The salary cap figures are in for some of the latest free agent signings in Tampa Bay, according to multiple websites. Here’s the breakdown:
Linebacker Bruce Carter’s four-year, $17-million deal is really a one-year deal worth $4.25 million. He received a $3 million base salary with a $1.25 million roster bonus. That money is guaranteed for 2015. The final three years of his contract, which include a base salary of $3.5 million in 2016 with a $750,000 roster bonus, and base salaries of $4.25 million in 2017 and ’18, aren’t guaranteed.
If Carter doesn’t transition well to the middle linebacker position, the Bucs could part ways with him after 2015 without any salary cap ramification whatsoever. A great contract structure by general manager Jason Licht and director of football administration Mike Greenberg.
Tampa Bay safety Chris Conte signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. His $1 million base salary and his $250,000 signing bonus are guaranteed. His deal is very similar to that of Major Wright’s two-year contract, which is worth $3 million with the first year total of $1.25 million ($1 million base salary, and $250,000 roster bonus) guaranteed in 2015.
Defensive tackle Henry Melton signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract in Tampa Bay. Melton’s base salary is $2.25 million with a $1 million signing bonus and a $500,000 roster bonus.
None of the contracts signed by the Bucs free agents this offseason come with any dead salary cap hits in 2016 if the team wants to part ways with the players next year. Tampa Bay has learned their lesson after paying recently released defensive end Michael Johnson $7 million to play in Cincinnati this year.
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I hope they learned their lesson after the Johnson contract. To get some O-Line help we will have to follow the same blueprint. Just sign one or two year deals with with the ability to release with no dead money after a year.
Great to see L&L learned their lesson and aren’t repeating their mistakes. Hopefully they don’t keep the checkbook locked up TOO tight when the right players come along
I think this is a win win sistutation. The players has something to prove and they like Lovie Smith. If Hardy comes on board. Tampa would have done very well. Remember Buc fans all the salary cap money that is not spent this year can be moved over next year. Right now the players they got thru FA I believe will improve Tampa Defense. There are some veterans FA RB that can play in the nfl. If Tampa doesn’t Peterson. Their more fish in the sea. Go Bucs
It’s great that they structured the contracts well, but staying under the salary cap is not really the problem that the Bucs have…plenty of money, but a little short on talent (well, a lot short)now that’s their problem.
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