The final two seasons for the Bucs have been among the most profitable ones in franchise historical past. A few of that’s because of the particular person performances of gamers nonetheless on their first contracts.
In accordance with Greg Auman of The Athletic, cornerbacks Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean and security Mike Edwards have all acquired pay raises. These will increase come as a part of the NFL’s confirmed efficiency escalator incentive. In consequence, all three gamers will get extra money within the ultimate 12 months of their rookie offers with a rise of $1 million. As Auman factors out, every participant will earn $2.54 million subsequent season.
Second 12 months in a row, Bucs have three gamers getting good bumps in ultimate 12 months of their rookie contracts resulting from NFL’s Confirmed Efficiency Escalator incentive. Sean Murphy-Bunting, Jamel Dean and Mike Edwards every will make $2.54 million, a bump of $1m+ from their unique offers.
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All three gamers had been chosen within the 2019 NFL Draft. Murphy-Bunting was picked within the second spherical whereas Dean was the 94th choose within the third spherical. Edwards was taken simply 5 spots later within the spherical.
The Bucs have constructed their secondary fairly nicely via the draft during the last 5 years. Jordan Whitehead, Carlton Davis III and Antoine Winfield Jr. are different high quality additions by Tampa Bay. 2022 would be the first 12 months any of those gamers are up for a second contract.
Accidents actually restricted Murphy-Bunting in 2021 after he dislocated his elbow within the first recreation of the season. He performed in 9 video games, making 43 tackles, three move breakups and a compelled fumble. His signature second with the Bucs got here within the 2020 playoffs. Murphy-Bunting recorded three interceptions on the way in which to profitable Tremendous Bowl LV.
Dean was probably the most obtainable nook out of the group enjoying in 15 video games on the season. He completed with 53 tackles, two tackles for loss, 9 move breakups and tied his profession greatest with two interceptions. Dean clearly established himself because the No. 2 nook reverse Davis.
Edwards continues to be the “ball hawk” within the secondary, main the staff with three interceptions. Two of these turnovers went for pick-sixes in opposition to the Falcons in Week 2. Edwards additionally notched 46 tackles, a sort out for a loss, seven move breakups and a compelled fumble in 14 video games. He’s one other participant that has proven up within the playoffs, recording two interceptions over the previous two postseasons.
Having all three guys get an improve for his or her on-field play is a constructive, however the one draw back is that it’s a $3 million hit on the wage cap. This shrinks the Bucs’ cap to about $3 million in obtainable area. They’ll should makes some selections this offseason with a purpose to unlock extra room.