by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/16/14) Buccaneers cornerback Rashaan Melvinleft Saturday's preseason game against the Dolphins with a left ankle injury, according to the team's official website. Melvin left the game in the first quarter because of the ailment. He will likely be evaluated moving forward.
Bucs sign two DEs, release two players
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/5/14) The Buccaneers announced Tuesday they signed defensive end Ryne Giddins and defensive end James Ruffin. The team also announced it waived (injured) linebacker Jeremy Grable and safety Mycal Swaim.
Dashon Goldson recovering from ankle surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (5/7/14) Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson is recovering from offseason ankle surgery and will miss all spring workouts, reports NFL.com. The hope is Goldson will return for training camp.
Buccaneers add Alterraun Verner for four years
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/11/14) The Buccaneers seem intent on moving corner Darrelle Revis in the coming days, but they made sure to lock up a replacement before doing so. The team agreed to terms on a four-year, $26 million deal with free agent corner Alterraun Verner Tuesday, according to FOXSports.com.
Verner finished the 2013 season with a career-high five interceptions and two fumble recoveries, while adding 57 tackles.
Trade appears unlikely for Darrelle Revis
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/11/14) Though the Buccaneers placed defensive back Darrelle Revis on the trade block, a trade is starting to look unlikely according to NFL.com Tuesday. Though a few possible suitors popped up, it seems like the Bucs' low asking price could not be met.
The next step is likely to come Wednesday, as the Buccaneers have to have Revis off the roster by 4 p.m. or a conditional fourth-round draft pick due to the Jets becomes a third-rounder. Revis appears likely to hit the open market as a free agent before that occurs.
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A sleeper DST in Tampa Bay? After the spending the Bucs did this offseason it sure looks that way. An already talented defense added pass rushing end Michael Johnson and cornerback Alterraun Verner, among other lesser-notable players. The unit will be coached up by Lovie Smith, who ran a number of stellar Bears defenses for years. There are still some weak spots, especially in the secondary now that Darrelle Revis is gone, and the schedule is no cupcake, but this is going to be a defense that should improve at sacking the quarterback and continue slamming on the run. That should lead to a lot of good weeks. We'd gamble on the Bucs right out of the gate, especially since they host the Panthers' dressed-down offense in Week 1 and the Rams in Week 2.