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Buccaneers hint at new helmet and logo

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The Bucs' current helmet, as seen on RB Doug Martin last season. The Bucs' current helmet, as seen on RB Doug Martin last season.
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The Buccaneers have a new head coach and general manager. Now their uniforms are getting a makeover too.

Bucs legend Warren Sapp, now a commentator on the NFL Network, was first to break the news.

"New @TBBuccaneers helmet coming for 2014! Wait til you see this thing!!" he tweeted Tuesday.

Moments later, the Bucs' Twitter account made it seemingly official, asking, "What do you think of the upcoming unveiling of an updated helmet and logo #Bucs fans?"

NFL teams regularly overhaul their uniforms. But the change is not undertaken lightly -- it's generally thought to be a 24-month process involving market research, computer simulation, and input from uniform experts at league partner Nike.

The Bucs have not changed their look since the famous 1997 makeover that dumped the old 'Bucco Bruce' creamsicle uniforms in favor of the more modern red and pewter pirate flag.

That update coincided with the arrival of a new coach named Tony Dungy. Now, the Bucs have hired one of Dungy's protégés as a head coach and appear poised for an update to their look once again.

Sapp says we'll have to watch the NFL Network Thursday night at 8 to see the new unis. The only hint he offered? The facemask will be chrome.

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