano's future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been in question.

Now, while various media outlets report contradictory outlooks, there are reports that Schiano has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the Penn State University head coaching position.

“Going down those names, it's very humbling to be on a list with all these terrific players,'' John Lynch said. “I'm very proud to be one of the semifinalists, along with Derrick and Coach Dungy. For a long time, our defense in Tampa was so good, teams knew they'd better bring their hard hat to the game.”

Amanda Tynes

While former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes continues to recover from a near-fatal MRSA infection picked up during training camp, his complaint against the team alleges the problem may be greater than initially thought.

Josh Freeman Released by Tampa Bay Bucs

Oct 3, 2013

The decision brings an end to what had become one of the ugliest sagas in franchise history, one that started just more than a week ago when coach Greg Schiano announced he was benching Freeman. “We made the decision today to release Josh Freeman.” Dominik said in a statement from the team. “We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt this was in the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers.” The move comes after General Manager Mark Dominik contacted every other team in the NFL in an unsuccessful attempt to trade Freeman, the Associated Press reported.

Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers football players are fighting MRSA infections, a type of staph infection that's resistant to some antibiotics. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, athletic facilities are especially risky for MRSA infections, given the close physical contact and the likelihood of cuts and scrapes during practices. 

 

Study: Bucs Fans Are the Worst

Aug 13, 2013
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Out of all the fans of the 32 teams in the National Football League, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans came in dead last when it came to just being fans.

The online ticket broker TicketCity's annual study of the NFL’s Most Engaged Fan Base put the Bucs fans at the very bottom.

NFL: Purse, Backpack Are a No, Clutch is Okay

Jul 31, 2013
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The NFL's new security policy is limiting the number and sizes of bags that fans can bring into stadiums. That policy will be enforced starting next week at the Buccaneers' pre-season home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Purses, backpacks, seat cushions, and fanny packs are no more starting this season at Raymond James Stadium for any of its events, like the USF and Bucs games or the Monster Jam Truck Series.

Last Thursday, the NFL announced a policy change in which only clear plastic bags would be allowed into stadiums — one per person. Nothing they can't see through. The league says that the change is meant to ensure safety while speeding up security checks and preventing gate backups, which sounds good enough at the outset.

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Florida is a state divided.

You could draw a map illustrating factions based on our politics, our Cuban sandwich preferences or our favorite NFL teams.  

Leave it to a Facebook intern to tackle the latter. Here's some data from a recent report titled "NFL Fans on Facebook."

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What does Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer have in common with rapper Kanye West and actor/comedian Robin Williams? They've all been subjects of death hoaxes on Twitter. 

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While 253 players had their names called at this year's NFL Draft, their off the field stories may not be as interesting as that of an undrafted USF football player who signed a free agent contract with his hometown team.