TAMPA, Fla. -- This season is not over, but it's never too early to start looking ahead at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' salary cap situation for 2014.
Next season’s salary cap likely will be somewhere around $125 million. The Bucs are in a good position. They currently have just over $115 million committed to 45 players for 2014. They have no major prospective free agents.
Once upon a time, it was thought that quarterback Josh Freeman would eat up a large part of the 2014 cap. But Freeman flamed out and was released. The Bucs might have stumbled into a very good economic situation as rookie quarterback Mike Glennon has been playing well lately.
If coach Greg Schiano sticks around, it's almost a certainty he'll continue to move forward with Glennon. That would be very good economically because Glennon is scheduled to only cost $705,000 toward next year’s salary cap.
As it stands right now, the Bucs would have about $10 million to play with in free agency. But there’s more good news on the horizon. They are just over $7 million under this year’s salary cap and they can carry any unused space over until next year.
The other tactic the Bucs could use (and they used it last year with Carl Nicks and Vincent Jackson) would be to push more of the 2014 salary-cap hit for Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson into bonus money before the end of this season.
Either way the Bucs go about it, they should have somewhere around $17 million in cap space for 2014.