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Brandon Magee Seeks New Direction After Being Released by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

March 25th, 2015 at 8:26 PM
By Michael Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they have waived linebacker Brandon Magee. The rarely-utilized defender and special teams player didn’t take long to latch on with another team, indicating to the Tampa Bay Times that he was headed to spring training with the Boston Red Sox.

While not pursuing a career in the NFL, Magee is interested in trying in his hand at baseball as an outfielder. Magee played both football and baseball in college at Arizona State and was drafted by the Red Sox in 2012. He was with the Red Sox through spring training last year before joining the Bucs.

Magee played in nine games for the Buccaneers in 2014 before going on injured reserve in December. He tallied one tackle on defense and six on special teams.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity they gave me at the time. Right now, I'm focused on spring training," Magee told the newspaper.

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Chicago Bears Sign Former Buccaneers Linebacker Mason Foster

March 24th, 2015 at 8:27 PM
By Michael Compton

After four solid seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, free-agent linebacker Mason Foster agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Tuesday.

A starter since joining the Buccaneers in 2011, Foster fought through an injury-riddled season in 2014. He separated a shoulder early in the season, but returned to the lineup after missing three of the first six contests. He subsequently missed three of the last four games of the season with a strained Achilles.

A third-round draft pick out of Washington, Foster enjoyed his best season in Tampa Bay in 2013, recording 92 tackles. He also had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, that year.

All told through four seasons with the Buccaneers, Foster had 343 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions.

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Former Buccaneer Quarterback Mike Kafka Set to Workout at NFL Veteran Combine

March 22nd, 2015 at 11:58 AM
By Michael Compton

The NFL's first-ever veteran combine takes place today at the Arizona Cardinals' practice facility in Tempe, Arizona. Among those participating are quarterback Mike Kafka, who spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2014.

Kafka was released during initial roster cuts in August, but re-joined the team’s practice squad. Following an injury to starting quarterback Josh McCown in Week 3 of the season, Kafka was promoted to Tampa Bay's active roster. When McCown returned in Week 8, Kafka was declared inactive, and subsequently returned to the practice squad. He was not re-signed when his practice squad contract expired at the end of last season.

In addition to the Buccaneers, Kafka has also spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Others expected to take part in the combine are defensive ends Michael Sam and Jamaal Anderson, running backs Felix Jones and Michael Bush and defensive back Aaron Berry.

"I'm anxious to see how it's received by our clubs," Matt Birk, the NFL's director of football devolepment, told Around The NFL. "It's a new event. There's a fair amount of skepticism surrounding it and rightfully so. So I guess we're just focused right now on executing and making sure that things run smoothly and that our clubs find it useful."

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Quarterback Bryce Petty Impresses at Baylor’s Pro Day

March 19th, 2015 at 12:05 PM
By Michael Compton

Baylor’s Bryce Petty showcased his NFL-ready arm during the school’s pro day on Wednesday in Texas.

Taking every snap from under center, Petty completed 69-of-77 pass attempts (five drops) and looked sharp in the workout. Most analysts consider Petty the No. 3 quarterback in this year’s draft, behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

“It was exactly what we wanted to do,” Petty told the Houston Chronicle. “All my (game) tape’s in the gun, so we wanted to have every throw under center and say, ‘If you guys want me under center, I can play under center.’ I have history in the shotgun, so I don’t know if I necessarily have to show that.”

In his last two seasons, Petty compiled 520 completions, 8,055 yards and 61 touchdowns in addition to leading the Bears to consecutive Big 12 titles.

“People are going to like him or not like him, and the big issue is going to be the transition,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “And from my perspective, he’s a year or two away from being able to compete as a starting quarterback.

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Marcus Mariota’s Pro Day Draws Mixed Reviews

March 15th, 2015 at 9:04 PM
By Michael Compton

Six weeks before the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, Marcus Mariota held his pro day workout last Thursday in front of scouts and coaches from all 32 NFL teams, including Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht and director of player personnel Jon Robinson. Overall, reaction to Mariota’s performance on Oregon’s pro day was mixed.

The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner, Mariota, who is known for his athleticism and running ability, completed 60-of-65 passes. Four were missed throws and one pass was dropped. To show that he can perform in a pro-style offense, Mariota took all his snaps from under center, something he did just five times last season as quarterback of the Oregon Ducks.

Commenting on his workout, Mariota told The Oregonian, “I thought at the combine I threw it better. I think a lot of emotion being back in Eugene and stuff like that caused maybe some nervousness a little bit but at the same time I thought it went well. It was good.”

“The feedback was it’s not a great workout,” NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah said during NFL Network’s broadcast. “It is what it is. He threw the ball better at the combine in my opinion. It was a little bit underwhelming.”

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