Bucs spent least money since ’04

Published: June 30th, 2009
By Bucs Beat

The Bucs have spent less money on player salaries and bonuses than any other NFL team since 2004, according to a report from the's new beat writer, Jason La Canfora.

La Canfora looked at NFL Management Council figures to determine how much "committed cash" each NFL team had spent from 2004-08, and the disparity is surprising. The Bucs rank last among 32 teams with $449 million, which is $53 million under the league average. That works out to $10.6 million less per year under the league average, and a full $23.4 million per year less than the highest-spending team, the Dallas Cowboys.

It's disappointing news for Bucs fans, and La Canfora posted a follow-up story, looking at how much NFL teams have spent per win over the past five seasons. The Bucs have spent the least in the NFL according to the numbers, but they're hardly the most efficient when it comes to cost per win -- with 38 wins in those five seasons, the Bucs spent an average of $11.81 million per victory, and 13 NFL teams spent less per win than the Bucs.

What does this mean to fans? Does it make you question the commitment to winning if the Bucs are spending less on players than any other team in the league?

-- Greg Auman, Times staff writer