We are about to enter another dimension – the Free Agency Zone. In other words, on the one hand the Bucs are cap strapped because the cap is only at 180 mil this year. What we need to consider is that every other team has the same problem.
There will be a lot of “cap casualties” as teams face the cap consequences. If Licht can resist the urge to spend all our cap space on our current players and be patient, he can find himself staring at some talented and affordable players who have been cut loose as teams and are available. There will be a lot of pressure from fans and probably coaches to show some loyalty and bring back the players who helped win the Superbowl. But somebody’s going to make out like a bandit and scoop up some free agents at a bargain price. Perhaps the smart move would be to hold off on rewarding the big ticket guys and look to shop the new marketplace later.
That may mean guys like Lavonte David and Shaq Barrett are allowed to shop themselves around. That isn’t going to make for good press when our Superbowl winning stars feel underappreciated and express their displeasure at not getting the offer they were expecting.
Licht doesn’t a fan to tell him what’s what with the salary cap. He knows the deal, but its easier said than done. Will he have the stones to hold back on the big reward paydays and wait and see what players get freed up? We shall see.
I would like to have all of our own free agents signed, but having said that, our best case scenario would actually be for some of our higher priced free agents to get their payday somewhere else because this will allow us to receive draft compensation the following year, right? I only hope that we are able to keep our defense in tact, because I believe our offense has too many weapons as it is, and should only get better next year, even without the entire supporting cast.
In addition, we should be able to get better bargains from veterans who are looking to join the bucs for cheap just to have a chance to win a Super Bowl Ring before they hang them up.
So, after thinking it over, I think this is our best case scenario.
Not every guy is like Evans or Brady. Evans has already restricted his deal to accommodate other guys. Brady has taken less money than he was worth for almost 20 years. Other guys want as much coin as the can get. Going to be interesting to see what the FAs want and who will restructure to help the team.
Good teams stay good because they max smart decisions about which talent to keep and which talent to let walk so they can accumulate cheaper talent via comp picks.
I think the worst thing the Bucs can do is mortgage future cap flexibility to bring back every single one of their guys.
It might hurt watching some guys leave but there is a way to do this where the Bucs keep a couple talented guys and get two 3rd round picks next year. I think that is the smart way to handle this offseason.
Think Brady will be the President of the Tampa Bay tourism council this off-season to try and help recruit some free agents to the Bucs. The Florida climate and Tampa vibe obviously, plus no state income tax, is a huge draw and I’m sure Brady will tell others how much he enjoys it here. May help a few to take a discounted price to sign up for that.
I don’t see Gronk Getting 10mil again this year… it’s too much when we’re gonna have Howard back and hopefully healthy… Brates contract comes to an end and he’d prolly would wanna be back as he takes a lot less than 6mil he was given to win… I don’t want Gronk back at 10mil a year
I think your underestimating the value of a great blocking tight end who is also a great end zone threat. 10 million is chump change on the free agent market these days. Now that being said, let’s hope that he is willing to resign for less so we can use that money to help keep some of our own.
I’m not underestimating what he is as a blocker… 10mil is not chump change on the market it’s actually a very high number especially for TEs… I love Gronk but not at 10mil when we have two other TEs (that don’t block like him) but can catch the and make plays…
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