Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stadium: Raymond James Stadium | Coach: Dirk Koetter
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense18th101.0 (24th)245.4 (16th)
Defense23rd117.2 (22nd)250.8 (22nd)

Schedule

Sun Sep 11
W 31 - 24at ATL
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Sun Sep 18
L 40 - 7at ARI
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Sun Sep 25
L 37 - 32LAR
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Sun Oct 2
L 27 - 7DEN
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Mon Oct 10
W 17 - 14at CAR
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Sun Oct 23
W 34 - 17at SF
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Sun Oct 30
L 30 - 24OAK
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Thu Nov 3
L 43 - 28ATL
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Sun Nov 13
W 36 - 10CHI
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Sun Nov 20
W 19 - 17at KC
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Sun Nov 27
W 14 - 5SEA
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Sun Dec 4
W 28 - 21at SD
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Sun Dec 11
W 16 - 11NO
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Sun Dec 18
L 26 - 20at DAL
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Sat Dec 24
L 31 - 24at NO
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Sun Jan 1
W 17 - 16CAR
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Standings

NFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Atlanta11-5-05-1-0
Tampa Bay9-7-04-2-0
New Orleans7-9-02-4-0
Carolina6-10-01-5-0
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Buccaneers' William Gholston: Won't be slapped with franchise tag
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Gholston (elbow), an unrestricted free agent the Bucs wish to retain, nevertheless isn't a candidate for the franchise or transition tags, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The soon-to-be fifth-year pro was one of the Bucs' most effective run stoppers in 2016, tallying 49 tackles (37 solo) and equaling a career high with three sacks over 14 games. However, the team and Gholston will have to come to terms on a multi-year dear for him to remain in Tampa, as the 2017 franchise tag for defensive ends is expected to be about $17 million, while the rarely-used transition tag is likely to run approximately $14 million. Although the team regards Gholston as one of its most dependable components along the front seven, those costs would be prohibitive relative to his overall impact and upside. The Bucs may allow Gholston to test the open market before entering into negotiations for his return in earnest, and could seek out a more dynamic pass-rushing presence as his potential replacement in the interim.

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Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Decision on Bucs future to be determined
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Buccaneers aren't expected to make a decision on Martin (suspension) for the foreseeable future, Roy Cummings of FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports.

Handed a four-game suspension in December for a violation of the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Martin missed the final game of the 2016 season and promptly entered a treatment facility. Prior to the ban, he was a workhorse in the eight games in which he was active, averaging 18 carries per contest and corralling 14 of 16 passes. However, he also missed six outings in the early going due to a hamstring injury and was inactive in Week 16 for an undisclosed reason. The impetus was soon revealed, though, at which point his campaign was over. If Martin is still a Buccaneer next season, the backfield will be entrusted to holdovers Charles Sims (pectoral), a veritable pass catcher, and Peyton Barber for the first three games, while unrestricted free agent Jacquizz Rodgers, exclusive rights free agent Russell Hansbrough, and a draft pick or two may also be in the fold.

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Buccaneers' J.R. Sweezy: Cleared for action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sweezy (back) has been cleared to return to action.

Sweezy started the season on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, but never returned to full strength, so that's also where he ended the year. However, in late January general manager Jason Licht confirmed that Sweezy has been cleared to return to action. Thus, expect the offensive lineman to be fully available for offseason activities and, most importantly, the start of the 2017 campaign.

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