Buccaneers Off-Season Spending: The Salary Cap for the NFL is at $127 million, the salary floor is at $111 million. The Bucs had $61 million (roughly) in cap space heading into the off-season. That puts them having to spend at minimum $45 million to meet the Salary Floor. They currently have spent:
Needing to spend at the very least $45 million, per the totals above they have spent about $30 million (not counting Nugent/Koutouvides) contracts… That leaves them with another $15 million left to spend (roughly) in order to meet the NFL’s salary floor. This leaves the Bucs with about $31 million left under the cap. The Bucs clearly have a couple moves left to make. It wouldn’t hurt if they attempted to bring in another Cornerback to provide depth, and a safety for the same reason if Sabby is expected to start alongside Tanard. A veteran linebacker (Angelo Crowell?) wouldn’t be bad either considering Ruud is only 25 years old and can’t do it all. We also need a Fullback should Askew not be brought back, to pair with Byron Storer (unless of course they utilize Graham in that role).
Disclaimer: I majored in Economics, but I’m not an accountant so let me know if you see any discrepancies or if I didn’t include all of the signed players thus far (
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Jonathan Vilma, Jermaine Phillips, Alvin Harper)