Is There Any Money Left?March 13th, 2014
The Bucs have rolled out six significant free-agent signings in the past two days. Add up roughly the annual pay of starting quarterback Josh McCown, new left tackle Anthony Collins, Michael Johnson, Alterraun Verner, Brandon Myers and Clinton McDonald, and you’re looking at about $31 million.
The Bucs entered free agency with roughly $25 million in 2014 salary cap room following Saturday’s cutting of Davin Joseph.
Releasing all-world cornerback Darrelle Revis added $16 million to the mix, and the ousting of Donald Penn today added another $7 million.
Do the math and the that’s about $17 million still available. However, the Bucs did re-sign Eric Page, Jamon Meredith, Jonathan Casillas and Danny Gorrer. So subtract at least $3 million right there, plus the Bucs still have their draft picks to sign and need to fill lots of bottom-of-the-roster holes.
There’s not a lot of cash left for a major signing.
Joe asked general manager Jason Licht whether he had room now to ink another significant free agent like he had today in Collins. Licht was a little vague, saying he and Lovie can reach their goals.
Digging a little deeper around One Buc Palace, the Bucs can still make major moves, but they would require additional roster shuffling. Keep in mind there’s still a very expensive punter on the team.