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2016 NFL mock draft: A new QB for the Browns - SBNation.com
With 20 teams knowing where they'll pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the attention turns to who to select in the first round.

Farewell, Jim Tomsula, the NFL’s Uncle Buck - SBNation.com
Jim Tomsula tried his damnedest and held the 49ers together for a season. But in the end, it just wasn't good enough.

Tom Coughlin steps down as Giants head coach - SBNation.com
Tom Coughlin's time is done with the Giants after 12 seasons and two Super Bowl wins.

Charles Woodson changed the way the NFL thinks about defensive backs - SBNation.com
After 18 seasons, Charles Woodson is hanging up his cleats. The NFL will never be the same.

MMBM: How to hire the right NFL coach - SBNation.com
How to fix the Browns, Dolphins, Raiders, Redskins, Chargers, Titans, Colts, Lions, and all the rest of the other teams that won't ever be very good.

Jameis Winston's Case for Rookie of the Year
A compelling case for Jameis Winston to win the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Buc Players Convinced the Future is Bright
The 2015 season ended in disappointing fashion for the Buccaneers, but a young core and clear progress during the campaign left the locker room with a prevailing sense of optimism for 2016.

Bucs Total Access: Head Coach Lovie Smith
Head Coach Lovie Smith joined the Buccaneers Radio Network's TJ Rives for his weekly radio show.

Bucs Long Pattern Of December Swoons Must Change To Be Playoff Team | Pewter Report
The Buccaneers have been historically bad over the last month of the season since Jon Gruden's final season.

Winston Offers Parting Words, Emphasizes "Winning-Mindset" | Pewter Report
As players began packing up their lockers for the offseason on Monday, a few took a moment to reflect on the shortcomings of 2015 and the scattered success they need to put together on a consistent basis heading into next season.

Monday Afterthoughts: Get ‘Em Next Year | Pewter Report
It’s the classic line muttered by fan bases accustomed to disappointment: We’ll get ‘em next year.

Lovie Smith says reaching playoffs is Tampa Bay Buccaneers' goal - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
After a season of building, coach Lovie Smith expects to end the franchise's eight-season playoff drought in 2016.

2016 schedule: Tampa Bay Buccaneers' opponents determined - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Buccaneers appear to have a tough schedule with six games against playoff teams.

Bucs weigh in on Jameis Winston's comments about winning mindset - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Jameis Winston said the Bucs need to have a winning mindset to change their fortunes. While some players didn't agree, they understood his perspective.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach says Kwon Alexander 'was definitely missed' - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Lovie Smith said rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander 'was definitely missed' during his four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy.

Martin, Conte among Bucs’ potential free agents | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
The 2016 offseason will be a busy one for the Buccaneers as they approach the March 15 start of free agency. Here is a list of Tampa Bay’s potential free agents and their status.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith says Winston speaks the truth | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — If quarterback Jameis Winston says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers don’t have enough players who care about winning, then they probably don’t.

Bucs notes: CB Verner not sure of future with team | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
Alterraun Verner often found himself trapped by that revolving door in the Bucs secondary.

Franchise QB buyers beware — Bucs have been here before | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — We’ve been here before.

Panthers’ swagger, on prominent display vs. Bucs, irks some opponents | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ron Rivera believes the Carolina Panthers rediscovered their swagger during a 38-10 rout of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday

Bucs offseason primer: 5 issues to address for 2016 | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune
After a fifth consecutive last-place finish in the NFC South, the Bucs face some critical issues in their annual quest for relevance. Here are five things the Bucs must address in the offseason.

Bucs Smith has no problem with Winston calling out players | Tampa Bay Times

Martin, other Bucs free agents express interest in returning | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Pro Bowl RB Doug Martin is the biggest of the Bucs' unrestricted free agents who can hit the open market in March, but he and other key players expressed an interest in returning to the Bucs and continuing the team's improvement next fall.

Jones: For Lovie Smith, Year 3 is a must-win situation | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA There's a digital clock in the locker room at One Buc Place that counts down the days, hours and seconds to the next Bucs game. With another last-place season crashing to an end Sunday, that clock is now off.Time to turn on another one.

Lovie Smith says Bucs should make playoffs next season | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — A month ago, the Bucs were 6-6 and in a good position to make a run at the postseason. But after losing the final four games, coach Lovie Smith admitted Monday his team just wasn't good enough to finish the job.