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The Buccaneers are salary cap floor-compliant

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Since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been very liberal in their spending in recent years, I don't see a lot of questions about the salary cap floor anymore. But I still have to do a yearly post on how it's irrelevant and doesn't force the Bucs to spend anything. Pro Football Talk made it easy this year by reporting that all but two NFL teams are in compliance in an article that warns that the impending free agency bonanza may not materialize.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, only the Jaguars and Raiders currently are behind the 89-percent minimum based on the first three years of the current four-year window. Once the salary cap is locked in for 2016, the NFL and NFL Players Association will be able to calculate the total amount that each team needs to spend in order to get to the minimum.

As I keep repeating every year: the way the salary cap floor is set up makes it basically irrelevant. It's based on spending 89% over a four-year period (2013-2016), is only accounted over the entire period after the full four years are up (so a team can be well below 89% in any single year), and the punishment for failing to comply is that the league takes the amount your team is short and redistributes it to players -- which isn't much of a punishment at all.

The Buccaneers aren't about to fall under the limit by not spending enough this year, either. They're already at around $115 million of an expected $155 million cap. That's 74%, and that's before we get to free agency, draft picks and in-season signings. They're easily going to make it to 89% for this year, which would be $137 million in spending -- and they're likely well over the 89% over the previous three years given the fact that only three teams have spent more in free agency since 2012, meaning they don't need to get even close to that number to be cap floor compliant.

So once again, the cap floor is irrelevant for the Bucs.