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Bucs roll over salary cap space, ready to spend

Mark Dominik AP

The Buccaneers didn’t make a lot of noise in free agency last year. This time around, they have a ridiculous amount of cap space and they plan to use it.

“We’ll be more active in free agency that we were last year,” Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik said Tuesday via the Tampa Tribune. “We purposely rolled every penny we could into this year’s cap. Clubs didn’t have to do that, but we wanted to. We have plans.”

Teams didn’t have to roll their money into this year’s cap, but why wouldn’t they? There is no downside. In Tampa’s case, it’s more salary cap room than they can spend. The number could be around $60 million.

The Bucs were building around their young talent until last year’s dramatic collapse. Now they have a lot of roster holes, a new coach, and money to burn.

“We’ll be involved in free agency,” Dominik said. “To what capacity, it depends on what the list looks like. We’re prepared, and that’s the most important thing.”

Translation: We’re ready to spend. A lot.

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  1. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Feb 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    Few things here, for one I can’t wait to see this division next year!! Gonna be fricken intense!!
    Two watch them pull all sorts of tallent. Mario Williams, Stevie Johnson, Chris Meyers.. Tons of other guys i’m sure.. I mean I know you arn’t suppose to buy your team through free agency but this new cba and with this amount of cap space.. Bucs could be a dominate team on paper next years if they really wanted too.

  2. jathomas724 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    Roll over salary cap is quite possibly the dumbest thing ever.

    Bravo for realizing your team sucked last year and had no playoffs aspirations. Since you were smart enough to recognize that and didn’t spend any money this year you can spend more than the teams that actually try to compete every year

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    Good. Name me a team that was active in free agency that won the Super Bowl the same year. There probably was one but I’m tryna prove a point.

  4. jdio13 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:25 PM

    As a Bucs fan, I like to hear them say this, but I am not going to hold my breath. They have had plenty of cap space the past few years and never seem to land any big names in free agency. I will believe it when I see it.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:27 PM

    One things for sure; they will make a FAT offer to rival Marques Colston, should he make it into the pool. Better protect yo’ boy, N.O….

  6. tfbuckfutter says: Feb 14, 2012 9:28 PM

    “Translation: We’re ready to spend. A lot.”

    ———————–

    LOL.

  7. tampafan24 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    Please Please Please let this not be another round of lip service from the Glazers. These guys brough so much hope to Tampa fans when they bought the team and the past few years have been absolutely dreadful.

    Being that far under the salary cap for years was embarassing but that can all be forgiven if the checkbook opens up and gets the right guys to help these young kids succeed.

  8. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 14, 2012 9:32 PM

    Anyone want to bet they’ll be in the lower half of the league in spending?

  9. waccoforflacco says: Feb 14, 2012 9:36 PM

    The Glazers could care less about the Bucs…..their soccer team in London is their baby.

  10. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Feb 14, 2012 9:47 PM

    I believe this like I believe politicians who vaguely promise to “balance the budget”.

  11. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Feb 14, 2012 9:48 PM

    Cheap or not they’re gonna have to spend by 2013

  12. cup1981 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:49 PM

    Yeah, we’ve all seen the Bucs way under the cap, and what happened………………… nothing! They just sit at the minimum cap number and roll the extra money into the owners’ pockets.

  13. nolebucfan32 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:52 PM

    Gregg–You haven’t followed the Bucs in recent years, have you? Every year the Bucs are millions under the salary cap. Why would this year be any different? Prediction: The Bucs will be under the salary cap this year by MORE than the $2.5-million buyout they would have had to pay to allow Butch Davis on the field.

  14. poorlittlepinkus says: Feb 14, 2012 9:57 PM

    Last year Dominic said they wouldn’t spend in free agency because of their “commitment” to the draft. The end result was a talented young coach lost his job.
    Now, he says they’ll be active in free agency…
    Quite frankly, I think the Glazers fired the wrong guy.

  15. aschwartz2011 says: Feb 14, 2012 9:58 PM

    My wishlist:

    The Diamonds (One would be amazing, 2 would be unreal, 0 is VERY likely)
    -Mario Williams
    -A Foster
    -Matt Forte
    -Wes Welker
    -Steve Johnson
    -Jermichael Finley

    The Ipad 3’s (Would be great to have one, decent chance)
    -Vincent or Desean Jackson
    -Tim Hightower
    -Eddie Royal/Pierre Garcon
    -Brent Grimes/Brandon Carr

    The stocking stuffers (more likely guys)
    Josh Johnson (back) or Dennis Dixon
    Andre Caldwell
    Ted Ginn
    Khalif Barnes
    Will Blackmon
    Raheem Brock

  16. dbellina says: Feb 14, 2012 10:08 PM

    I wonder how Mario Williams would fit in on Tampa’s defense.

  17. rajbais says: Feb 14, 2012 10:19 PM

    Yeah, spend a lot on players that can’t play!!!!

    They have the coach that can’t coach!!!

    How the hell did this team win 10 games in 2010????!!!!!!

  18. theembalmed says: Feb 14, 2012 10:19 PM

    NFC SOUTH

    drew brees
    matt ryan
    cam newton
    payton manning

  19. daddyargue says: Feb 14, 2012 10:22 PM

    This could be good, if like some of you already said, they actually follow through with it. One thing that sticks out to me is that he said it, “depends on what the list looks like.” That sounds like their excuse in advance for not signing anyone. It will be easy to say they didn’t like what was available, or certain players didn’t fit our scheme, etc, etc.

    One example I’d like to point out is that when Haynesworth signed with Washington, the Bucs actually offered him more money. So we threw everything we had at him, he turned us down, and then we didn’t spend anymore money on anyone else. So they have made attempts to spend money, although possibly ill-advised, and for numerous reasons players chose other teams.

    I kind of agree with bearsrulepackdrool. Where was Philly last year? I’m not saying we need to sign every player out there, but a few significant pieces to go with another solid draft and we could be looking pretty good.

  20. tpa43 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:25 PM

    can we use that money to buy new owners?

  21. cannonballdookie says: Feb 14, 2012 10:27 PM

    Why not spend all your money? You can give out 5 year deals and cut all the guys after a year if they don’t work out with no consequence. No reason for bad teams to not make some attempt to get better.

  22. glazerh8er says: Feb 14, 2012 10:27 PM

    Bucs fan here. We have been the cheapest team going on 8 years. Not holding my breath, but, the Glazers WILL lose there fan base completely if they don’t bring in some serious talent and depth. I sit next to a beer vendor at games, he can’t give his ticket package away to clients. This team used to have one of the longest waiting lists in the NFL for tix. Glazers need to spend or sell the team and move to England so people don’t start throwing rocks at their heads. It’s almost that bad here.

  23. smedley61 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:32 PM

    Free agents. How’d that work for Philly this year? How’s that worked for Washington?

  24. freemantowilliams says: Feb 14, 2012 10:37 PM

    eaglesnoles05 says:
    Feb 14, 2012 9:27 PM
    One things for sure; they will make a FAT offer to rival Marques Colston, should he make it into the pool. Better protect yo’ boy, N.O….

    ———————————————-
    Thanks but no thanks buddy. I want some speed at wo for a change. We’ll see what the glazer boys do.

  25. gatherspeed says: Feb 14, 2012 10:37 PM

    Somewhere in DC, Raheem Morris is banging his head against a wall.

  26. chiefwhirlingdervish10 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:44 PM

    Don’t the Chiefs, also frustratingly inactive in free agency last year, have even more to spend, at about $62M?

  27. realitypolice says: Feb 14, 2012 10:45 PM

    While I think this is mostly a good idea, I can certainly see how some teams that may realize their chances are slim in a particular year would stash cap space and not try to be competitive, hoping to pair a high draft pick with big time free agents the following year.

  28. AlanSaysYo says: Feb 14, 2012 10:47 PM

    To bad they can’t spend any of that money on a defensive coordinator.

  29. nunpuncher says: Feb 14, 2012 10:49 PM

    Translation: If they didn’t have to spend it, they wouldn’t.

  30. dino2997 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:49 PM

    The Bucs are in an odd situation. They don’t get much fan support even when they are playing well so why open up the checkbooks?

  31. philyeagles5 says: Feb 14, 2012 10:59 PM

    Translation – Peyton Manning, welcome to Arizona.

  32. firedup1 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:12 PM

    They are not the only team that has that kind of money to spend. I know KC rolled their money over too.

  33. hardate says: Feb 14, 2012 11:21 PM

    They need the cash to buy the tickets @ 34 cents on the dollar.

  34. penbook2 says: Feb 14, 2012 11:29 PM

    The Chiefs have about 63 million dollars to spend. Thats more than anybody in the NFL. As a chiefs fan I hope they get Manning and get some big time free agents.

  35. roamingabriel says: Feb 15, 2012 12:07 AM

    If they’re serious, steal Brees………

  36. bigmike7914 says: Feb 15, 2012 12:45 AM

    With the new cba more money is literally more problems 90% of the money has to be accounted for through player personnel, and who’s to say that just because you have money guys would want to come, and when that happens over paying happens, because teams will start to get desperate to spend, a good number for cap space in the type of climate that this new cba has brought upon is about 25 to 40 mil anything over that you can bet on dumb overspending.

  37. virusgvr says: Feb 15, 2012 12:57 AM

    I wish I had “money to burn” Haha

    I like how they have all this Money to burn and yet ticket prices (75.00 and up.) and concessions (9.00 beer) and parking is still outrageous (20.00). I got an idea… Don’t “burn” though money, and don’t spend so much, and make the fans happy.

  38. profootballwalk says: Feb 15, 2012 1:02 AM

    You don’t build a team with free agents – you top it off with them.

  39. skasome says: Feb 15, 2012 1:04 AM

    So in essentially they set their coach up for failure with the lack of spending and blame him in the end by firing him, very classy organization

  40. worldatlarge1 says: Feb 15, 2012 3:15 AM

    Last year’s blockbuster FA period wasn’t enough, you think they were crazy when they went all out and reeled in the kicker they wanted, just wait till this year.

    The year of the Longsnapper.

  41. tuckyous says: Feb 15, 2012 3:19 AM

    aschwartz2011 says: something stupid.

    You would be the worst GM EVER. This isn’t Madden dude.

  42. tuckyous says: Feb 15, 2012 3:22 AM

    If I was Dominik I’d be looking at LBs, OL, and DBs in FA. Maybe some rotational DL.

  43. jerrylb4 says: Feb 15, 2012 3:47 AM

    waccoforflacco says:
    Feb 14, 2012 9:36 PM
    The Glazers could care less about the Bucs…..their soccer team in London is their baby.

    ————————————————–

    Your geography offends me, Manchester is quite a distance from London.

  44. bluefan204 says: Feb 15, 2012 5:25 AM

    I doubt they’ll get a lot of FA’s interested. New coach, a lot of young, inexperienced talent, a fanbase that doesn’t care…

    Not a whole lot of drawing power, unless the guys just want the money and dont care about winning or having fans in the seats.

  45. aschwartz2011 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:08 AM

    @tuckyous

    I think you missed the point of ky comment, those are the free agents that would be great to get, but as I said I know that the chances of getting a superstar in FA are slim to none. But for arguments sake let’s say a GM could get Williams, Vincent Jackson and re-sign josh Johnson …how would that make them the worst GM ever?

  46. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Feb 15, 2012 7:19 AM

    There go all he good receivers in free agency. Freeman needs help and it sounds like he’ll get it. My guess is V Jax is first on their list.

  47. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:36 AM

    “We purposely rolled every penny we could into this year’s cap. Clubs didn’t have to do that, but we wanted to. We have plans.”

    so it was a long range goal to give your last new coach very few tools with which to succeed (and even less veteran leadership), then blame him for not being successful just so you could do the opposite with this new coach? great strategy!

  48. FinFan68 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:42 AM

    “We’ll be more active in free agency that we were last year,”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    That shouldn’t be real hard considering their big signing last year was a punter

  49. footballfan292 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:48 AM

    What’s weird is the Panthers are actually $9 million OVER the salary cap. How the heck did that happen?

  50. Mr. Wright 212 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:52 AM

    Right. They let guys go, left Morris with an empty cupboard, get rid of him and suddenly want to spend money on decent players again… so Schiano won’t have to face the same fate. Sick of it.

  51. cappa662 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:31 AM

    Not sure why they didn’t spend any money on veterans last year. The young guys gave up on Raheem.

  52. tampafan24 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:35 AM

    “The Bucs are in an odd situation. They don’t get much fan support even when they are playing well so why open up the checkbooks?”

    The Bucs had a season ticket waiting list, yes a real one, when the team was trying to compete. Tampa fans are smart enough to realize that just because the team won 10 games a two years ago there was no reason to believe that we were on our way to greatness.

    Combine a bad economy with ownership that abandoned the community by dropping spending to among the lowest in the league and fan loyalty goes out the window. The Rays and Lightning are not a comparison because Tampa has always been a football town but we seem to attract toxic owners!

    If these owners wise up and start to spend their money on the product then Tampa fans will line up to spend their money on tickets. In the meantime we can see a better product at Raymond James Stadium on Saturdays for a fraction of the coin.

  53. brutus9448 says: Feb 15, 2012 8:48 AM

    they got fill the stadium. I bet they won’t even spend that much in FA.

  54. bucfan77 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:24 AM

    If I’m not mistaken, Bruce Allen and Gruden were pretty active in FA in 2001, culminating with a Super Bowl Thrashing over the Raiders.

  55. mataug says: Feb 15, 2012 9:25 AM

    They have said the same thing after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for 80 million pounds.
    Took them an eternity to finally spend some of that money(after waiting for the retirements/sale of 4 senior players).

  56. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 15, 2012 9:33 AM

    “We purposely rolled every penny we could into this year’s cap. Clubs didn’t have to do that, but we wanted to. We have plans.”

    so it was a long range goal to give your last new coach very few tools with which to succeed (and even less veteran leadership), then blame him for not being successful just so you could do the opposite with this new coach? great strategy!

  57. beauregard says: Feb 15, 2012 9:54 AM

    Wow, Denver has the second highest amount to roll over into this year. Even with low spending last year they made into the 2nd round of they playoffs (where they got pounded, but oh well).

    Elway now has the means to make a big splash in free agent signing this year. Will he do it, or will he stay the course of low spending and building through the draft? After watching Philly last year I’d be inclined to take care of current players and build though the draft. Many times talent does not travel well in the NFL. A hungry player has an outstanding year hoping for the big F/A contract. When they get the big payday they then disappear. Seen it way too many times.

  58. justafanofitall says: Feb 15, 2012 10:16 AM

    Can’t believe these teams. Didn’t spend last year to have a team….fired the coach….have new one and NOW you’re going to spend. Rashem says “thank you very much you ass holes”. Sounds like the Packers of the 80’s….never woud spend and had a decade of crappy years and firing coaches. Decided to get Reggie White and Co. and wait for it……..won a Super Bowl. I’m not saying to buy all free agents but add the talented ones to the mix with the draft choices and built your team.

  59. kevinb73 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:33 AM

    Quite frankly, I think the Glazers fired the wrong guy.

    I agree. I think Dominic should be gone as well. While the Glaziers may have told him what he could spend, he drafted a bunch of worthless players that we will have to replace anyway because they don’t belong in the NFL (ie. all the DBs, all our linebackers, and our wide receivers) we have gone from the most feared defense in the NFL to a defense that couldn’t stop a top ranked college team.

    I am hoping things will change but with the current GM and owners I am skeptical.

  60. packerjer says: Feb 15, 2012 11:31 AM

    It’s proven not to be the way to win championships, but hey…go for it!

  61. captaincanuck84 says: Feb 15, 2012 6:56 PM

    You cant buy a championship in the NFL, having said that its good to hear they are going to spend some money. Im a big bucs fan but also a realist, we are not one, two or even three free agents away from a title. Sign some solid players, williams, stevie johnson for example and continue to build and use the space as needed but dont spend for the sake of spending and bring players like haynesworth in.

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