May 9, 2021

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The Salary Cap Conundrum

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For the first time since January 2003, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are Super Bowl Champions. After a dramatic offseason, we thought it was possible that we could not have football in 2020, Buccaneers’ general manager Jason Licht signed quarterback Tom Brady. Then shortly along came Brady’s longtime Patriots teammate tight end Rob Gronkowski after he spent time in retirement. The Buccaneers would again sign big-name free agent running back Leonard Fournette from the Jacksonville Jaguars and big-name wide receiver Antonio Brown.

When Bruce Arians came to Tampa Bay in 2019, he and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles had put together a Tony Dungy and Monte Kiffin like defense for the future. The Buccaneers signed defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and drafting defensive lineman Vita Vea. Linebacker Lavonte David has been with the Buccaneers since the Greg Schiano era, and they also drafted linebacker Devin White in the first round. In 2019 Tampa Bay also signed linebackers Shaquil Barrett and signed Jason Pierre-Paul in 2018, who spent his entire career with the New York Giants and already erned his second Super Bowl.

Besides Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Mike Evans, Antonio Brown on Tampa Bay’s potent offense., with pretty much the entire front seven on the Buccaneers defense, you have to think about the offseason salary cap with free agency coming up. Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans volunteered a pay cut to keep everyone together for next season. That shows what a team player Mike Evans is, and I hope that Jason Licht takes him up on his offer.

There are other players that the Bucs could be in danger of losing due to the salary cap, but players like Devin White are still under a rookie contract and his two more years left on it. Jason Licht will have a hard decision to make when it comes to free agency, but hopefully, he won’t have to do too much due to Mike Evans’ offer.

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