Buccaneers Announce Stadium Renovations
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Sports Authority, the owners of Raymond James Stadium, have come to an agreement to upgrade Raymond James stadium with renovations to exceed $100 million. The Tampa Sports Authority will contribute 28.8 million to the upgrade.
The first stage of renovations will be completed by the beginning of the 2016 season with the installation of high definition video boards at each end of the stadium, as well as the four in each corner of the lower bowl. High definition ribbon boards with ring the stadium at the suite level. The first phase will also include an upgraded sound system, concession upgrades, as well as luxury suite upgrades.
The second stage of renovations will be complete by the start of the 2017 season. This stage will see upgrades to the east and west club lounges, expansions of the general concourse, construction of a team store, and other general fan enhancements.
The Tampa Sports Authority will receive a 67/33 split of revenue profits in favor of the TSA under the new agreement instead of the current 50/50 split
Bucs Sign S McFadden to Practice Squad
After being released to make room for a new lineback at the beginning of the week, safety Kimario McFadden has been signed to the practice squad. The Buccaneers released defensive back Akeem Davis from the practice squad to make room for McFadden. This is McFadden’s third time signing with the Buccaneers this year having been waived twice before. 202nd team transaction for the 2015 season.
Vincent Jackson Named Bucs’ Man of the Year
Vincent Jackson has been named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Man of the Year making him eligible to win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award. the Walter payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field. This is Jackson’s third year in a row to win the award by the Buccaneers. The only Buccaneer to ever win the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award was linbacker Derrick Brooks in 2000.
Kwon Alexander has been handed a four game suspension by the league for violating the league’s drug policy. It has been claimed that Alexander was found with performance enhancing drugs in his system during a drug test back in the summer. Alexander has appealed the decision and is expected to play this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons while he receives word back on the appeal.
On Thursday, December 3rd, Jameis Winston was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for November. During that time span, Winston was 96-169 for 1,179 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions through the air over the five games as well as two rushing touchdowns. He led the team to a 3-2 record for the month of November. In Week 11 against the Eagles, Winston threw for five touchdowns with no interceptions, becoming the first rookie since Ray Buivid in 1937 to accomplish that feat. The five touchdown passes tied Buivid and Matthew Stafford (2009) for the rookie record.
Bucs’ McCoy has ‘small procedure’ on hand, hopes to play Sunday
It was revealed Thursday that the Buccaneers defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy, had some form of medical procedure done on his hand which might keep him out of the game against the Falcons Sunday. Gerald McCoy has been struggling with a shoulder injury this year as well. Last year he missed a number of games due to a broken hand and ended the season on injured reserve due to a sprained knee. His 2010 and 2011 seasons were also cut short due to being placed on injured reserve for torn biceps. Of the five years he has played in the league, three of them have ended on injured reserve. McCoy has started all games this year but has missed 25% of the games in previous years due to injury.
Buccaneers Waived CB Leonard Johnson From I.R.
3 year Buccaneer cornerback Leonard Johnson was waived Thursday. Johnson had been placed on the injured reserve list at the start of the regular season and ended up not playing for the Buccaneers in 2015. In three years, Johnson played in 48 games, started in 17, had 5 interceptions, 2 touchdowns, 21 passes defensed, 5 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, 110 tackles and 35 assists.
Doug Williams to Be Honored Sunday
Doug Williams, Buccaneers quarterback from 1978-1982, will be inducted into the Buccaneers ring of honor this Sunday during halftime of the Atlanta Falcons game. Williams still holds Buccaneer quartberback records even though he was the passer in a less friendlier league to quarterbacks. Williams retains the single game record for yardage with 486 against the Vikings on Nov. 16, 1980. Williams also had four 300 yard passing games in both 1980 and 1981 which no other signal caller for the Buccaneers has done since.
Williams will be the second Buccaneer placed into the ring of honor this year and the 8th player ever. Mike Alstott was inducted into the Ring of Honor on October 4th of this year. Other inductees include lee Roy Selmon, John McKay, Jimmie Giles, Paul Gruber, Warren Sapp, and Derrick Brooks.
“Longer Injury List Today”
Injuries: George Johnson (Out), Jacquies Smith (out), Bruce Carter (Doubtful), Gerald McCoy (Doubtful), Gosder Cherilus (Questionable), Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Questionable), Luke Stocker (Questionable), Joe Hawley (Probable), Vincent Jackson (Probable), Mike Jenkins (Probable), Ali Marpet (Probable), Keith Tandy (Probable)