The Buccaneers should thank the Saints for making life easier.
The Saints have dominated the Buccaneers during the regular season for the past few years, but that could change this offseason. New Orleans has failed to win another Super Bowl with Drew Brees, and now some changes are coming.
The Saints have been going all-in for several years now, and it’s time to pay up. For a team that has fans asking, “how do they still have money?” each year, the money has dried up, and New Orleans will need to make some substantial changes to get under the cap.
New Orleans is approximately 70 million dollars over the projected cap space for 2021, and they could realistically have to cut six or seven top-tier players to get that number back to a manageable level.
The Buccaneers need to thank Sean Payton
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The good news for the Bucs is that New Orleans won’t cut the obvious players. 95% of the league would step in and cut players like Taysom Hill immediately. Hill is a gadget player that is going to soak up almost 9% of the total cap space next season, but we all know that Sean Payton won’t make the obvious move due to his strange fascination with a quarterback that plays six snaps a game.
With Hill staying, the Saints could be forced to cut several far more valuable players, and that only makes life easier for the Bucs.
Saints fans have given Bucs fans heartache for years, and for a while, the Bucs have deserved it. Tampa Bay was an inept franchise that never made the right moves, but at least they didn’t go all-in for a decade to not win a Super Bowl.
The Buccaneers weathered the storm well while staying ahead of the curve with total Super Bowl wins in the division, and now, their future is brighter than the Saints’ without all of the bad cap decisions.
New Orleans is in a challenging position for the foreseeable future, and unless they blow the whole thing up and rebuild again (which will still put the Buccaneers in a better position), they will be chasing Tampa Bay in the 2020s.
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