When 1 + 1 = 3February 23rd, 2013
Joe gets a kick out of all the offseason news that doesn’t add up. Bucs fans have been treated to a good dose of that the past couple of days.
One example is Bucs beat writer Roy Cummings reporting that the Bucs are considering keeping Eric Wright and his $7.5 million contract for 2013 in tact, rather than cutting him and/or renegotiating his contract. But at nearly the same time, Cummings quotes Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik saying the Bucs will be very careful about using their cap space and the Bucs will not consider using the franchise tag on Michael Bennett or anyone else.
“We want to make sure we utilize (our cap space) to its best possible potential, because there are a lot of teams that are over the cap and in tough situations and we don’t want to get in that position. So, we’re going to be very smart with how we use the actual salary cap space that we have and the amount going forward, whatever that is and however long it takes.”
So are fans to believe the Bucs are actually considering keeping unreliable, overpaid and largely unproductive Eric Wright but not paying Michael Bennett a few extra million (franchise tag vs. new longterm contract per year) to stay in Tampa?
Joe isn’t buying it.
Joe doesn’t inhale much of the smoke blowing around these days. It’s the typical late-February wind around the NFL.