There has been no shortage of griping and complaining about the lack of expenditures from the Buccaneers’ owners over the last couple of years. I personally have been critical of the ownership at times as well. When the Glazers promoted Mark Dominik and hired Raheem Morris, I thought they were just being cheap. Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden were extremely expensive and weren’t coming off the books for a couple years and it looked like the Bucs had gone with a low-cost replacement.
It turns out they got both choices right, even at a bargain bin price, the two men have turned the Bucs around and completely revamped their roster in a couple of years. The question still lingers though, was that impeccable planning and business savvy on the part of the Glazers or did they just make a cheap move and get lucky? That questions plagues Tampa sports fans to this day. In fact it came up during at St. Pete Times live chat the other day and Gary Shelton seems to believe that despite the recent trends, the Glazers are ready to spend:
According to the Glazers, and I spent a half hour with Joel in New Orleans in late March, it’s a matter of cycles. They swear they will spend the money when the Bucs are ready to compete for the big game.
Much of it might be the differences in the sports. To compete with Man U, ownership has to pay international transfer fees. In the NFL, there is a salary cap. Also, when is the last great NFL team to buy itself a title? You win in the NFL by developing your own players. Ask Indy, New England, Pittsburgh.
That said, I think this is the year to augment with a player or two.
All of that sounds amazing, but there’s obviously a little bit of PR-work at play there as well. The Glazers have been beyond frugal recently with the Buccaneers and while I’m happy they’re ready to support a winner, I need to start to see it to believe it. I also don’t think this means that the Bucs will be players for Nnamdi Asomugha who will be 30 before the start of next season. We’ll have to wait and see.