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2018 Schedule
5-11, 4th in NFC South

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Fitzpatrick led the Bucs to a 2-1 record to start the 2018 season with three consecutive games of 400+ passing yards. His play fell off dramatically after that, but he should make games at Hard Rock Stadium more fun than they would be with other backups-turned-starters. He is the clear favorite to start for the Dolphins in 2019 while they look for draft options.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Ryan Fitzpatrick gets another shot to start, agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with the Dolphins, sources tell Cameron Wolfe. Jason Licht and Bruce Arians made it very clear that Jameis Winston would be the Bucs' starter in 2019.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs announced that they agreed to terms with offensive lineman Earl Watford. It's a one-year deal. Watford spent five seasons playing under Bruce Arians in Arizona and was with the Browns in 2018. Moving Caleb Benenoch back to offensive tackle meant the Bucs had holes to fill in their interior, but he can play any position along the offensive line.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs new linebacker Deone Bucannon said of Bruce Arians: "He values you as a person before a player. It just makes you feel good. That's somebody that you want to go to war for." He also said Todd Bowles is "one of the smartest defensive minds I've ever been around."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have agreed to terms with former Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett. Source tells me it's a one-year deal.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have re-signed defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches to a one-year deal, team announced. So far, the only multi-year deals for the Bucs this free agency period have been the re-signing of left tackle Donovan Smith and quarterback Ryan Griffin.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Cornerback De'Vante Harris announced on his Instagram that he will be returning to Tampa for another year after he was not tendered as a restricted free agent. Keep an eye on Javien Elliott to return too.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Breshad Perriman said it's been a pretty "wild" last 48 hours. He originally agreed to terms with the Browns but instead chose the Bucs after the Odell Beckham, Jr. trade. "They made a decision that they thought was best for them and I had to make a decision that I thought was best for me. ... It was a mutual agreement [with the Browns]. We both said that it would be best for my career and my future to just basically part ways."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have released Mitch Unrein due to a failed physical. He missed the entire season due to a concussion. He would have carried a $3.75 million cap hit in 2019 and was due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me that restricted free agent running back Peyton Barber was given the original round tender by the Bucs ($2.02 million) but instead, they agreed on a one-year deal just before the start of free agency. He'll get a $1 million signing bonus and a $1.125 base salary ($2.125 million). Bruce Arians is very high on him, but this gives both player and coach a chance to see how he plays in their system before signing an extension down the road.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Deone Bucannon contract details, per source: One-year deal worth $2.5 million with $1.45 million guaranteed. He has a total max value of $3.5 million if he reaches certain incentives. Very low risk here.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bucs linebacker Adarius Taylor is heading to the Browns on a two-year deal, per a source. He filled in at multiple linebacker spots last year, but his natural position is as a weakside linebacker.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have re-signed kicker Cairo Santos to a one-year deal, as first reported by the Tampa Bay Times. Santos went 9-of-12 on field goals last season after he took over for Chandler Catanzaro. He also made all 17 extra points.

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Perriman to Bucs thanks to OBJ deal, source says

The Browns and agent Drew Rosenhaus mutually agreed to back out on a verbal agreement with WR Breshad Perriman, who now will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Bucs, a source told ESPN.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

A big focus for the Bucs this offseason is speed — they'll get that with Breshad Perriman, who, after originally agreeing to terms with the Browns on a one-year deal, heads to Tampa on a one-year, $4 million contract. The Bucs were in the running for Perriman earlier today. Health has been a major stumbling block for him (he's missed 27 games in four seasons), but he had his most productive deep-ball season last year in Cleveland, averaging 21.3 yards per catch. The question is, can he stay on the field?

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Kevin Minter is returning to Tampa, as first reported by The Athletic. A source tells me it's a one-year deal. Minter was with the Bucs last season, but spent four seasons with the Cardinals, including two in Todd Bowles' defense.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs' agreeing to terms with punter Bradley Pinion on a four-year deal signifies the end of Bryan Anger's time in Tampa. Anger had a salary cap hit of $3 million in 2019. Pinion's ability to handle kickoffs, in addition to punts, does give the Bucs more flexibility. They could sign a kicker like Matt Bryant, who has a strong relationship with Bucs' new special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong and doesn't handle kickoffs, in that scenario.

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Source: Bucannon reunites with Arians in Tampa

New Bucs safety Deone Bucannon had offers to go elsewhere, but wanted to return to Bruce Arians, Todd Bowles and Larry Foote, the "coaches who believed in him and made him the original 'Moneybacker.'"

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source tells me Deone Bucannon has agreed to terms with the Bucs. One-year deal. Bucannon has offers from other teams, but it was really wanted to return to the "coaching staff that believed in him" — Bruce Arians, Todd Bowles and Larry Foote. He will be playing linebacker in Tampa although he could serve as a defensive back in subpackages. Given the loss of Kwon Alexander and the uncertain future of Kendell Beckwith, the Bucs filled a big need.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have re-signed quarterback Ryan Griffin to a two-year deal. He has yet to take a snap in a regular-season game but has been with the club the last four seasons.

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WR Jackson heading back to Eagles, per sources

DeSean Jackson is headed back to Philadelphia after the Eagles agreed to a trade with the Bucs, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini, confirming earlier reports.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Source confirms to Chris Mortensen that the Eagles are giving the Bucs a sixth-round draft pick in 2019 and the Bucs will give them a seventh-rounder in 2020 for DeSean Jackson. It was clear to folks on several teams I spoke to that Bucs were likely going to have to release him. Jackson was ready to move on. Philadelphia was his preferred destination. The fact that the Bucs got something out of this deal is a win, even if the return, on-paper, doesn't sound thrilling. They also now have created $10 million in cap space.

Team Stats

Passing Yards320.31st
Rushing Yards95.229th
Points For24.812th
Points Against29.031st