Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com has posted the contract details for two of the newest Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and in one case, Mark Dominik got a better deal than first reported. The Buccaneers have been fairly quiet this week after making the splash signing of Dashon Goldson, but it is often the smaller deals that have a big impact, as they provide the depth an NFL team needs to sustain a long, grueling season.
The first contract details that Yasinskas reported were those of Kevin Ogletree. The former Dallas Cowboys‘ receiver signed a two year deal worth 2.6 million dollars. This includes a base salary of 750,000 dollars in 2013, with 500,000 in workout and roster contingent bonuses. There is no mention of any guaranteed money, so the Buccaneers would only pay bonuses and salaries earned while Ogletree is on the roster. This is a very reasonable deal for a 3rd or 4th receiver who also contributes in special teams, and it seems Ogletree will be suited for those roles.
The next deal reported by the ESPN NFC South blogger is a better deal than we previously learned. Jonathan Casillas signed a one year deal with Tampa Bay, but contrary to his agent’s report, the base salary is 1.1 million dollars, with 200,000 of that in guaranteed money. There is around 750,000 in bonuses as well, meaning the total outlay for Casillas would be never top 2 million. Casillas’ agent reported the deal was worth as much as three million dollars, which might mean there are very unlikely to be earned incentives in the deal, in case Casillas has a monster season.
These deals both seem like good pieces of business from the Buccaneers’ front office. There is still a load of cap space left, and the Buccaneers are strongly encouraged by new league rules to spend at least 90% of available cap room. That means more deals are on the way, so stay tuned for what could be a very busy week ahead.