Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get new helmet, logo


The new general manager, Jason Licht, is in place. Next up: new logo and helmet. (Chris O’Meara / AP)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be unrecognizable next season.

Thankfully, there’ll be a familiar face on the sideline in Lovie Smith, their new coach.

The Bucs, for the first time since 1997, are updating their pirate-y helmet and logo. They’ll introduce the new look in an NFL Network show at 8 p.m. Thursday, because it’s mid-February and what else is the NFL Network going to show? Warren Sapp will do the honors, which makes it almost (almost) must-see TV.

Sapp offered one hint about the new look:

A new, more aggressive logo (and Cam Newton and Luke Kuechly…) worked for the Carolina Panthers two years ago. Maybe it’ll help the Bucs.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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