“Taking A One-Year Hiccup There In Terms Of Salary Might Be The Best Move You Can Do”

March 5th, 2021

“Hiccups on the way, Mr. Glazer.”

Patience is extra critical this year for general manager Jason Licht and all his brethren around the NFL.

Here were are four days — four — from the franchise tag deadline and nobody knows exactly what the salary cap is. There’s more clarity shopping in an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games. 

Not one NFL player has been tagged.

An answer on how much teams have to spend is forthcoming, but it seems the only thing certain is the salary cap will be slashed leaguewide because of losses due to The Sickness. Meanwhile, the free agency feeding frenzy starts in 10 days, when dozens of signings will fall from the sky when the “tampering” window opens.

Former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik was examining free agency during his regular hosting gig at SiriusXM NFL Radio this week. Dominik dove into the uncertainty, how GM’s must be “very disciplined this year,” and how cap answers will provide comfort and stability in the market.

And then Dominik shared what many insiders note: a flurry of good players will play cheap for 2021 on one-year deals with the expectation that the salary cap will explode in 2022.

That led Dominik to speculate that landing in Tampa on a one-year, high-profile dance for a Super Bowl will be enticing — and smart.

“Taking a one-year hiccup [with the Bucs] in terms of salary might be the best move you can do,” Dominik said.

Bring on the hiccups! Don’t hold your breath too long, though.

The Bucs must lock down their talented in-demand players (you know the names) and Joe suspects few will be interested in one-year deals. Bucco Bruce Arians likely wants to stick with the guys he trusts and knows, and it appears Licht has the same mindset.

31 Responses to ““Taking A One-Year Hiccup There In Terms Of Salary Might Be The Best Move You Can Do””

  1. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Spend $ on the D.
    The $ spent on Godwin could be spent on 4 quality FA’s and the 1st round pick could be a WR like Rashod Bateman, a former Minnesota teammate of Tyler Johnson.

  2. SlyPirate Says:


    Shaq and Lenny “breaking the bank” proves FAs can come to Tampa, show out in a Super Bowl run and get majorly paid the following year.

    PLUS: They’ll have fun in the sun, play with the goat, and make a title run.

    Licht is preparing for a windfall in FA!


  3. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Me & Clevis from Clovis aren’t listening to anything Mark Dominik says unless it’s regarding keeping a youthful, glowing complexion

  4. BA4President Says:

    Joe, Can we go over the cap this year and then deal with less cap space in 2022? Isn’t the whole cap thing based on staying within an average?

  5. PassingThru Says:

    Denver just franchise tagged Justin Simmons, again.

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    I have said the exact same thing for months. THIS is the year to set yourself up for the BIG payday, and there will be a gaggle of one-year dealios. It’s not the year to squeeze blood from the low-cap turnip.

    Historically, the cap goes up $10+ million a year. It’s *down* $15 million this year. I’d say if things return to normal, it *could* go up $25-35+ million for 2022. That is when a player can really “break the bank.”

  7. m0j0 Says:

    Of all years, this is the one where we can get Free Agents to come in droves. We will have our pick. Hopefully we can get two or three on cheap deals that contribute like Antonio and Lenny did.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We don’t want FAs except our own…..but if we need a couple of 1year deals….they will be there.

  9. crazybucs_CL Says:

    there is no guaranty what so ever that “our own” will be the same as they where in SB. What is guaranty is the depth, so better have the money and bring/keep a small team of good players, ours and/or FA, then” break the bank” for two-three players that if they under perform and/or get hurt, you will left in the dry…
    I like how JL is approaching this, hope he is serious and don’t give up……

  10. Chris Thomas from Heaven Says:

    Pat kirwan today on nfl radio told a caller Bucs need to draft a RT in 1st rd. Jim miller said Tristan Wirfs is the RT….so Pat Kirwan says Bucs need to draft a LT then (in 1st rd). Smh

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    How can they be this close to all these deadlines and still not know what the salary cap is? Hopefully it’s because the NFL is figuring out how to bump the numbers up higher than expected.

  12. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Remember when DirtStar Dominik & Jason “Bud” Licht were similar in “tale of the tape” after 5 years? I’m really starting to warm up to “Bud” Licht as his blue collar, everyman ways. Rockin’ The Buccaneer Snuggie ( pictured above ) on game day. Approaching folk hero status…comeback GM of the decade.

  13. Allbuccedup Says:

    Sign David and find replacements for Godwin and Shaq. Believe me they are out there. Brown and the guy the fish just released.

  14. Bird Says:


    I think you are right. They gave only the bottom number
    Sure teams made less but also put fans thru an ordeal too
    They want to invigorate their fan base again
    I mean season ticket holders had to choose 2 games which they had no choice cause of covid restrictions
    I think if 17 games goes thru like it will
    And extra primetime game for teams and owners that cap stays the same
    If that is the case they can sign their guys they want too

    Bucs can hopefully sell the first year of their contracts to be a tad reasonable and second year etc etc make the bigger jumps.

    Our qb is the 15th ranked salary. That helps big time
    When you have have a qb making 30-35-40 it makes things challenging

  15. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Rod Munch- still negotiating TV deals

  16. Bird Says:

    How great is it to be a buc fan right now
    This team has so much talent
    Some vets but a ton of youth
    Another draft coming
    Another year of getting stud free agents that will take less to win a championship

  17. Drunkinybor Says:

    My worry about losing Godwin is he’s not only a great reciever he’s extremely adept at blocking. He understands the scheme is tough as nails and clutch. Plus he’s a homegrown talent we developed. I would hate to see him running routes for the Packers it anybody else.

  18. Swampbuc Says:

    Mark Dominik — the stooge who gave Michael Cloddon $25 million to block and traded premium draft capita to the Jets so he could pay an injured corner $16 large to rehab his knee, when the Jets were going to release him anyway. That Mark Dominik?

    Boy he sure knows how to advise a general manager, Mr. 28-52. You go boy!

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    Two predictions:

    1 – Salary CAP will stay at $198 mil (no drop). That in essence represents a 10% cut this year, since the CAP always goes up by around 10%.

    2 – Bucs won’t use the franchise tag on anyone except possibly Succop (too expensive to use it on LVD, Shaq or Godwin; cheaper just to negotiate a long-term deal).

  20. Hawk Says:

    And why wouldn’t the Buc free agents take the one year ‘hiccup’ with the Bucs? They know the system. They know the players and coaches. And they know they have a good chance to add a lot to their resume for the next contract.

  21. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Defense Rules: I hope you’re right and the Bucs can get their core players
    re-signed without tagging anyone. That would be the best case scenario, where most stay and get some of their money on future years.

  22. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Swampbuc: Yes, the same Dominik who traded for Kellen Winslow Jr., even though he was known for playing pocket pool on team flights.

  23. Mr. B Says:

    Stop trying to pedal Godwin off the team . This guy is a stud and a non diva . In a couple of years he’ll be our number one receiver.

  24. Bird Says:

    Joe in michigan

    That just turned into mowing his front yard and handling his backside

  25. Reddington Neck Shores Says:

    Anyone else just confused as to the fact that major “break the bank for multiple billions” streaming deals are happening as we speak while they cut the salary cap because of revenue? Anyone else annoyed by the irony? Let the guys shattering their brains get their money not the starch shirts winning the lotto by chance or connections. I mean come on. People want to talk trash about players breaking the bank for balling out but the fact is- that’s the entertainment we want. That’s what should be getting paid. Nothing is the thrill of a near shaq sack back foot throw db pick game changing moment. How many times you lose your voice over one of those? But the owners make more while the cap gets cut and they pay less in taxes than at least half of you on here.

  26. Swampbuc Says:

    Joe in Michigan — spot on brother!

    Of course since Daquan Bowers was ready to roll, Duminik released Michael Bennett, even though our host here makes it seem like a mystery who was accountable.

  27. David Says:

    No thanks on the hiccups. Sign back their players

  28. HeyItsAdam Says:

    Can we please, for the love of God, stop calling him “rock star?” The guy re-signed Michael Clayton for Chrissake.

  29. Swampbuc Says:

    Mark Duminik – worst GM in Bucs history. Pleased the press, ruined the team.

  30. TOM Says:

    I do believe CG could be the odd man out expecially if they resign AB.

  31. stpetebucsfan Says:

    The sport is set to explode in 2021. Vaccinations up to two million daily…all adults by summer herd immunity by football season…my still require masks in tight crowds like football stadiums but otherwise I think it’s back to normal with screaming yelling fans…most of whom will be vaccinated.