- Feb 6, 2002
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Yow.....looks like the competition just went way up for Samuel. Of course they are now paper thin at DE. From PFT -
BUCS' CAP BULGE GOES TO $44 MILLION
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially have more cap room than Abraham Lincoln.
Our friends at Pewter Report report that the Bucs have cut defensive ends Kevin Carter and Greg Spires.
The move cleared out another $9.2 million in cap space, putting the Bucs a full $44 million under the $116 million salary cap.
One way to use up the current year cap bulge is to use large roster bonuses in lieu of signing bonuses for any free agents that they might sign. If, for example, the Bucs were to sign cornerback Asante Samuel, they could give him a $20 million roster bonus, which would count fully against this year's cap. In turn, he would have significantly lower cap numbers in future years of the deal.
There's another potential benefit to such a move. Because the Raiders have applied the exclusive franchise tag to cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, his one-year tender will be based on the average of the five highest-paid corners in 2008. A cap number in excess of $20 million for Samuel would force that number north by $2 million or more.
Given that Bucs coach Jon Gruden and G.M. Bruce Allen used to work for the Raiders, we could see them getting a kick out of sticking it to their former employer in this way.