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Bucs lead NFL in salary-cap space



This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who follows the Bucs or this blog closely, but Tampa Bay's $61-million in salary-cap space -- according to -- is the most in the NFL.

Kansas City is the closest team to the Bucs with $57-million to spare, followed by Philadelphia with $48-million.

Of course, this doesn't mean the Bucs are going to go out and sign everyone with a pulse when the frenzy begins tonight at 12:01 a.m. We're just updating you on where things stand heading into the evening.

This would be a good time to clarify something. You're probably wondering why the Bucs' latest reported cap numbers appear so high compared to those you've previously read and heard about.

Obviously, Wednesday's moves resulted in some cap savings, a little more than $12-million. Also, the Bucs can now take into account some rolled over money from last season as a result of incentives that weren't achieved. That money previously had to be accounted for. But when the threshholds weren't met and the money not paid, the funds are freed up and can be applied to this year's cap.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:26pm]


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