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July 25, 2011 @ 1:05 pm
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NFL LOCKOUT IS OVER! Bucs Expected To Start Camp On Thurs.

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Scott Reynolds

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With the NFL lockout over, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to open One Buccaneer Place up to the players on Tuesday and begin training camp on Thursday. NFL free agency will start on Friday at 6:00 p.m.
The NFL lockout is over. On Monday, the NFL players and owners agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement that will ensure that the entire 2011 NFL season takes place. The NFL will be staggering training camp openings so that each team will have two weeks prior to the first preseason game to practice.

The Buccaneers are set to open training camp at One Buccaneer Place on Thursday. The team is expected to release a training camp schedule later on Monday. It is unclear as to how many days will be open to fans – if any – due to the prolonged lockout.

Here is a timeline with regards to the new league rules and how they affect the Buccaneers this week:

TUESDAY
• The facility will be open to Buccaneers players to voluntarily watch film, meet with coaches or do conditioning on Tuesday.

• Armed with a salary cap of $120.375, all NFL teams will be allowed to begin signing drafted and undrafted rookies at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. There will be caps in place for both drafted and undrafted rookies beginning this year, and team will have an extra $6.5 million to spend on player salaries this year by using up to $3.5 million to pay veterans performance-based bonuses and can borrow up to $3 million against next year’s salary cap if a team so chooses.

• Also on 10:00 a.m. teams may negotiate with – but not sign – their own unrestricted free agents, restricted free agents, exclusive rights free agents and franchise players, in addition to other team’s unrestricted free agents and restricted free agents.

• Trades involving NFL players can also begin on Tuesday.

THURSDAY
• Bucs training camp will open at One Buccaneer Place. It is uncertain as to which days, if any, will be open to the public.

• At 4:01 p.m. on Thursday, teams are allowed to waive or terminate the contracts of players.

FRIDAY
• At 6:00 p.m. on Friday, free agency begins and teams are allowed to sign their own players and the players from other teams. No cash can be paid out to players until the new CBA is officially ratified.

• Also at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, teams may renegotiate player contracts.

Information from NFL Network was used in this report
Last modified on Monday, 25 July 2011 14:10
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    Cant tell you how happy i am that this is finally over. We are about to find out what the coaches in the NFL are really made of. I expect nothing more than a welll thought out plan by dominik. lol i was just with my friend today, and he said that the bucs couldnt sign ASO because were not flashy and there is nothing flashy about tampa bay...he also said we have no draws to our team....he said he knew what direction we are going in and he understands about w.e but that doesnt mean he KNOWS....players are going to want to be a part of the team freeman is on....hes gonna be the qb in the nfl for a long time and its only a matter of time before my friend and the rest of the nfl knows how special this kid is..say what you want but Freeman to me is more than good enough to get us our second ring.
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    Hey PR, I cant thank you guys enough for keeping us engaged during this frustrating lockout. Great job. It’s hard to believe that by tomorrow the Bucs will be actually making important football decisions. I know Dominik and Morris are on top of things. Whatever they decide will be fine by me. I can’t wait to see the moves they make.
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    Like I said a little while ago, the first order of business is to have B. Price brought to the trainer's room as fast as possible...airlift him if you need to. Second order is to get everyone the new playbook...email a PDF if you need to. Third is to set up meetings on top of meetings up under meetings to get everyone familiar with their position coaches and what is expected of them this season. Go Bucs!!
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    SR: I hope you guys plan to post an article outlining the cap figures for the Bucs and the minimum spend, etc, sometime in the next day or two. Seems to be some confusion among fans but it looks to me like the cap will be $120.375 million, the league-wide cash expenditure 99% of that but the team-by-team minimum being only 89% of that number. Looks like the floor is really about $107 million. Hoping for some confirmation. Thanks!
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    Thank the lord. Was getting very tired of all the legal back and forth but glad that football is back!
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    After all the legal wrangling and negotiating, we the fans can finally get what we deserve, football. After all, the NFL, or any other professional sport wouldn't be what it is without the fans. Now we can sit back and watch the flurry of free agent signings and the start of training camp unfold. Go Bucs!!
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    With a cap floor of 99% this year we have 118,800,000. Lets sigh some of our free agents first.
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    The cap floor for 2011 and 2012 is 99% of the cap. Yes, you read that right, NINETY NINE PERCENT. So, $120,375 cap = $119,171 floor. Bucs need to spend almost DOUBLE what they spent last year to get to the FLOOR. I think this makes it highly PROBABLY that the Bucs look at some of the higher profile free agents, they almost have to (or they're going to end up dramatically overpaying a few folks who are already on the roster).
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    mjohnson062...that's incorrect. The league as a whole must spend 99% of the cap in 2011 and 2012, but the individual team minimum is 89%. Since at least half the league will spend the entire cap and several teams will go a few million over (which is allowed via a couple exceptions in the CBA) you can bet teams like the Bucs and Bengals will spend very close to the 89% floor. Check out PFT's excellent breakdowns posted today to confirm this. The floor will be $107 million and change. The Bucs are currently at $59.7 million so they need to spend an additional $47 million roughly to reach the floor. After signing all their draft picks, undrafted players, their own free agents, making a few extensions and signing a couple mid-level free agents that whole $47 million will likely be gone or very close to it. Unfortunately.
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    Any word on whether or not there will be a cap floor?
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    For all intents and purposes free agency starts tomorrow. They just cannot sign the contract until Friday. Agreements can be reached in principal.
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    I'm just excited to see the free agents we sign and to see the rookies show up in camp!!!
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    and there was much rejoicing.
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