They entered the 2014 offseason with as many needs as any team across the league. After deciding to go with Mike Glennon for a while, they Buccaneers decided wide receiver was their next biggest need. They drafted Mike Evans from Texas A&M with the seventh selection overall in the first round. Mike Evans is a big target and will fit will with Glennon, who is an excellent jump ball thrower. Continuing to fix their offense, they Buccaneers selected tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington in the second round. Tampa Bay then needed to add some depth along the offensive line so they drafted Kadeem Edwards from Tennessee State in round five. With the release of Carl Nicks, Edwards may have an opportunity to start right away. With their second selection of round five Tampa Bay drafted Kevin Pamphile from Purdue to add further depth to their offensive line. The Buccaneers then added more depth at wide receiver when they selected Robert Herron from Wyoming in round six.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are one of the NFL’s newer teams. The Buccaneers were founded in 1976 and played in the AFC for just one season as a member of the West division.
In 1977 they switched to the NFC and played in the NFC Central from 1977-2001. In 2002 they joined the NFC South after the NFL realigned it’s divisions to make the teams line up better geographically. Throughout their history the Buccaneers have made the playoffs 10 times and have played in the Super Bowl once. The Buccaneers are currently in a serious rebuild, so it will be a while before this team does anything special again.
In 1974, when the league was looking into various locations, Tom McCloskey, who was the owner of a construction company in Philadelphia, paid 16 million dollars for the team, with the intention of placing it in Tampa Bay.
This was not McCloskey's first attempt at buying an NFL team, he failed to purchase the Philadelphia Eagles previously. The franchise is now owned by the Glazer family after Malcolm Glazer purchased the team on January 16th, 1995. Throughout their history, the Buccaneers have been to the playoffs 10 times, most recently in 2007. They have also won their division 10 times, most recently in 2007. They have won their conference one time, in 2002, and that was also the year they won the Super Bowl.
They key aspect of the previous paragraph you may have zeroed in on is “2007”. Well since that 2007 playoff appearance, the team has struggled to find their way. They thought they had something in Josh Freeman, but that turned out to be a big bust. Now though, they may have finally found something with quarterback Jameis Winston, the number one overall draft choice from 2015 out of Florida State. Winston was the NFL's 2015 rookie of the year and almost led the team to their first playoff appearance since 2007. With an improved roster, the Buccaneers may finally be able to end their drought in 2016.
The Buccaneers have had a wild ride the last few seasons. They fired former head coach Raheem Morris after just two seasons and replaced him with Rutgers Greg Schiano. After a marvelous first season, everybody thought the Bucs were heading in the right direction. However some believe Schiano tightened the grip too much, and as a result, his players tuned him out. 2013 was a wild ride for the Bucs, and they even released former franchise quarterback Josh Freeman halfway through the season. At the end of the season they fired Schiano and replaced him with former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.
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