Bucs Pro Bowl cornerback Ronde Barber triggered an escalator in his contract by notching five interceptions and making the Pro Bowl. As a result, BarberÂs salary cap value escalated $500,000 from $5.1 million to $5.6 million in 2006.
Barber is still under paid as a corner in the NFL. There is also reports coming out of the local media that Barber could hold out this season if not given a new contract. Some believe that Ronde will get his money from the Bucs, but they have to find it first. The Bucs are reported as of right now 19 million over the salary cap if there in no collective bargaining agreement reached for the 2007 season. If the agreement is reached, the Bucs are reported around 14 million over the cap.
The NFLPA and the league have extended their 1993 agreement four times, most recently through the 2007 season; there is no salary cap in that last year. Negotiations are underway to extend it through 2011.
The Bucs Radio Network has reported that the hold up on the CBA is the amount of money the owners will make on their team merchandise.