“We Will Have A Salary Cap”March 14th, 2011
Former NFL personnel executive Mike Lombardi, now a premier talking head on NFL Network (unavailable to Out House Networks prisoners), was yammering yesterday on the air about how “we will have a salary cap” in 2011.
And he went on to rattle off various free agents that teams won’t be able to re-sign due to budget limitations. The Bucs will have no such problems, of course.
During Lombardi’s chatter he talked about how the Jets will have to prepare now to re-sign Mark Sanchez to a massive deal as he gets closer to free agency. That got Joe thinking about how much Josh Freeman will eventually command.
But more important, the Bucs undoubtedly will have to pay some free agents hefty money to reach the new salary cap floor, when one is established for 2011 — and it likely will be a bigger floor than ever considering the players are negotiating for more money and league revenues are skyrocketing.
If Barrett Ruud and Davin Joseph walk, Joe wonders where that money will be spent. Perhaps the Bucs take a page out of some other teams’ playbooks and lock up some of their young players before they hit free agency.