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5-11, 4th in NFC South
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1dJenna Laine

QB Freeman leaves CFL's Alouettes, retires

After signing with the Alouettes in January in an attempt to resurrect his once-promising NFL career, quarterback Josh Freeman has decided to retire, the team announced.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bucs first-round draft pick Josh Freeman has decided to retire. He turned 30 in January and had recently signed with the CFL Montreal Alouettes in an attempt to resurrect his career, but was struggling in camp. Some of that was an adjustment to the different rules, but still — he was at the bottom of their depth chart.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter believes it's important to keep having talks with players about the national anthem and issues that led to the protests.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have officially signed second-round draft pick Carlton Davis, whom head coach Dirk Koetter said after today's practice is "off to a very fast start."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs first-round draft pick Vita Vea has officially signed his rookie contract.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Vinny Curry on the NFL's new ruling allowing players who wished to protest to remain in the locker room: "That's not really a protest, I don't think. That's like saying, ‘Hey if you're going to be outside picketing, don't picket outside my building, go inside. [But] I can't really speak on what other players think about that..."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

In the past, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has been proactive addressing the national anthem and surrounding issues, meeting with players. He told me, "I think it's important to continue working with the players. If you remember, I don't think this started out as a national anthem issue. That's not what the protests are about."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bucs and longtime Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes is joining the Packers as a defensive consultant. Hayes was let go by the Bucs earlier this year after two seasons.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have re-signed wide receiver Bernard Reedy, who spent the later portion of last season with the Patriots, and waived Thomas Sperbeck.

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5dJenna Laine

Ex-Bucs, Gators LB Brantley, 60, has Alzheimer's

The Brantleys believe that administrators of the NFL concussion settlement have denied Scot benefits because they said he had a job in 2012, even if it was a few hours per week on local radio.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie cornerback Carlton Davis was getting first-team reps for the Bucs today on the outside while Vernon Hargreaves was lined up at nickelback and Ryan Smith was in for Brent Grimes. Davis is having to adjust to playing off-man coverage and got beat a few times. His strength is really in press-man but they've been pleased with him.

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5dJenna Laine

Bucs rookie Vea nicknamed 'Maui' by McCoy

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Gerald McCoy has nicknamed rookie defensive tackle Vita Vea "Maui" after the character from the Disney film "Moana."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers veteran defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said the only thing he asks of rookie Vita Vea is this: "I told him he has to tell my children that he is Maui from [the Disney film] ‘Moana.'"

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was asked if he had been interviewed by the NFL yet regarding the alleged Uber driver groping incident. "I'm concentrating on OTAs," Winston said, emphasizing that his focus has been on bettering his team.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs wide receiver DeSean Jackson (No. 1) was present today for the first day of OTAs. He's not expected to attend every offseason practice because he wants to continue his speed training in California, but it's been important to him and to Jameis Winston to improve their chemistry this offseason.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs second-year wideout Chris Godwin had a really strong first day at OTAs and was actually getting first reps of all the wide receivers. "He's had a real good offseason in general," said head coach Dirk Koetter. "I mean, Chris is a real good player so it's not surprising but he's had a good offseason overall."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Brent Grimes were not present on what otherwise was a solid turnout for the first day for Bucs' OTAs. Attendance is optional. Head coach Dirk Koetter said he wasn't sure when they would be attending. "We'd love to have everybody here — that's a perfect world. But we don't live in a perfect world, unfortunately."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs scouting assistant Brian McLaughlin has officially been promoted to the role of NFS (National Football Scouting) scout. He started with the Bucs in 2014 as a team operations assistant. NFS scouts (15 teams are affiliated), are responsible for early player rankings that help lay the ground work for organizational scouting reports.

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9dJeremy Fowler

Agent: WR V. Jackson 'very happily retired'

Veteran receiver Vincent Jackson, who sat out the 2017 season after a 12-year NFL career, is "very happily retired," his agent told ESPN.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken on their red zone woes last year: "We chose to suck...when you don't take care of the little things that allow yourselves to win, you've gotta own it."

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10dJenna Laine

Bucs OC on red zone woes: 'We chose to suck'

Buccaneers offensive coordinator Todd Monken didn't mince words on the unit's red zone struggles last season, saying "we chose to suck," but added the team improved during the last stretch of the season.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs offensive coordinator Todd Monken said he sees Chris Godwin as a starter. "He's earned that right." That's when they go with three wide receivers.

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Team Stats

Passing Yards272.94th
Rushing Yards90.627th
Points For20.918th
Points Against23.9Tied-22nd