2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season
Head Coach Jon Gruden
Home Field Raymond James Stadium
Record 9-7
Place 1st
Playoff Finish Wild Card loss to the New York Giants, 24-14.
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The 2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers season was the 32nd season for the team in the National Football League. They improved upon their 4-12 record from 2006 in the NFC South, and they got back to the playoffs for the first time since 2005, losing in the Wild Card game to the New York Giants. They finished as the NFC South Champions.

Coaching staff[edit | edit source]

Head coach Jon Gruden will be entering his sixth year with the Bucs. He will be with Offensive Coordinator Bill Muir and Defensive Coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Full staff[edit | edit source]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers current staff
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Offseason[edit | edit source]

The 2007 offseason proved to be productive for the Buccaneers. GM Bruce Allen and head coach Jon Gruden had approximately 24 million dollars in cap space with which to maneuver during free agency. They made a splash on the first day of free agency by signing two quarterbacks: Jeff Garcia, an UFA from the Eagles; and Jake Plummer in a trade for a conditional pick in the 2008 draft (believed to be a 4th round selection if Plummer played). Controversy soon followed as Plummer announced his retirement on the same day, citing his health and his lack of a desire to compete for a job and learn a new system. Many believed that Plummer was simply trying to retire so that he could later unretire and play for the Houston Texans led by his former coach Gary Kubiak, under whom Plummer played his best 3 years of football. The league reviewed the trade to make sure that Plummer had not retired before the trade (a retired player cannot be traded), but he had not and his rights officially belong to the Buccaneers. Other free agent losses and signings are as follows:




After brief stays on the open market, the Buccaneers re-signed CBs Phillip Buchanon and Torrie Cox, the latter known as a special teams standout. They also re-signed fan favorite Mike Alstott to a one-year contract.

2007 Roster[edit | edit source]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers current roster

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  • currently vacant

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  • currently vacant

Exclusive-Rights FAs

  • currently vacant

Rookies in italics
Roster updated August 23, 2018
Depth ChartTransactions

90 Active, 4 Inactive, 0 FAs

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Player codes[edit source]

  • Active/PUP - Active / Physically Unable to Perform
  • PUP - Reserve / Physically Unable to Perform
  • IR - Injured Reserve
  • IR/DFR - Injured Reserve / Slated for Return
  • R - Rookie (player name in italics)
  • FA - Free Agent (Restricted)
  • UFA - Unrestriced free agent
  • NF-Inj. - Reserve-Non-Football Related Injury
  • NF-Ill. - Reserve-Non-Football Related Illness
  • PS-IR - Practice Squad/Injured Reserve
  • S- Suspended
  • SI - Suspended infdefinitely
  • Did Not Report - Reserve/Did not report
  • Exempt/Left Squad - Exempt/Left squad
  • Left Squad - Reserve/Left squad
  • Susp. or Suspended- Reserve/Suspended
  • Military - Reserve/Military
  • Future - Reserve/Future
  • Exempt - Roster exemption

The 2007 NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

The 2007 NFL Draft took place in Radio City Music Hall on April 28 and April 29, 2007. The Buccaneers were either to pick third or fourth in the draft, to be determined by a coin flip with the Cleveland Browns because the two teams had identical records and strength of schedule. Bucs GM Bruce Allen called heads and the coin landed tails. For the first round, the Buccaneers picked fourth. The two teams alternated picking third and fourth in each round. In addition to their given picks, Tampa Bay also holds the Colts' second round pick, the 64th pick overall (because of a midseason trade for Anthony McFarland), but also lost a sixth round pick in a trade for tight end Doug Jolley formerly of the New York Jets. They also received two compensatory picks, awarded for losses during free agency. During the draft, the Buccaneers swapped fourth-rounders with the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for their pick in the sixth round.

2007 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Selections
Draft order Player name Position College
Round Choice
1 4 Gaines Adams DE Clemson
2 35 Arron Sears OG Tennessee
2 64 Sabby Piscitelli S Oregon State
3 69 Quincy Black LB New Mexico
4 106 Tanard Jackson S/CB Syracuse
5 141 Greg Peterson DT North Carolina Central
6 182 Adam Hayward LB Portland State
7 214 Chris Denman OT Fresno State
7 245 Marcus Hamilton CB Virginia
7 246 Kenneth Darby RB Alabama

Preseason[edit | edit source]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers played four preseason games.

Week Date Opponent Results Stadium
Final score Team record
1 August 10 New England W 13-10 1-0 Raymond James Stadium
2 August 18 at Jacksonville L 31-19 1-1 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
3 August 18 at Miami W 31-28 2-1 Dolphin Stadium
4 August 30 Houston W 31-24 3-1 Raymond James Stadium

Regular Season schedule & standings[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Stadium NFL Recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 at Seattle L 20–6 0–1 Qwest Field TBD
2 September 16 New Orleans W 31–14 1–1 Raymond James Stadium TBD
3 September 23 St. Louis W 24–3 2–1 Raymond James Stadium TBD
4 September 30 at Carolina W 20–7 3-1 Bank of America Stadium TBD
5 October 7 at Indianapolis L 33–14 3-2 RCA Dome TBD
6 October 14 Tennessee W 13-10 4-2 Raymond James Stadium TBD
7 October 21 at Detroit L 23-16 4-3 Ford Field TBD
8 October 28 Jacksonville L 24-23 4-4 Raymond James Stadium TBD
9 November 4 Arizona W 17-10 5-4 Raymond James Stadium TBD
10 Bye week
11 November 18 at Atlanta W 31-7 6-4 Georgia Dome TBD
12 November 25 Washington W 19-13 7-4 Raymond James Stadium TBD
13 December 2 at New Orleans W 27-23 8-4 Louisiana Superdome TBD
14 December 9 at Houston L 28-14 8-5 Reliant Stadium TBD
15 December 16 Atlanta W 37-3 9-5 Raymond James Stadium TBD
16 December 23 at San Francisco L 21-19 9-6 Monster Park TBD
17 December 30 Carolina L 31-23 9-7 Raymond James Stadium TBD

Week 1: at Seattle Seahawks[edit | edit source]

Team 1 2 3 4 Total
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Seahawks 0 10 0 10 {{{HTotal}}}

  • Game time: Sunday September 9, 2007 - 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: TBA
  • Stadium: Qwest Field
  • Television announcers (FOX): TBA
  • Game attendance: TBA

The Buccaneers opened their regular season on the road against the Seattle Seahawks. Matt Bryant would kick two field goals but the offense stalled the rest of the game as Jeff Garcia and Cadillac Williams both suffered injuries that hampered them for the entire game. Seattle would take a 10-6 lead into halftime via a Josh Brown field goal and a Shaun Alexander touchdown run, and put it away in the 4th quarter with another field goal by Brown and a long Matt Hasselback touchdown pass to Maurice Morris.

Week 2 vs. New Orleans[edit | edit source]

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  • Game time: Sunday September 16, 2007 - 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: TBA
  • Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
  • Television announcers (FOX): TBA
  • Game attendance: TBA

Division Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC South
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panters
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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