For every free agent, a minimum salary is assigned, based on experience. But, I propose that we only pay players for their actual worth, so I will base these estimations on what other players with the same talents are paid.
Only a few of these players are Pro Bowl level talents. Jeremy Zuttah comes to mind immediately, as he was robbed of a Hawaii trip in 2011 by own teammate Davin Joseph. Despite his position, Connor Barth is a true impact player, who could eventually be the NFL's premier kicker.
QB Josh Johnson-$1.75 million (estimated)
In a quarterback dominated league, even a backup can join the upper echelons of the 1%. During the 2011 season, Josh Johnson was mostly used in the wildcat or when Josh Freeman was injured, but that should not hurt his stock too much. He has a great deal of athletic ability, and a very strong arm.
RB LeGarrette Blount-$2 million (estimated)
These days, only the 14 highest paid running backs make more than $2 million. LeGarrette Blount rushed for the 24th most yards last season, just 121 more than Tim Tebow of all people. By the numbers, Blunt should earn about $855,000. However, Tampa under-used him, so his full potential was not achieved in 2011. With a stronger defense, they will have more more liberty to run on their terms.
RB Earnest Graham-$500,000 (estimated)
Earnest Graham is pretty old for a running back. 32 years of age and 37 rushing attempts in an entire season do not help his stock at all.
RB Kregg Lumpkin-$750,000 (estimated)
Kregg Lumpkin is similar to Earnest Graham if one considers the amount of carries the two get. Lumpkin rushed 31 times last season, but caught 41 passes for 291 yards, ensuring a decent salary.
WR Preston Parker-$1.1 million (estimated)
The 25 year-old managed 554 yards receiving in 40 catches. 189 of those yards came from 3rd and long situations, meaning Preston Parker is pretty clutch. But three touchdowns will not bring in the big bucks.
T James Lee-$500,000 (estimated)
Lee filled in for the injured Jeremy Trueblood at tackle, and did not have much effect on anything in particular.
T Demar Dotson-$300,000 (estimated)
Doesn't play too often, always for a good reason.
G Jeremy Zuttah: Update: According to Buccaneers.com G Jeremy Zuttah re-signed to a four year contract.
DT Michael Bennett-$1.9 million (estimated)
Despite newcomers Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, Michael Bennet managed to lead the defensive line in tackles, with 39 total. His versatility in playing either end or tackle helps to patch the holes in the oft-injured D-line.
LB Geno Hayes-$1 million (estimated)
Geno Hayes always hustles to the ball. Sometimes this isn't good, as it leads to missed tackles and misreads. For what it's worth, Hayes does make tackles, stringing together the second-most of all the linebackers.
CB Ronde Barber-$3 million (estimated)
Now this one's a challenge. Ronde Barber is in the twilight of his career, yet still a leader in the secondary. After 15 years in the NFL, he may very well hang up his helmet and retire.
CB Elbert Mack-$600,000 (estimated)
Elbert Mack is a prototype for a special-teamer playing with the big boys-and failing. Blows coverages, gets beat deep.
CB Corey Lynch-$550,000 (estimated)
Corey Lynch should not be playing 16 games in a season, but alas, he is. The corner lacks the instincts to be even average.
CB Domonique Johnson-$500,000 (estimated)
Pure roster filler, but some rosters need filler.
S Sean Jones-$900,000 (estimated)
Sean Jones led the Bucs in tackles, but was not a dominant force in the secondary. He missed tackles, set up bad angles, and was weak in coverage. It's safe to say that he was not very good. It's safe to say that he was bad.
K Connor Barth-$2.3 million (estimated)
Update: The Buccaneers have reported via their website that the team has placed a franchise tag on kicker Connor Barth.
Making 92.9 percent of one's field goals is no easy feat. Connor Barth missed just two kicks from 40+ yards, and made everything else. If the Bucs can get in the red-zone more often, then Barth will be an elite kicker for years to come.