More confirmation of something we already knew: Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins will both stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year without taking a pay cut. After Jason Licht said as much a couple of weeks ago, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times now reports the same thing.
Mankins and Jackson are both very well-paid, making $7 million and $9.8 million respectively this season. Those are hefty numbers for a pair of veterans on the decline, but both players are still solid starters who will be hard to replace -- and their locker-room influence probably played a role in the decision to hang on to both of them.
Besides that, the Bucs also have plenty of cap room. With the salary cap bumping up to at least $143 million, the Bucs currently have somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million in cap space, and that's before expected cuts to players like Anthony Collins, Dashon Goldson and Michael Koenen, which would save them over $10 million in cap space.
The Bucs are once again set to have the cap space to sign a lot of free agents this offseason. There's no need to cut a pair of quality starters in Vincent Jackson and Logan Mankins.