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Bucs want to invest in their own guys this year

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The Bucs were among the biggest spenders in free agency a year ago, and they might be again this year.

But the difference might be in what they spend on plane fare.

After making a first-weekend splash by signing outside free agents Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson and Eric Wright a year ago, the Bucs are aiming differently this year.

After converting big base salaries for Nicks and Jackson into bonuses and prorating the difference over the remaining years of their deals, but the Bucs created around $30 million worth of salary cap room.

“That has actually opened a lot of cap room for us going into 2013, a tremendous amount,” general manager Mark Dominik said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “We’ve got a chance to be (very) involved in free agency again.

“But we also have a chance to try to retain this nucleus of players, so it was a big commitment that our owners made, and I think that should be encouraging for all fans about our football team.”

The Bucs could create more room if they release Wright, who voided the guarantees in his contract when he was suspended for violating the performance-enhancing substance policy. Injured linebacker Quincy Black’s future is also in doubt.

With any savings, Dominik is prepared to invest in a number of the Bucs’ own guys.

He’s already started talking about a new deal for wide receiver Mike Williams, and defensive end Michael Bennett is another possible target, as he’ll draw plenty of interest elsewhere if the Bucs can’t get a deal for him done before March 12.

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9 Responses to “Bucs want to invest in their own guys this year”
  1. buffalobills716 says: Feb 17, 2013 10:12 AM

    Slow down with them spending before ur get in the red soon

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 17, 2013 10:38 AM

    They should trade Blount for some picks. Surely he could be a counter run style for some team with a speedy back.

  3. themagicman1223 says: Feb 17, 2013 10:55 AM

    I’m not sold on Josh Freeman, way too inconsistent but he’s still young. He needs to remain healthy though I remember a year or two ago he was getting fat on the late night McDonald’s runs.

  4. onermedboxer says: Feb 17, 2013 11:22 AM

    Signing Michael Bennett brings Tampa one step closer to signing his brother, Martellus. The two have openly said they would like to play together

  5. riverace19 says: Feb 17, 2013 11:50 AM

    They can spend all they want and sign whoever they want but their QB is Josh Freeman and it’s not going to get better

  6. ruggyup says: Feb 17, 2013 12:34 PM

    In all the pre-draft QB buzz it seems like EJ Manuel is flying lower than under the radar. Guess you all know something but I’d like to see him picked up in 2nd round or later. JF desereves many of the nice things said about him but, nobody uses the description, ‘champion’.

  7. jiggy3198 says: Feb 17, 2013 1:40 PM

    All I know is flacco has a Super Bowl

  8. bucinnj says: Feb 17, 2013 5:23 PM

    The team needs a great deal of help on Defense. if they aren’t major players in FA they better draft three players that contribute heavily and highly from Day 1 or else Buc fans can expect another disappointing year.

  9. failgoodell says: Feb 18, 2013 7:43 AM

    And as the Redskins continue to get punished, teams like the Vikings who sandbagged during the uncapped year and came in far below what would have been the salary floor continue to reap the benefits. What exactly is “the spirit of the salary cap” Mara?

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