Cap Already A Factor For 2013?May 24th, 2012
Joe’s not a big salary numbers geek, but Joe knows many fans go bananas about that kind of chatter. So here goes.
ESPN blogger Pat Yasinskas accessed the coveted Disney data and spit out a take on the Bucs salary cap considerations and how Kellen Winslow’s trade might have had, in part, money behind the move.
But the Bucs spent big in free agency this year and next year’s going to be a different story. The cap isn’t expected to be much more than $120 million in 2013. Prior to the Winslow deal, the Bucs already had $117.4 million committed toward next year’s draft. By trading Winslow, the Bucs erased his $5.6 million cap figure for 2013, so that drops them down to $111.8 for the moment. But that’s going to change quickly. First-round draft picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin will sign contracts that will take up several million dollars of cap space next year. And the overall view of Tampa Bay’s cap situation could change dramatically after the 2012 season because some of the young players could trigger escalator clauses and it’s possible the team could look to extend the contracts of quarterback Josh Freeman and some others between now and next offseason.
Joe’s not on board with the logic that Winslow’s ouster was about money. And despite Yasinskas’ further writings, Joe doesn’t believe the Bucs have any real salary cap concerns entering 2013. The Bucs have some big contracts, like Quincy Black’s and Jeremy Trueblood’s, that are very likely to be history.