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Bucs unload Goldson in trade with Redskins
The Buccaneers have traded Safety Dashon Goldson to the Redskins in a highly anticipated move. The Bucs will pay $4 million of Goldson’s $7.5 million salary and give the Redskins their 2016 7th round draft pick. The Buccaneers will receive the Redskins 6th round pick in 2016. Goldson came to Tampa in 2013. He recorded 151 tackles, 1 interception, 9 pass defends, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery for the team.
Josh Freeman signs with Dolphins
Former Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman will return to Florida, signing a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Freeman was drafted number 17 overall in 2009 and set franchise records. He was benched by the team in 2013 for poor conduct, including missing the team photo and the bus to the season opener. Freeman’s participation in the league’s drug program was also leaked. Freeman participated in training camp with the New York Giants in 2014 but did not make the roster.
FSU guard Josue Matias to visit Buccaneers
Florida State’s pro day brought another rookie into the Buccaneers’ radar. Guard Josue Matias (pronounced ho-sway ma-TEE-is) is scheduled to visit One Buc Place next week. Matias made 43 consecutive starts since his freshman year. Prospective quarterback Jameis Winston played behind Matias in college.
Bucs meeting with free agent OL Connolly
Free agent offensive lineman Dan Connolly met with the Buccaneers April 2, 2015. Connolly played right guard for the Patriots last season until left guard Logan Mankins was traded to the Bucs. Connolly was then moved to Mankins’ position. He could add experience and depth to the Buccaneers anemic offensive line, as he has played all interior line positions. The lineman has been in the league for 10 years, starting 71 of 85 games. He was originally drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Buccaneers sign fullback, center from veterans combine, re-sign Jorvorskie Lane
The Buccaneers have continued to make moves on offense, signing tight end and fullback Emmanuel Ogbuehi (pronounced oh-BOY-ee), center Ben Gottschalk (pronounced got-chalk) and re-signed fullback Jorvorskie Lane. Ogbuehi (oh-BOY-ee) has never played in the NFL. He went undrafted in 2013 and has spent the last two seasons with the Redskins, Dolphins, Browns and Ravens. Ogbuehi (oh-BOY-ee) signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers. Gottschalk (got-chalk) is similarly inexperienced, spending time on the Chiefs practice squad in 2014 only to be waived before the season started. Lane entered free agency last month and a deal had been in the works since then. He signed a one-year contract with the club.
Buccaneers finalize offseason dates
Offseason practice dates were released April 3, 2015. Rookie minicamp will begin the second weekend in May. OTA workouts will be held May 26-28, June 2-4, and June 8-11. Mandatory minicamp will occur from June 16-18. Training camp is tentatively scheduled to begin in July.
Defensive end George Johnson visits Buccaneers
Restricted free agent George Johnson paid a visit to One Buc Place on April 2, 2015. Currently a Detroit Lion, Johnson went undrafted in 2010. He was picked up by the Buccaneers where he played for two years. He then went on to play for the Vikings in 2013 and was signed by the Lions in 2014. Johnson was third on the team for sacks last year with 6, and had 29 tackles. The Lions will be able to match any offer the Buccaneers make to Johnson.
Tiquan Underwood headed to CFL
Former Buccaneer and fan favorite Tiquan Underwood has reportedly signed with the Canadian Football League. The wide receiver played for the Buccaneers from 2012 to 2013. He was well known for his hi-top fade hairstyle. Underwood most recently played for the Panthers.