Is $23 Million Tristan Wirfs’ Magic Number?

June 6th, 2023

Tirstan Wirfs

It’s highly unexpected that Bucs superstar right/left tackle Tristan Wirfs will pull a Devin White next season and pout about having to play out the fifth-year option on his contract.

But it also feels unlikely that the Bucs will be in a hurry to give Wirfs an extension.

Per, in a study of players poised to break the bank, Wirfs was the top dog among offensive linemen. The breakdown says Wirfs is projected to haul in $23 million annually after playing on his roughly $18.5 million fifth-year options in 2024. The Bucs, of course, are free to renegotiate Wirfs’ current deal at any time.

It feels like heresy to type, but Wirfs has had ankle issues the past two seasons. The Bucs might want to see if that becomes a consistent problem before the team sets out to give Wirfs a massive, historic contract.

Then there’s the X-factor of Wirfs moving to left tackle this season. He might play like, say, a $15 million left tackle rather than an elite monster at the top of the market like he did at right tackle. Then how do the Bucs’ proceed?

Regardless, count on Wirfs earning at least $20 million per year after his current contract runs out.

16 Responses to “Is $23 Million Tristan Wirfs’ Magic Number?”

  1. zzbucs Says:

    Comparing White with Wirfs is like comparing Gissele Bunshen with my grandmother Ginny….

  2. Lt. Dan Says:

    If I recall correctly, Wirf’s first ankle injury was a result of getting it rolled on? Could’ve happened to anyone.

  3. Duane Says:

    Its not a massive amount more than he makes now, and he is playing left tackle. Not a given that he will be just as successful, but he does have a solid foundation to fall back on and he is the best left tackle on the team currently. Its always a crap shoot as to which team has an intact line come playoff time. Cant fault the man for putting in the work and getting injured on the field doing his job.

  4. Trask To The Future Says:

    Wirfs will command over $25M/year. Lane Johnson (RT) got $33M from the Eagles.

  5. K2 Says:

    Wirf’s will work with the team and won’t be a baby! He will get paid because he’s that good!

  6. stpetebucfan Says:

    Pay him the $$$!

  7. PSL Bob Says:

    Playing lights out, even on a bum ankle. I say he’s worth the $$$. He needs to remain a BUc. And I’d bet heavy money on him making the adjustment to LT just fine.

  8. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Devin White couldn’t hold Tristan Wirf’s jock let alone the big bag of money Wirf’s is going to get.

  9. Letsbucinggo Says:

    The best draft pick Licht ever drafted, all around the best player on the Bucs team youth, leadership and talent. Pay him what hes earned. If he can play left tackle as well as right he deserves 25 mil a year period.

  10. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Letsbucunggo

    I agree.

    If the transition to left tackle goes well he is worth more than $23M/season…

  11. unbelievable Says:

    Yea I can’t go there on the “ankle issues” yet… the first one was a guy rolling up on him. That has nothing to do with being injury prone (unless that turns into a repetitively nagging injury of course).

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    The cap went up unexpectedly this year, and will get another bigger bump next year, so basically $23m in 2025 would be like $16m in 2022. If they get him for that cheap, extend him immediately, but I think it’s going to cost more than that.

  13. BucsFan81 Says:

    I agree pay him now or at the start of next year either way dude deserves to be paid. Unlike Diva white he isn’t asking for a trade or more money before it’s due.

  14. Rand Says:

    and watch how much better the run game will be to the left this season.

    No more half hearted blocking from D. Smith.

  15. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Trask To The Future Says:
    “Wirfs will command over $25M/year. Lane Johnson (RT) got $33M from the Eagles.”

    Spotrack has his contract @30MM guaranteed, 20MM average per year for 4 years.

  16. BucU Says:

    Tristan will be compensated fairly and he knows it. There’s not a selfish bone in that man’s body.