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NFLPA: NFL’s modified offseason plan does not address players’ concerns

The NFL released more details Wednesday about plans for offseason workouts. It still isn’t enough to satisfy the NFLPA. Union leaders still are advising players to skip in-person offseason workouts. A day after NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and president JC Tretter sent a initial memo to all players with their recommendation, they decried the [more]

Texans sign Antony Auclair

The Buccaneers haven’t lost many players. They began the offseason with 25 free agents and have re-signed 13. Only four have ended up elsewhere, with eight remaining unsigned. One of those four became a Texan on Wednesday. Former Bucs tight end Antony Auclair has signed with Houston. Auclair played eight games for Tampa Bay last [more]

Gio Bernard: Even though they won the Super Bowl, Bucs still want greatness

Running back Giovani Bernard has been a quality receiving threat out of the backfield since he entered the league in 2012, making 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns throughout his career. Even as the Bengals went 4-11-1 last season, Bernard tied for third on the club with 47 catches. After spending eight seasons [more]

Bucs re-sign Steve McLendon

Another member of the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl champions has signed on for another year in Tampa. According to multiple reports, the Bucs have re-signed defensive tackle Steve McLendon. It’s a one-year deal for McLendon, who came to the team in a trade with the Jets during the season. McLendon appeared in nine games during the [more]

Patriots players say “many of us” won’t participate in voluntary workouts

Like their counterparts on the Broncos, Seahawks, Buccaneers, and Lions, the Patriots players released a statement regarding participation in voluntary offseason workouts. But unlike the rest of the teams, New England’s statement was not a unilateral declaration. The Patriots’ players said “many of us” will not attend the voluntary in-person offseason program, believing it to [more]

Lions players announce they won’t attend voluntary offseason workouts

Add another team to the list. The Lions players announced in a statement released by the NFLPA on Wednesday morning that they will not participate in voluntary in-person offseason workouts at the team facility. The Broncos, Seahawks, and Buccaneers players made similar announcements on Tuesday. “With the voluntary workout period starting shortly and no acceptable [more]

NFL sees attempted offseason workout boycott as a potential win

The NFL Players Association wants the rank and file to choose to not show up for offseason workouts. The NFL apparently wants to see them try. The league, we’re told, sees this as a potential win, a reminder that collective action for this specific unionized work force doesn’t work. The last time the NFLPA attempted [more]

LeSean McCoy: I’ve got a good shot at the Hall of Fame, Julian Edelman does not

Count free agent running back LeSean McCoy as one player who does not think Julian Edelman is heading to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Asked by Yahoo Sports if Edelman is a Hall of Famer, McCoy scoffed. “Hall of Famer? No, come on, man,” McCoy said. McCoy said Edelman’s strong postseason performances don’t change [more]

Agents will be key factor in whether offseason workout boycott succeeds

The NFL Players Association wants players to chose not to attend voluntary offseason workouts. Whether and to what extent this strategy works will hinge in large part on the agents who represent NFL players. Agents have a duty to each player to represent his best interests. And agents won’t care nearly as much about the [more]

Buccaneers players say they won’t participate in voluntary in-person workouts

A year ago, Tom Brady and many of his teammates spurned the clear recommendations of the NFLPA. They continued to have offseason workouts at a local high school, even after the union advised players to stop doing so until training camp due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, the Bucs are following the recommendation of [more]

Report: Ross Cockrell re-signs with Buccaneers

Cornerback Ross Cockrell is returning to the Buccaneers. Cockrell has signed a two-year deal with the team, Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com reports. Cockrell, 29, spent last season in Tampa, playing 12 games with two starts. He saw action on 237 defensive snaps and 156 on special teams. He made 11 tackles and one pass breakup [more]

Rob Gronkowski pegs chances of Julian Edelman joining Buccaneers at (what else?) “69 percent”

We’re not the only ones not buying the Julian Edelman retirement. Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski estimated for TMZ.com on Monday night the chances that Edelman will land in Tampa Bay, despite his retirement from the NFL. “69 percent chance,” Gronkowski said when asked if there’s a chance Edelman signs with the Bucs. “He’ll be [more]

Bucs turned to Gio Bernard because of running back drops

During the 2020 season, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians bristled at the idea that his players dropped too many passes. On Monday, his team signed a running back who is less likely to drop passes. As explained by Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com, the Buccaneers added Gio Bernard in order to address that deficiency. It’s a move [more]

Is Julian Edelman truly retired?

In the aftermath of Super Bowl LIII, the talk began of receiver Julian Edelman as a candidate for Canton. Our take at the time was that he still has more work to do to get there. Two years later, he added a 1,117-yard season in 2019 (the third of his career), a three-catch, 30-yard postseason [more]

Report: 49ers, Seahawks pursued Giovani Bernard before deal with Buccaneers

Before running back Giovani Bernard reached a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he was also pursued by the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Bernard was released by the Cincinnati Bengals last week after eight seasons with the team. He reached an agreement on a one-year deal with [more]

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