Spend To The Max, Says LovieJanuary 14th, 2014
The Bucs are not known for spending up to the NFL salary cap limit. Through the past couple of regimes, somehow they found themselves with millions of dollars of unused cash.
Joe wishes he had that problem.
Last year at this time, the Bucs, per ESPN, were ”in the best cap shape in the division” after carrying over about $10 million in unspent dough from 2012. For years during the Raheem Morris regime, the Bucs hovered near the salary spending “floor.” The Bucs had loads of unspent cash in 2010 when they opted to pass on Julius Peppers — the guy Lovie signed in Chicago — while Tampa Bay rolled with Stylez White at right defensive end.
Right now, the Bucs are way under the salary cap entering 2014, whereas the Saints have massive cap issues, for example. Lovie Smith believes in spending. He wants players, not good-looking savings accounts, so he told Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com last week.
“We need to get our new general manager in here, but just as a general rule, you know there’s a reason why there is a salary cap. And we want to use all of our resources to get as many good football players in here. It’s kind of as simple as that,” Lovie says.
“We want to be right up; we don’t want to have a lot of money in reserves. No one does. I mean you want to use money to get as many good football players. And it takes money to get good football players in here. So that’s our approach.”
Lovie went on to say he looks forward to impressing potential free agents with first-class facilities, premium pay and doing everything “top of the line.”
That was all very intriguing, and it’s an area where Bucs fans and Joe can hold Lovie accountable.