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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs would be tied among lowest payroll in the NFL at $79-million if salary cap applied



The Bucs are getting wealthy in the non-salary cap year.

In 2009, teams had to spend a minimum of $107-million on players' salaries. obtained the salary cap numbers that would apply if 2010 was not an uncapped year. The Bucs and Chiefs would be tied as the teams furthest below the salary floor at $79-million.

Look at it as a one-year opportunity for the Glazer family to control the bottom line and increase their profits by $28-million over 2009.

So, are you still wondering why the Bucs aren't active in the free agent market?

The Bucs are not alone. Seven teams would be below $100-million figure if there were a salary cap in place. The others are the Jaguars ($81-million), the Bengals ($85-million), the Cardinals ($91-million), the Rams ($92-million) and Bills ($98-million).

Building through the draft sounds like a good plan and every team wants to do it. But ignoring free agency during an uncapped year serves a bigger purpose -- to take advantage of no salary cap floor and maximize profits.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:56pm]


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