Bucs Tied For Last In Player Salaries

March 14th, 2010

Look, Joe’s a journalist. He’s been trained for decades to be objective. Sometimes, Joe’s fault is to give someone the benefit of the doubt maybe too often.

It’s getting hard for Joe to continue to do this with the Bucs, but Joe is biting his tongue. He understands where Mark Dominik is coming from; totally gets it.

But it’s missives like what Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times wrote today, and unearthed salary figures from Mike Florio, the creator, curator and overall guru of ProFootballTalk.com, that make Joe wonder if he is being a sap?

Per Florio, the Bucs are tied with the Chiefs for the lowest players’ payroll in the NFL.

Based on the numbers, the following franchises are, to date, taking full advantage of the lack of a salary floor: the Chiefs ($79 million), the Buccaneers ($79 million), the Jaguars ($81 million), the Bengals ($85 million), the Cardinals ($91 million), the Rams ($92 million), the Bills ($98 million).

What rankles Joe is that three of the most notorious skinflints in NFL history are paying more for players than the Bucs — Mike Brown, whose greatest talent Joe can decipher was the fact he was bred by an NFL legend, world class carpetbagger Bill Bidwill and senile Ralph Wilson.

And to think that Brown and Bidwill were able to piece together playoff teams while counting their nickels!

And the Jags, who can’t draw flies to a game! Can you imagine?

Makes Chucky seem like a damned good coach, doesn’t it, cobbling together a winning team with duct tape and chewing gum?

This makes Joe hate English kickball even more.

24 Responses to “Bucs Tied For Last In Player Salaries”

  1. justin F Says:

    and its only gonna get worse

  2. Louie Says:

    The “Glazerhouse” moniker isn’t so far fetched, eh?

  3. Eric Says:

    Better be one hell of a draft……….

  4. JK Says:

    Joe, I don’t understand why you continually attack Gruden given he did give Tampa the only championship they will ever have. He proved himself in Oakland and again with the Bucs. The Glazerhouses were lucky to have ever hired him. Why can’t you see what the owners are doing? It’s as plain as the nose on your face.

  5. tampa2 Says:

    JK, I didn’t read it that way! Sounds as though Joe complimented Gruden for winning with patched-together teams. The day Gruden was fired began the basement era!

  6. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    Glazerhouse moniker is PERFECT

  7. Eric Says:

    Worst coach in the league
    Worst GM in the league
    Worst ownership in the league.

    GO BUCS!

  8. gt40bear Says:

    While I agree that Bucs ownership is sliding…er racing towards Culverhousedom, it’s hard to have a large payroll with the duds this team is composed of! Looks like the Bucs of the ’80s all over again.I guess it’s chicken and egg deal.

  9. Marc Says:


    “Makes Chucky seem like a damned good coach, doesn’t it, cobbling together a winning team with duct tape and chewing gum?”-JOE

    What exactly were you reading when you comae to the conclusion Joe was attacking Gruden?

  10. Joe Says:


    Joe was not “continually attacking” Chucky nor does he “continually attack” Chucky. If you think that, you have a very vivid imagination.


    JK is hypersensative to anything Chucky. Joe just types his name and JK goes crazy.

    Joe swears if he would type, “Chucky’s wife is hot and his son is a good football player” JK would claim Joe is doing some hatchet job on Chucky.

  11. Marc Says:


    Its probably a good idea to wait untill the actual season starts before we start comparing the diffrent spending demographics from around the leauge. Not saying I feel good about where this team seems to be headed, just saying. If history has proven anything it’s that lot WILL happen between now and week 1.

  12. thomas Says:

    joe, thanks for the honesty and objectivity. i was beginning to become concerned that u were also becoming soft and subjective in favor of the org – like your competitor.

    i understand waiting for a news cba b4 committing big money long term, just be honest about it.

    this build through the draft b.s. is dishonest.

  13. Al Says:

    All of these teams with the exception of the Bengals and maybe the Cardinals (who just got rid of a few pricey players) are in rebuilding mode. All of them are filled with young and unproven players who do not have big cap eating contracts.

    There is just no one avaliable to us who fits awhat we are trying to do as a franchise that is worth spending money on.

    Only draft picks can get us quality players right now and Dominik has stated he’s worked hard to collect all of our picks and does not seem likely to relinquish any of the upper tier picks.

  14. zech Says:

    Just don’t know y the glazers just don’t come out and tell us there plan I mean they might aswell say that there puttn all there money in man u instead of the bucs! Glazers need to comeout and say somethin!

  15. Jake Says:

    Gruden and Allen were forced to sign over the hill and bargain basement players due to the salary cap hell Rich McKay left them him when he bolted for Atlanta. Once Allen diligently got them out of cap trouble and in a position to be players in free agency they still forced to shop from the discount rack and ultimately fired by the Glazers. When Gruden states he felt “betrayed by the Glazers” what do you think he was referring to? Gruden wasnt going to be the good soldier for our jackass owners any longer while they ran the Bucs on a dime store budget and was ultimately fired. Dominik and Morris were hired at a savings and will do whatever the Glazers want them to.

  16. BigMacAttack Says:

    JOE, WTF???

    Have you been to Bucs.com today?

    They have a picture of your woman, RW, front and center.

    Stalk it up bud.

  17. RastaMon Says:

    figures….we can’t even WIN last place

  18. Joe Says:


    The Bucs web people know how to get pageviews.

  19. CreamsiclePasties Says:

    There’s really no doubt about what’s going on here…

    The Glazers are going to limp through this season in the hope that either a lockout or stern negotiations reshape their size of the pie…..

    If a lockout seems imminent by the end of next season they’ll be luck to get 15K people to the game

  20. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Yeeaaa!!!!! The Bucs are #1.

    finally we are Number 1 in something!

  21. chucky Says:

    Hey the Chucksters wife IS hot!!!!

    Well aren’t you glad you hired Raheem NOW?????

  22. Tom Says:

    Welcome to the party Joe. It’s took you a while to figure out this “mystery” but I’m sure if it wasn’t for those damn kids and their little dog too those Glazers would have really duped us all.

    Oh, you mean this was common knowledge? Oh, then never mind.

    Maybe next year you’ll figure out that Bobby Bowden really wasn’t doing FSU any favors by hanging on 10 years too long while the program imploded underneath him.

    But I guess I’ll have to be patient and take things one revelation at a time 😉

  23. 08tefish Says:

    In light of the browns’ trades today, I have a feeling we’re going to get every opportunity to trade down (and will) if one of the two DT’s aren’t available. We are in prime position to rake in the extra picks and still get a great player early in the 1st…

  24. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Is that Clayton on his way out of town?