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Jameis Winston Signs Rookie Contract with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

May 1st, 2015 at 9:08 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today the signing of Jameis Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.

Winston signed a four-year, $23.35 million deal that includes a $16.7 million signing bonus.

Winston (6-4, 230) started 27 career games for Florida State, completing 562-of-841 passes (66.8 pct.) for 7,964 yards, with 65 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. He also rushed 145 times for 284 yards and seven touchdowns.

"I've been up under a microscope for the past two years like no one else, so I'm kind of used to that," Winston said during his first press conference as a Buccaneer. "I'm just ready to play football. I'm ready to get involved in the community, I'm ready to just do positive things and move forward."

The Bessemer, Alabama native won his first 26 starts, an NCAA Division I record, leading Florida State to a national championship in 2013 and the first-ever College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl in 2014. He won the 2013 Heisman Trophy award, along with the Davey O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Award and Manning Award. Winston is the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy, winning the award at age 20.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Jameis Winston with First Pick in NFL Draft

April 30th, 2015 at 8:53 PM
By Michael Compton

Ending months of speculation, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected former Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston with the first pick in the NFL Draft April 30.

Winston was not in attendance in Chicago where NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement. Winston instead attended a draft party with family and friends in his hometown of Bessemer Ala.

The Buccaneers have spent months looking into Winston’s character, and general manager Jason Licht and head coach Lovie Smith have said repeatedly that they are comfortable with Winston’s off-the-field issues.

The Heisman Trophy winner as a freshman in 2013, Winston went 26-1 as a starter at FSU. Winston threw for 3,097 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. He also tossed 18 interceptions.

A dismal 2-14 last season, the Buccaneers offer Winston an opportunity to step in and contribute right away. Winston inherits talented wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, who each had more than 1,000 yards receiving a year ago despite spotty play from the quarterback position.

Second-year tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins also has sure hands and is capable of playing a larger role in the offense in the coming year.

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Running Back Bobby Rainey Signs His Tender Offer

April 25th, 2015 at 9:30 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced April 24 that restricted free agent running back Bobby Rainey has signed his tender offer.

Rainey originally joined Tampa Bay off of waivers from the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He played in 15 games last year, starting five of them. He carried the ball 94 times for 406 yards and scored one touchdown. He also hauled in 33 passes for 315 yards, adding a touchdown through the air.

Rainey began his NFL career in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens cut Rainey at the end of the 2013 preseason and he was picked up on waivers by the Browns. He played in six games for Cleveland carried 13 times for 34 yards before being waived and claimed by the Buccaneers.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2015 Regular-Season Schedule Announced

April 21st, 2015 at 10:56 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 2015 regular-season schedule, released today by the National Football League, features matchups against the AFC South and the NFC East and includes home battles versus the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

The Buccaneers start regular-season play at home on Sept. 13, as the Tennessee Titans travel to Raymond James Stadium for a late afternoon kickoff, marking only the fifth time since the 1970 AFL/NFL merger that teams with the first and second overall picks in the previous draft have faced one another in the season opener.

In Week 2, Tampa Bay faces its first divisional game of the season, traveling to New Orleans on Sept. 20 to take on the Saints, followed by a road trip to the Houston Texans on Sept. 27. The two teams have faced one another only three times in the regular season, and a win would mark the Buccaneers’ first road victory against the Texans.

Tampa Bay returns home in Week 4 to battle the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 4 before welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars to Tampa on Oct. 11. The Buccaneers are 1-4 against the Jaguars, but 1-1 when playing at home.

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Defensive End George Johnson Comes to Terms with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

April 17th, 2015 at 8:53 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially acquired defensive end George Johnson from the Detroit Lions in exchange for a fifth-round pick, the team announced this week. Johnson signed a three-year contract, which will keep him with the Buccaneers through the 2017 season.

Johnson spent the 2014 season with the Lions, playing in all 16 games. He recorded 26 tackles, had six sacks and one fumble recovery.

Johnson originally entered the NFL as a college free agent with Tampa Bay, spending time on the team’s practice squad and active roster from 2010-12. He appeared in nine games with the Buccaneers during that span, before being waived in 2012 and signing with the Minnesota Vikings. From 2012-13, Johnson spent time on the Vikings’ active roster and practice squad, playing in two games.

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