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. That’s quite a bit of change.

The Bucs signed former Arizona Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams, 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, 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 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. 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 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. 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.

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.”

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.

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 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 in a class-action lawsuit. A Gainesville business owner alleges that the team sent him excessive junk faxes in 2009.