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Friday, April 10, 2020

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Buccaneers a ‘sleeping giant’ to land Tom Brady?

Tom Brady

The wide-ranging assumption seems to be that Tom Brady will move closer to where he grew up in California if he decides to leave the New England Patriots this offseason, but could a move down the East Coast make just as much sense for the six-time Super Bowl champion?

Peter King, who has a close relationship with Brady and has interviewed him numerous times over the years, said during an appearance on WEEI’s “Dale & Keefe Show” Thursday that he considers the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a “sleeping giant” in the Brady sweepstakes. King said he has been told Jameis Winston wants more money than the Bucs may be willing to pay at the moment, and the thought of working with Bruce Arians could appeal to Brady.

“Look, they have a pretty good offensive line and they’ve got two excellent receivers. They’ve got a really good young tight end, and they have a very imaginative head coach and offensive coordinator in the passing game,” King said. “I can’t tell you absolutely what they would do or what they are going to do, but I can tell you that they are fascinating to me because Bruce Arians isn’t coaching forever. I think he is one of those guys that all quarterbacks say, ‘Man, it would be cool to work for Bruce Arians’ because he’s such a fun offensive mind.”

Arians has worked with a number of prominent quarterbacks throughout his career, including Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer. The Bucs had the best wide receiver duo in football this season under Arians, with both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin turning in monster years before they got hurt. Brady, of course, was openly frustrated with New England’s offense in 2019.

“So, I guess I look at it and say when I think of Tampa Bay and Tom Brady, it makes as much sense to me as any of these other teams out here with the possible exception of the Chargers,” King added.

Las Vegas odds still overwhelmingly favor Brady returning to the Patriots, and we would be surprised to see him wind up elsewhere. While some believe Brady is going to finally force the Patriots to pay him top dollar if they want to keep him, what he really wants is a better supporting cast so he has a chance to contend for another title.

Brady sparked some rumors about his future earlier this month with his appearance at a UFC event, and it’s possible he knew exactly what he was doing. All of this could be about putting pressure on the Patriots.

Bucs viewed as potential landing spot for Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers confirmed over the weekend that he has moved his family to Florida from San Diego, and he said the decision was made so he could be closer to home. Of course, many are wondering if it could have to do with where he plans on playing in 2020.

Rivers is set to become a free agent in less than two months, and there has been a lot of talk about the Los Angeles Chargers going in a different direction. If that happens, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be a team to watch.

Rivers has said he wants to play in 2020 and is open to doing so for a new team. The 38-year-old threw for an impressive 4,615 yards this season, but his 23 touchdowns were his lowest total since 2007 and his 20 interceptions matched a career high. Only two quarterbacks threw more picks than Rivers this season, and one of them was Jameis Winston.

Winston’s 30 interceptions were the most in the NFL, and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has hinted that he may have lost his patience with the former Florida State star. Between that, Rivers’ contract situation and Rivers moving to Florida, the stage could be set for Arians and Rivers to work together next season.

Report: Andy Dalton will have ‘viable trade market, could end up with Bucs

Andy Dalton was hoping the Cincinnati Bengals would trade him once they decided to bench him and turn things over to Ryan Finley, but the veteran quarterback will now have to wait until the offseason to potentially find a new home. Should the Bengals decide to go in that direction, there will reportedly be plenty of interest.

Dalton still wants the Bengals to trade him, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that there will be a “viable trade market” for him. One team to keep an eye on is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as Jameis Winston has been struggling again this season and Bucs coach Bruce Arians was high on Dalton during the NFL Draft process back in 2011. Winston is also in the final season of his rookie contract.

The Bengals are 0-8 and may be on the verge of a total rebuild. Dalton is under contract with the team through 2020, but moving on from him makes sense. Cincinnati is in contention to have the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft, so they could be in position to draft their quarterback of the future.

While we saw some good come from Dalton’s benching, you can’t blame him for being unhappy with the situation in Cincy. La Canfora speculates that the Bengals will be able to get a second-round pick in a trade for Dalton, and you have to wonder why they didn’t make more of an effort to move him before the deadline.

Bucs robbed of potential win by premature whistle on fumble recovery

NFL officials are trained to not blow a whistle unless they are certain a play is dead, but unfortunately that training proved ineffective toward the end of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Tennessee Titans game on Sunday.

The Bucs were trailing 27-23 late in the fourth quarter when Tennessee decided to run a fake field goal play. Holder Brett Kern tried to run the ball for a first down, and he fumbled after being hit by Tampa linebacker Devin White. However, one official did not see that the ball was on the ground and blew his whistle. That prevented the Bucs from being able to scoop up the fumble and score an easy touchdown to take the lead.

Tampa retained possession as it was a fumble with a clear recovery, but they had to take over at their own 28-yard line. They ended up turning it over on downs, and the Titans went on to win.

With all turnovers being reviewed now in the NFL, officials are supposed to refrain from blowing the whistle in a situation like that. Although, in this case it seems likely that the official who blew the whistle didn’t even see the ball on the ground, which is really just unfortunate.

In a season where major officiating mistakes have been a topic of discussion more than ever, that will be another bad look for the league.

Watch: Buccaneers’ Dare Ogunbowale wiped out by own teammate

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t really look like they know what they’re doing right now.

The Buccaneers produced the funniest play of the week so far on an ugly miscommunication that saw running back Dare Ogunbowale smash right into wide receiver Breshad Perriman.

Somebody obviously missed something here. Perriman was in motion when the ball was snapped, and absolutely smashed into Ogunbowale. Whether he was late or shouldn’t have moved at all is anyone’s guess. If nothing else, it’s proof that Jameis Winston’s offense is a mess.

On the bright side, we’re guessing that this was just a mistake and not the result of some weird Bruce Arians logic.

Watch: Panthers attempt rare fair catch kick against Bucs in London

If fans in London were confused by what was going on to close out the first half of Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they certainly were not alone.

Trailing 17-7 with eight seconds remaining in the second quarter, the Bucs were about to punt the ball away to Carolina from their own 26-yard line when three consecutive pre-snap penalties backed them up to the 11. At that point, the Panthers decided they wanted to try what is known as a fair catch kick.

Most fans in America had no idea what that was, but it is an option a receiving team has if they want to attempt an uncontested field goal after a fair catch on a punt return. The decision gave Panthers rookie kicker Joey Slye a 60-yard attempt, but he missed it wide right.

Former NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained the play further, noting that is has not been used since 2013.

Many fans in London have had to learn the rules of American football, and their American counterparts joined them in that for a short period on Sunday. I can personally say a fair catch kick is something I have never seen, and even I had no idea what it was.

Jason Pierre-Paul agrees to restructured contract with Bucs

Jason Pierre-Paul

Jason Pierre-Paul still has no clear timeline for a return as he continues to recover from a neck injury, but there is now a chance the star defensive end will never play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again.

Pierre-Paul and the Bucs have agreed to a reworked contract that will now expire following the 2019 season, ESPN’s Field Yates reports. The new deal clears salary cap space for the team while allowing Pierre-Paul to collect more than $10 million this year and potentially become a free agent if he is cleared to play.

Pierre-Paul was in the third year of a four-year, $62 million contract he signed with the New York Giants back in 2017. The Giants traded him to Tampa prior to the 2018 season for draft picks. The 30-year-old made a huge impact with the Bucs last year, as his 12.5 sacks in 16 games were the most he has had since 2014. However, yet another non-football injury changed his career path during the offseason.

Pierre-Paul suffered a neck injury during a single-car crash back in May. He was initially expected to miss at least the first six weeks of the season, but there have been questions about whether he will play in 2018 at all.

If you remember, Pierre-Paul already had to battle his way back with the Giants years ago after he lost a portion of his hand in a fireworks mishap. His football career has been a rollercoaster, to say the least.