It wasn’t that long ago that the Buccaneers wanted Justin Herbert

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It wasn’t that long ago Buccaneers fans were all-in on this drafting this QB

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will return home after an impressive 28-10 victory over the Denver Broncos last weekend.

What’s waiting for them? None other than the Los Angeles Chargers, who currently hold a 1-2 record.

The Buccaneers are sitting at 2-1 and come into the matchup listed as 7.5-point favorites, but interestingly enough it wasn’t that long ago that Tampa Bay and its fans were seriously considering adding a prominent Chargers player to their roster.

Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert will be in town this weekend and it wasn’t that long ago that the Buccaneers were thinking about making the former Oregon quarterback the future of the franchise.

However, as things progressed, the Buccaneers ended up making a move for Tom Brady and then drafted Tristan Wirfs after trading up one spot in the draft. The Chargers elected to draft Herbert with the No. 6 overall pick in the draft and the rest, as they say, is history.

Had it not been for Brady, the Buccaneers might’ve made a move for Herbert

One can never be sure what would’ve happen in an alternate universe, but there was certainly interest from the Buccaneers camp about drafting Herbert.

Interestingly enough, if Brady ends up in Los Angeles or Chicago- as many said he would- who knows what would’ve happen? There’s an honest thought that we could be seeing these two matched up Sunday with reversed quarterbacks.

However, none of that ended up happening and the Bucs ended up with a seasoned, talented veteran leader at QB and the Chargers have their future set.

That simply dynamic, though, is what makes this game so important and a ‘must-win’ for Tampa Bay. The Bucs sold out to the here-and-now while the Chargers have made moves to develop and improve over the coming years.

A loss would certainly be a slap in the face of the franchise who has dedicated itself to winning over the next two seasons, especially if that loss came at the hands of a rookie QB who the Bucs had shown early interest in.

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It will be a fun dynamic to watch, no doubt, and there will plenty of Buccaneers fans watching Herbert’s every move, but in the end, it should be the veteran in Brady that wins out.