Bucs Lock Up RT Demar Dotson to a Three-Year Extension

The Bucs locked up their longest tenured player Monday, signing right tackle Demar Dotson to a three-year contract extension, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Dotson, 30, was in the final year of a contract that would’ve paid him $1.75-million in 2016. Terms were not released but the new deal runs through 2019.

A former basketball player at Southern Mississippi, Dotson has been with the Bucs since 2009. He has appeared in 72 games with 52 starts in his career with Tampa Bay. Last season, he suffered a left knee injury in preseason, missing the first 10 games. But he reclaimed his starting job from Gosder Cherilus before the end of the season and has been one of the most consistent offensive linemen in camp.

Buccaneers Fans: Bud Light Has Created A Can Just For You

Bud Light Buccaneers Can

With the football season set to kick off in only a few weeks, Bud Light – the Official Beer of the NFL – is once again helping devout fans showcase their team pride by introducing all-new custom cans for its 27 NFL team partners, including ones for the Buccaneers.

The cans – which are available now through the 2016-17 NFL season – are draped in Buccaneers colors, feature its logo and will be brought to life through localized, signature sayings that every team’s fan will recognize and embrace.

The distinct packaging is part of Bud Light’s “Beer With Your Team On It” campaign, which will celebrate NFL fandom and passion for Bud Light throughout the season.

What do you think of the Bud Light Buccaneers can?

Buccaneers Come to Terms with Free Agent CB Brent Grimes

Brent Grimes

The Bucs have a new cornerback, as Pro Football Weekly reports that Brent Grimes, free agent CB of the Dolphins, has agreed to terms to join the team.

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Times reported Friday Grimes, the former Miami Dolphins cornerback, will stay in state and sign with the Buccaneers. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately disclosed.

Grimes has been to four Pro Bowls (2010, 2013-15) in his nine-year career, which began as a Falcons undrafted free agent out of Shippensburg in 2006. The 5 foot 10, 185-pound corner will be 33 when the 2016 campaign kicks off.

Grimes has 26 career interceptions and 99 passes defensed. He’s a willing run-support corner who’s been durable since a ruptured Achilles suffered in 2012 ended his stint in Atlanta. Grimes reunites with Mike Smith, now Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator. Smith was Grimes’ coach in Atlanta.

Buccaneers and RB Doug Martin Begin Talks About a New Deal

Doug Martin

It sounds like the Bucs and running back Doug Martin are interested in staying together, as reports from ESPN say that discussions have started between the running back and the team.

While they are talking, ESPN says that nothing is imminent and it sounds like it’s going to be an ongoing situation as the team looks to retain Martin.

Here’s what ESPN says about the chat between the Bucs and Martin:

More substantial discussions regarding a new deal are not expected to take place until after the combine, according to Murphy. Martin has expressed a desire to remain with the team, while the Buccaneers have expressed a desire to re-sign the Pro Bowl running back before he hits free agency.

General manager Jason Licht updated the team’s stance when he addressed the media Wednesday.

“There are obstacles in a negotiation. We haven’t hit those obstacles yet,” Licht said. “But we’re going to talk and we’re going to try and get something done. And I feel pretty optimistic about it. Right now, there’s no reason to be nervous about that.”

Martin, who had a base salary of $1,315,572 this past season, did not have his fifth-year option of $5.6 million picked up last offseason. He went on to be the league’s second-leading rusher in 2015 with 1,402 yards, behind only Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (1,485). The 27-year-old could cash in, with many of the top running backs making $7-8 million per year.

Martin had a great 2015 season, going for 87.6 yards per game with 1402 yards rushing and six touchdowns. In his career, Martin has run for a total of 3,806 yards and 20 touchdowns.

OG Logan Mankins Not Sure About Coming Back to Play in 2016

Logan Mankins

Buccaneers offensive guard Logan Mankins has not yet decided if he wants to play in 2016 according to JoeBucsFan.com.

“I’m trying to just take my time and make the right decision,” Mankins said.

“Things like that, usually, you don’t want to rush into.” The eleven-year veteran and former All-Pro will turn 34 in March. He is owed $7 million in salary and bonuses next season. The Bucs likely want Mankins back, as he is still playing on a high level and is an excellent locker room presence for a very young but improving team.

Buccaneers Close to Naming Dirk Koetter As New Head Coach

Dirk Koetter

The Buccaneers are ready to hand their head coaching duties over to the director of the most the prolific offensive attack in franchise history, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Dirk Koetter, who orchestrated an offense that set a franchise record by gaining 6,014 yards during the 2015 season, was “close’’ to completing a deal that will make him the team’s 11th head coach, a source familiar with the process said.

The appointment of Koetter, a nine-year NFL coaching veteran who has engineered four top-10 offenses with three different teams, would not come as much of a surprise.

Labeled by general manager Jason Licht as a “strong candidate’’ for the job at the start of the team’s search, Koetter has long been considered the favorite to win the job.

“He’s got a strong resume,’’ Licht said during a news conference to address the search and the firing former coach Lovie Smith last week. “He’s a good communicator and he’s done good things with (rookie quarterback) Jameis (Winston).’’

With Koetter in charge of the Bucs offense for the first time this past season, Winston became only the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards.

Koetter’s offense also produced an All-Pro selection in running back Doug Martin, who ground out 1,402 rushing yards, the second most in the league in 2015.

Cowboys vs Buccaneers NFL Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Dez Bryant (foot, knee), WR Brice Butler (hamstring), S Barry Church (ankle), DT Nick Hayden (ankle, ankle), LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), LB Sean Lee (concussion), RB Christine Michael (illness), RB Rod Smith (illness)
  Wednesday CB Brandon Carr (shoulder), S Jeff Heath (shoulder), LB Rolando McClain (hand)
  Wednesday QB Matt Cassel (knee), DE Jack Crawford (hand), TE James Hanna (ankle), DE Demarcus Lawrence (back)
Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Vincent Jackson (knee), G Ali Marpet (ankle), DT Tony McDaniel (not injury related), DE Jacquies Smith (ankle), CB Alterraun Verner (foot)
  Wednesday S Bradley McDougald (concussion), TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (shoulder), S D.J. Swearinger (toe), S Major Wright (hamstring)
  Wednesday DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder)

Buccaneers vs Falcons NFL Week 8 Inactives

Buccaneers inactives: QB Ryan Griffin, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Tony McDaniel, DT Clinton McDonald, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Tim Jennings, S Major Wright

Falcons inactives: C Gino Gradkowski, DE Malliciah Goodwin, WR Leonard Hankerson, T Bryce Harris, S William Moore, CB Dezmen Southward, WR Nick Williams