Monday Deadline Looms for Three Key Buccaneers Free Agents


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a multitude of player contract decisions to make this offseason. The team could save roughly $11 million against the 2024 salary cap if they can get contracts done for quarterback Baker Mayfield, safety Antoine Winfield Jr and receiver Mike Evans by noon February 19th.

Those three players have void years in their current contracts that helped alleviate their previous cap hits. Signing them before the February 19th deadline would allow the team to further spread out that money over future years.

Via CBS Sports,

“Winfield Jr. appears destined for the franchise tag at around $18.2 million next month unless the two sides can reach an agreement on a long-term contract that would pay the first-team All-Pro safety top-of-the-market money. The Winfield savings on a pre-Monday deal would be less than $1.2 million against the cap, so it’s not a huge deal for the Bucs.”

Getting the Mayfield deal done by the February 19th deadline would save $1.725 million against the 2024 salary cap. The Mike Evans deal is the one the team needs to be more concerned about getting done by February 19th. Re-signing Evans would save $7.387 against the 2024 salary cap number. This would seem to make Evans the priority, and rightfully so.

It appears by this report from CBS Sports that Winfield Jr is heading towards a franchise tag with Evans and Mayfield deals seemingly days away from happening. At any rate, the Buccaneers need to get some of these deals done in order to keep kicking the voided years can down the road.

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