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Bucs still have $17 million in cap space

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The Buccaneers were the only team interested in trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis.  For plenty of teams, Revis wasn’t a consideration because they simply didn’t have the cap space.

The Bucs had, as of Monday, more than $33 million.  By adding Darrelle’s unique, pay-as-you-go, $16 million annual deal, they still have more than $17 million remaining for 2013.  That money can be spent this year, or it can be carried over to help cover next year’s $16 million Revis allowance.

Only four other teams could have given Revis the same deal without creating additional cap space:  the Eagles ($23 million), the Jaguars ($27 million), the Browns ($33 million), and the Bengals ($28 million).

Technically, the Jets had the ability to give Revis what would have amounted to a $10 million raise, since the Jets currently have more than $11 million in cap space.  The Jets, however, would have been required to clear cap space to sign their draft picks.  (And owner Woody Johnson would have had to want to pay Revis that kind of money.)

So while other teams may have been interested, only four teams could have pulled it off right now.  Others, in theory, could have done it earlier in free agency, before spending money elsewhere.  But the unknowns associated with his torn ACL and the inherent possibility of future contract squabbles (which the Bucs don’t believe will happen) made it hard for many of 31 possible trade partners to be willing to roll the dice.

UPDATE 1:39 p.m. ET:  The numbers quoted above come from NFLPA calculations.  Based on calculations performed by the NFL, the Bucs have only $12.8 million in cap space, post-Revis.

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16 Responses to “Bucs still have $17 million in cap space”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Apr 23, 2013 7:01 AM

    Nobody is scared of a Bucs team lead by Jason Campbell Jr aka Josh Freeman. #Overspenders

  2. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 23, 2013 7:17 AM

    you mean these penny pinchers spent money on their team instead of hoarding their money for next year. now their cursed for doing this try 4-12 this season Tampa bay.

  3. joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2013 7:24 AM

    Mike Brown laughs at 17 million.

  4. jaredo10 says: Apr 23, 2013 7:31 AM

    happy the eagles didn’t roll the dice on this fool. Nmandi 2.0 in the making

  5. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Apr 23, 2013 8:29 AM

    At this point they need to save it for rookies, and resigning Freeman and McCoy.

  6. petedutcher says: Apr 23, 2013 9:40 AM

    Bucs could easily create even more space by extending GMC and a couple other players.

  7. petedutcher says: Apr 23, 2013 9:49 AM

    jaredo10 says:
    “happy the eagles didn’t roll the dice on this fool. Nmandi 2.0 in the making”

    BIG difference.

    First, this was a trade, not a free agent signing. Second, Nmandi was considered the best CB available in that free agency class, not the best in the NFL.

    Third, Nmandi is leaving his prime years, Revis is entering his prime years.

  8. myeaglescantwin says: Apr 23, 2013 11:00 AM

    tampa is nothing to shake a stick at.

    What i want to know, is that Mark Baron cat.
    I saw them bring in another SS this offseason. what happened to the top 10 monster in Baron??

    seemed like a lock to be a stud, now they bring in veterans to fill the position??

  9. cliverush says: Apr 23, 2013 11:56 AM

    Jets made the right move to move on from this player. Sometimes you have to make a change. Revis is the best but the team needs more than just him. With Tanny gone the front office has a lot of work to do in order to repair the damage he left behind.

  10. fantasyfootballmaven0 says: Apr 23, 2013 12:49 PM

    Sounds like dominik is doing a great job. That secondary should be top 10 or its a failure. Those safeties are aggressive tho and they’ll be susceptible to the big play but overall should be top 10

  11. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Apr 23, 2013 2:42 PM

    petedutcher says:
    Apr 23, 2013 9:49 AM
    jaredo10 says:
    “happy the eagles didn’t roll the dice on this fool. Nmandi 2.0 in the making”

    BIG difference.

    First, this was a trade, not a free agent signing. Second, Nmandi was considered the best CB available in that free agency class, not the best in the NFL.

    Third, Nmandi is leaving his prime years, Revis is entering his prime years.
    ——————

    First, not sure why that matters when comparing players.

    Second, I can remember a time when people were calling Asomugha the best in the NFL, or at least right there with Revis.

    Third, Nnamdi turned 30 in July the year the Eagles got him. Revis will turn 28 in July. Not seeing much difference there.

    I don’t think Revis will bust like Nnamdi (I think that was scheme related), but it’s definitely a possibility. Why do you think the Bucs didn’t guarantee any of that contract.

  12. retroreed86 says: Apr 23, 2013 2:46 PM

    The Bucs have a great front office, even though the record does not reflect the same. Getting proven players during free agency, and great potential in the draft, is setting this team up for success. Nabbing Greg Schiano, a no “BS” kinda guy, to rid the team of cancer ( I.E. Aqib Talib, Brian Price) is not a a bad touch either. The success of this season will put pressure on Josh Freeman and Gerald McCoy to resign for less money.

  13. jaredo10 says: Apr 23, 2013 2:58 PM

    Thanks for correcting mikebrownistheworstownerinprosport
    I agree

  14. dvdman123 says: Apr 23, 2013 3:26 PM

    Earth to Buc fans……let’s not forget Revis is coming off a major injury. He is not Adrian Peterson so I don’t want to hear that arguement.
    Every injury is different and the rehab time too.

  15. spedman24 says: Apr 23, 2013 5:43 PM

    The Bucs are an awful organization, they will NEVER EVER WIN ANYTHING.

  16. ckualii says: Apr 23, 2013 6:12 PM

    spedman24 says:
    Apr 23, 2013 5:43 PM
    The Bucs are an awful organization, they will NEVER EVER WIN ANYTHING

    They already did, stupid

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