Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith prides himself on putting together teams with good defenses. That comes with a heavy price.
The Bucs have $64.7 million of this year’s salary cap tied up in defensive players, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s the third-highest figure in the league. Only Buffalo ($66.5 million) and Detroit ($65 million) have more cap room committed toward the defense.
The Bucs aren’t exactly being frugal on offense, where $55.6 million of this year’s cap room is committed. Ten teams have less money committed toward offense.
Here’s a look at the top 10 salary cap figures for 2014:
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy $15.627 million
Receiver Vincent Jackson $12.432 million
Guard Carl Nicks $9.357
Safety Dashon Goldson $9 million
Defensive end Michael Johnson $9 million
Cornerback Alterraun Verner $8.25 million
Tackle Anthony Collins $6 million
Quarterback Josh McCown $4.75 million
Safety Mark Barron $3.945 million
Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald $3.5 million