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Bucs Release LB Brandon Magee; Magee heads to Red Sox training camp
The Buccaneers released linebacker Brandon Magee on Wednesday, March 25. Magee began last season on the Buccaneers practice squad but was promoted in September. He played 9 games for the team in 2014, recording 9 tackles on special teams and one on defense. His season ended when he suffered a pectoral injury against Detroit. Magee is now heading to spring training camp with the Boston Red Sox. He participated in spring training with the Red Sox in 2014 and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.
Buccaneers LB Danny Lansanah signs ERFA tender
Linebacker Danny Lansanah will remain a Tampa Bay Buccaneer this season. An exclusive-rights free agent, Lansanah signed a one year tender with the club. Lansanah had 82 tackles with the team last year, starting 11 of 16 games. Before playing with the Buccaneers, Lansanah was in the United Football League for three years.
Buccaneers sign P Andrew Wilder
The Buccaneers have added a third punter to the roster, signing free agent Andrew Wilder. Wilder served as punter and kicker at Northern Arizona University during his college career and averaged 44.5 yards per punt in 2013. He was a free agent in the NFL in 2014. Wilder joins punters Michael Koenen and Chase Tenpenny. Koenen, who has been criticized by many for a poor performance in 2014, is set to make $3.25 million in each of the next two seasons.
Bucs Add CB Moore in Free Agency
Another former Cowboy has joined the Buccaneers roster. Cornerback Sterling Moore was signed last week adding depth to the defense. Moore entered the league in 2011 on Oakland’s practice squad before being poached by the New England Patriots. Moore has a career 10 starts out of 40, with 70 tackles, 3 interceptions, 22 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles and 3 fumble recoveries.
Bears agree to 1-year deal with linebacker Mason Foster
Free agent linebacker Mason Foster has signed with the Chicago Bears to a one-year contract. Foster was drafted by the Buccaneers in 2011 and started 54 of 57 games with the team. He has a career 341 tackles, 6 sacks, 5 interceptions and 12 pass defends. The Buccaneers were not expected to resign the former play caller. His position was filled by former Dallas Cowboy Bruce Carter.
All Bucs Games to be Televised in 2015
A change in the NFL’s blackout rule policy means all Bucs games will be televised in 2015. The change applies to both preseason and regular season games. The rule stipulated that games would not be broadcasted in a team’s city if the stadium did not sell out 72 hours before game day. The rule will be revisited after the 2015 season.
Bucs’ Smith thinks Winston’s mistakes are behind him
When asked about Quarterback Jameis Winston, Head Coach Lovie Smith was confident Winston’s off-field issues were “behind him”. At the NFC coaches meeting Wednesday, March 25, Smith stated the Buccaneers had done their due diligence into both prospective quarterbacks. ”You have to look a guy in the eye and feel comfortable with the answers that you’re getting,” Smith said. ”and I feel comfortable with them.”
A New/Old Bucs Coach Is Coming To Tampa
Former Buccaneers coach Herm Edwards will be coming to training camp in Tampa this summer to “observe closely”. Edwards reportedly spent time with Head Coach Lovie Smith this week. Edwards served as defensive backs/assistant head coach under Tony Dungy from 1996-2000.
Vince Kendrick dies at age 63, scored first Bucs’ TD
Former Buccaneer Vince Kendrick died Saturday, March 22, of cancer. Kendrick played for the Atlanta Falcons in 1974, sat out in 1975, and played for the Buccaneers in 1976 at fullback. He scored the Buccaneers first franchise touchdown.