Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Barber's Deal Done and Simms' is Next.
According to my source, which I must remind everyone that I got word that a deal was in the works for Ronde Barber on May 22, 2006. However, after two months and a couple weeks Ronde got his money.
Barber and the Bucs have reached an agreement on a five year extension that guarantees Barber $12 million and could be worth as much as $24 million. It includes a $6 million signing bonus. Barber was due to make $3.5 million this season and count $5.1 million against the salary cap. Under his new contract, his salary cap number for this season would be reduced to approximately $3.3 million, reducing his cap number by as much as $1.5 million. Way to go Ronde. But like I said, I knew it would get done, unlike so many media fans, who had Ronde leaving for a new team next season.
My buddy also told me that now the Bucs are going to focus on giving Simms a new long term contract with some of the money the Bucs recovered from Ronde on this years salary cap. I was told it may take a few months to get done, but this is the new focus of the Bucs front office. I guess the Bucs have seen enough of Simms in the offseason workouts and now training camp to make him an offer. Besides every media reporter is now on Simms bandwagon, from NFL Network, to ESPN's Len Pasquarelli: Cool confidence is Simms' defining trait . I wonder what does Steve Young think about Simms now.
Adam Schefter's reported today on the NFL Networks about Ronde's contract, then followed up by saying the Bucs are working on a contract with Simms.