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Jon Gruden knew it was time to return when he joined Ring of Honor in Tampa

For years, Raiders coach Jon Gruden seemed destined to return to coaching. So how did he know now was the time to return? “You know, we had an event, Mike, in Tampa,” Gruden said during a recent visit to PFT Live. “We had a Monday night game in Tampa, and there was a Ring of Honor [more]

PFT PM has visits with Jon Gruden, Jeff Fisher

If you’ve never listened to the PFT PM podcast, you picked the right day to start. Wednesday’s edition includes a lot less from me, and a lot more from two significant guests: Raiders coach Jon Gruden and former Oilers/Titans and Rams coach Jeff Fisher. It’s now available, at the usual rate. Which means you’re certain [more]

DeSean Jackson: Jameis Winston just needs to be himself

DeSean Jackson thinks he has a lot more to offer than he showed in his first year with the Buccaneers. And he thinks the same can be said for quarterback Jameis Winston. During an appearance on ESPN’s First Take, Jackson said he thought Winston was often trying to do too much last year, as part [more]

Kwon Alexander headed to Pro Bowl, replacing Bobby Wagner

Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander will play in the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Tuesday. He replaces Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner, who won’t participate because of injury. Wagner battled a hamstring injury late in the season. It marks Alexander’s first Pro Bowl appearance. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is the only other Buccaneer on the NFC’s roster. [more]

Jason Licht: Doug Martin “wasn’t ever the same” in 2017

Defense may be the main focus of the offseason for the Buccaneers, but it sounds like some changes could be made at running back as well. During an interview with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times about what went wrong during the 2017 season, Bucs General Manager Jason Licht touched on the team’s 27th-ranked [more]

Bucs G.M. defends decision to retain staff

Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht used the word “brutal” to describe a season that began with high expectations and ended with a 5-11 thud. But despite that, Licht think it’s better for the franchise to stay the course with head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith and the rest of the staff. Via [more]

Titans will pick 25th, as more spots in draft order set

Four more teams know where they’re picking in the 2018 NFL Draft, as a result of the weekend’s results. The Titans will pick 25th, as they have the lowest record of the divisional round losers, followed by the Falcons, Saints and Steelers. The 29th and 30th picks will be held by the losers of the [more]

Josh Freeman signs to play in CFL

Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, David William Naylor of TSN reports. Freeman attended a Calgary Stampeders mini-camp last spring, but the team did not offer him a contract. He finally gets his chance to resume his career with the Alouettes. Freeman has not played in the NFL [more]

Chargers sign Roberto Aguayo, of course

The Chargers were the league’s worst team on field goals last season. They may or may not have helped themselves. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Chargers have signed kicker Roberto Aguayo. Write your own punch line for a change. The former second-round pick of the Buccaneers bounced around and had some tryouts last [more]

Jon Gruden is back, and the Raiders could be better than ever

No victories happen during press conferences. But what happens at a press conference can provide a glimpse of what can happen when it’s time to play the games. In his first press conference as the new-old coach of the Oakland Raiders, Jon Gruden projected the energy and demeanor that could inspire a room full of [more]

Donald Penn compares Jon Gruden taking over Raiders to Steve Kerr taking over Warriors

Oakland Raiders left tackle Donald Penn played for Jon Gruden for three years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In addition to that making Penn ancient by NFL standards, it also gives the veteran tackle a background on Gruden and the situation he’s walking into as the new/old coach of the Raiders. In an appearance on [more]

T.J. Ward denies allegations in statement from his agent

In a statement from his agent, T.J. Ward insists authorities should not have arrested him on an outstanding warrant. Agent Josh Arnold said the Buccaneers safety resolved the matter months ago. Ward’s arrest Wednesday on felony charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia stems from an Oct. 25 incident when Tampa police investigated [more]

T.J. Ward arrested for marijuana possession

T.J. Ward has kicked off the new year with an arrest. Ward was arrested in Tampa on Wednesday morning for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Per the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, he did not occupy a jail cell and was released a few hours later after posting a bond of $2,500. Ward [more]

Ira Kaufman: Buccaneers bowed out of chase for Jon Gruden

The Buccaneers want everyone to believe that they never wanted to bring back Jon Gruden, and that they chose to keep coach Dirk Koetter based only on merit and expected improvement in 2018. Ira Kaufman of, who has covered the team for years, isn’t buying it. “That’s what you want to put out there [more]

Jon Gruden admits there’s a “good chance” he’ll coach the Raiders

The worst-kept secret in the NFL is being guarded even more recklessly. Former Raiders and Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden said this morning on ESPN Radio that there’s a “good chance” he’ll be the next coach of the Raiders, and that he has had talks with owner Mark Davis about the job. “They’re still, I believe, [more]

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