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Jon Gruden Inking $100 MILLION Contract ... To Coach Raiders

1/5/2018 10:55 AM PST
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Today's Gruden Grinder goes to JON GRUDEN'S AGENT -- who's reportedly landing a $100 MILLION contract for Chucky to coach the Raiders. 

Just win, baby!!!!

The deal is reportedly $100 mil for 10 years, the longest coaching deal in NFL history according to Adam Schefter

Gruden hasn't coached in the NFL since 2008 and has since worked as a color commentator and featured on-air personality for ESPN, where he's reportedly one of their highest paid employees. 

Gruden famously won Super Bowl XXXVII with the Tampa Bay Bucs back in 2003 ... when he beat the Raiders. 


NFL's T.J. Ward Arrested Over 99 Grams of Weed

1/3/2018 11:20 AM PST
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Tampa Bay Bucs safety T.J. Ward had 99.9 grams of weed in plain sight when cops entered his apartment back in October ... and that's ultimately why he was arrested Wednesday morning. 

TMZ Sports obtained the criminal report from the Oct. 25 incident -- that shows cops responded to Ward's apartment for an active intrusion alarm at 4:45 PM. 

When cops arrived, they knocked on the door and announced themselves -- a woman inside the place told the officers to "come in."

Just one problem ... cops say all the weed was in plain view on a coffee table. Oops. 

There was apparently no emergency -- the alarm may have been an accident -- but when cops saw the weed, they busted both T.J. and the woman for felony marijuana possession. 

We're told, Ward was only formally charged on Dec. 29 -- and that's when a warrant was issued for his arrest. On Wednesday morning, cops went to his apartment and arrested him. 

As for the weed, cops say Ward didn't exactly play the "it's not mine" card -- and admitted to occasionally smoking. 

Ward has been released from jail on a $2,500 bond. 

And in case you're wondering what 100 grams of weed looks like, here's a video ...

DeSean Jackson My Friend Crashed My Truck ... Bullets & Weed Ain't Mine!

12/27/2017 3:38 PM PST
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Officials in Florida have impounded a truck registered to DeSean Jackson -- after cops found hollow-point bullets and weed inside the vehicle after it crashed into a tree. 

But the twist ... the Bucs WR says he wasn't driving the car -- and he's pointing the finger at one of his friends. 

Here's the deal ... cops say the Chevy Silverado was involved in a single-car accident on Sunday night -- the truck slammed into a tree. 

When officers arrived on scene, the driver had fled -- and cops found 6.3 grams of weed and two .38 caliber hollow-point bullets. The ammo is legal in Florida -- the weed is not. 

Cops saw the car was registered to DeSean and called him up. The WR later came down to the scene and told police the name of the friend who had borrowed the ride, according to

Jackson's rep Denise White issued a statement saying, "It was a friend of DeSean's who borrowed his car while he was out of town without his knowledge."

"None of what was in the car was his obviously. He's dealing with the person that was using it without his knowledge privately. The incident is being handled."

NFL's Vernon Hargreaves My (Rumored) GF Is Hottest Ever (We Mean It)

12/17/2017 12:25 AM PST

This is why it's awesome to be in the NFL.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Vernon Hargreaves' rumored GF ... a woman so hot we, here at TMZ Sports, feel there should be a charge to read this post (there might be soon -- thanks, FCC).

The woman is IG model Kaitlyn Patrise, and there have been multiple reports that her and Vernon are getting cozy ever since she was spotted in the booth of a Bucs game.

They've both remained quiet about whether or not it's really a thing ... but if it's not then our question is ... WHY THE HELL NOT, VERNON??!!

Jameis Winston Allegedly Groped Uber Driver's Crotch ... QB Denies Claim

11/17/2017 9:24 AM PST
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Jameis Winston is adamantly denying grabbing a female Uber driver by the crotch during a March 2016 ride despite a complaint the driver made to the company ... but now the NFL is investigating. 

The woman who identifies herself as Kate told BuzzFeed she picked Jameis up from a nightlife area in Scottsdale, Arizona around 2 AM -- and Jameis got in the front passenger seat.

During the ride, Kate says the Tampa Bay Bucs star was out of control -- screaming homophobic comments to pedestrians -- before requesting a stop at a Mexican restaurant. 

While in the drive-thru line to pick up food, Kate says Winston "reached over and put his fingers on my crotch. It wasn't accidental."

Kate says she wasn't just "creeped out" ... "I was frozen."

After the ride, Kate says she filed a complaint with Uber but did not go to police because she feared backlash from NFL fans. 

Winston's camp says the allegations are completely false -- "We categorically deny this allegation. It is our understanding the Uber driver was unable to identify the specific individual who allegedly touched this driver inappropriately. The only reason his name is being dragged in to this is that his Uber account was used to call the ride."

Uber says Jameis has been banned from using the app in the future.  

The NFL has confirmed to TMZ Sports the league is investigating the situation. An NFL rep tells us, "The allegation was shared with the NFL and we have reached out to Uber to request any information they may have."

Rapper Joell Ortiz Jameis Out, Fitz In?? 'Free Win' for the Jets!!!

11/11/2017 12:05 AM PST

Slaughterhouse rapper Joell Ortiz thinks Ryan Fitzpatrick sucks sooo bad, when we told him Fitz was getting the start vs. his Jets this Sunday, this was his reaction ... 


Joell tells TMZ Sports he didn't even like Fitz when he was low-key ballin' for NY ... so he can't wait to watch the destruction, now that a Jameis Winston injury is forcing the QB under center for the Bucs.

But that ain't all -- J.O. and his bro really know the NFL ... and bust out some hilarious real talk on Colin Kaepernick, the Patriots and more. 

Raiders Lineman We Didn't Plot to Hurt Derek Carr ... Miko Grimes Is Lying

11/7/2017 7:57 AM PST
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Oakland Raiders stud lineman Donald Penn says allegations that the offensive line plotted to injure QB Derek Carr over his stance on taking a knee are total and utter bullcrap. 

Penn is firing back at Miko Grimes -- wife of Bucs star Brent Grimes -- who went on "The Breakfast Club" and claimed there was an internal dispute during Week 3 ... and the line let Carr have it in Week 4. 

"The reason Derek Carr got injured is because the Raiders offensive line allowed him to get injured because he was against them protesting. They had a fight in the locker room before that Monday night game with the Redskins," Miko said.

She continued -- "That's the only all-black offensive line in the NFL is the Raiders. ... When the whole offensive line said they were going to kneel, he was like, 'No, you're not kneeling. This is America, you're going to stand for the flag' ... so when they came out to play, they basically had a plan." 

Enter Penn -- the leader of Oakland's O-line -- who shot Grimes down hard. 

"It’s crazy how people will make up lies and tell a story so false and untrue 2 get them some attention," Penn tweeted. "I hope it was worth it. All lies."

Martin Gramatica Defends Nick Folk Give Him Another Chance!

10/6/2017 10:01 AM PDT

Martin Gramatica -- one of the greatest Tampa Bay kickers of all time -- is vouching for Nick Folk ... saying his beloved Bucs should NOT fire the guy ... at least not yet. 

Gramatica won a Super Bowl with the Bucs back in 2003 -- and as you can see in the back of the shot, his trophy room is filled with game balls from making clutch kicks. 

So, after Folk crapped the bed on Thursday Night Football -- going 0-3 -- we hit up Martin for his take. 

"I felt horrible for him," Gramatica tells TMZ Sports ... "that feeling that you get, only kickers understand."

But Martin says he knows Folk -- and if you look at his stats, he's a good kicker -- and he hopes the Bucs give him one more shot to prove it before cutting bait. 

'Hard Knocks' Star Riley Bullough I've Got Country Music Pipes!!!

9/10/2017 12:25 AM PDT

He's known as the passionate, expletive-shoutin' fan favorite on HBO's "Hard Knocks" ... but did you know Tampa Bay Bucs player Riley Bullough is an aspiring country music singer?!

You better believe it!!

The ex-Michigan State star joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 to talk about his training camp experiences in front of the camera ... and we asked if there's a secret side to him that wasn't revealed on the show.

That's when Riley spilled the beans about his country music moonlighting ... and we gotta admit, dude sounds legit.

Adrian Peterson Training with Jameis Winston ... Hangin' with Bucs WRs

3/29/2017 12:20 PM PDT
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Here's another clue Adrian Peterson could be in Tampa Bay next season ... he's training with Jameis Winston and hanging out with some of the biggest stars on the team. 

Peterson was out in Houston this week training with Tim Grover -- the fitness guru who's worked with guys like Michael Jordan, Kobe and Dwyane Wade

He worked out with Jameis and praised the young QB's work ethic -- "I really enjoyed being in the backfield and marveling at [Winston] and the confidence & leadership he displayed around so many veteran guys. Really impressive!"

After the session. AP hit the nightlife scene with Jameis ... as well as Bucs receivers Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

Also noteworthy ... James Harden, Trent Williams and Lou Williams kicked it with the star-studded group. 

Look, it's no lock AP signs with the Bucs ... but it seems to be a good sign -- especially with Tampa Bay in need of a solid running back. 

Jameis Winston Speech: Boys Should Be Strong ... GIRLS SHOULD BE SILENT

2/23/2017 6:53 AM PST
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Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston completely blew it at an elementary school speech to kids ... telling the crowd men are supposed to be strong and loud -- and women should be silent.

Winston was at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg addressing a group of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade male and female students when he noticed some students were getting bored. 

He tried to shake things up with the following statements (as documented by the Tampa Bay Times): 

"All my young boys, stand up. The ladies, sit down ... but all my boys, stand up. We strong, right? We strong! We strong, right? All my boys, tell me one time: I can do anything I put my mind to!"

"Now a lot of boys aren't supposed to be soft-spoken. You know what I'm saying? One day y'all are going to have a very deep voice like this (in deep voice). One day, you'll have a very, very deep voice."

"But the ladies, they're supposed to be silent, polite, gentle. My men, my men (are) supposed to be strong. I want y'all to tell me what the third rule of life is: I can do anything I put my mind to. Scream it!"

One of the teachers told the Times a female student turned to her and said, "I'm strong too."

As for Winston, he later told the media, "During my talk, I used a poor word choice that may have overshadowed that positive message for some."

Doug Martin Entering 'Treatment Facility' ... I Need Help

12/28/2016 1:11 PM PST
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Tampa Bay Bucs running back Doug Martin just announced he's entering a treatment facility after violating the league's drug policy. 

Martin just issued a statement saying, "I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy."

The 27-year-old did not reveal which substance he tested positive for though NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the substance in question is Adderall.

"My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me -- including Coach Koetter -- I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need."

"On the field, I must be strong and determined to push through both pain and injuries to become an elite NFL running back. Off the field, I have tried that same approach in my personal life. My shortcomings in this area have taught me both that I cannot win these personal battles alone and that there is no shame in asking for help."

"I sincerely apologize to the Glazer family, General Manager Jason Licht and the entire Tampa Bay organization, my teammates and our tremendous fans. This was not the season I envisioned and I have let everyone down, including myself. However, adversity yields opportunity and I ask for your support in my battle to overcome these personal issues."

Martin fell off big time in 2016 after a stellar 2015 season in which he rushed for more than 1,400 yards.

He missed 6 games this season due to injury but even when he was healthy he didn't play well ... only averaging 2.9 yards per carry. 

Bucs Superfan Nick Carter JAMEIS WINSTON'S THE TRUTH Let Us Do Halftime Show!

12/8/2016 9:26 AM PST

Nick Carter LOVES Jameis Winston

Loves him. 

In fact, he's SO THRILLED his Bucs finally have a winning team, he wants to round up the rest of the Backstreet Boys and do a halftime show in Tampa Bay!! 

Carter has suffered through a ton of losing seasons and bad QBs -- and now that his Bucs are 7-5 and a real playoff threat, dude's FIRED UP! 

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