Checking on the salary cap

It’s time for one of our periodic checks on where the Buccaneers stand in relation to the salary cap.

They’re still in excellent shape with flexibility to make more moves. The Bucs are $13.2 million under the cap. They’ll need to keep somewhere around $3 million to $4 million to sign their draft class and they’ll also want to keep a cushion in case they have injuries during the season.

But Tampa Bay still has plenty of room to make moves in what’s left of free agency. The Bucs did sign wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins on Monday. But they still have a glaring need at receiver after trading away the troubled Mike Williams. There’s not much on the market, but the Bucs can pretty much have their pick of what’s available.

The Bucs also could use some of their cap room to add another competitor for the starting right guard job. They have Jamon Meredith and Oniel Cousins, but they might want to add one more guard to the mix.

The Bucs could use depth at most other positions. The good news is they still have enough money to buy plenty of depth.