The Buccaneers can make up the cap space, and signing Adams to a long-term deal after this season won’t be a problem.
The only glaring issue with this move is that the Bucs don’t have the cap space at this very moment to make the move happen. Tampa Bay still has to sign their rookie class to contracts and will still have to move some money around to make that happen.
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Once the rookies are taken care of, the Buccaneers will be strapped for cash, but that hasn’t stopped teams before from making a move that is in the best interest of the franchise.
Jamal Adams is still on his (lucrative) rookie deal, but Tampa Bay wouldn’t have to destroy their roster in the preseason to find the necessary money to pay him this year.
With this year being the present concern, there is still the matter of signing Adams to a long-term deal that needs to be discussed. Players like Shaquil Barrett and Chris Godwin have big contracts coming their way, but Adams may be willing to take a slight pay cut if that means that he is competing for Super Bowls consistently.
The money is currently the most significant thing holding this deal back, but the Buccaneers should be capable of finding the money to pay one of the best players in the NFL.