SEVEN Days From Free Agency

March 6th, 2023

It’s high noon on a glorious Monday, and that means 2023 NFL free agency is exactly seven days away.

The bell rings next Monday when teams can begin negotiating with any and all pending free agents. By that afternoon, deals will be announced — to be executed formally two days later when the NFL’s new fiscal year begins.

The Bucs will get some fresh blood in the house but, barring a surprise, it might take until the very end of next week or later. Tampa Bay won’t be reeling in any expensive fish because they don’t have the salary cap room, though the Bucs might throw a net over their own free agents to keep them in-house: Jamel Dean and/or Lavonte David.

More interesting to Joe will be the many players walking out the door. Will Super Bowl defensive linemen Will Gholston and Rakeem Nuñez-Roches find new teams? What kind of cash will defensive backs Mike Edwards and Sean Murphy-Bunting command on the market? Will the Bucs quickly sign a new kicker after dumping Ryan Succop and his fat salary?

Might veteran safeties Logan Ryan and Keanu Neal be willing to stay in Tampa on the cheap? What will be Scotty Miller’s new home? Who is the surprise salary cap release?

23 Responses to “SEVEN Days From Free Agency”

  1. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    • Chris Godwin (Saved: $14,190,000)
    • Carlton Davis (Saved: $6,710,000)
    • Vita Vea (Saved: (Saved: $8,565,000)
    • Ryan Jensen (Saved: $8,501,250)
    • Russell Cage: (Saved: $4,460,000)

    Total Saved: $42,426,250.
    Cap Space: – ($13,686,553)


    • Donovan Smith (Saved: $9,565,000)
    • Shaquille Mason (Saved: $5,272,000)
    • Leonard Fournette (Saved: $3,470,588)
    • Cameron Brate: (Saved: $2,030,000)
    • Ryan Succop: (Saved: 3,250,000)

    Total Saved: $23,587,588.
    Total Cap Space: $10,286,035

  2. SKBucsFan Says:

    I am normally excited about free agency. But this year we will be sellers as opposed to buyers. I just hope we aren’t picked bare.

  3. Joe Swanson Says:

    Looks like LUVMYBUCS is Mike Greenberg in disquise.

  4. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    2021 offseason and their reported contract amounts:

    • Edge rusher Shaq Barrett: Re-signed on a four-year, $72 million contract, with $36 million guaranteed.

    • Linebacker Lavonte David: Re-signed on a two-year, $25 million contract, with $20 million guaranteed.

    • Tight end Rob Gronkowski: Re-signed on a one-year, $10 million contract, with $8 million guaranteed.

    • Running back Leonard Fournette: Re-signed on a one-year, $3.25 million contract, with $2 million guaranteed.

    • Kicker Ryan Succop: Re-signed on a three-year, $12 million contract, with $6.25 million guaranteed.

  5. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    At the beginning of free agency in 2021, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had approximately $11.5 million in salary cap space

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ Joe Swanson

  7. pewter941 Says:

    Looks line White is gone

  8. Goatfarmer Says:

    7 days until we see whose careers Blowzo will ruin next.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ Joe Swanson

    Haha good one

  10. Infomeplease Says:

    The rebuild is moving forward out of necessity! It is what it is!

  11. HC Grover Says:

    Shake it up baby. Spring Cleaning time. TX for the stats LMB

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ HC Grover

    Your welcome HCG

  13. Who Says Says Can't Say Says:

    @LUVMYBUCS does restructuring really save that much cap room?

  14. PewterStiffArm Says:

    If Jamel Dean signs with another team the same day free agency opens, good bye, good riddance. This means he is only worried about the ca$h. I know he wants to get paid but I love these players that sign with teams like LA without learning about the standard of living and other tag along expenses. Tampa can accommodate him, he just needs to be patient. As for Gholston, he wants to stay here. As a ten year veteran, who wants to pick up and move. Plus he is an interior lineman that stuffs the middle. He has done a great job the last few years. Try to get him at a discount, plus he loves Coach Bowles.

  15. Buc4evr Says:

    They better try to restructure and keep Succop.

  16. ABucAway Says:

    Thx for those numbers LUV. Will be interesting to see what the organization does. That’s a lot of restructures

  17. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Succop only has warning track power (45 yards) and is pricey. He might also screw around and win a game or two in 2023 when the Bucs are in the race for a top 3 pick. Kidding. Mostly.

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ Who Says Says Can’t Say

    Short term yes! When a team decides to restructure a player’s contract, it is usually done to create immediate salary cap relief. This is done by converting a portion of the player’s BASE salary into a signing bonus, which can be PRORATED over the remaining years of the contract.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ ABucAway

    Your Welcome!

    True, but as you know restructuring contracts has become an increasingly popular method for teams to strategically manage their salary cap and free up space for future roster moves. The problem is getting all parties to agree.

  20. sasquatch Says:

    We will be hitting the bargain bin for young players with upside who have not earned the big paycheck yet.

    We may not sign anyone in the first couple days of free agency.

  21. Pelsbuc61 Says:

    Forget free agency. Draft speed, speed and more speed. Trade down and get more rookies. Treat 2023 as a long preseason for evaluation.

  22. SamuraiBuc Says:


    We need to get you into One Buc Place ASAP!

  23. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @ SamuraiBuc

    Appreciate you.