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Former Buccaneer Josh McCown Signs with the Cleveland Browns

March 1st, 2015 at 10:33 AM
By Michael Compton

The Cleveland Browns signed free agent quarterback Josh McCown on Friday. A 12-year pro, McCown, 35, was released Feb. 11 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going 1-10 as a starter for the Buccaneers last season. McCown signed a three-year deal with the Browns, worth a reported $14 million.

In signing with the Browns, McCown will be reunited with Cleveland’s offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. The two worked together with the Oakland Raiders in 2007. McCown, who is 17-32 as a starter in the NFL, is likely to compete for the starting job in Cleveland if his salary is any indication. His veteran presence in the locker room should also play a key role in the development of Johnny Manziel, a high draft pick a year ago.

Brian Hoyer, who led the Browns last season, becomes a free agent March 10. He went 7-6 as the Browns starter in 2014 and is 10-6 over the past two seasons. Hoyer is a hometown favorite in Cleveland, and McCown is well aware that a lukewarm welcome may await him at his next stop.

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Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Interested in Acquiring Adrian Peterson?

February 27th, 2015 at 11:05 AM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock. While the debate rages over which top prospect the Buccaneers will select with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, Tampa Bay may also have its sights set on a league veteran.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith indicated on "First Take" on Thursday that the Buccaneers might be interested in acquiring Adrian Peterson. The Buccaneers are reportedly among the teams expressing interest in the Minnesota Vikings running back.

The league suspended Peterson through April 15 under its personal conduct policy, stemming from a child abuse case. A federal judge on Thursday cleared the way for Peterson to possibly be reinstated, ruling that an NFL arbitrator “failed to meet his duty” in the case.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an ESPN article that the league will "review the decision.''

Other potential landing spots for Peterson include the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. Peterson, 30, is under contract with the Vikings through 2017. He played in one game last year, carrying the ball 21 times for 75 yards.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Paul Spicer as Assistant Defensive Line Coach

February 26th, 2015 at 5:39 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have named Paul Spicer assistant defensive line coach. Spicer will work with defensive line coach Joe Cullen.

Spicer entered the league as a player with the Detroit Lions in 1999, before spending the majority of the next eight seasons (2000-08) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including being named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2005. He earned a Super Bowl XLIV championship with the New Orleans Saints in his final year (2009).

During his playing career, Spicer played in 115 games with 63 starts, totaling 259 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Spicer also spent time with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1998-99) and the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2001-02).

After his playing career concluded, Spicer spent one season (2010) as assistant defensive line coach for Bartram Trail High School (Saint Johns, Florida), before joining the Jaguars, where he worked as the assistant defensive line coach under Joe Cullen for two seasons (2011-12). Spicer has also worked as a coach for the East-West Shrine Bowl from 2012-14.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Contacted Florida State About Jameis Winston

February 25th, 2015 at 8:58 PM
By Michael Compton

Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher appeared on NFL Network’s “NFL AM” Wednesday morning and said that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have contacted FSU about Jameis Winston.

The Buccaneers have the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, and the fact that the organization reached out to Fisher comes as little surprise. The Bucs are certain to perform their due diligence in building a snapshot of Winston’s character ahead of the draft.

When asked how many teams he has spoken with about Winston, Fisher said, “Not as many as you’d think right now. It’s just now starting, and our pro day is in another month (March 31). I think this month, we’ll get bombarded. But we’ve got quite a few (prospects).”

In addressing Winston’s off-field issues, Fisher expressed confidence that Winston is mature enough to become the face of a franchise.

“James’ problem, if you really research and really get down to the nuts and bolts of what actually went wrong—with him standing on the table and the crab leg incident—when you walk out of a place with a deputy sheriff beside you, it was not intent,” Fisher said. “It was a mental lapse.

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Former Buccaneer Josh McCown to Visit with Cleveland Browns

February 24th, 2015 at 7:29 PM
By Michael Compton

Free agent quarterback Josh McCown, who was recently released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is reportedly spending the next two days visiting the Cleveland Browns, according to league sources. John DeFilippo is the new Browns offensive coordinator, and McCown was 2-5 as a starter for the Oakland Raiders in 2007 when DeFilippo was the Raiders quarterbacks coach.

McCown, a 12-year NFL veteran, started 11 games for the Buccaneers last season, completing 184-of-327 passes for 2,206 yards. He threw 11 touchdowns and had 14 interceptions, compared to 13 touchdowns to just a single interception for the Chicago Bears in 2013. Since his release, McCown has visited with the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.

With Johnny Manziel’s off-the-field issues impeding his progress (Manziel has been in rehab since Jan. 28), the Browns are in search of a quarterback who could also serve as a mentor to Manziel. Brian Hoyer won seven games for the Browns last year, but struggled late in the season. There is speculation that Cleveland is also interested in current Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon.

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