Cap Already A Factor For 2013?

May 24th, 2012

Joe’s not a big salary numbers geek, but Joe knows many fans go bananas about that kind of chatter. So here goes.

ESPN blogger Pat Yasinskas accessed the coveted Disney data and spit out a take on the Bucs salary cap considerations and how Kellen Winslow’s trade might have had, in part, money behind the move.

But the Bucs spent big in free agency this year and next year’s going to be a different story. The cap isn’t expected to be much more than $120 million in 2013. Prior to the Winslow deal, the Bucs already had $117.4 million committed toward next year’s draft. By trading Winslow, the Bucs erased his $5.6 million cap figure for 2013, so that drops them down to $111.8 for the moment. But that’s going to change quickly. First-round draft picks Mark Barron and Doug Martin will sign contracts that will take up several million dollars of cap space next year. And the overall view of Tampa Bay’s cap situation could change dramatically after the 2012 season because some of the young players could trigger escalator clauses and it’s possible the team could look to extend the contracts of quarterback Josh Freeman and some others between now and next offseason.

Joe’s not on board with the logic that Winslow’s ouster was about money. And despite Yasinskas’ further writings, Joe doesn’t believe the Bucs have any real salary cap concerns entering 2013. The Bucs have some big contracts, like Quincy Black’s and Jeremy Trueblood’s, that are very likely to be history.

16 Responses to “Cap Already A Factor For 2013?”

  1. Dew Says:

    You know, Coach Schiano did say once about the Winslow trade that at this level there is a business side to things. Perhaps the cap was a bigger factor than we thought.

    Did you see that Claiborne can’t practice until late July due to the surgery he had on his wrist. I read somewhere that Dallas didn’t even have him in for a visit before the draft. Maybe they wish they had now. And it also explains why Jenkins is not available for trade.

  2. Patrick Says:

    And aren’t we still paying Clayton too?

  3. Matt Says:

    Our cap situation next year will improve slightly if GMC has another injury plagued or bad year. They’ll ask him to take a pay cut which will help too. Talib and barber will be off the books too. So we will have a bit of room to play with.

  4. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I’ll worry about next year’s cap…next year.

    If certain players don’t do better this year, we’re going to see a bunch of space open up.

  5. Jarret Says:

    Quincy Black has to know this a make or break year for him. Im very interested to see how he performs. As for Trueblood, amazing to me he’s still on the team after how bad he’s played in back to back seasons. Being butt buddies with David Joseph isnt enough of a reason to keep him around.

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  7. George Says:

    @Patrick… uh no, we’re not still paying Clayton… Any guaranteed money was already paid and the salary cap impact would’ve been taken LONG ago.

  8. Snook Says:

    ESPN sucks. Here’s a perfect example:

    This is from their “Future Power Rankings”

    “Roster: There is youth on this roster due to pretty good recent drafts, and that bodes well for the future. They are in good shape at the offensive skill positions with some work to do on the offensive line. On defense, they are young and talented in the front four, but there is a lot of work to do in the back seven. The player they can build around is rookie safety Mark Barron. — Horton”

    Work to do on the offensive line? Huh?

    Like I’ve said before, I truly feel sorry for people who use ESPN as their main source of NFL news. They’re truly lost. Or not really fans.

  9. Brandon Says:

    I’m pretty sure Trueblood is in the last year of his 2 year deal.

  10. BigBear Says:

    Trueblood’s contract ends after this year, so yes it will be history. I have doubt that he will be resigned unless he has very solid year.

  11. bucfanjeff Says:

    With Schiano, every player is in a contract year…or had better play like it anyway.

  12. dan Says:

    idk, we were still paying chucky till last year right? or was it the year before

  13. Chris FWC Says:

    What a disgrace to the #58 jersey. Wish QBlack would just go away.

  14. Macabee Says:

    If Mickey Loomis can sign Ben Grubbs and Broderick bunkley with 5mil over the cap, then sign Chris Chamberlain, Curtis Lofton, and David Hawthorne with 1.5mil over the cap, then Mark Dominik should have no problem with the 2013 cap if he takes the Mickey Loomis correspondence course on “How to sign top-tier FAs with no money”! lol

    On a serious note, we will be fine for 2013 because as Joe suggests you can expect cap-heavy players to be cut as was Winslow. Anyway here’s another opinion for the capologist out there. Just remember anything can change and probably will!

  15. Snook Says:

    Its a JOKE that McCoy’s cap number is $12.6 million for 2013.

    What a disgrace those old rookie salaries used to be…

  16. Oahubuc Says:

    Excellent choice of picture for this particular article.