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Rick Stroud, Joe Smith and Greg Auman

Lots of cap space left

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April

If the Bucs are successful in making a splashy trade between now and the draft, they certainly have the salary-cap room to accommodate a pricey player.

I'm told the Bucs have approximately $25-million in cap space left, giving them plenty of flexibility.

Some of that money will go toward this year's draft class, but not as much as say, last year. That's when the Bucs chose Gaines Adams, the No. 4 overall pick who required a hefty signing bonus that results in a sizable cap number. The Bucs also had two second-round picks last year -- Arron Sears and Sabby Piscitelli.

These are rough numbers because a team's cap room figure is always a moving target, but let's assume they're still at about the $25-million mark. The Bucs are required to spend about $100-million, or 86.4 percent of the salary cap to meet the mandated "salary floor" -- the minimum each team must spend on payroll. Tampa Bay is at about $91-million based on the information I have.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:00pm]

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