Bucs Have Room to Move

The day after the 2012 season ended, with the Buccaneers out of the playoff picture but feeling very good about the immediate future, General Manager Mark Dominik pointed out a pair of unrelated side items that could affect the team’s fortunes in 2013.  Specifically, Dominik referred to recent contract restructurings for WR Vincent Jackson and G Carl Nicks that would free up additional salary cap space in the coming season.

Whether the space would eventually be used to lure more free agents to Tampa – the Bucs made the NFL’s most dramatic impact in free agency in 2012 with Jackson, Nicks, Eric Wright and a handful of others – or to lock in part of the team’s existing nucleus, Dominik knew it was important.

“That has actually opened a lot of cap room for us going into 2013,” said Dominik at the time.  “A tremendous amount.  By the time we get to March [12th], we’ve got a chance to be involved in free agency again but we’ve also got a chance to try to retain this nucleus of players.  As more time comes out, I think more of those numbers will become public.  But that was a big commitment that our owners made and I think that should be encouraging for all fans about our football team.”

According to the NFL, the Bucs are in very good shape to take advantage of the salary cap.  The league has posted a photo gallery on NFL.com that ranks the teams from #32 to #1 in terms of anticipated available cap space in 2013.  The Jets are ranked last on the list, with a reported $23 million of overage to take care of before the new league year begins on March 12.  The Buccaneers are all the way up at #5.

The photo essay indicates an expected 2013 cap of $121 million per team.  Clubs like the Jets, whose collective contracts for 2013 would be over that number are required to make moves to ensure that isn’t true on March 12.  Those with anticipated numbers below $121 million can get ready to spend, if the right addition is available.

Things can obviously change between now and the second week of March.  Even the Jets could be in position to spend if they make the necessary moves.  Still, the Bucs appear to be in a favorable position right now, and that’s particularly true in comparison to the rest of the NFC South.  On the aforementioned list, New Orleans ranks 30th ($20.6 million over), Carolina ranks 29th ($13.7 million over) and Atlanta ranks 20th ($2.1 million under).

15 comments on “Bucs Have Room to Move

  1. RELEASE ERIC WRIGHT PLEASEEEE!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WOULD SAVE US A LOT OF MONEY. WE OVERPAID FOR THE HIM!

  2. preston on said:

    you will do better next summer tampa bay bucs 4 life

  3. Mike Peterson on said:

    we need to get some improvement in our secondary this year being 1st in rush D-fense and last in pass is bad

  4. Good read. Hopefully we are players this free agency like last year and address some of the needs that we have.

  5. James Smith III on said:

    I now live in N.C. but still an avid Buc’s fan the only way I wil get to see you on TV is if you do well so you guys put your shoulder to the wheel and getter done. P.S. I dispise the Panthers and have to watch them every time they play I always route for the other guys so I don’t make to many friends during FOOTBALL season. GOOD LUCK

  6. Could they get Tebow to Bucs?? Does anyone know??

  7. gogochuck on said:

    i live in Maryland….i am a big Tampabay bus fan…..go bucs all day…..we got next

  8. bucsfan10 on said:

    I would really like to see Wright and Biggers released and pick up Grimes(falcons), and Chromartie(eagles). Barber needs to play another 2 years. We need to move up to get Jones OLB(Georgia) and re sign Micheal Bennet. I would like to see Dakota Watson get some time in at OLB this year if we cant get Jones in the draft.
    I think Black is done :( And For Freeman… you just need to play some old school back yard football man! loosey goosey.

    Dominik, you can thank me later :)

    Go Bucs

  9. BUCCANEERS ALIVE AND WELL IN CALIFORINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. TB is #5 & way under the salary cap. They can be very productive again this yr, like last yr. What would you think about signing RB Steven Jackson during FA. This would give TB a dynamic tandem of RB’s, Doug Martin & Steven Jackson. Even if one got hurt, no loss of production. Plus ATL doesn’t get him to face twice in our div. Then more FA signings of CB’s or through draft. Even in the Darrelle Revis lock down corner race. Maybe one more LB like LaVontae David, possibly OLB Jones out of Georgia! Wicked LB’s. Poss best in NFL.

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