We’ve already seen a national media outlet come out suggest the Buccaneers part ways with wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Now we have another outlet suggesting Tampa Bay has a big decision to make with not only Jackson, but also newly acquired Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry.
ESPN released their latest insider article where they discussed each team’s biggest roster decision. For the Bucs, they feel their biggest decisions to may come by way of Pierre-Paul, Jackson, and Curry.
The Bucs have a strong record of shrewd cap management that creates flexibility for the team year after year. (Short version: They rely less on signing bonuses and more on initial roster bonuses.) GM Jason Licht remade his defensive line this offseason, trading for Jason Pierre-Paul and signing defensive end Vinny Curry, among a host of other moves. But both of those players, along with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, enter the final year in which their base salary includes guaranteed money. At their respective apexes, each can be a critical cog and legitimate difference-maker. This season will serve as a litmus test as to whether each or all will figure into the mix on a more long-term basis.
Yes, the Bucs have been wizards with contracts and when it comes down to looking contracts for Jameis Winston, Kwon Alexander, and some others the same rules will apply. But according to Spotrac, those three they mentioned make up nearly $33-million between them for 2019.
With 2018 being a make or break season in some cases, the outcome of the upcoming season will decide the fate of those three.