Make us your home page

Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Report: Bucs rank last in the NFL in spending for player costs



The real benefit of building through the draft for the Bucs could be the money they put in the bank.

As of Friday, the Bucs had committed $80.8-million for player costs in 2010, the lowest amount in the NFL, according to a report in Pro Football

Last year, the spending minimum exceeded $110-million per team. But the Bucs and several other teams have really taken full advantage of the first season since ’93 without a salary cap.

The Bucs had no comment Sunday on the report.

Tampa Bay has the second-youngest team in the NFL, reflecting their commitment to build through the draft. League sources told PFT that the Bucs, Chiefs ($84.5-million) and Jaguars ($89.5-million) committed the least amount of money for player costs this season.

By contrast, the Washington Redskins ($178.2-million) and Dallas Cowboys ($166.5-million) will out-spend the Bucs nearly 2 to 1 this year.   It’s estimated that in a salary cap year, the minimum spending would’ve been at $120-million as revenues have increased.

What it means is that the Bucs and other bottom-feeders in the salary structure will realize millions in savings and additional profit this year.

[Last modified: Saturday, September 18, 2010 7:39pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours