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Pewter and Read: Buccaneers News and Opinions from Around the Web, July 17th, 2013

Time for another edition of Pewter and Read for a somewhat busy Wednesday in Tampa Bay…

  • If you haven’t heard by now, the Buccaneers have lost kicker Connor Barth to a season ending injury. This is obviously a blow to the Buccaneers special teams, as he was a promising young kicker who had been very dependable. But Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times reminds us that there could be some financial ramifications from this deal which would impact the Buccaneers moving forward. Check out his article here and learn about how the non-football injury Barth suffered could “benefit” the Bucs from a salary cap standpoint.
  • I did a season preview interview for our friends at SideLion Report. Check it out here and see what I have to say about Bucs/Lions in 2013.
  • Next up we have two great articles from Yahoo’s Shutdown Corner blog. The first is a very good season preview, which accurately lays out the Bucs’ strengths and weaknesses. The team has to have good quarterback play and has to generate pass rush. Both of those things are possible. The author, Frank Schwab, recognizes both of those things, and it leads to one of the best previews of the Bucs on the web right now. Give it a read!
  • The next article is a look ahead at the Buccaneers’ future salary cap situation, which sheds some light on just how well the front office is working the cap. The lack of signing bonuses on the books for the Bucs is drastic, as you’ll read over at Yahoo! So click here and look over this excellent article.
  • Also, lost in the shuffle of promising early ticket sales, is the fact that the Buccaneers will choose to use the lower 85% blackout threshold in 2013, as they did in 2012. Even with improved ticked sales, the franchise wants the team on TV, so they’re not taking any chances. Read the whole article about the ticket situation here, as written by Ira Kaufman of the Tribune.

That’s it for today! Join us again tomorrow for more Bucs’ news.

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