“No. 1 In Cash Spent Going Back To 2018”

April 7th, 2023

It’s almost hard to believe the Bucs were rock bottom NFL spenders a dozen years ago.

Imagine the Bucs today, after a 10-6 season driven by very young players, sitting on their hands in the offseason and only investing heavily in a punter. That sounds ridiculous, but it’s what the Bucs did after the 2010 season.

Joe brings this up because NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport was on the air yesterday checking his league-issued notes and commenting that the Bucs were “No 1 in cash spent going back to 2018 before this year,” among NFL teams. And Rapoport said the Bucs were $136 million over the league average in spending. (He implied that was ony during the Brady years).

The data explains why the Bucs are feeling the salary cap pinch this offseason. Eventually, the credit card bill must be paid. Still, the roster has a damn good amount of top-shelf talent.

40 Responses to ““No. 1 In Cash Spent Going Back To 2018””

  1. sasquatch Says:

    No surprise.

    The Glazers aren’t the best owners, but the idea, still spewed by some uninformed jackwagons, that they’re “cheap” is total hogwash.

  2. YucsBall Says:

    Glazers are cheap af and low IQ. Just playing with daddys money and former influence. Years of mediocrity and blackout games and somehow useful idiots think they’re the second coming.

  3. Mike C Says:

    Sasquatch…. looks like you have your first contestant, come on down!

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Yes, the Glazers are anything BUT Cheap!

  5. Beej Says:

    We could do a lot worse than the Glazers

  6. Fred McNeil Says:

    When the windows open let the money blow out like confetti

  7. Pryda…sec147 Says:

    I give it up to the Glazers they adapt learn and get better and it shows we got 2 rings to show for it and that’s more than half the league. Jason Licht has grown too it’s awesome to see.

  8. Cobraboy Says:

    Casuals forget Culverhouse.

  9. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    The Bucs won two super bowls in the last 20 years…..so I don’t see how anyone can call the Glazer cheap.

  10. Usfbuc Says:

    12 teams with no Super Bowl and another 5 with only one Super Bowl.

  11. Realfan Says:

    YucsBall=Sewer City troll

  12. Usfbuc Says:

    Since 2000 only the Pats, Giants, Steelers, Chiefs, Ravens, Bucs, and Rams have multiple Super Bowl wins.

  13. Steven007 Says:

    This is the world we live in. The second commenter, ostensibly after reading the post, actually has the gall to lead his worthless post by stating how cheap the owners are. Reading comprehension isn’t good with this one. The low IQ comment is the icing on the idiot cake. Daddy’s money would have been long gone by now if these guys were idiots. But the commenter looks into the mirror and writes what he knows.

  14. Voice of Truth Says:

    We have one of the best owner groups in the league

  15. Beej Says:

    Go and read Sean Farrell’s quotes about the early 80’s Bucs organization of Hugh Culverhouse. The Glazers were a Godsend

  16. Redeemer Says:

    Deep pockets haven’t help Jerry Jones almost the last three decades. The league is a printing press. It’s about having the QB, and spending around him. Glad they did that here the last three years. Plenty of these owners are happy to cash revenue sharing checks and suck. They lament that they spend to the cap, but that’s a fallacy. Cash in cash out

  17. Beej Says:

    “There were things that we just made you say, ‘Holy Cow, this place is different than any place I’ve ever seen in my life,’ ’’ Farrell says. “For starters, the team facility was like a solid high school facility. One Buc Place and Moeller High in Ohio were probably on par. Then there were all the little things, like players getting billed for winning game balls. They’d give you a game ball—and fortunately you didn’t get too many in Tampa Bay—but you’d get your check that week and you’d get dinged for 40 or 50 bucks for the ball.”

    “Every year about the end of October, we’d get a cold spell come through and you’d get sweat suits for walk-throughs or whatever. And they’d bill you for those, too. And if you recall they were all orange. They looked liked prison jumpsuits. You couldn’t wear them anywhere else but at One Buc. Even the Coke machine near the locker room, you had to have the 35 cents or whatever to buy a Coke. All true stories.’’

  18. SlyPirate Says:


    Landing TB12 was a financial windfall. He sold out season tickets in 2 hours. Most prime time games and merch sales went through the roof (#1 jersey sales). The smart financial decision would be to reduce costs and take the profits to the bank. The bad financial decision would be to spend like pirates and mortgage your future cap space (in down years) to win.

    What happened? They said, forget the money and go all in to win.

  19. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Because Bruce Arians has to buy a team, he has never developed a team as Head Coach. That is also why he has only have a two year window of success until his teams implodes.

  20. Goatfarmer Says:

    Yucsball you don’t process data intellectually do you. The black and white in Joe’s article totally refutes your burble and the Lombardi Trophies in the case show the results.

    Try watching pickle ball.

  21. Redeemer Says:

    Sly, yup. They knew what they had in Brady and cashed in. Remember, the league was down on the goat. I seriously believe ownership felt it would be as much a financial decision, as it was a winning prospect. It certainly felt like that midway through the Superbowl run. Come see the greatest to ever play! We’ll even build more seats.

  22. William Walls Says:

    Anyone who thinks the Glazers are cheap must not have been around for the original owner.

  23. Steven007 Says:

    Yucs and LV have PhDs in idiocy.

  24. Marine Buc Says:

    Money well spent… The Bucs got their 2nd Super Bowl victory while a ton of teams still don’t even have one.

    We really should of had 2 Super Bowls but stuff happened that I would rather not talk about EVER…

  25. Marine Buc Says:

    *** We really should of had 2 Super Bowls (in a row) but stuff happened that I would rather not talk about EVER…

  26. BuxfaninTX Says:

    In 2010, the Glazers got rid of highly paid players to free up ca$h to take over Manchester United…

  27. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Da Bucs Guy

    “Because Bruce Arians has to buy a team, he has never developed a team as Head Coach. That is also why he has only have a two year window of success until his teams implodes.”

    Was it really any different with John Gruden?

    Plus – I give BA props. He got two longtime losing franchises to the Super Bowl – The Arizona Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Bucs…

    Not to mention the solid job BA did at both Pittsburgh and Indy as a QB coach and Offensive Coordinator and Interim Head Coach.

    I don’t really like BA’s offensive system (especially when BL was trying to run it) but I respect what BA accomplished as an NFL coach.

  28. Goatfarmer Says:

    Yeah Marine. I get Turrett’s Syndrome reliving the reason we missed out on the chance for SB56. It shall not be discussed now, there are children nearby.

  29. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Goat

    It still hurts… I meet need a safe space and support group soon.


  30. Goatfarmer Says:

    Hey BucinTX – the Glazers acquired ManU with debt, almost an all leveraged deal. The cash they freed up with the Bucs was used to service the debt. It’s a big reason why Glazers soured the ManU fans right away. So you’re right but with a nuance.

    And Marine – perhaps we can share a support group that offers appropriate medication.

    And review our QB depth chart. Norm Snead is moving up.

  31. Crickett Baker Says:

    Marine..why would you correct a post and still leave in “should of”? That is a horrible grammar mistake.

  32. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Crickett

    I agree.

    i am still trying to master the English language.

    Thank you for your patience with me and your brief tutorial.

    I thought it might HAVE been more important to clarify my statement rather than correct my grammar.

  33. Buccos Says:

    The Glazers were in a different financial position 10 years ago. They had just purchased the Manchester soccer team and they didn’t have much money. Now that team has gone way up in value and they are flush with cash. They must be one of the wealthiest ownership groups by now. And it takes money to make money. So they spent it on Tom Brady and whoever else Tommy wanted. As a result they played in some very meaningful football games and made even more money. All this as the team skyrocketed in value. It must be nice! It’s a Bucs Life

  34. J Ghotier Says:

    It makes you realize that people (and a significant number of Bucs fans specifically) really just hold grudges and don’t give people (Ownership and spending in this instance) a chance to change in their eyes. Some will just always criticize the Glazers – even when one of their old complaints is no longer valid – or criticize Licht, or Bowles or Donovan Smith even when he’s excelling af times.

    People settle on opinions and are often too stubborn to ever change….even when they are proven wrong. Shame and humility are great traits to have sometimes. And thought processes are ever changing and not so black and white like we live these days.

    Credit here where it’s due for me!

  35. Irishmist Says:

    I’m just thankful we’re not Detroit. In more ways than one.

  36. Oxycondoms Says:

    Brady saved lichts job. Baker needs to be his next savior.

  37. Goatfarmer Says:

    Ghotier – excellent point. I am guilty of that as are many. Human nature.

    Please prove me wrong about you, Bloweszo!

  38. Goatfarmer Says:

    Oxy – Brady joined the Bucs because of Licht, BA, ME, Chris, the OL and at the time, the defense (before the winning teams in the league figured the Bloweszo out). Mastermind out)

    Licht actually extended Brady’s career.

  39. Oxycondoms Says:

    Licht was like dungy he wasnt able to take it to the next level. Without brady licht wouldve never got gronk, AB,
    Fournette that first year. Might be some other plaYers i forgot that came on board because of brady. Possibly suh?

  40. Bucswin Says:

    I can’t criticize 2 Superbowl wins. How many owners have that?