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.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

At least something is working right!

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”!

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 »

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 »

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.”

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.