Player Outlook
The Buccaneers certainly regret gambling on Gage in free agency with hopes that he would be the final piece for Tom Brady to go on one more run. Gage finished as a WR2 or better just twice in 2022 and as a WR3 or better just two more times. Gage suffered a serious knee injury during camp and is expected to miss the 2023 season, making him unrosterable in all formats.

Fantasy Stats

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2023
2022 51 426 8.35 5 0.00 675.2
2021 66 770 11.67 4 0.00 926.6
3y Avg. 63 661 10.49 4 3 3.00 805.7

Fantasy News

  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: May be released soon

    The Buccaneers may release Gage (knee) before he's due a $1.5 million roster bonus March 1, Dan Pompei of The Athletic reports. Gage also has a non-guaranteed $8.5 million base salary for the third and final year of his contract, though the use of void years means the Buccaneers will free up only $6.5 million in 2024 cap space if he's released. The 28-year-old suffered a torn patellar tendon in August, putting his NFL future in jeopardy. Gage might consider renegotiating his contract to stay in Tampa Bay and continue his rehab with the Buccaneers.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Officially lands on IR

    The Buccaneers placed Gage (knee) on injured reserve Sunday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Gage will miss the entirety of the 2023 campaign after he suffered a patellar tendon tear during Wednesday's joint practice with the Jets. The 27-year-old dealt with numerous injuries last regular season, including hamstring, ankle and back issues, which sidelined him for four games. He also sustained a scary concussion during Tampa Bay's wild-card loss to Dallas in January. Gage reworked his contract with the team in March, and he dealt with a lower leg injury to begin training camp. After finally looking healthy again heading into joint practices, the 6-foot slot receiver will now have to sit out until the final season of his three-year contract with the Bucs in 2024.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Out for season

    Gage sustained a season-ending right knee injury during Wednesday's joint practice with the Jets, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Gage needed a cart to get off the practice field following a non-contact injury. After undergoing an MRI, he's expected to have surgery on his right knee in the coming days. With Gage out for the 2023 campaign, the immediate depth behind the Buccaneers' top two wide receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin includes rookie sixth-round pick Trey Palmer, Deven Thompkins and David Moore.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Expected to miss 2023 campaign

    Gage (knee) is expected to miss the entire 2023 season after being carted off the practice field Wednesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. The Buccaneers haven't yet confirmed the severity of Gage's injury, but it appears to be significant given that it was of the non-contact variety. The 27-year-old wideout will likely be placed on season-ending injured reserve in the near future, with his attention turned toward making a fully recovery for 2024. Tampa Bay will likely add receiver depth behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, to fill the void at the No. 3 wideout spot.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Injury could end season

    The Buccaneers fear that the non-contact knee injury Gage suffered in Wednesday's practice is season-ending, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Prior to picking up the injury, Gage was in line to serve as the Buccaneers' No. 3 wide receiver behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. The severity of his injury won't be confirmed until he undergoes further testing, but if Gage is indeed headed for a long-term absence, the Buccaneers will likely add depth at the position in short order. Beyond Evans and Godwin, the Buccaneers have mostly unproven options at receiver.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Carted off practice field

    Gage was carted off the practice field Wednesday due to an apparent non-contact injury, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Gage missed some time due to a lower leg issue earlier in training camp, but he now appears to have sustained a more severe injury. The Buccaneers have yet to provide an official update on Gage's status, but non-contact injuries aren't often minor. As long as Gage is sidelined, Trey Palmer, Deven Thompkins and David Moore could see more reps behind the team's top two wideouts, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Looking healthy

    Gage (leg) is participating in 11-on-11s, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Smith adds that Gage caught a 20-yard pass from the slot during Thursday's practice while taking a first-team rep in 11 personnel. That will likely be his role once the season begins, working as the third receiver behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, though it remains to be seen how they typically align under new offensive coordinator Dave Canales. There's already discussion of Evans moving around more in the new offense, and both Gage and Godwin arguably are at their best when operating from the slot. Versatility is a good thing, of course, but Gage might have a rather low rate of targets per route if he spends a good chunk of his time on the perimeter and shares the field with a healthy Evans and healthy Godwin. In any case, Gage seems to have moved past the leg injury that limited his participation in spring practices and the first week of training camp.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Another step forward Monday

    Gage (lower leg) was able to participate in the first set of 1-on-1 drills between receivers and defensive backs Monday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. The activity level was a step up from Sunday, when Gage was able to jump into individual position drills for the first time. The veteran also participated in those Monday in addition to the reps he took against cornerbacks, leading head coach Todd Bowles to remark that Gage is "getting back to normal." Brianna Dix of the team's official site also notes the 27-year-old looked effective, using both a double move and inside leverage to record catches. Assuming he continues free of setbacks, it seems likely Gage will be able to achieve full practice participation before the end of the week.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Back on practice field

    Gage (undisclosed) was on the field for practice Sunday, Greg Auman of Fox Sports reports. Gage had missed the Buccaneers' first three sessions of training camp due to a previously undisclosed issue, though Auman relays that the receiver had been tending to a leg injury. The 27-year-old was in full uniform Sunday and was spotted running routes without any obvious limitations, so he looks like he'll have a clean bill of health heading into the Buccaneers' Aug. 11 preseason opener versus the Steelers.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Working his way back

    Gage (undisclosed) isn't quite back to full strength, but he won't be placed on the PUP list for the start of training camp, Jenna Laine of ESPN reports. Gage missed June minicamp with an undisclosed injury, and while he apparently is still in recovery mode six weeks later, the Bucs don't seem worried about his Week 1 availability. The 27-year-old agreed to reduce his base salary from $10 million to $7 million this offseason, setting him up for another year as the No. 3 receiver alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin after injuries marred Gage's first season in Tampa.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Not practicing

    Gage is being held out of Tuesday's practice with an unspecified injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Gage was forced out of Tampa Bay's wild-card loss to Dallas in January after a hard hit led to a concussion and possible neck injury, but this latest issue likely is unrelated given that he participated in the early portion of OTAs. He agreed to reduce his base salary from $10 million to $7 million this March, getting a full guarantee in exchange. Gage thus figures to operate as Tampa's No. 3 receiver again, though he mostly disappointed last season and is now set up to catch passes from either Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask in 2023.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Reworks contract

    The Buccaneers restructured Gage's contact Sunday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Gage agreed to adjust his 2023 base salary from $10 million to $7 million, thus creating some slight relief for the cap-strapped Buccaneers. This renegotiated contract does fully guarantee his payment for the 2023 season, which represents a $2 million increase in guaranteed salary, according to Greg Auman of Fox Sports. Gage's new deal also includes multiple salary incentives that will give him an opportunity to earn back some of his previous salary.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Avoids neck injury

    Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles confirmed Tuesday that Gage (concussion) has movement in all of his extremities and should be released from the hospital later Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Gage was hospitalized after exiting late in the fourth quarter of Monday's 31-14 loss to the Cowboys in the wild-card round upon taking a hit to the back of his head/neck area. While Gage has been diagnosed with a concussion, Bowles disclosed that the Buccaneers have ruled out any neck injury for the veteran receiver. Provided he isn't experiencing long-term symptoms of the concussion, Gage looks like he'll be a full participant by the time OTAs begin in the spring. Gage, who tallied two catches for 10 yards on eight targets before exiting Monday's contest, finished the regular season -- his first in Tampa Bay -- with a 51-426-5 receiving line over 13 games.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Has movement in all extremities

    The Buccaneers announced Tuesday that Gage (concussion/neck) remained overnight for additional testing at a local hospital following Monday's loss to the Cowboys, and that he has regained movement in all his extremities. Tampa Bay's statement notes that Gage will undergo additional testing Tuesday. The wideout had to be carted off the field during Monday's wild-card playoff loss against Dallas due to a neck injury and concussion. The Buccaneers will provide further updates about the 26-year-old's health as more information becomes available.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Suffers concussion Monday

    Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said postgame that Gage sustained a concussion during Monday's wild-card loss to Dallas, and he was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated for an additional neck injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Gage had to be carted off the field after sustaining this injury late in the fourth quarter, as he was down on the field for some time following a hit from behind to his head and neck. Bowles added that the 26-year-old had movement in his extremities before being transported to the hospital, per Smith. This subsequent medical examination should provide more clarity on the nature and extent of this potential neck injury as well.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Strong contributions again Sunday

    Gage brought in five of six targets for 65 yards in the Buccaneers' 19-16 overtime win over the Cardinals on Sunday night. Gage put together another strong performance despite Julio Jones garnering active status after missing the Week 15 loss to the Bengals with a knee injury. Gage's yardage total checked in second on the night for the Bucs, and he made critical 23- and 13-yard grabs on the game-winning drive in overtime despite appearing to hurt his leg on each catch. The veteran wideout's 18 targets over the last pair of contests is certainly encouraging after he played a minimal role for weeks, and it remains to be seen if Tom Brady will lean heavily on him again in a pivotal Week 17 home divisional clash against the Panthers.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Week 16 Adds (WR Preview)

    The Cardinals have been pretty good against No. 1 wide receivers this season and pretty terrible at everything else defensively. Gage has turned into a red-zone threat for Tom Brady with three touchdowns in his past two games and earned 12 targets last week with Julio Jones out. If Jones is out again, Gage is a No. 3 wide receiver against Arizona.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Week 16 Waiver Priority List

    Gage had a breakout game in Week 15 against Cincinnati with Julio Jones (knee), and maybe Gage can step up again in Week 16 against Arizona. Gage had eight catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns on 12 targets against the Bengals, and he also scored in Week 14 at San Francisco. We'll see if he can have a strong finish to a disappointing season, especially if Jones is out, and Gage can be a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Week 16 in deeper leagues.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: In line for No. 3 role Sunday

    Gage is expected to slot into the No. 3 receiver role in Sunday's game against the Bengals with Julio Jones (knee) inactive for the contest, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Gage has plenty of experience stepping up in the wide receiver pecking order, considering Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Jones have all missed time to varying degrees this season. However, the expanded opportunities haven't led to much meaningful fantasy production, as Gage enters Sunday's game with a modest 32-254-2 line across nine contests.
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  • Buccaneers' Russell Gage: Scores team's only TD in loss

    Gage brought in both targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 35-7 loss to the 49ers in Week 14. Gage was responsible for the Bucs' only reason to celebrate on the afternoon, making a literal shoestring scoring grab on a ball that caromed off both teammate Chris Godwin and the 49ers' Fred Warner at the goal line, just barely managing to break the plane, as confirmed by instant replay review. The modest numbers overall were par for the course in a disappointing, injury-riddled first season in Tampa Bay for Gage, however, as he'll carry a 32-254-2 line and tallies of 39 receiving yards or less in six consecutive contests into a Week 15 home interconference matchup against the Bengals.
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