Live blog: 2017 NFL free agency
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Live blog: 2017 NFL free agency

Keep it here for the latest free agency news and rumors on the Buccaneers and the rest of the NFL.

  • The safety position is among the Bucs’ top priorities this offseason. Bradley McDougald and Chris Conte are unrestricted free agents, leaving Keith Tandy as the only safety on the team who played significant snaps last season. Here are Pro Football Focus’ top free agent safeties:

    - Duron Harmon (last season: Patriots)

    - Tony Jefferson (Cardinals)

    - Barry Church (Cowboys)

    - Johnathan Cyprien (Jaguars)

    - D.J. Swearinger (Cardinals, waived by the Bucs in Nov. 2015)

    - Bradley McDougald (Bucs)

    - T.J. McDonald (Rams)

    - Mike Adams (Colts)

    What PFF said about McDougald:

    McDougald doesn’t offer the same amount of upside as his peers ahead of him on this list, but he has youth on his side to go with no real glaring holes in his game. Over the course of 2,384 career snaps, McDougald has essentially graded out at right around average in all three phases of grading we have for safeties: coverage, run defense and pass-rushing. One area of his game that McDougald could afford to clean up a bit is he misses too many tackles, McDougald has averaged 13 missed tackles per season over his first three years, and the 14 tackles he missed this year were the third most among safeties.

  • We’re deep into the second day of the NFL’s “legal tampering” period. At this point, the major dominoes in the receiver market have yet to fall.

    Let’s catch up on some of the happenings:

    - Bucs fans hoping the team will land DeSean Jackson should keep an eye on the price tag attached to Pierre Garcon, who is reportedly heading to San Francisco, where he’d reunite with Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan was Washington’s offensive coordinator in 2013, Garcon’s most productive season. He caught 113 passes (an NFL high) for 1,346 yards and five touchdowns.

    ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Garcon is expected to make $16 million in his first season. That’s a jarring figure for some, but keep in mind that the 49ers have more than $90 million in cap space. My guess is that's going to be a front-loaded contract. Spotrac.com estimates that Garcon’s market value is around $9 million a season.

    Former Eagles and Browns general manager Joe Banner doesn’t think Garcon is a fit for San Francisco, which is coming off a 2-14 season. He tweeted, “49ers spending big money on 30 year old WR when they won't be winning big for at least 3 years. Makes no sense to me.”

    - Brandon Marshall will continue playing in Rutherford, N.J. Instead of Jets green, though, he’ll be wearing Giants blue. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported that the deal is for up to two years and for as much as $12 million.

    In Marshall, who turns 33 in two weeks, the G-Men have added one of the NFL’s top red zone threats. His 36 touchdowns inside the 20 since 2012 lead the league.

    He has played 11 seasons and somehow never played in a playoff game.

    - The Eagles continue to be linked to just about anyone who is good at catching footballs. Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt are possibilities. There’s even still talk of a potential trade for Brandin Cooks.

    David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News explains why that's a bad idea.

  • Update on rumored destinations for free agent quarterbacks:
     
     
    From the Chicago Tribune:
     
    Glennon was identified last week as the Bears’ top choice as they chart a future without Jay Cutler, who had a 52-52 record as a starter in eight seasons. The team prioritized Glennon and Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore as top targets. The team is believed to be aggressively pursuing Gilmore. The Bears could be parting ways with Cutler soon.

    No details have emerged yet on the length of a contract for Glennon, a third-round draft pick of the Buccaneers in 2013, but word is the range will be near $14 million and perhaps as much as $15 million per year. If true, that would rank Glennon 23rd among quarterbacks currently under contract in terms in annual average.
     
     
  • DeSean Jackson is teasing us. From his Instagram page:
     
     
  • Another DeSean Jackson Instagram post. BUT WHERE IS HE???
     
     
  • Former Falcons linebacker
     
  • Backstreet Boy recruiting DeSean Jackson
  • General manager Scot McCloughan's departure from Washington seems inevitable, the Post says.
     

    Redskins Team President Bruce Allen told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine last week that McCloughan would return to work as soon as “family matters” were handled. However, three people close to the Redskins say relations between Allen and McCloughan have soured to the point that the general manager’s return is now viewed as virtually impossible.

    These sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the delicacy of the situation, said McCloughan has grown increasingly frustrated by ongoing frictions with Allen over personnel decisions and with the team’s failure to come to his defense when former tight end Chris Cooley said on the Redskins-owned radio station that McCloughan’s drinking may explain his absence.

    The atmosphere reached a boiling point late last month, three individuals said, and McCloughan left Redskins Park for three days in the week leading up to the scouting combine, which ended last Sunday. Eventually, the decision was made that McCloughan would not attend the combine. His scouting staff didn’t learn of that development until boarding the plane to Indianapolis.

  • MARCH 8 RECAP

    Another quiet day on the Bucs front except … HEY GUYS DESEAN JACKSON POSTED A PICTURE OF HIS FEET ON INSTAGRAM!!!!!

     
    Tampa Bay fans are restless. They want speed. Their team needs it as badly as a Backstreet Boy needs someone to love him back.
     
    Speaking of the Backstreet Boys, group member and diehard Bucs fan Nick Carter has joined the campaign to bring Jackson to Tampa, tweeting Wednesday, “Hey @DeSeanJackson11 come and play with Americas quarterback @Jaboowins in @TBBuccaneers and find out what it's like to be on a real TEAM.”
     
    Meanwhile, the rest of us studied Jackson’s picture like McNulty and Greggs worked the Barksdale case. Was Jackson in Tampa? Orlando? Los Angeles?
     
    “The roof tiles -- that’s Florida.”
     
     
    “Look at the smog. He’s in L.A.”
     
     
    “Those are banana trees. That … doesn’t narrow it down at all.”
     
     
    Benjamin Allbright tweets that his understanding is that the Bucs ultimately will land Jackson. He also expects Kenny Britt to end up in Philadelphia.
     
    Players can sign with teams starting at 4 p.m. Thursday.

    A rundown of other Bucs-related news:
     
    - Kenny Stills is staying in Miami, according to Allbright and various other outlets. His contract includes $20 million in guarantees, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says. Stills was third in the NFL last season in yards per catch (17.2); Chris Hogan was first (18.4), and Jackson was second (17.9).
     
    - Rumored Bucs target Calais Campbell is headed to Jacksonville, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports.
     
    - Tampa Bay needs help at safety, but it looks as if Tony Jefferson and Barry Church are no longer options. Jefferson will sign with the Ravens, Russini says, and Church will sign with the Jaguars, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says.
     
    ESPN’s Jenna Laine suggests the 26-year-old J.J. Wilcox, whom the Cowboys drafted in the third round in 2013, is a possibility for the Bucs.
     
    - Laine also says running back Jacquizz Rodgers will re-sign with Tampa Bay. Rodgers, who joined the roster in mid-September, led the team with 560 rushing yards and was third with 658 yards from scrimmage.
     
    - Soon-to-be-former Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon is expected to sign with the Bears, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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