Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2014 salary cap room

Bucs are $13 million under cap

April, 21, 2014
If there are any players left in free agency that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want, the team has the means to get them.

According to the latest salary-cap figures, the Bucs are $13 million under this year's cap. They'll need $3 million to $4 million to sign their draft picks and they’ll also want to carry some room into the season in case they have injuries and need to bring in replacements.

That means the Bucs still should have somewhere around $7 million to spend on free agents. I wouldn’t expect too much activity right now. It’s more likely the Bucs will go through the draft and then see if they still have some holes to fill.

And, for those keeping an eye down the road, Tampa Bay is in pretty good cap shape for 2015. At the moment, the Bucs have $104.5 million committed toward a cap that is likely to be over $130 million.

Checking on the salary cap

April, 8, 2014
It’s time for one of our periodic checks on where the Buccaneers stand in relation to the salary cap.

They’re still in excellent shape with flexibility to make more moves. The Bucs are $13.2 million under the cap. They’ll need to keep somewhere around $3 million to $4 million to sign their draft class and they’ll also want to keep a cushion in case they have injuries during the season.

But Tampa Bay still has plenty of room to make moves in what’s left of free agency. The Bucs did sign wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins on Monday. But they still have a glaring need at receiver after trading away the troubled Mike Williams. There’s not much on the market, but the Bucs can pretty much have their pick of what’s available.

The Bucs also could use some of their cap room to add another competitor for the starting right guard job. They have Jamon Meredith and Oniel Cousins, but they might want to add one more guard to the mix.

The Bucs could use depth at most other positions. The good news is they still have enough money to buy plenty of depth.
It's time for our periodic check on Tampa Bay's salary cap situation.

With the latest contract (receiver Louis Murphy's) factored in, the Bucs currently stand $11.99 million against the salary cap.

That leaves the team plenty of money to remain active in what's left of free agency. The Bucs will need $3 million to $4 million to sign their draft picks and they'll want to carry a cushion into the regular season in case there are injuries.

But the Bucs still have several million they can spend in the meantime. I still see the possibility of the Bucs signing several more free agents.

Wide receiver and guard are the two most obvious needs, but I can see the Bucs adding depth at just about any position.
The start of the league year is approaching rapidly and I’ve got the numbers on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' salary cap situation.

Although the Bucs are likely to create more cap room by releasing some players or restructuring some contracts, the team already is in pretty good shape.

The league-wide salary cap will be $133 million. But Tampa Bay’s adjusted cap is $139.8 million due to carryover money from last season.

The Bucs currently have $120,978,242 committed toward the 2014 cap. The bottom line is that at the moment the Bucs currently have $18,791,539 in 2014 cap space.