The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started the season hopeful of another championship run. Instead their season ended in the wildcard round and with the retirement of quarterback Tom Brady. Now, all fans are wondering what now? The Buccaneers are in an odd spot. They have a deep roster with quality players and could potentially try to stay competitive, but at this point is it really worth it? I don’t think so.
If the Buccaneers want to continue to have a chance of staying competitive the number one priority is to find a quarterback. It’s unfortunate, but in the current quarterback market there are not any options that are going to make the buccaneers championship contenders.
Jimmy Goraoppolo is one of the only notable free-agent quarterbacks that will be a free-agent this upcoming season, but a game manager is not what the Buccaneers need if they actually want to field a winning football team.
The Buccaneers will need to patch more holes in other positions on both sides of the ball with one of the weakest upcoming free-agency periods coming up and it will be a wasted effort with how good the NFC is at the moment.
The Buccaneers need to rebuild both sides of the ball and think long-term, if they want to have a chance at a championship run. That means that the Buccaneers need to use their resources and make sure they get it right with drafting players in the upcoming draft, as well as signing the right free agents that can help rebuild the team.
The Buccaneers are going to be more than 50 million dollars over the cap going into the 2023 season and instead of kicking the can further down the road they need to rebuild. It’s time for the front office to take a hard look at the roster and choose who will be a cornerstone for the franchise going forward.
It won’t be an easy job and it will take some hard decisions, but in the end, Tampa Bay needs to make the necessary steps to be able to compete for a championship in the future instead of putting together a team that is sure to be a first round exit at best next season.