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CB and special-teamer Ryan Smith has signed a one-year, $1.75M deal time return to the Buccaneers. $1M is guaranteed, with the opportunity to earn up to $500,000 in incentives. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former 2016 fourth-round pick out of NC Central has been with Tampa Bay for four seasons. He played some corner in 2017 and 2018, recording 62 and 38 tackles respectively. In 2019, Smith was relegated to more of a special teams role, but thrived in that role, and has been doing so all four years with the Buccaneers. He’ll be back with the team for at least one more season.

Category: Transactions


Buccaneers QB Tom Brady has signed a two-year, $50M deal, fully guaranteed, with up to $9M in incentives with Tampa Bay. The contract also prohibits tags and trades. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Big guaranteed sum of money for the six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. What’s interesting to note about the contract details is that it prohibits tags and trades, which hints at Brady having plans to play in the NFL even beyond the 2021 season. As long as he can stay healthy, there’s no reason to believe Brady will slow down any time soon.

Category: Transactions


DT Beau Allen is signing with the Patriots for two years and up to $8M. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Allen was last a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so he’ll essentially be switching places with Tom Brady. In all seriousness, Allen has been a solid rotational defensive run-stopper in his six seasons in the NFL. The former 7th-round pick out of Wisconsin will give the Pats a big body up front to clog the middle and force opposing RBs to bounce it to the outside.

Category: Transactions


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Bucs are bringing back Jason Pierre-Paul on a two-year, $27 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "JPP" played in just 10 games for the Bucs last year, missing time with a neck injury early in the season. He went on to total 24 tackles and 8.5 sacks in his limited game action, and he'll now return to a Tampa Bay defense that was dominant at stopping the run in 2019.

Category: Transactions


Antony Auclair re-signed by Bucs

Mon, Mar 16th 10:48am EDT
By Dave Kluge

Bucs have agreed to terms with Antony Auclair on a one-year deal. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Bucs are bring the undrafted free agent back for his fourth year. The blocking tight end is far from the fantasy radar, especially with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate rostered ahead of him on the depth chart.

Category: Transactions


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Bucs are placing the franchise tag on linebacker Shaq Barrett. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tampa Bay is locking in Barrett after a career year where he totaled 45 tackles and a league-leading 19.5 sacks. This means the Bucs won't be able to tag Jameis Winston, which means they'll either have to sign him to a long-term deal or move on from the former first overall draft pick.

Category: Transactions


Peter King wrote that Jameis Winston is "likely" to leave Tampa Bay this offseason. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: There have been mixed reports on Winston's future in Tampa, but the team certainly hasn't committed to him as their starter. While he was a great fantasy football asset, he struggled mightily in real life in terms of managing games and avoiding turnovers. If he leaves Tampa Bay, it's hard to think his value would go anywhere but down given the system and weapons currently surrounding him. Winston checks in as the QB7 in our current expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told reporters that the team is "more than excited" to see what tight end O.J. Howard can do in year-two of Bruce Arians' system. He added that the Bucs are "very high" on Howard. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Howard was a notorious bust in 2019, entering the year as a projected top tight end only to fall out of fantasy relevance. He has the pedigree and phyiscal ability to be a star in the league, and he's shown flashes of brilliance, but it remains to be determined if he'll receive an opportunity in Tampa or if this was just lip service. He's currently the TE14 in our early expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors


Buccaneers K Matt Gay missed all three of his field-goal attempts and was successful on both of his extra-point attempts in Sunday's Week 17 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: It was a day to forget for Gay, who missed all three of his field-goal tries. Despite the off-game, Gay will likely open 2020 as Tampa Bay's kicker. He's been the best they've had in a long time.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught 1-of-2 targets for a two-yard touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Brate's four touchdowns were his lowest total since he scored three back in 2013. While Brate signed a longterm deal in 2018, the Buccaneers could save roughly $6 million if they move on from him this offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers WR Justin Watson caught 2-of-4 targets for 27 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: While Watson flashed as the starter with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sidelined, Watson will likely open 2020 as the WR4. However, if Breshad Perriman, who is a free agent, is not retained, Watson will have a shot to open 2020 in the WR3 spot.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers RB Dare Ogunbowale rushed one time for four yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Ogunbowale was not targeted in the game. His lone carry for four yards was the only touch he had in the game. He will likely retain his 2019 role for 2020 unless he really flashes in the offseason.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber rushed six times for 10 yards while catching 2-of-4 targets for 25 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: While Barber is still lingering around and getting touches, it seems like Ronald Jones is emerging as the running back to own from the Buccaneers in fantasy. A free agent in 2020, the Buccaneers will be looking to upgrade the running back position whether or not they re-sign Barber, a disappointing touchdown vulturing and touch-stealing plodder. He will surely be off the fantasy radar entering the 2020 draft season.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed 11 times for 106 yards while hauling in both of his targets for 10 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: Jones' 106 yards rushing was the first time in his two-year career that he reached the 100 yards rushing mark in a single game. While flashing at times this season, Peyton Barber still lingered around eating into Jones' ceiling. If the Buccaneers make the right moves on the offensive line, Jones could be a breakout player in 2020. He just needs to figure out pass protection so Bruce Arians doesn't continue to take him off the field.

Category: Game Recaps


Buccaneers WR Breshad Perriman caught 5-of-8 targets for 134 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 loss to Atlanta.

Fantasy Impact: While Perriman has become a fantasy afterthought since injuries derailed him early in his career, he really made his mark down the stretch. In the last five games of the season, Perriman caught a touchdown or accumulated at least 87 yards receiving including three consecutive games with at least 102 yards. Perriman, a free agent in 2020, will look to get paid and continue rejuvenating his career whether it is with Tampa Bay or elsewhere.

Category: Game Recaps


Chris Godwin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Godwin hasn't practiced since suffering the hamstring injury in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Lions. He was one of the top breakout candidates in 2019, hauling 86 catches for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns on 121 targets. Look for waiver wire wonder Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson to lead Tampa Bay's receiving corps in Week 17.

Category: Injury Updates


Lavonte David finished Saturday’s loss to the Texans with 10 tackles (eight solo), and a forced fumble.

Fantasy Impact: David leads all Buccaneers in tackles with 115 through Week 16. The eight-year veteran should still be owned and drafted like a low-end LB1 across all leagues.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Evans (hamstring) was placed on the injured reserve Wednesday, officially ending his season. (Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Evans strained his hamstring in Week 14’s win over the Colts, and the injury was significant enough for him to be placed on the injured reserve. He will finish 2019 with 67 catches for 1,157 yards and eight touchdowns. In a corresponding move, the Buccaneers promoted Spencer Schnell from the practice squad. Look for Breshad Perriman to see the biggest bump in value with Evans sidelined for the season.

Category: Injury Updates


Bucs rookie receiver Scott Miller (hamstring) has been placed on injured reserve. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: His season is over. The 208th overall pick from April's draft scored his first career touchdown on Sunday but had to leave the game with his hamstring injury. Breshad Perriman will operate as Tampa Bay's number one wideout against the Texans in Week 16.

Category: Injury Updates


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST recorded two sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions. They allowed just 17 points.

Fantasy Impact: The defensive touchdown came via rookie corner Sean Murphy-Bunting on a 70 yard pick six. The Buccaneers have now recorded three strong fantasy outings in their last four contests. Tampa Bay has Houston in Week 16, and are a recommended fade for finals week.

Category: Game Recaps


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