Throughout his press convention on Monday, Bucs GM Jason Licht famous that he nonetheless had alternatives to deliver extra free brokers into the fold. Licht additionally made it clear that he didn’t view the wage cap as an impediment to the workforce having the ability to execute their plans.
“We’re extraordinarily pleased with the work that we did final week,” Licht stated. “However it’s one other week this week. Chris [Godwin] talks about taking it day-to-day. However throughout free company typically it’s hour-by-hour, or minute-by-minute. We’re comfortable proper now. We’re going to proceed to attempt to add some items right here and proceed talks with our gamers and with another gamers and see what we will do.”
Licht has already been lively in free company, re-signing guard Aaron Stinnie, extensive receiver Breshad Perriman, middle Ryan Jensen and cornerback Carlton Davis. Then Licht locked up extensive receiver Chris Godwin to a long-term contract to decrease the veteran’s 2022 cap hit. Additionally, Licht made two huge free agent signings, including defensive again Logan Ryan and extensive receiver Russell Gage. Lastly, Licht’s most vital transfer got here by buying and selling a fifth spherical decide for star guard Shaq Mason final week.
Even with all these additions, the Bucs aren’t finished but. Hardly any of the workforce’s present free brokers have signed elsewhere over per week into free company. In truth, solely guard Alex Cappa, security Jordan Whitehead and tight finish O.J. Howard have departed for different groups. 17 Bucs free brokers stay unsigned, together with beginning defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Will Gholston, tight finish Rob Gronkowski, operating again Leonard Fournette and outdoors linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Bucs are anticipated to pursue contracts with a minimum of Gronkowski, Suh and Gholston. And on Monday, Licht stated the workforce would “like to have Leonard [Fournette] again”. So how can the Bucs make these strikes with restricted cap house?
When requested about doubtlessly extending Tom Brady’s contract to doubtlessly unencumber house, Licht declined to disclose his actual plan. However he did point out the Bucs have a number of choices to maintain constructing their roster and keep below the cap.
“Yeah, we’ve acquired some work to do and we’ve acquired some plans,” Licht stated. “There are a number of methods of going about it. However proper now I don’t wish to get into an excessive amount of of what we’re doing. However we’ve acquired a number of alternate options that we will do. We’re assured that we can get it finished.”
The Bucs may open cap house by extending or restructuring the contract of Brady, sort out Donovan Smith and linebacker Lavonte David. The Bucs may additionally signal linebacker Devin White to a long-term contract that would decrease his 2022 cap hit. However Pewter Report has beforehand realized that the workforce plans on exercising White’s fifth 12 months possibility, in order that transfer appears unlikely.
The Bucs have roughly $14-15 million of cap house presently after Chris Godwin’s long-term extension