$19 Million And CountingMarch 3rd, 2014
Data haters can scroll down and stop reading, but money-friendly fans can take note. Per multiple reports on BSPN, the Bucs have $19 million available under the 2014 salary cap.
That’s plenty of cash to sign a quarterback, Jared Allen and Michael Bennett.
Of course, adding stud bookend defensive ends is purely a hypothetical, though it’s one that would let Lovie Smith sleep easily before the NFL Draft.
The Bucs could add to their available cash by extending the contract of Gerald McCoy and restructuring the terms of Darrelle Revis’ massive deal. They also could give highly-paid Davin Joseph and Donald Penn ultimatums that both likely would accept, versus testing the open market.
Remember, Lovie Smith says there should be no nickels left in the vault when it comes to paying players.
The Bucs have options, and that’s a great thing, especially when you only have five draft picks in 2014 — the fewest of any NFL team.
Joe’s still very curious to see how Michael Vick’s future plays out when the NFL free agency dinner bell rings in eight short days. Of course, Joe is rooting for Vick to land in Oakland, or with any team in need of a quarterback that has a draft pick higher than the Bucs’. That can only help the odds of Johnny Football landing in his rightful home — Tampa.