Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Front office may get purged next offseason
Based on the recent success of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the front office may be very different going forward. Dynasties in today’s NFL are extremely hard to come by. Assistant coaches on successful teams are constantly getting plucked by other teams with coordinator and head coaching vacancies, as their success in their previous role makes them hot commodities on the job market. Players are no different. In the salary cap era, players are more likely to leave, thus making it harder for championship teams to stay intact.
That’s what makes the Buccaneers offseason as they get set to defend their crown in 2021 so special. They were able to (as of this writing) resign four of their key championship pieces to extensions one way or another. Chris Godwin was franchise tagged, with Lavonte David, Shaq Barrett, and Rob Gronkowski being signed to extensions, thanks in large part to Tom Brady doing arguably what he does best, restructuring his contract to be more team-friendly. The front office of the Buccaneers deserves all of the accolades one can hoist upon them for their job even this early in the offseason. Simply put, they are the best front office in football.
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This brings us to this potential situation.
Players and assistants of perennial powerhouses or reigning Super Bowl champions getting signed/hired by other teams is what makes all the headlines. What doesn’t get as much shine however is when there are general manager vacancies for teams, and based on what the NFL world has seen so far, the Bucs are ripe for the picking.
Jason Licht is probably the best general manager in the game right now, he isn’t going anywhere. He isn’t acting alone though. Director of Player Personnel John Syptek and Director of Football Administration Mike Greenberg have played a big hand in helping the Buccaneers get to where they are and swing the deals they have. While both have been with the team for a while now, and through some down years, the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league. It’s why the saying goes it stands for Not For Long, and lately, Spytek and Greenberg have been a part of a front office that is starting to take the NFL by storm. Another name that’s going around the league is Jackie Davidson. She can easily step up and replace Spytek or Greenberg should something happen, but it may not be long until she gets a promotion elsewhere since she’s already a star amongst front office circles.
While it’s highly unlikely that another team can outright hire Licht away from the Buccaneers, they can always hire his subordinates away for a promotion and more money. Players and assistants may come and go, but the Buccaneers have proven that they know how to act when it comes to keeping a team together. Should something happen to that front office though, that’s where things can potentially get interesting.
For now, though, let’s celebrate the fact that the most important piece in Licht isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and this front office have kept the Bucs as favorites to go for two as Super Bowl champions.