For the third time this off season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have restructured Mike Evans contract.
Evans, arguably the team’s best player, is the smartest player on the roster to restructure because you don’t have to worry about any dead money with him. Evans will likely be a Buccaneer throughout the remainder of his contract.
According to Field Yates, the Buccaneers have created an additional $1.6 million in cap space with this restructure.
Source: the Bucs converted $2M of WR Mike Evans base salary into a bonus, creating $1.6M in 2019 cap space. Tampa had been tight to the cap before this maneuver.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 5, 2019
With week one just three short days away, it’s hard to see the Buccaneers bringing in an impact player in that time via a trade, but this move does indeed create some much needed cap space for the team.
Rosters are always moving in the NFL and Bruce Arians has stated several times that this current roster likely won’t last throughout the season.
If the offensive line struggles in the first two weeks of the season, you could see the Buccaneers attempt to upgrade the position with the near $6-million dollars they have in cap space.