Where Will The Bucs Dish Out $25 Million?March 14th, 2011
Esteemed NFL Radio talking head and Sports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King was zeroing in on the Bucs and Chiefs today in his popular Monday Morning Quarterback column at SI.com.
King was upbeat about what he perceives as progress in the labor talks and was buzzing about the return of the salary cap. In its absence in 2010, the Bucs and Chiefs spent low and won high.
• Teams would have to spend 90 percent of the salary-cap number over the first three years of the new CBA. Last year, the Chiefs and Bucs both won 10 games and spent no more than $85 million on player salaries. Over the next three years, they’d have to raise that to at least $110.3 million, on average, per year. (That number would vary, depending on the salary-cap numbers the owners and players would agree to.)
So, per King’s calculations, the Bucs will have roughly $25 million to spend after meeting their salary totals of last year.
As Joe wrote earlier, that almost forces the Bucs into free agency, especially if they can’t re-sign their own players like Barrett Ruud and Davin Joseph, among others.
But even if they re-sign Ruud, who made more than $3 million last year, paying him, say, $6 million in 2011 only represents $3 million of that $25 million upgrade that will be forced upon Tampa Bay.
But later King goes on to say a 2011 season likely will be played without a cap as a labor deal is tied up in court. But regardless, salary cap or not, King writes that the Bucs would be wise to bring in Nnamdi Asomugha and pay him up to $20 million a season.
8. I think if I were Scott Pioli or Mark Dominik, running the contending Chiefs and Bucs, respectively, and with the aforementioned puny team salaries, I’d be on Asomugha. Very, very hard.
Joe’s been a bit worried about King ever since he suggested the Bucs might draft Mark Ingram in the first round. And now King is all over the place on the salary cap issue and the Bucs’ direction, especially since he knows that signing Asomugha would run counter to everything Mark Dominik appears to profess.
One thing is clear, though, King seems convinced that the Bucs should make a serious play to win it all in 2011. Why else would a team like the Bucs, with Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib, take Asomugha?