Bucs heavily invested in defense

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith prides himself on putting together teams with good defenses. That comes with a heavy price.

The Bucs have $64.7 million of this year’s salary cap tied up in defensive players, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That’s the third-highest figure in the league. Only Buffalo ($66.5 million) and Detroit ($65 million) have more cap room committed toward the defense.

The Bucs aren’t exactly being frugal on offense, where $55.6 million of this year’s cap room is committed. Ten teams have less money committed toward offense.

Here’s a look at the top 10 salary cap figures for 2014: