Since Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was injured in his car accident this summer, there has been speculation as to what Tampa Bay could do with the money they owed him — as his injury was sustained off the football field.

On Wednesday morning we got that question cleared up a bit with the news that Tampa has reworked Pierre-Paul’s deal.

Per Yates, “Because JPP was on the NFI list, Tampa Bay was not obligated to pay him his salary. Instead, the Bucs give him a chance to make up to $10.5M, with a base value of $5M. JPP gets some security as he works to resume his career.”
The Bucs had approximately $3.5 million in salary cap room before the move and should now have just over $7.9 million in cap space with Pierre-Paul’s restructure.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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76bucsfan46

Nice move with JPP, hope it works out for both him and the Bucs. We need JPP paired with The Shaq Attack, especially with how our secondary played last game against a mediocre Giants receiving squad.

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FLBoy84

Could see this move being made to hopefully provide extra cap space to sign Barrett to a longer-term deal, while also allowing a JPP/Shaq combo to finish out the season. And it’s possible JPP returns as a FA if healthy, though Nelson and Nassib seem like solid DE/OLB’s if his price becomes too high. Curious what a Barrett deal would look like, guessing somewhere in the $11-15M range per year, though tough to gauge based on his limited production prior to this year. Might be best to wait to see how he performs once teams start game-planning to neutralize him,… Read more »

eaustinyoung

I’m glad, I like JPP but lets be real. Jason Licht didn’t make competitive offers for: HaHa Clinton-Dix, Tyrann Mathieu, Landon Collins, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Stephon Gilmore, Richard Sherman. Skipping out on Jalen Ramsey might be fine. But they work so hard to pay all these players who don’t end up benefiting the team, but make no moves to scoop up DB talent when possible because they can’t afford it. Then Sterling Shepard looks like Julio Jones in their own house. I just don’t get it. They keep feeding us BS about Hargreaves being the baller they wanted but he’s clearly… Read more »

Captain Sly

Agreed, this move allows the Bucs some financial flexibility to go out and get some more help. Maybe Right Tackle or Package something for LT Trent Williams that would be nice!

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Gatordoc1

we can only dream.
Damn, as Bucs fans it seems we can ONLY dream

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twspin

Problem is..we been dreaming now for almost 12 seasons with no playoff appearances.
Its almost like the Bucs are somebody’s muse or Hobby.

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Horse

Trevor, thank you for the information.

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Ja'crispy

I think this is a Win-Win situation.

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bucballer

Good move for a little cap relief. Would like to see some of that used to upgrade OLine or Dbacks. R.I.P. Bucs DE Wally Chambers!

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EastEndBoy

I am presuming this is planning for next season (Winston?). Jason Licht is not exactly a wheeler-dealer. He has made precisely 3 (!) trades in-season as our GM: In October of 2014: Traded LB Jonathan Casillas and an undisclosed pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed pick in the 2015 NFL Draft….and, Traded S Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams for undisclosed picks in the 2015 NFL Draft. In November of 2016: Traded CB Johnthan Banks to Detroit for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Essentially, the only moves… Read more »

SappAttack

Yeah he totally sucks as a GM. He didn’t even trade for JPP or Logan Mankins. What a trash ass idiot he is.

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EastEndBoy

Both were acquired in the off-season.

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EastEndBoy

I can’t believe I have to do this, but for the 4 folks that voted “thumbs down”, here are those factual dates:

Logan Mankins acquired by trade August 26, 2014, more than two weeks before the season began on September 7, 2014.

JPP acquired by trade on March 22, 2018, more than five months before the season began on September 9, 2018.

Both off-season trades!

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twspin

Barrett can’t do it by himself. We need another strong DE. We’ve passed on about 4 since the season started. 2 of which I’m certain could have helped us. JPP should have been cut..immediately. I betcha Bellacheat would have done so without hesitation. But..my bad, his organization are winners unlike us. Can’t wait for you guys to see what a real defensive 4 man front looks like in Ram country come Sunday. They are impressive. The only thing left on my Sunday’s checklist is to figure out my dosage of Libations to numb my pain while watching my Bucs play.… Read more »

buc in indy

I think the move is more so for next year in order to resign Shaq.

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SappAttack

We are about to make a move. Who will it be?

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OneBucPerson

Now we’re looking at about 75 million in cap for the 2020 free agency period, which is great since there are some quality O-linemen set to be available. As of right now the biggest potential FAs we have are Jameis, Shaq, PB, Nassib, and Suh (who hasn’t been showing up on the stat sheet but has been doing his job well enough). We also have to start thinking about an extension for CG12.

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surferdudes

JPP is getting 10 million for doing nothing. By the time he’s able to come back if at all the season will be over for the Bucs. We’ll be lucky to win one out of the next five. That would put us at 3-6 when he might be able to return. Licht is the worst GM in the league, Jameis is not a franchise QB, and BA will turn out to be BS. You all can hope, and dream, reality will set in during the next five weeks. Yes I’m being negative, no I don’t hate Jameis, or Licht. I… Read more »

Gatordoc1

also in the running for the worst are Gettleman in New York and Grier in Miami

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FLBoy84

Seeing the way the contract is structured, JPP is definitely NOT getting $10M for doing nothing. Guessing you knew that was going to happen though too, right? Understand the negativity, but ya may wanna slow your roll on thinking you’re Nostradamus.

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yohohoandabottleofrum

Sick of losing and not making the playoffs…..Take action now or this fan since 1976 will be moving on

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yohohoandabottleofrum

I already broke out my paper bag for the remainder of this season especially after watching the Giants win a game we should have clearly
won

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Gatordoc1

https://tse1.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.BMth0rY2iOiYcSPeK_k5cAHaE9&w=299&h=201&c=7&o=5&pid=1.7

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BUC-ASS-BOB

Other than cutting him is bad move the playoffs will be long gone by the time he is ready to return.

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Spitfire

The fact remains the same. We can win any game we play in if everyone shows up. We didn’t get the Win but the Offense showed up and we know what we have in Barrett and our run D. Hopefully we learn from our Secondary weaknesses and Gay Can shake that shit off.

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bucballer

Are we really expecting and counting on great things from JPP? An over 30, 10 year vet who suffered a broken neck? This is just ludicrous! He’s made millions over the last 10 years and is financially sound. If he comes back it would be just another dumb decision, the fireworks accident and the car wreck in the middle of the night/morning! If he was ur brother, son, relative would u advise him to make a comeback? Thanks for ur service JPP but he should have been released after his injury. Depending on a football player to come back from… Read more »

plopes808

It’s good that we created a little more cap space, but this move is still confusing. We are paying JPP 10 million to possibly come back from a broken neck at 30 years old? His injury allows us to walk away without losing anything and the chance he comes back as anything close to his old self are slim to none. This is another bad move from Licht that makes no sense in my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I love JPP and what he did for us last year. I just think that expecting anything close to that after… Read more »

SappAttack

#ramsey

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scohad

Not sure what this means for us. Does he play for us this year? Is he a free agent next year(looks like)? Why do we need the cap room now if we aren’t going to go get someone now? Did we have to pay him if we cut him this year? Is this all for signing Barrett this year? It be nice if PR can analyze this move so we can figure out what it means. Seems this is for making a move now, keeping JPP for the rest of the year and hoping he can contribute, letting him go… Read more »