Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
NFC South | 11-5-0
Rank: 3rd
Avg Yds
Rank: 10th
Avg PYds
Rank: 3rd
Avg RYds
Rank: 24th
Posted 4/12/2021 8:09 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Giovani Bernard (Bengals) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, April 12, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Bernard likely will be used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield and will see a handful of targets each game. He could have some value in point-per-reception leagues but can be avoided in most leagues.
Posted 4/01/2021 5:24 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) is progressing 'very well' in his recovery from post-Super Bowl knee surgery, according to general manager Jason Licht. 'I talked to him last week,' Licht said Thursday, April 1. 'I know things are going well. I don't want to put an exact timeline on it right now because I don't want to set expectations one way or the other, but I know that things are going very well.'
Huddle Up: Brady returned to the fantasy QB top 10 ranks last season after a two-year hiatus, and even with his 44th birthday coming up in August, he remains a low-end QB1 consideration in Year 2 with a Bucs' offense that looks to be bringing back most all of the key components.
Posted 3/31/2021 4:10 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (Achilles') will be ready by the start of the offseason program, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Howard was the team's third-leading receiver when he went down last year. He'll be in the TE2 mix to plug in for good matchups.
Posted 3/31/2021 12:54 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn is pegged to have a breakout year, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'Those guys are all here and know what the system is and the best players are going to play,' Arians said. 'Obviously we have two really, really good ones at that position and I really like Ke'Shawn Vaughn. I think that with an offseason he's going to have a breakout year also. All of those roles will be defined by the time that we get to the last week of the preseason.'
Huddle Up: It's hard to imagine someone having a breakout year with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette ahead of them in the backfield. Could this be foreshadowing one of those backs only being an insurance policy and gone by the end of camp? This is a situation worth watching.
Posted 3/30/2021 7:25 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RBs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette are expected to battle it out for the starting running back job in 2021, according to comments made by head coach Bruce Arians on Tuesday, March 30. 'It's a new football team. Last year's team won the Super Bowl, this year's team hasn't done (anything). Starting positions will be defined in practice,' Arians told Pewter Report.
Huddle Up: Jones easily outpaced Fournette in touches during the regular season (220-123), but the former tested positive for COVID-19 and needed surgery on his finger late in the season. As most Tampa Bay fans now know, it was all "Playoff Lenny" or "Lombardi Lenny" after that. Jones is the more productive player and consistently does more with his touches than Fournette, but the latter is the more trustworthy receiver out of the backfield. Both backs have RB2 upside but should be viewed as high-end flex options for now.
Posted 3/30/2021 5:22 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard (Achilles) is 'real close' to fully recovering from the torn Achilles that ended his season in Week 4, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Howard has yet to run on grass, but he has also not experienced any setbacks.
Huddle Up: Arians added that "the sky's the limit" for Howard in 2021, but the odds are stacked against him being anything more than a fantasy TE2 next season. His injury is one that typically robs a player of his previous explosiveness for at least a year after it occurs, and it doesn't help his cause that Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are pretty much locked in as Tom Brady's favorite targets.
Posted 3/26/2021 4:02 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Leonard Fournette (Buccaneers) agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, March 26.
Huddle Up: This isn't great for his fantasy value as he'll have to share time with Ronald Jones in a contract year. Fournette proved his worth in Jones' absence, though, and he'll be a low-end RB2 with upside in non-PPR formats.
Posted 3/25/2021 6:18 pm UTC
Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard has been inquired about in calls from 'multiple teams,' per a source Thursday, March 25. And unless he receives a restructured contract, Bernard could soon be dealt.
Huddle Up: Due mainly to an injury to lead back Joe Mixon, Bernard hit five-year career highs last season in touches (171), total yards (771) and TDs (6). He's also caught at least 30 passes in each of his eight NFL seasons and could be a RB4 find in the right landing spot.
Posted 3/22/2021 8:31 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski said the Buffalo Bills were one of the teams he talked to before he decided to re-sign with the Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: The Bills have been linked to multiple tight ends this offseason, but Dawson Knox appears to be the leading candidate to start in 2021. He will have a decent role in the passing game but should only be a No. 2 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/18/2021 7:31 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin signed his one-year franchise tender offer Thursday, March 18, and will make $15.983 million in 2021.
Huddle Up: Godwin was a big part of the passing game for the Super Bowl champions and should have a similar role next season. He can be at least a No. 2 receiver in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/17/2021 11:55 pm UTC
Free-agent PK Ryan Succop (Buccaneers) re-signed with the team on a three-year contract worth $12 million, according to a source Wednesday, March 17. The deal includes $6.25 million guaranteed.
Posted 3/16/2021 12:42 pm UTC
Free-agent RB Leonard Fournette (Buccaneers) has received a strong offer from the Seattle Seahawks, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Fournette would have more value in somewhere other than Tampa, where he would split work with Ronald Jones. He hasn't proven to be dependable enough in the passing game to be an RB1 target, but he could be a good RB2 in fantasy.
Posted 3/15/2021 10:43 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski agreed to terms on a new one-year contract with the Buccaneers Monday, March 15, worth as much as $10 million.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski came out of retirement this season and was a solid part of the passing game for the Super Bowl champions. He should have a similar role next season and can be a No. 1 tight end in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 3/12/2021 3:31 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady signed a one-year extension through the 2022 season Friday, March 12. Financial terms weren't disclosed, but it saves the team $19 million against the salary cap this year.
Huddle Up: Brady was seventh in fantasy points at the position last year with a revolving door of receivers in and out due to injury. That five-to-seven range is where you can expect him to be in 2021 if he remains healthy.
Posted 3/11/2021 12:29 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Rob Gronkowski told TMZ he'll be returning for a second year of post-retirement play. 'I'm back, man!' Gronkowski said. 'I will be back playing football, man. I love the game of football. I loved playing last year. I had a great time.'
Huddle Up: Gronkowski will be 32 years old entering the 2021 NFL season but showed he still has plenty left to offer with 45 receptions for 623 yards and seven touchdowns in 16 regular-season games last year. He's an impending free agent, but there's no reason to expect him to sign anywhere but with Tampa Bay. He'll again be a mid-to-low tier TE1, and he also helps to elevate the fantasy stock of QB Tom Brady.
Posted 3/09/2021 4:52 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin had the franchise tag placed on him Tuesday, March 9.
Huddle Up: Godwin is coming off an injury plagued, 65-840-7 season. There were times he looked like Tom Brady's WR1, but the ball moved around a lot. He'll be a WR2 option in fantasy, but expect inconsistent peaks and valleys.
Posted 3/06/2021 9:29 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady is 'getting closer' to a restructured contract with the team, according to a source Saturday, March 6. Brady said he'd 'consider' playing beyond 45 years old.
Huddle Up: Good news for dynasty managers who don't yet need to worry about finding a replacement for the future Hall of Famer. So long as the Buccaneers are able to keep the bulk of their receiving corps intact, Brady will be a mid- to low-tier QB1 for at least one more season.
Posted 2/28/2021 10:13 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is the only player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons in the league.
Huddle Up: Evans has been one of the most consistent option in fantasy football since entering the NFL and should see similar success next season as long as he can stay healthy. He will be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Posted 2/24/2021 8:40 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) probably will not be able to participate in any practice drills until June because of his offseason knee surgery, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Brady likely will not do much this offseason but should be ready for training camp. He is coming off a terrific 2020 season and should have most of his pass catchers back next season. He can be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in some deeper fantasy leagues.
Posted 2/24/2021 4:51 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady could receive a contract extension in the offseason, according to general manager Jason Licht.
Huddle Up: TB12 was seventh among QBs in fantasy points this year, and while the pieces around him were in and out all season, that feels about right heading into 2021.
Posted 2/23/2021 6:19 pm UTC
Impending free-agent WR Chris Godwin told the Pat McAfee Show on Tuesday, Feb. 23, that while he wants to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he also wants to 'get paid' too. Godwin added that his goal is a long-term deal, but he would also be 'fine' with the franchise tag in 2021 and a long-term deal next year.
Huddle Up: The major takeaway here seems to be that Godwin doesn't sound like he'll be open to taking a hometown discount. Head coach Bruce Arians made it clear shortly after the Super Bowl that he wants Godwin back, so expect the two sides to get something done this offseason since the receiver seems to want the same thing. Assuming he remains in Tampa, Godwin should be viewed as a strong fantasy WR2 again next season.
Posted 2/15/2021 6:24 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (finger) is scheduled to have the pin removed from his pinky Tuesday, Feb. 16.
Huddle Up: Jones rushed for nearly 1,000 yards during the regular season and posted 139 yards in three playoff games. He likely will be the starting running back if he remains with the Bucs and can be a No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Posted 2/11/2021 11:52 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Leonard Fournette said he would like to re-sign with the Buccaneers this offseason but does not know what will happen during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Fournette is coming off a terrific postseason where he posted 448 total yards and four touchdowns in four games. He should receive interest from multiple teams if he hits free agency and could find a starting job. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy back next season depending on his situation.
Posted 2/11/2021 9:40 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady (knee) is scheduled to undergo surgery on his injured knee this offseason.
Huddle Up: Brady probably will miss most of the offseason work but should be fine for training camp. He threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns this past season and has one of the top receiving corps in the NFL. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 quarterback in most leagues in 2021.
Posted 2/11/2021 7:06 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Shaquil Barrett on Wednesday, Feb. 10, reiterated his postgame Super Bowl statement that he fully intends to remain with the team. 'World champs, two-time world champs and we're coming back, back-to-back,' Barrett said in a video from ESPN's Jenna Laine, filmed during the team's championship parade. 'That's the plan, we're coming back next year to get it done again.'
Huddle Up: Head coach Bruce Arians also said he expects to retain the team's top pending free agents, and unless Barrett, who played in 2020 on the franchise tag, isn't tagged and is blown away by an outside offer, look for him to be back with the Bucs, adding to his 27.5 sack total from the last two seasons.
Posted 2/08/2021 6:26 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans has told the team that he is willing to restructure his contract if the team needs salary cap this offseason because he wants to keep the team together, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Huddle Up: Evans will continue to be the top receiver for the Bucs for years to come, but the team wants to re-sign Chris Godwin this offseason. Fantasy players should consider Evans a weekly starting option in all leagues in 2021.
Posted 2/08/2021 3:47 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Leonard Fournette has interest from the Bucs in returning for 2021.
Huddle Up: Fournette may be in line for a big payday after a great postseason run. If he lands elsewhere with a bigger role, he could return to low-end RB1 status. If he returns to share work with Ronald Jones, Fournette is an RB2 or RB3 in fantasy.
Posted 2/08/2021 3:31 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady was named the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl LV, winning the award for a fifth time to extend his own record. After the game, he announced he plans to return to pursue an eighth Super Bowl title in 2021.
Huddle Up: Brady tossed three scores in an efficient performance, and Tampa Bay shut down the Kansas City offense with relentless pressure. Not only did Brady lead the Buccaneers to a championship, but he finished third in the NFL in passing yards and tied for second with 40 touchdown passes. The ageless wonder has to be considered a viable QB1 heading into next season.
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