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Free agent pipe dreams



First off lets start with the cold hard facts. there is not a ton of money for the Bucs to spend in free agency. that is just a fact. after the Bucs resign Mike Williams and Micheal Bennette there just is not a lot of money left. Next even if the Bucs do not resign Bennett , free agency is a horrible plan of action at this point in the game WHY? well simply the NFL is now going to have the biggest changes us the fans have ever been threw!!
Now lets start touching base on the changes we are about to see as fans. 1) FA salaries are going to escalate at a pace we as fans have never seen before. the salary cap will increase at a pace of 5% or more per year starting in 2014. Well that increase does not sound like a lot untill u multiply by 32 then you're looking at a figure of around 180 million a year or more league wide being spent on a select few players.. I personally think Dom was very smart for making his free agency splash when he did so. The contracts that were signed this past year will look cheap by the 2014 off season. . Agents know that these increases are coming and they are pricing them into contracts. You couple the fact of the increases with the fact that you have a rookie salary cap and Its easy to see what can quickly happen to FA contracts.. 2) Rookie salary cap.. Well teams finally have a rookie cap. this is all fine and dandy . It protects a team from big money problems if a player does not work out., But on the flip side , Next year we will begin to see a record amount of 1st round rookies lookin to restructure their rookie contract early and they should. While the rookie cap has kept down the rookie pay scale I for one in do not life under the ideah or the pipe dream that players like RG3 ,JJ Watts or Doug Martin will ever play more than 3 years for a couple of million dollars a year. This players will want to renegotiate rookie contracts at a record pace.. What does this mean to teams like the Bucs Well it gives the team great leverage when redoing a contract. Much more than in past years. In Past years the said players were making much more money so waiting for a contract to expire was not a big deal. Well 2 mill a year is peanuts for a player like Doug Martin , Not to do redo this contracts and to receive a discount for doing so you need cap space. this is the main reason id like for the Bucs to stay out of free agency.. id much rather spend the cap space we have redoing player contracts a year or 2 early and receive a discount on a player than to get into bidding wars, I believe that the GMs who get this will be the most successful

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