Mark Dominik is front-loading contracts.

Mark Dominik is Not Worried About the Salary Floor

Stephen Holder is one of the hardest working guys in the Tampa sports media, earlier tonight he wrote about why the Bucs aren’t worried about the salary floor. Because of the rather slapdash way the CBA negotiations panned out at the end, the 2011 cap isn’t a hard cap. That means teams can actually go over, and though league-wide NFL salaries need to take up 99% of the cap, that likely will happen without the Bucs reaching the salary floor.

Truth be told the real salary floor doesn’t start this year, it will be 89% of the cap starting after 2013. That’s not to say the Bucs aren’t looking to make moves, that’s just saying the Bucs don’t feel some outward to spend money just for the sake of saying they spent it. The Bucs can continue on in the same vein they did during the 90’s, building and locking up it’s best homegrown talent, according to Dominik.

“The important thing,” Dominik said, “is to try to keep the continuity together. It’s what we all fell in love with back in the 90s, with that group of guys. We’d like to do that again. When you see the (expensive) contracts that are going around the National Football League right now, you know you’ve got to budget accordingly today to make sure you can take care of your team tomorrow. That’s what we’re doing.”

And Dominik also added, the Bucs aren’t done looking to acquire players, they’re just not looking to do anything crazy that will prevent them from signing a player on down the road.

“We’re still in the process of talking to other unrestricted free agents to see what’s available,” he said. “And tonight was the first night that you could officially waive players. So there’s a lot of names on that and we’re going to continue to look at that list and see if there’s something that makes sense for our football team.

“There’s still hundreds and hundreds of free agents looking for an opportunity.”

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