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Buccaneers and their money problems.

(L-R) Bryan Glazer-Raheem Morris-Joel Glazer

The question that every Buc fan wants answered is “Are Manchester United’s money problems having a direct impact on the money being spent on the Bucs Organization?” and the short answer is, I have no clue. I’m not the guy with the answers but I am the guy with opinions. I have to believe the issue’s Brian and Joel Glazer are having with Manchester United  are affecting the Bucs. The Glazers historically are pretty generous owners, so to think that they just up and decided to stop spending money is not a coincidence in my opinion.

These are the owners that released a coach and a General Manager whom they still had to cover $25 million in salary over the course of several years (until Bruce Allen signed with the Redskins, they still are paying Jon Gruden $5 million a year NOT to be the Bucs coach).

It wasn’t until the offseason before the 2009 season that we started to really see signs of problems within the Bucs organization. It was reported that the Bucs were big players in a bid to acquire top free agent DT Albert Haynesworth, I and probably every other Buc fan were ecstatic. Not too long after that we heard that the Bucs couldn’t come up with necessary signing bonus to attract Haynesworth to Tampa and he ended up signing with the Redskins.

Then again I don’t know what to think because not long after the Haynesworth deal fell through, we traded a 2nd round pick in 09 and a 5th round pick in 10 to Cleveland for TE Kellen Winslow and soon after signed him to a 6 yr deal worth $36.1 million with about $20 million in guarantees. The exception to this move is the fact that Winslow got a $0 signing bonus. Which in turn leads me to believe that the Glazers are struggling to come up with up front cash that helps a team acquire some top flight talent.

GM Mark Domenik has already come out to say that the Bucs will not be players in free agency this year and some say that not many teams will be because the free agency class will be limited due to the impending uncapped year in 2011. That may be true if the NFL and the CBA can’t come to an agreement by March 5th but there will be a few notable players available  and to know that we can count the Bucs out of all the action is disheartening for a fan. Especially for season ticket owners who are now receiving the bill for their seats and wondering why are they going to pay to see a team when it seems clear that the Glazers  are not going to do everything they can to put a championship caliber team on the field.

Gerald McCoy -- Ndamukong Suh

During the last couple days, reports have been flying that the Bucs are in talks with the Rams to try to move up to the 1st pick and in turn we would send the Rams our 1st rd pick, a 3rd rd pick and QB Josh Johnson. In theory the move for the Bucs would be well worth it in the sense that we’d be guaranteed either one of the top DT prospects Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh. They are projected as the best 2 players in the draft and are said to have the ability to make an impact on day 1.

So far so good right? Well wait just a minute. Let’s recap. Bucs can’t give signing bonus money to either Haynesworth or Winslow. Explain to me how they are going to come up with $10-20 million in signing bonus money for the #1 pick in the draft. Are the Glazers going to use the $26 million they just sold their estate for? I don’t think so. I personally feel like they’re going to trade out of the 1st rd completely or trade down and stock up on 2nd and 3rd round picks. Remember the experts are saying that this is the deepest draft since 1983 and if you look back to that year the last 2 picks drafted in the 1st round that year were Dan Marino and Darrell Green both Hall of Famers.

So while I see the immediate impact potential that McCoy or Suh would give us I’m also realizing that this may be a chance to stock up on some quality players at other need positions instead of solely focusing on one or two positions. Only time will tell I guess.

-KB

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