Tampa Bay continues to find ways to create cap space in a year where it’s limited for everyone. In terms of extensions, there are a few options, but two of them really stand out.
The Buccaneers could extend Jason Pierre-Paul or Ryan Jensen, which would likely free up a decent amount of cap room. Per ESPN’s Jenna Laine, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case at the moment. Sources have reportedly told ESPN that there are no current talks when it comes to an extension for either player.
Jensen counts $10 million against the cap in 2021, while JPP counts $12.8 million. We’ve seen the Bucs save as much as over $10 million with Donovan Smith and $19 million with Tom Brady, so extending one of these two guys could a long way in helping bring back Antonio Brown, a depth player from last year, or outside help.
The Bucs haven’t ruled out more cap saving moves, but I’m told no discussions of that nature have happened with Ryan Jensen or JPP, who would count $10 million and $12.8 million respectively against the cap this year. But that’s another way to free up more money.
— JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) March 24, 2021
You really couldn’t go wrong with extending either player. JPP led the team in sacks last year -and was the only Pro Bowler- and Jensen is coming off his best year with the Bucs. Neither player is showing signs of slowing down, as well.
But it looks like we shouldn’t hold our collective breath. For now, at least.