Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3 Quarterbacks to pursue to succeed Tom Brady
By Rob Leeds
A trade for the Buccaneers
As previously mentioned, there are plenty of teams that have question marks at the quarterback position. Teams like the Jets and Eagles could easily target a quarterback early, but they could also stick with their current options and add proven weapons for their former draft picks.
While the Eagles are the more likely team to keep their quarterback after picking Jalen Hurts last season, the Jets have almost no choice but to take Zach Wilson with the second overall pick.
When and if the Jets make this decision, they will have to move on from Sam Darnold. They can’t keep a first-round pick on their roster to backup a rookie, and Darnold could immediately become very cheap.
If the Jets draft Wilson so high, they will have no choice but to start him from day one, and they may even have to cut Darnold to keep adversity from striking the locker room. The Buccaneers need to take advantage of a moment like this if it occurs.
With Wilson on the roster, the Bucs could trade for Darnold for next to nothing. A handful of day two or day three picks would be all that it would take to bring in a former first-round pick with a high upside, and Tampa Bay could even wait for the Jets to waive Darnold if they can’t get any offers.
Darnold has been wasted in New York with an inept Jets team, and a change of scenery in Tampa with a consistent roster could change his career and set the Buccaneers up for a successful future.