Tampa Bay Bucs 14 Washington Redskins 13January 15, 2000 - Somehow enough to winClick here for game reports and video highlights from this gameThe Bucs moved into the NFC Championship game for the second time in their history with a narrow victory over the Redskins in which they just about mustered enough offense to score two fourth-quarter TDs.After a 100-yard kick return score and a pair of fieldgoals had put Washington 13-0 ahead, S John Lynch had a crucial interception and then watched rookie QB Shaun King lead his team down field to first score on FB Mike Alstott’s two- yard touchdown run, and then go ahead on a one-yard pass to TE John Davis.The Redskins did move into range for a potential game-winning field-goal but future Buc Brad Johnson could not handle the poor snap from ex-Buc Dan Turk and the play resulted in a fourth-down sack by CB Floyd Young.
There are three players on the all-time roster with birthdays on January 17th including current Buc Ryan Russell who is 26 today. He had two sacks in 2017 which somehow tied for the team lead amongst defensive ends. Also celebrating are 1987 WR Derek Holloway who is 57 and 2004 TE Billy Baber who will be blowing out 39 candles today.
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POSITIONAL REVIEW - THE RUNNING BACKSThe Bucs had a four-headed monster playing running back in 2017, all of whom saw extensive time in the backfield with their own specific roles and skill sets. But the 2018 Buccaneer backfield could look considerably different due to a combination of performance and contract positions.The cap hits for the four backs for the 2018 season are as follows:-PlayerCap hitDoug Martin6,750,000Jacquizz Rodgers1,600,000Peyton BarberExlclusive Rights Free Agent540,000 salary in 2017Charles Sims is an unrestricted free agent Barber ended the year as the starter and has no real leverage on his 2018 position outside of really accepting whatever the Buccaneers offer him. I would expect a two-year deal paying not much more than the minimum with some performance bonuses would be offered and then training camp and potential other arrivals would give him to maintain his hold on the role.Doug Martin has certainly worn out his welcome with a combination of NFL suspensions, poor performance and then a team-imposed game suspension as well. He has had two of the best rushing seasons in franchise history but also four of the most disappointing. None of his contract is now guaranteed after his PED offense and there was no signing bonus when he signed his extension in 2016 to affect this year’s cap. The Bucs can release him with no hit for 2018.Sims has been a useful third down back but not much more and you can expect to see him play the free agent market when March rolls around. Rodgers has one year remaining on his contract but would expect to be back simply because you cannot see the Buccaneers losing Sims and Martin and allowing a third member of their quarter to go as well.The 2018 draft is loaded with good running backs even if some wannabe Buc pundits think the No.7 overall pick is the spot to take one. Have you seen how bad our defensive line is? But the existing four horsemen will definitely be down to three and more than likely two when the 2018 season rolls around meaning a couple of new faces could be carrying the ball for Tampa Bay later this year.