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Catchin’ Up: Bucs Weekly Recap for June 16 – 22

Are you behind on Bucs news? Not to worry. Get caught up here, with stuff you may have missed this week:

If you think NFL rookies are getting screwed over by the new CBA, you’ll be happy to know that Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis has done his part, giving second-year safety Mark Barron $50,000 for the No. 24 jersey [1]. That’s quite a bit of change.

The Bucs signed former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams [2], released offensive guard Jeremy Lewis. Adams played in a lot of the Cardinals’ defensive subpackages and on special teams. He’ll join a pretty crowed defensive backs meeting room in Tampa.

Running back Doug Martin had a spectacular rookie campaign, but he’s not resting on his laurels. Hear how Martin’s improving his game [3], and what he uses as motivation.

Bucs single game tickets went on sale this week for the team’s home opener against the Saints. I joined the David Baumann Show [4]on Wednesday to talk about attendance, the Barron-Revis jersey swap, and what it will take to get this team to return to a football town.

(Speaking of the David Baumann Show…Our own DB brought home some hardware this week [5]. He was named to Radio Ink’s 35 Under 35 “Rising Stars.” Congrats!)

For the second year in a row, the Bucs will be holding joint practices with the New England Patriots [6]prior to their nationally-televised preseason game on August 16.

The world lost a talented actor in James Gandolfini, star of HBO’s The Sopranos, but Bucs head coach Greg Schiano lost a dear friend [7]. Gandolfini, a Rutgers alum, helped Schiano put his former college program on the map.

Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman did an interview with a local radio station about the upcoming season. A particular quote of his raised a few eyebrows, but what’s more unsettling, is how that quote was portrayed in headlines. I joined the Charlie Bernstein Show to talk about it Friday [8].

Darrelle Revis seems to be enjoying being away from the New York media fishbowl, telling the Beaver County times, “It’s real laid back down there.” [9]

Revis appears in a new commercial this week, along with several Bucs players, promoting ticket sales. The slogan? “Light the fuse.” Check it out here [10].

If you thought Gerald McCoy’s looked a bit leaner at minicamp, consider this — the Bucs defensive tackle has lost nearly 20 pounds as he prepares [11]for his fourth NFL season. He talks about his weight loss and the transition last year to a new defense under Greg Schiano and Bill Sheridan.

The Bucs could lose up to $270 million [12]in a class-action lawsuit. A Gainesville business owner alleges that the team sent him excessive junk faxes in 2009.