Salary “Would Not Be A Prohibitive Factor”

March 16th, 2022

Whatever you need, Tommy.

That’s the mindset at One Buc Palace right now, as it should be.

Tampa Bay should not only be reloading their iconic offense, they should be making it as attractive as possible so Tom Brady wants to stay for 2023. Yes, 2023.

Adding speedster receiver Russell Gage and two-time Super Bowl champion guard Shaq Mason yesterday was huge.

One way to keep the momentum and the Brady love flowing would be re-signing Rob Gronkowski and Leonard Fournette. But both could cost salary cap room the Bucs simply don’t have (yet).

Joe has to think Gronk is the bigger priority, and NFL Network reporter Cameron Wolfe seems to know it is. Wolfe was firm yesterday on the air saying Bucs officials have let it be known that Gronk’s salary demands “would not be a prohibitive factor” in re-signing him. The Bucs will make it work.

Of course they will.

Look for multiple rookies to play significant roles on the Tampa Bay defense this season.

45 Responses to “Salary “Would Not Be A Prohibitive Factor””

  1. Allbuccedup Says:

    Lets hope so!

  2. adam from ny Says:

    yes joe yes…feelin’ this article…and i think you know why my dude


  3. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘Look for multiple rookies to play significant roles on the Tampa Bay defense this season.’

    Now THAT concerns me Joe. MULTIPLE rookies? Apparently you must be looking primarily at the DLine, because our Secondary starting holes are filled (assuming Edwards moves up of course, which might not be the case). We do need replacements for Suh, JPP, McLendon & Gholston up front, but I just can’t see us replacing more than half of those key players via the draft. Got a hunch JL will re-sign 2 of them (to be part-time players), draft 1-2 DLinemen, and bring in 1 UFA on top of that. At least we’ve still got Todd Bowles to blame if things go amok this season.

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    LOL! Defense Rules! Blame it on Bowles!
    They have their work cut out for them. That’s some serious snaps they have to replace.

  5. Pruritus Ani Says:

    I just can’t get over how much our fortunes have changed in less than a week. Last week collectively the fanbase had very little hope. We faced an uncertain future with most of the free agents and still had no qb. Most of us would fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way. But just a few days ago, the GOAT came back and it’s like he never left. They gotta sign Gronk.. do it like right now!… Good times to be a Bucs fan.

  6. Bird Says:

    Gronk is 8 mil

    Lenny is 6.5 mil

    Get it done. And they will .
    No reason not to go all in. Peeps worried about cap? Why? Sure its a concern…but saints have been kicking can down the road for like 7 years. This will be our second. And oh yah, we have the GOAT so chances like this are 1 and a million

    Honestly , i was hoping guard from BC would be there at our pick. Since trade , i think bucs are good with oline for now. You can get by with one weak spot like stinnie on entire line. ( But would still take BC kid if there although sounds like he wont make it that far back)

    Anyway. Trade back for extra pick and go almost all defense. Lets face it. We still need a DB , D tackle, edge rusher and now a safety. And with first pick in 7th round , get the all world punter (50 yard) from wherever he is from?

    Our defense cost us last year …sure defense had way more injuries. But offense still shined when lenny, godwin , AB went out. Defense cant keep giving up the booty like it has for last 2 years. And We have to get younger on dline

  7. Bird Says:

    Matt Araiza. – punter from san diego state ^^^*

    Average 51 yards per punt last year
    Heck i would use both 7’s to move up into 6th for this guy cause worth the gamble. Our punter is garby

  8. Brian Says:

    Makes you think about the trask pick. who would have been available in round 2 to contribute this season and fill a real need?

  9. bucschamp Says:

    brate and howard is not at gronk level. not even half gronk. maybe jurst 1/4 gronk.

  10. gotbbucs Says:

    @Pruritus Ani
    Excellent Pink Floyd lyric usage!

    “Time” is actually a pretty good analogy for the lost decade before Brady arrived.

  11. Pruritus Ani Says:


    LOL…Indeed. Dismal times for all of us. Was really expecting to relive the trauma and misery this year, and many years to come.

  12. STL-BucsFan Says:

    What About Calais Cambell (6′ 8″ 340lb Monster)?? He’s an older D-Lineman probably looking for a ring. could the Brady Factor shine its bright hopeful “Licht” in that direction? Hopefully.

  13. DEEEMO Says:

    As I have been saying for the past 2 weeks (even before TB came back) teams win with the D and O lines! Looks like the Bucs made a great move getting Mason for a 5th round pick and now it’s time to work on the D line. A strong pass rush creates a great secondary…Just Saying!

  14. SB~LV Says:

    Still… need to draft a TE will rotation ability

  15. #8 Says:

    Only way trask makes sense now is a cheap backup, so they better roll with 2 qb’s and save the $!

    Without tb12 it doesn’t work anyway

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bucs haven’t signed Gronk yet because they don’t have to….Gronk is not going elsewhere….I think they are waiting for some restructuring here…
    Look forward to Bucs cutting or severely restructuring Brate…..and 2 new kickers……
    On defense….I see them bringing back Gholston and a very cheap JPP…..Suh would want too much….Draft a DT in rounds 1 or 2…..a RB & TE, S later….maybe an OLB.

  17. VSyl Says:

    @#8 Perfect analysis. In fact, the second QB is just necessary in case Brady gets a rest in the second half due to advantage in the score. Otherwise we could go only with Brady, as without him, everything sinks.

  18. Its a Bucs Life Says:

    Gronk is a luxury.

    If the coaching doesn’t improve on both sides of the ball the dream of a Lombardi dies with the other team scoring as Bowles is not good against those elite playcallers in the playoffs

  19. Cobraboy Says:

    Yup: this is going to be a serious defense draft.

  20. Bucs since 76 Says:

    I would bet Gronk signs with the Bucs and I don’t have insider information. I would like to see Playoff Lenny, Goldstein, Sue and JPP if his shoulder is sound. JPP brings a lot of fire but last year he was just a warm body. If JPP is not up to par then Chlander Jones. Of course all is just a wish list until they free up cap space.

  21. PassingThru Says:

    I sure hope so. Gronk is still one of the best. He blocks like an OT, has great hands, and though he ain’t the A-Train with the ball anymore, he still gets yards after the catch.

    That being said, expect Licht to scout TE talent. It’s a long-term investment, rookie TEs do not generate many yards.

  22. Hodad Says:

    Can’t believe people are still complaining about the Trask pick. Haven’t you been paying attention? Look at the contracts, and the hoops teams are jumping thru to get a QB. It’s the most valuable position on the team. Trask is in a perfect place being able to learn from the goat. Tom is the present, but if we’ve learned anything the last 41 days is he’s not the future. Trask wouldn’t have been ready this year. To many young QBs are ruined playing before they’re ready. Now we have the best situation with Tom, and a young QB that can learn from him. Don’t be so short sighted. Trask was a great pick. If you don’t have a QB you don’t have a chance. Now we have at least 2 on the roster.

  23. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Trask needs to be THE backup.
    He needs to absorb as much Tommy as possible so he stands a fighting chance to take over WHEN Brady is done.

    Bye bye Garbage Gabbert.

  24. #8 Says:


    Yep, the Trask pick wasn’t bright. It cannot be undone, so silver lining is 2022 he can be a cheap backup. Ryan Griffin could’ve been that in 2022 & certainly 2021.

    In 2021, that pick very well could have been a difference maker. We’ll never know because they picked Trask vs. any other position that could have made a difference.

  25. Beeej Says:

    So: we have to get to zero cap by 4pm, and then it’s back to mortgaging the future?

  26. Bobby M. Says:

    I think the Bucs know they’re expected to make it work. Gronk leaving Brady would be more shocking news than Brady unretiring.

    What will be interesting is whether we keep/restructure Brate OR entice Howard to return. If we keep Brate, i think we’ll swing for a young TE in the draft. Howard has the traits to fill in for Gronk, he’s definitely a more capable blocker but for whatever reason it rarely translates to the field on a consistent basis.

  27. Beeej Says:

    Thus far, we have no reason to believe Trask CAN’T be the man. (Mebbe Bucs do) If he doesn’t become #2 and get some practice reps we’ll never know

  28. Martindb9 Says:

    Matt Ariana will not be on the board after the 4th. I’d grab him there if possible. If you wanna help the D, get this kid, he’s worth an extra set of downs.

  29. David Says:

    Whatever it takes, get it done. And then they need to win the Super Bowl again because the salary cap push out to the future will catch up in 2024 & 2025 and it’ll probably be a couple of lean rebuilding years

  30. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Bobby M.

    I think OJ likes being on a football team more than he likes playing football.

  31. Brian Says:

    Hodad- team is setup to win yesterday and today. Don’t care about a round 2 QB that doesn’t contribute. Maybe that player could make more of an impact than the inactive list. Also Brady did a great job developing all those NE qbs? They did all get fat contracts

  32. Bucsfanman Says:

    “Bowles is not good against those elite playcallers in the playoffs”

    I guess you must’ve missed the Super Bowl?! Oh, and 13-4 with a division title?!
    Just HORRIBLE coaching!!!

  33. Buc4evr Says:

    Hope Brady is here for 2023. Then I can dust off my #12 creamsicle jersey. Seeing Brady in orange and white would be epic!

  34. Stanglassman Says:

    Hodad- I was think the same. Crazy that you need to tell any Bucs fan the importance of a Qb in the NFL.

  35. PassingThru Says:

    The Browns are going to release Austin Hooper, who underwhelmed after signing that free agent contract.

    He’d make a decent addition if he’d sign a cheapo, incentives-based contract. Given his poor production with Baker Mayfield, the incentives probably wouldn’t count against the cap.

  36. SlyPirate Says:

    BUCS vs RAMS

    That’s it. The AFC has most of the great QBs. GB is not going anywhere with that Rodgers contract. Dallas has lost talent. Pay attention to the Rams offseason because it’s the Bucs and Rams in the NFC Championship.

  37. Buc1987 Says:

    Yes lets do this.

    LFG win another one, before Brady retires again.

    Whenever that is…

    Go Bucs!!

  38. Danbucsfan Says:

    Something tells me Licht gonna make it happen n all they key players gonna come home for the low due to TB12.. Bye bye Blaine Garbage n let Trask be #2 behind goat. I also expect us to get couple vets maybe Campbell and even Peterson as Dl and secondary veterans chasing a ring n will add depth n veteran leadership. Amen to the notion of ” what a difference a week makes” last week I was praying we trade for Watson. Now it’s full steam ahead!! LFG!! UNFINISHED BUSINESS BAY BAY!!!

  39. Danbucsfan Says:

    Tommy n Gronky gonna be making new episodes of their awesome show of BFF’S that’s the least of my concern honestly..Gronky if he plays gonna be here where he without Tommy then he would be jumping off old VW BUS onto a table with the bills mafia up in western NY


    The draft is always a crap shoot. I liked the Trask pick. We essentially got him as an early 3rs round pick.. I see a lot of people saying we could of had a “difference maker”. Who is this man? And we could have also got a Dexter Jackson or Noah Spence, so keep that in mind. I trust Jason licht, his drafts have been pretty solid the last few years. Give it time and be thankful the goat is back. With him anything is possible

  41. Danbucsfan Says:

    Nassib got waived let’s sign him on the cheap as rotation help

  42. Stone crab sam Says:

    Nassib is a good player.

  43. Oneilbuc Says:

    This is Brady last year rather yall want amid it or not . He said when he turns 45 he will retire and I believe that’s the only reason he came back. When I heard what Mike Evans said about his conversation with Brady last year on his retirement I think Brady really either wanted to retire or he didn’t want to come back to the bucs!! Next year Trask will be the starter and if he suck the next quarterback draft class after next year is predicted to be a another bad quarterback class!!! This year would have been the perfect time to see what Trask has and become a long-term successful team !!

  44. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Oneilbucyall at what expense, a losing record?

  45. Trey Long Says:

    Secondary screwed the pooch against the Rams
    With season on the line. Can’t happen again.