Spending Should Stay Out Of BalanceMarch 6th, 2014
With free agency looming in just five days — five days! – it’s the time of year Joe actually cares about accounting and salary cap numbers.
Per the reputable salary tracker OverTheCap.com, the Bucs have the seventh-highest amount of 2014 funds devoted to defense in the NFL. That’s stunning, especially considering it’s no secret Lovie Smith is gearing up to invest heavily and quickly at defensive end.
If the Bucs sign Jared Allen or Michael Bennett next week, Tampa Bay likely would be catapulted to the No. 2 defensive spenders behind Pittsburgh. And the Bucs still would need a starting strongside linebacker and cornerback depth.
That would evoke an interesting question; can a team get to the Super Bowl with such a lopsided investment strategy? Last season, the Seahawks and Broncos were pretty middle of the pack on both sides of the ball.
Joe doesn’t have a problem with an unbalanced allocation of funds. Lovie and Jason Licht need to time to work through old contracts and enact their strategy.
Of course, Darrelle Revis’ $16 million is a big part of the equation. Joe doesn’t think Revis is going anywhere in 2014, though possibly he could at the trade deadline if Revis doesn’t live up to his $1 million per game.
The Bucs surely will set elite standards for the performances of Revis and big-money Dashon Goldson. You just can’t keep guys at their salaries if they don’t deliver at superstar levels.