The best part about the Buccaneers trading Dashon Goldson to the Redskins was the additional savings the team made. If released, the Bucs would have saved $4 million, but with the trade, they're still only saving $4 million. According to profootballtalk.com, the Bucs agreed to pay $4 million to Goldson to get the trade to go through.
With nearly $25 million in cap room already, the Bucs now are close to $29 million in cap room. Now the question is where will that cap room end up going?
Here are some likely candidates for the Bucs excess in cap room:
Lavonte David's New Contract
Any Bucs fan concerned about a new contract for star linebacker Lavonte David need not worry. David is not going anywhere. He'll likely receive a new contract before next off-season, but even if the two sides cannot agree on a new contract, the Bucs would be in position to finally use their franchise tag on a player deserving of it.
The good news for the Bucs is that there just aren't that many highly paid 4-3 outside linebackers. According to overthecap.com, Clay Matthews has the richest contract by a linebacker when he signed a 6-year $69.73 million with $20.5 million in guaranteed money. Of course, Matthews is a superior player to David and plays a more valuable position as a 3-4 outside linebacker that rushes the passer. I think David should be eyeing a 6-year $50 million deal with $20-$25 million guaranteed.
Trading for Adrian Peterson and his Massive Contract
One of the sticking points in any trade discussions for Adrian Peterson thus far have been the $45 million he has left on the final 3 years of his current contract. Not only do the Vikings want teams to trade high draft picks for a 30 year old running back, but those teams also have to take on a huge contract.
The Bucs have the cap room to take on Peterson's current deal or a reworked deal. I'm just hoping they aren't willing to give in on a draft pick within the first two days of this year's draft for a 30 year old running back. Peterson is a special player who has had a full year off and will likely play with a chip on his shoulder for the rest of his career, but the fact is that something happens to a majority of running backs once they hit the 30 year old mark. If the Bucs can part ways with their 4th round pick and possibly a player, I'd be all for it. Just stay away from trading those picks in the first 3 rounds.
Shopping Spree During 2016 Free Agency
If you don't think general managers are looking ahead to next off-season already, you need to check yourself. The Bucs could view 2015 as just the beginning of their building process. With a rookie quarterback and young weapons around that quarterback, 2015 can be used to gain experience before making a more legit run in 2015. With around $29 million currently under the cap and around $21 million in dead money, the Bucs are staring at $50 million in cap space for next off-season if everything stays status quo.
Why is next off-season relevant this year? Well, there are some recognizable names whose contracts expire after the 2015 season. Of course, some of these players will get resigned and some will have the franchise tag placed on them, but there are a ton of big names. Wide receivers like Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, and A.J. Green are just some of the big names at one position that could be available next off-season according to spotrac.com. Other big names include Redskins OT Trent Williams, Broncos pass rusher Von Miller, Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and edge rusher Justin Houston. Free agent quarterbacks in 2016 include Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers, Andrew Luck and Cam Newton.
I'm not saying the Bucs will be interested in all of these players, but with a massive amount of cap room, the Bucs can target a couple of these players to help them make a legit run in 2016.Subscribe to The Commish Online Podcast on iTunes!
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