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In this week’s edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema welcome you into the home stretch o the 2018 regular season for the Buccaneers. The gang talks about what’s at stake with this final game versus Atlanta, which young guys should get playing time, and dig into a bunch of the big decision this team will have to make this offseason.

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  1. One of the reasons the Bucs have been flush with cap space is because the starting QB has been on a below market rookie deal for the past 4 years. Winston counted 4.6 million, 5.8 million, 6.9 million and 7.9 million against the cap. The median starting QB salary this year was (16) Ryan Tannehill at 19.25 million. If you look purely at getting an average QB who saves you between 15-11 million dollar a year you’re talking about close to 50 million dollars in cap savings provided by having the QB on a rookie deal over those 4 years.

    https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/tampa-bay-buccaneers/jameis-winston-16725/

    This is a reason why teams like the Panthers with Cam Newton, Seahawks with Russell Wilson, Ravens with Joe Flacco, Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, Philadelphia with Carson Wentz were all making Super Bowl appearances or winning them while those QB’s were under their rookie contracts. This year the Rams with Jared Goff and Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes may make it. It’s also a deeper cut to the reputation of the GM who failed to build a roster that made the playoffs despite all of those extra contracts he was afforded whether it was to sign JR Sweezy, Ryan Jensen, Robert Ayers, Vinny Curry, William Gholston, DeSean Jackson or TJ Ward. Or whether it was to keep Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin or Brent Grimes for an extra year on above market unguaranteed deal because of the extra cap room. There was a window for Licht to be aggressive with the cap and it was the past 4 years.

    https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/rankings/average/quarterback/

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  2. One of the reasons the Bucs have been flush with cap space is because the starting QB has been on a below market rookie deal for the past 4 years. Winston counted 4.6 million, 5.8 million, 6.9 million and 7.9 million against the cap. The median starting QB salary this year was (16) Ryan Tannehill at 19.25 million. If you look purely at getting an average QB who saves you between 15-11 million dollar a year you’re talking about close to 50 million dollars in cap savings provided by having the QB on a rookie deal over those 4 years.

    spotrac.com/nfl/tampa-bay-buccaneers/jameis-winston-16725/ spotrac.com/nfl/rankings/average/quarterback/

    This is a reason why teams like the Panthers with Cam Newton, Seahawks with Russell Wilson, Ravens with Joe Flacco, Steelers with Ben Roethlisberger, Philadelphia with Carson Wentz were all making Super Bowl appearances or winning them while those QB’s were under their rookie contracts. This year the Rams with Jared Goff and Chiefs with Patrick Mahomes may make it. It’s also a deeper cut to the reputation of the GM who failed to build a roster that made the playoffs despite all of those extra contracts he was afforded whether it was to sign JR Sweezy, Ryan Jensen, Robert Ayers, Vinny Curry, William Gholston, DeSean Jackson or TJ Ward. Or whether it was to keep Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin or Brent Grimes for an extra year on above market unguaranteed deal because of the extra cap room. There was a window for Licht to be aggressive with the cap and it was the past 4 years.

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  3. I remember the Lovie Smith firing. Licht called Lovie and told him to come down to a meeting where we can fire you respectfully. Lovie said “What? you want me to come to my own funeral? NFW is that going to happen sonny! You hold that meeting wit yo mama. You git my 10 million dollars, put it in a brown paper bag and leave it on my doorstep. See ya later, I’m headed for Illinois, you backstabbing mammyjammer! Err, that’s about as much as I remember. Could have been a bit different. lol. Happy New Year everybody!

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  4. Why team who is last in there division does not what to win last game of the year for pride
    after owner winks and say you can still have job no matter who wins last game
    Total Morons

    Vita Vea and JPP combined have 66 tackles
    and and 14.5 sacks
    at cost of 18 Million

    Bradley Chubb has 12.5 Sacks
    and 57 Tackles at 5 Million

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  5. There actually IS one thing on the line this weekend- it’s down to 2 of us in the Survival pool, and we agreed to pick our own teams for the last game (he has to
    take [email protected] Ravens). It’s only a couple hundred bucks for me if the Bucs help me out, but I can stretch that even further at mybookie.ag !!
    Glad I got to catch the 100th episode 😜

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  6. With regard to the “tanking” the game objective; I wrote a comment on the 12/26 Inside One Buc that I think might give some folks a much needed chuckle.

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    • Haha, it was amusing

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