The Buccaneers need to be thoughtful about who they add in the coming weeks.
While almost every player in the NFL other than quarterbacks should want to play with the Buccaneers in 2021, Tampa Bay understandably has to be stingy with who they bring in.
The salary cap is not limitless, and the Bucs didn’t win a Super Bowl by making bad decisions. The front office needs to stay the course in their decision-making, which could mean turning down talented players.
The following players have been linked to the Buccaneers this offseason for various reasons, but they can’t come to Tampa.
After plenty of rumors this offseason, unsubstantiated reports came out from now-deleted tweets that Tom Brady wanted Odell Beckham Jr. to come to Tampa Bay.
Is there likely some truth to this? Certainly. Why wouldn’t Brady want one of the most physically-talented receivers in the NFL to join him on a trip to a second Super Bowl? OBJ has struggled of late on and off the field, but Brady cares very little about that.
Unfortunately for those hoping for the greatest wide receiver room of all time (the Bucs already challenged for this title in 2020), OBJ can’t come to the Buccaneers for a multitude of reasons.
Beckham’s contract and trade requirements are too large. Tampa Bay already has Chris Godwin and Mike Evans on the books for a massive chunk of change in 2021, and adding in Odell would just be overkill.
The idea is still exciting that the Buccaneers could look into Beckham if Antonio Brown departs, but spending that much money on a position like receiver with the depth the Bucs possess makes very little sense.
Stay away, Jason Licht, but this could be a fun idea for Madden.