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Expanding on the Jason Licht press conference

Buccaneers will have plenty of cap space after cuts are made.

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There are tons of questions currently surrounding the Tampa bay Buccaneers and in the coming weeks and months, many of those questions will be answered.

General manager Jason Licht will be a busy man this off season. Not only does he have to find a new head coach, but he also has to reconstruct the roster and at the same time, focus on some of the best prospects in college. But hey, that’s why they get paid the big bucks.

Back to that roster point. When Licht spoke to the media on Monday afternoon, he had this to say when asked whether or not their needs to be drastic changes in the teams personnel for the 2019 season.

“You tweak your roster every year. We have a lot of young talent, like I said. We have a lot of guys that we really like. More so this year than in previous years. Still have a lot of work to do, but we have a lot of flexibility in our contracts, in our salary cap, in the way we do things – that we can add more players. The answer isn’t always adding the splashy superstar. To find some good players, we’ll have flexibly to do that.”

One part of that quote was really telling when I read it and it’s the part in which he talks about the teams salary cap and the flexibility they have this off season when it comes to managing contracts.

Currently, as things stand right now, the Buccaneers are projected to have about $30 million dollars in cap space, after the NFL increases the cap, as it does every year. Without that increase, Tampa Bay would have $17 million.

After two consecutive 5-11 seasons, the Buccaneers will look to shake things up a bit and here are some of the guys that Licht was referring too when he said the team has flexibility. The following players can be cut and will leave behind no dead cap. After I give the list, I will give the players I would move on from.

Jason Pierre Paul ($14.5 million), Gerald McCoy ($13 million), DeSean Jackson ($10 million), Lavonte David ($9.75 million), Vinny Curry ($8 million), Cameron Brate ($7 million), Demar Dotson ($4.725 million), Mitch Unrein and William Gholston ($3.75 million each), Bryan Anger ($3 million) and Evan Smith ($2 million).

That is a total of 11 players the Buccaneers could realistically move on from when the new league year begins. Obviously, not all players will be released, but here are some of the moves I would make to increase that cap room for the new regime.

1. Cut/trade Gerald McCoy. Best case scenario is you get a third round pick for him, but either way, the production and salary cap number doesn’t match up anymore and this team can use that $13 million on many different positions.

2. Cut/trade DeSean Jackson. Again, maybe you can get a mid round pick for him, but that’s unlikely. Both sides want to move on and it’s only a matter of time. Add another $10 million to the bank roll.

3. Cut Gholston and Unrein. Both can’t stay, but one could make it on the roster next season for depth purposes. Heck, no one has seen Unrein since July because of a concussion and Gholston didn’t really make much of an impact either for the second year in a row. With a loaded D line class, I think the Buccaneers can draft at least one of these guys replacements. Cut Unrein and Gholston. Add $7.25 million.

4. Cut Cameron Brate. This move may come as a surprise to many, but Brate is expandable to me, especially when the new coaching staff realizes O.J. Howard shouldn’t come off the field. The Buccaneers have talent at the tight end position and frankly $7 million is too expensive for a number two tight end. Use this money to shore up depth along the offensive line.

5. Cut Bryan Anger. He has declined over the last three seasons and the Buccaneers will save $3 million. This is a no brainer.

Those six moves would bring the Buccaneers to about $70.25 million dollars in cap space. This allows them to address many different areas and with a top five pick, this adds to why the Buccaneers job is an attractive one to many coaches.