New Salary Cap Doesn’t Just Help Bucs

February 28th, 2024

Bucs GM Jason Licht.

Yesterday when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht spoke with Joe, Ira Kaufman and a few others in the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, he explained how the new salary cap helps in more ways than one.

First, of course, the Bucs have big-name, big-money free agents to sign. Baker Mayfield, Mike Evans, Antoine Winfield, Lavonte David. And yes, kicker Chase McLaughlin.

When it was mentioned to Licht that the Bucs’ history of kickers in his decade-long regime made McLaughlin a high priority, Licht didn’t say anything, but upon hearing McLaughlin’s name Licht did make the Sign of the Cross.

Yes, one could argue McLaughlin and his strong kicking was a divine gift.

Licht then explained how the new salary cap will help the Bucs in more ways than one way.

“Well, it definitely helps with [re-signing free agents],” Licht said at the combine at the Indiana Convention Center in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. “That’s a good thing because we definitely want to retain a lot of these guys.

“But it helps us as we are still paying the bills from a couple of years ago. So we took a big bite out of [the dead money] this last year but we still have some more.

“So [the new salary cap] helps us with that.”

Last year the Bucs were choked by the salary cap, caused in part by a record amount of dead money owed from players not even on the roster, for example, Tom Brady.

However, Joe is starting to wonder if that was a blessing in disguise. Let’s say the Bucs had a bunch of Team Glazer loot to play with last spring. Would they have settled on a quarterback who played on three teams in the previous two seasons and was woeful on the second of those three teams?

Remember, a big reason Mayfield came to town was he was so inexpensive. If the Bucs weren’t pinched by the cap, would Mayfield have even played for Tampa Bay? And therefore, would the Bucs have come within a timeout, a heartbeat and a burp of the NFC title game?

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6 Responses to “New Salary Cap Doesn’t Just Help Bucs”

  1. MadMax Says:

    Well there is Joshua Karty in the draft….i mean Id rather go with Mclaughlin, hes proven, but….if you have to save somewhere (something like a 5th we dont have but could trade for)…i dont know

  2. heyjude Says:

    Good points on the cap. I think Bowles always liked Baker so that could have been part of it too. When Bowles was at the Jets, they took another QB instead of Baker. There is some history. Good choice with Baker and hoping it keeps coming.

  3. Bucs Guy Says:

    Have we learned nothing from all of the pre-Succop kicker fiasco? When you get a good K, pay him and keep him. The #1 scorer on your team is always worth $3-4M per year.

  4. Beeej Says:

    If we didn’t snag Mayfield, would have spent 8x more on Carr for less production

  5. ScottyMack Says:

    Pretending the Bucs DID have extra cash for a QB last season, who in the world would they have wasted that money on? I said it last year before preseason even began. Mayfield was the best free agent QB available, regardless of price. I’ve always thought he was better than Carr and I sure am glad that New Orleans made that mistake and not the Bucs.

  6. Upstate NY BUC Says:

    Save some cash for Whitehead, would be a great help!! Then Winfield can do his thing… Go Bucs!