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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced they have re-signed veteran, backup QB Ryan Griffin. (Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Fantasy Impact: Griffin spent the 2020 season as the third string QB for the Buccaneers and was inactive for every game. The current terms of the deal are still unknown. However, with Blaine Gabbert currently a free agent, Griffin at this point in time would be the backup to Tom Brady. Tampa Bay has also not ruled out the possibility of taking a QB in the early parts of the NFL Draft.

Category: Transactions

Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said the team's picking up defensive-lineman Vita Vea's fifth-year option, according to Jenna Laine. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vea's fifth-year option being picked up is an indication he's in Tampa Bay's long-term plans. Although he appeared in just five games last season, he was Pro Football Focus' fourth-best defensive-lineman, according to their grading system. Vea totaled two sacks, six tackles, three tackles for loss, and three QB hits in his limited playing time.

Category: Transactions

Antonio Brown and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in contract negotiations for the receiver to return to the team, but they're nowhere near an agreement on the financial terms. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Brown's looking for a deal close to market value for veteran receivers, ranging between $4.5 million (DeSean Jackson) and $8 million (T.Y. Hilton). Tampa Bay, however, wants to re-sign Brown on a deal closer to the $2 million price tag he signed on last season. In eight games with the team, Brown totaled 45 receptions on 62 targets, 483 yards, and four touchdowns. If he returns, consider Brown the No.3 receiver for the team and a WR3/WR4 for fantasy football.

Category: Rumors

Per Bucs head coach Bruce Arians, second-year RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn will have a "breakout year" in 2021. (Source: Tampa Bay Head Coach Bruce Arians)

Fantasy Impact: Many were disappointed by Vaughn's usage or lack thereof during his rookie season in 2020. However, head coach Bruce Arians believes that a breakout for the sophomore RB is coming in 2021. In 2020, Vaughn played in 10 games and had 26 carries for 109 yards and five catches for 34 yards. Unfortunately for fantasy purposes, even though Vaughn has nowhere to go but up, this seems like mostly classic head coach talk. The truth is the Bucs still have both Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette ahead on the depth chart and unless there's an injury the opportunity will likely not be there for Vaughn to be fantasy relevant.

Category: Rumors

Bucs coach Bruce Arians says O.J. Howard is 'real close' to getting fully back from his 2020 injury. (Source: Scott Smith on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Howard tore his Achilles in 2020 after playing just four games. He played behind Rob Gronkowski and only caught 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns. Arians said that Howard hasn't began running on grass yet but there have been no setbacks. He goes on to say that he believes that the "sky is the limit" for Howard in 2021. The uber-athletic TE has not been able to stay health during his four-year career thus far. The talent has never been in question, but he will need to stay healthy if he wants to make an impact next season. Howard is a mid-tier TE2 that has TE1 upside if he gets on the field more.

Category: Rumors

Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Buccaneers are re-signing veteran running back Leonard Fournette. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fournette got off to a slow start in the 2020 season, ceding touches to a fellow former first-round pick, Ronald Jones II. As the season progressed though, Fournette started to take over the lead duties, eventually turning into "Playoff Lenny" where he totaled 300 rushing yards, 148 receiving yards, and four touchdowns en route to the Buccaneers Super Bowl win. Bruce Arians has a penchant for rolling out a committee of running backs, so Fournette will likely slide down draft boards in 2021. Still, he showed what he's capable of when given the starting duties and will have a high ceiling.

Category: Transactions

The Buccaneers and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh are finalizing a one-year deal with $9 million fully guaranteed. The pact includes incentives. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This move was prefaced by the Donovan Smith extension, which created $10.6 million in cap space for 2021. Tampa Bay now solidifies its firepower in the trenches in hopes of running it back. The former No. 2 overall pick made 16 starts last year, recording six sacks and 44 tackles. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time First-Team All-Pro.

Category: Transactions

The Buccaneers and key offensive lineman Donovan Smith are in agreement on a two-year, $31.8 million extension that keeps him in Tampa Bay through 2023. The pact guarantees Smith $30 million over the next two years. Such a restructuring of his contract drops Smith's cap number to $3.6 million in 2021 while adding two voidable years. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Buccaneers continue to play cap gymnastics in their pursuit of running it back. The move creates $10.6 million in cap space, giving Tampa Bay more room to re-signing players like Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette, and Ndamukong Suh.

Category: Transactions

Bucs WR Chris Godwin signed his $15.9 million franchise tender on Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It has been reported that the two sides are using this as a "placeholder" while working out a long-term deal. This move ensures Godwin will play for the Bucs in 2021, and he'll once again be a high-end fantasy wideout.

Category: Transactions

The Buccaneers re-signed K Ryan Succop to a three-year, $12 million contract on Wednesday. The deal includes $6.25 million guaranteed. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Succop re-signs with Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers try to retain their Super Bowl winning roster. He converted 28-of-31 field goal tries and 25-of-27 extra point attempts in 2020. Succop is a borderline K1 in fantasy and currently 15th among all kickers in the latest expert consensus rankings.

Category: Transactions

TE Rob Gronkowski reportedly considered an offer with the Bills before re-signing with the Buccaneers. (Source: Mike Silver on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Buccaneers on Monday. Gronk is from Buffalo and considered signing a similar offer to play with the Bills. Missing out on Gronkowski, look for Buffalo to add a tight end at some point in free agency. Gronk is a borderline TE1 after hauling in 45 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns across 16 games in 2020.

Category: Rumors

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Shaq Barrett and Buccaneers have agreed on a four-year, $72 million deal that includes $36 million fully guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: This is a big pay day for Barrett. He earned it as well for being a core piece on the elite Buccaneers defense. Barrett appeared in 15 games and had eight sacks in 2020.

Category: Transactions

Tom Brady and the Buccaneers have agreed to a one-year contract extension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brady’s extension will save the Buccaneers $19 million against the salary cap and keep him in Tampa Bay through 2022. The details of Brady’s contract are unknown at this time, but the savings in cap space allows Tampa Bay to re-sign key players from 2020’s Super Bowl team. Brady was impressive again last season, throwing for 4,633 yards and a 40:12 TD:INT ratio across 16 games. The GOAT is a borderline QB1 and currently 11th among quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.

Category: Transactions

LB Lavonte David agreed to a two-year, $25 million extension on Tuesday. The deal includes $20 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: David is one of the top LBs in the game and will remain in Tampa Bay for the next two seasons. He racked up 117 tackles (82 solo), 1.5 sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries across 16 games in 2020. David is an elite coverage LB and will be one of top defensive players selected in IDP league formats for 2021.

Category: Transactions

Ronald Jones II, who had surgery to repair a broken pinky finger in December, will undergo another surgery on Tuesday to remove the pin that was put in. (Source: Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones saw his role as the Buccaneers' primary ball carrier quickly diminish once the playoffs started. That could be due to his injury, Leonard Fournette's veteran status, or simply Bruce Arians' penchant for feeding the hot hand. Either way, the 2018 second-round pick is getting the pin removed from his finger and should have the injury completely in his rearview mirror before the next season kicks off. Right now, the Buccaneers' backfield is surrounded by question marks. With Fournette's contract done and second-year Ke'Shawn Vaughn hoping to expand his role, Jones's volume and role are tough to project heading into 2021. Some clarity should develop after the team addresses needs in the draft and free agency over the next few months.

Category: Injury Updates

Greg Joseph signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Vikings on Tuesday, raising the question as to who will be their starting kicker. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Joseph served as the backup kicker for the Buccaneers in 2020. Now signed with the Vikings, the question is will Joseph become the starting kicker, or will he compete with Dan Bailey for the job?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST forced two interceptions in Sunday's 31-9 Super Bowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Devin White and Antoine Winfield Jr. both intercepted Patrick Mahomes to help the Buccaneers' defense shut down the Chiefs offense in a one-sided 31-9 blowout victory on Sunday. The defensive line of Tampa Bay was elite and exposed the back-up tackles starting for the Chiefs all night long, forcing three sacks, a fumble and two interceptions. Mahomes continuously scrambled inside and outside of the pocket without any time to set his feet while favorite targets Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce were swarmed in double and triple coverage. The Buccaneers D/ST is a top-five option in 2021 redraft leagues and should be targeted in rounds nine thru twelve for a good return on investment.

Category: Game Recaps

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Scotty Miller rushed once for negative three yards in Sunday's 31-9 Super Bowl LV victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact: Miller was not targeted once against the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV and failed to generate positive yardage on the designed rushing play that called his number on Sunday. Despite hardly being utilized in the biggest win of the season, Miller has lightning fast speed and is a capable slot receiver who could take on a bigger role in 2021 if Mike Evans, Chris Godwin or Antonio Brown do not return next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate caught all three targets for 26 yards in a 31-9 Super Bowl LV victory against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Brate was the secondary tight end for the Buccaneers on Sunday but was efficient with his targets, converting all three for 26 yards in a 31-9 blowout win over the Chiefs. The sixth-year tight end caught 28 receptions for 282 yards and two touchdowns in the 2020 regular season and will likely take on a similar reserve role if Rob Gronkowski decides to run it back with Tom Brady in 2021. Unless Brate goes to a different team in need of a primary tight-end option, fantasy managers will likely be able to get Brate off league waiver wires in most redraft leagues if he returns to Tampa Bay with a similar offensive roster.

Category: Game Recaps

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans caught his lone target for 31 yards in a 31-9 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs during Super Bowl LV on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Evans was quiet for most of the night but managed to haul in a 31-yard reception early in the second quarter of Super Bowl LV. The talented wideout was hampered by injuries and low target volume in 2020 but was one of Brady's favorite red zone targets, racking up multiple one and two-yard touchdown receptions throughout the regular season. Despite a disappointing season overall, fantasy managers should expect to find Evans available between the 3rd and 4th rounds of 2021 redraft leagues due to his large frame and great hands equating to elite red zone efficiency.

Category: Game Recaps