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Salary-cap constraints elsewhere will deepen pool of free agents for Bucs

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The Bucs have more than $20 million in room under the NFL’s projected 2013 salary cap and likely will create more through rolling over unused 2012 space and the expected release of cornerback Eric Wright ($7.75 million).

So, yeah, the Bucs can do a little something in free agency if they choose. But as you’ve probably read here and elsewhere, this year’s class of free agents – the signing period begins next month – isn’t scheduled to be as memorable as the 2012 class.

But the events of today and Tuesday in New York should serve as a reminder that the current group of free agents isn’t the final group.

The Giants this week released veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker Michael Boley and defensive lineman Chris Canty. All three were critical pieces of a team that won the Super Bowl after the 2011 season, but NFL financial constraints being what they are for some teams, the Giants had to make tough choices.

The point here isn’t to suggest that the Bucs should pursue any of the three. Instead, it’s to remind you that there will be other teams making similarly difficult decisions in the coming weeks as we get nearer to the start of the new league year, at which point all teams must be compliant with the 2013 cap.

When that time comes, there will be other players who find themselves on the free-agent market who, perhaps, never expected to be there. And for a team like the Bucs, which is not in salary-cap trouble, that only increases its options.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 9:42pm]

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