The Bucs are coming off just their 2nd win of the season, but there is already talk of a big salary dump for the Bucs this off-season.
While general manager Jason Licht was unable to find suitable deals for running back Doug Martin, receiver Vincent Jackson and safety Dashon Goldson before the trade deadline, the team will field overtures for all three this season, sources said, with other general managers under the impression they will be available in 2015 at the right price.
Tampa did trade 2012 first-round pick Mark Barron at the deadline, and the purge of talent brought in by the prior regime will continue into 2015.
Tampa held out for a second-round pick for Jackson, and that price could drop this offseason, especially as 2014 draft picks Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins continuing to make strides in the second half of the season. Martin can be had for a late-round pick in all likelihood and Goldon's bloated contract limits his market but he very well will not be back in 2015.
None of these names should come as any surprise to Bucs fans. Doug Martin has been phased out of the offense and Dashon Goldson is a big liability in coverage. Vincent Jackson has been just what the Bucs wanted when they signed him as a free agent both on the field and in the community, but it is tough to justify his salary to a 33 year old receiver with declining skills.
Expect Bucs GM Jason Licht to try and gain as many draft picks as he can before next April's draft. He will also have a ton of cap space to be active in free agency again if he so inclines to use that avenue as well.
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