While the Buccaneers have been up against the cap this offseason, things could be much worse.

Fortunately the team is constantly one of the Top 2 team with the least amount of dead cap money, including have the lowest amount in 2018 and 2019.

A big part of that is because of the workings of Director of Football Administration, Mike Greenberg.

Last Tuesday while in Arizona, PewterReport.com had an exclusive one-on-one interview with Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer, who praised the work of Greenberg.

“Mike does an outstanding job and we are fortunate to have Mike,” Glazer said. “You know this goes many years back when we kind of set a strategy on how we were going to manage the cap and manage the contracts. And it gives us a lot of flexibility moving forward.

“But he has done an outstanding job and is a key, key contributor to Jason and our organization.”

Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer and director of football administration Mike Greenberg - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer and director of football administration Mike Greenberg – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Greenberg is one of, if not the, longest-tenured member of the Bucs front office, coming aboard in 2010 under then general manager Mark Dominik.

Glazer isn’t the only one who has been complimentary of Greenberg. Last year general manager Jason Licht shared his thoughts with The Athletic’s Greg Auman who was still with the Tampa Bay Times.

“He’s invaluable. Helped me work for two weeks before the draft with an Excel sheet from here to that door with every single scenario you could think of,” Licht said. “I made a decision while things were calm, so they don’t get crazy, on what I would do in every scenario, what I would trade, what I would ask, what I would be willing to give, what I settle for. When the scenario comes, he shows me the sheet, this is it, I know exactly where I am.”

Some fans may begrudge the organization for a lack of current cap space, but the Gerald McCoy situation is a perfect example of how Greenberg’s structuring of contracts – forgoing a signing bonus which is spread over the full length of the contract – and giving the guaranteed money in the first two seasons of a new deal instead, helps the team. The Buccaneers could cut McCoy who will carry a $13 million cap hit, without any penalty. Had McCoy been given an upfront signing bonus, cutting him would still free up money, but not the full $13 million.

Sometimes it is the little things that make a team run smoothly. And a lot of the times it is the behind the scenes faces that few fans would recognize even if they bumped into them at their neighborhood supermarket.

“Correct(he doesn’t get the credit he deserves),”Glazer said. “There are a lot of people being the scenes that do a lot of great work, and Mike is certainly one of them.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com
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Ron Potter
2 years ago

The dead cap money the Steeler are dealing with is terrifying. Kudos to Greenberg! Would hate to be dealing with dead cap space over a player like MeSean Jackson right now.

BucWonder
2 years ago

I think Greenberg is the best capologist in the NFL. Bucs are very fortunate to have him.

SelmonRules1000
SelmonRules1000
2 years ago

At least something is working right!

BigSombrero
2 years ago

Miami Dolphins have the worst dead cap money. $37.5 million!

Bucs are best at $96k.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, Mike Greenberg isn’t going anywhere as long as the Glazers own the team.

In the spirit of rewatching some Game of Thrones, Mike Greenberg is the Bucs version of the “Hand of the King” while also being their “Master of Coin”!

SappAttack
2 years ago

Just throwing this out there, and not saying it’s right – more or less just trying to spark a conversion: Do you think that by front-loading the contracts with guaranteed money early that it makes it easier for players to coast a little and lose motivation as the contract goes on over time? Is this unique method of cap management contributing to lackluster play of this team? I mean what we are doing is public knowledge and no other team is doing it so are we the smartest people in the room or are we over-thinking it. It’s human nature… Read more »

scubog
2 years ago

I’ve never thought money was the greatest motivator to performance. it’s too short lived. Even relatively high salaries can become so normal that, other than that first big pay day, it’s not much of a factor very long. I believe as long as the $ is commensurate and fair, the better motivator is the recognition a person receives for doing a good job and one’s own pride. Getting a ring, experiencing hoisting the trophy and being recognized by their peers as one of the best is what should really drive these guys. The one’s who are motivated only by the… Read more »

BuccaneerBill
2 years ago

Mark, I’m so happy you used the word wizard instead of genius. Nothing against Mike, whose acumen with the salary cap is undoubtedly unparalleled in today’s NFL – but genius? It’s the most overused word in the NFL writer’s lexicon. When I see it used to describe a player, coach, GM, or administrator, I always remember Inigo Montoya’s famous comment, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

Again I find myself in twilightzone the team is last place with least cap space and players like McCoy making more than any other team willing to pay and this post how great Greenburg is doing.

Bradenton BucFan
2 years ago

I guess he is a wizard, sounds like he knows draft day & free agency scenarios & how to relay info to decision makers. to bad it has not showed up on the field. How sapp put it front end & back must be in sync. How can the pats get it right year after year. The ” wizards ” they have make sure the results show up on the field, they are organized organization dancing to one drummers beat. Even with “John”Kraft adversity. Does anybody really think the Bucs are ready to dethroning the pats. or have been close… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

They’re the last place team pep zero cap space they have not one single player in 2018 that was listed in the NFL top 100 not a single player worth over 8 million dollars a year how hard is it to have dead cap space and not a single player listed in the Pro Bowl before dropouts I’ll get 20 negatives for this post like I’m out of my mind

dbenn2012
Reply to  BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

Please people, give B-A-B is 20 negatives – it’s what he lives for, the abstract, the fantasy projections, the negative above all. All we need is someone else crying in their beer. Since the point of the whole article was flexibility (which BABby) can’t stand, he needs your hate to make his day. Unless we are under the fantasy that this is the year the Bucs go to the SB, those who are looking for a 8-8, 9-7 can see the genius. Dead Cap is simply what it infers “DEAD”. Mike Evans, Donovan Smith (whether you agree or not), spread… Read more »

fredster
2 years ago

Dead cap and cap space are two different things Bob. You cannot have lots of cap space every year when you sign players big contracts that you need to keep. Did we do better years we spent tons money and had tons cap space? No we didn’t and it wouldn’t work now. You are correct you are out of your mind Bob and dumb as a box of rocks to boot. I think you enjoy your 👎. As far as no talent or “players worth 8 million” another asinine comment. Your logic that Bucs have no Top 100 players that… Read more »

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

I understand the difference between dead cap space and cap space when you over pay players it’s easy to get dead cap space rather than reason with me tell me what player was in the top 100 tell me what player was in the Pro Bowl tell me when they e won a division title. . OJ Howard is on a rookie contract you’re not overpaying him. The silence on McCoy is the fact they found out no teams willing to pay him 13 million dollars now they don’t know what to do

Devasher
2 years ago

“While the Buccaneers have been up against the cap this offseason, things could be much worse.” Congrats to Mike Greenberg on the lack of dead cap space, but come on man! This team has missed the playoffs for 11 straight years, has the second longest drought in a 32 team league, coming off two 5-11 seasons with some of the smallest amount of cap space in the league, a lack of pro bowl talent, a top overall pick at QB that may be playing his last season in Tampa and we have PR trying to promote the capologist because of… Read more »

Bradenton BucFan
2 years ago

Well put Devasher.

scubog
2 years ago

Just so Buc Ass Bob is clear on the cap issue. The Bucs have little cap space at the moment because they are theoretically overpaying the players on the current roster. Dead cap money is when those players, who are still being paid, are long gone and perhaps even playing on another team. That’s where Mike Greenberg has helped. You should check out the other team’s cap status and see that many are often in dire straits. Funny how all teams field a 53 man roster anyway. That said, the reason most of us are critical is because “we have… Read more »

Ron Potter
2 years ago

Good points, Sappattack!