What's the Story at One Buccaneer Place?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IJune 26, 2009

TAMPA - MAY 01:  General Manager Mark Dominik of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talks with team owner Bryan Glazer during the Buccaneers Rookie Minicamp at One Buccaneer Place on May 1, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that the Grand Poo-bah of all things NFL, when it comes to news and rumors is Mike Florio, the driving force behind ProFootballTalk.com

Florio is not casual with his information, he's a serious player and has serious, credible sources throughout the NFL.

He broke the only news-making rumor during the Super Bowl regarding the state of Ben Roethlisberger's ribs and the report that Big Ben had x-rays on said ribs days before the big game. It was a rumor that indeed proved to be a fact.

So it is with many of PFT's reports. PFT has become so big that Florio has forged what should be a great partnership with NBC.

That being said, One Buccaneer Place, ground zero for all things relevant to Buccaneer football, is prominent in today's ProFootballTalk.com reports.

PFT reports that a source close to ground zero tells us "One Buc Place has become a ghost town."

What the report says, in essence, is that perhaps more than half the non-football staff has been laid off, including security guards.

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This comes on the heels of a PFT piece that loudly questions Bucs GM Mark Dominik's claim/suggestion that the team spent mega-millions in the past six weeks and is running low on cap space.

Florio wrote on PFT: "The suggestion that the team (Buccaneers) spent $60 million this year seems flat-out incredible. As in not credible. As in not true."

PFT also pointed out that as of May 15, the Bucs had $37 million in cap room and Dominik's math had the team spending $17 million in six weeks with the team's site listing transactions as the signing of the fourth, fifth, and two seventh round draft picks.

Most interesting.

Adding to all this news/speculation/great information is the revelation by Albert Haynesworth that the Buccaneers offered him roughly 20 percent more money than the Redskins, his new team.

Florio raised that story from the interview Haynesworth did with Adam Schein and Jim Miller on Sirius NFL radio.

Holy break-the-bank Batman!

So just when you thought we have reached a somewhat quiet time prior to the start of  training camp, the questions surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneer football franchise keep mounting.

Holy Mark Dominik!