except the Panthers spent 90% of their money retaining their own players, the same ones that had been there for 2010.
The Bucs don't have to spend any money at all since the floor doesn't kick in until 2012.
they'll probably narrowly miss (read: not try to sign) all the big name free agents and end up overpaying for like Curtis Lofton.
Whether you spend your money retaining your own guys who are coming up for free agency or buying someone else's players the net effect is the same. Guys like Charles Johnson were considered one of the best free agents out there much like Mario Wlliams is this year.
Tampa doesn't have to spend any money but they are likely to do so anyway because they need to re-energize the fanbase and show the new coaching staff that they are willing to give them the ammunition they need to contend.
Could they go on the cheap again? Absolutely their history says they will. But if they want to fill the seats, they are going to have to loosen the pursestrings plain and simple. Will they get what they paid for? Most teams rarely do.