According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the NFL has informed teams that the salary cap for the 2021 season will be set at 182.5 million, 2.5 million over the salary cap floor that the league announced weeks ago.

With the salary cap set, the Bucs are now officially $5.4 million over the cap right now, but they can clear quite a bit of space with just a few moves, so that number doesn’t matter too much. The franchise tag for WR Chris Godwin now comes in at $15.983 million for the 2021 season, well under what he would have commanded per year on the open market.

After franchise tagging Godwin and re-signing LB Lavonte David to a two-year, $25 million contract ($3.5 million cap hit this season), the Bucs will now turn all their attention to a Tom Brady extension and other roster moves to clear space to make Shaq Barrett a highly competitive offer before he hits the open market. Barrett may still explore free agency, giving the Bucs the opportunity to match another team’s offer before he signs elsewhere.

Barrett, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Antonio Brown, K Ryan Succop, DT Ndamukong Suh and RB Leonard Fournette are the team’s key remaining free agents.

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drdneast
4 months ago

Wow, not much room between the ceiling and the floor. A lot of NFL teams are going to have to play stooped over this year. Licht has his work cut out for him.

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Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

Yes, that’s a sliver. Buyers market more likely.

Spitfire
Reply to  drdneast
4 months ago

Pretty sure the Floor just means that’s as low as they agreed the ceiling would end up being. The official ceiling is just the final number. Teams don’t have to spend the $180mil obviously..

GrayBalls
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

The floor is the least amount a team is allowed to spend, as in teams HAVE to spend no less than that on players’ salaries

Spitfire
4 months ago

They seriously need to stop with this “Highly competitive offer” s**t for Barrett. They need to offer him what he’s worth to us and that’s it. He’s really only worth about $14mil, if they wanna pay him $16mil great but I wouldn’t give him any more than that. He’s got decent moves but he’s too small to get through in time on his own and needs help up the middle. He works well for us in our Defense but he’s not worth screwing up future years or losing someone else.

drdneast
Reply to  Spitfire
4 months ago

A lot truth to what you say. PR reported on Joey Bosa, Khalil Mack and Myles Garrett all making over $20 million a year and only Garrett has double digit sack numbers. A lot of edge rushers in FA right now with similar numbers who have or will be released because of the cap, salary and production. Would be nice to find another young LB out there like Barrett who is playing behind a couple of studs who hasn’t been given a chance yet.

EastEndBoy
4 months ago

If Licht is sold on someone like say Jaelen Phillips (or another OLB) – believes he checks out medically (the concussions are not an issue), loves his tape, believes he’s committed to the game and not a music career…and believes he’s likely to be available at 32, then letting Shaq walk makes perfect sense. You don’t draft someone like that at 32 and then sit them on the bench, so clearing the way for him makes sense (both $$$ wise and on-field wise). so if that’s what Licht has in mind, and if he’s right, it makes perfect sense to… Read more »

scubog
4 months ago

There’s no way Jason Licht is going to let Shaq hit the exit with the thoughts of Anthony Nelson or some unproven rookie taking his place. Never understood why those of us who work for a living want to deprive someone of being paid comparable to his peers.