The belief that structuring a new CBA in such a way that teams would be required to spend actual cash in a given year instead of manipulated salary numbers as a means to reach a threshold, in this case the salary cap floor, has been repeatedly reported as 89% in actual cash payouts, does not apply for the 2011 season.
It seems that both the NFL and NFLPA* decided that forcing bottom-spending teams to spend an exuberant amount of money in one off-season, to reach the salary floor. On players who did not warrant that type of payout would have been detrimental and not a wise post-lockout move in 2011, in other words the sides deemed it an unfair expectation.
So for fans wondering why the Bucs and Mark Dominik haven’t been in discussions with any and every free agent possible, it’s been clarified, by ESPN.com analyst John Clayton and local Bucs beat writer Stephen Holder, of the St. Petersburg Times via twitter, as Holder got the scoop straight from Dominik, “Just had [a] chat with Mark Dominik. He clarified that the per team salary cap minimum DOES NOT apply this year.”
Meaning that the Bucs will continue to stick to their current model of building the team through the draft, which ultimately netted the Bucs 10-wins in 2010, Now that’s not to say the team wont add a few more free agent signings in the coming week. It just means that the Bucs will be fiscally responsible when it comes to adding players, until there ready to sign some of the teams’ core foundation in the coming years.
In Other News
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik met with the media to reflect on the Bucs re-signing G Davin Joseph, T Jeremy Trueblood, LB Quincy Black and the signing of former Falcons punter Michael Koenen.
Brian Price talked about his secret move , the Jab- O’ Leg, new defensive line coach Keith Millard and the advice he got from Buccaneer trainers.
The team only unsigned draft pick RB Allen Bradford, is expected to be signed, sealed and delivered to training camp and at practice in the morning.
Under new offensive line coach Pat Morris look for the Bucs to run a fair mix of both zone and man blocking schemes.