Buccaneers: It’s more than a check for the players

Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Ndamukong Suh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

All things taken into consideration, it’s not always just about the money for the Buccaneers. One must examine lifestyle, the organization, coaching, and teammates as well.

So does it always come down to the Benjamins? The cheddar? The bacon? I wouldn’t blame anyone for that, would you? I mean, the deal’s gotta work both ways. Here we are trying to keep the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl LV winning team together, and so far, we’ve accomplished all the major goals to this point.

It’s quite evident that the Glazers and Licht worked some of their good ol’ ‘hocus pocus’ wizardry and restructured contracts, moved some scratch around, and pulled something unbelievable right out of their collective keister! But they had to have willing participants as well.

Time DID tell, and who’d thunk we’d see Godwin get tagged, Brady(at least) restructure his contracts, Gronk, Lavonte, AND Shaq – ALL RE-SIGN!!! Promises made! Promises kept! So sometimes, it’s NOT always just about the money.

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A majority of our coveted big namers came to agreements that not only worked out fiscally for both parties, but also placated their mental and emotional gratification as well, which added some extra cap space allowing the signings of some of their fellow teammates this year. These players seem to know what they have in Tampa with this exceptional environment, incredible coaching staff, and proven all-around team-friendly organization

Now, we have also locked down Succop, and Suh moves to the next priority spot, possibly “Lombardi Lenny,” and the least priority but great depth piece, Antonio Brown. Although, it will be interesting to see if we decide to go after James White, either to replace Fournette, Shady, or both.

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Ndamukong Suh would be incredible to have back as well! The defensive line would be like a well-oiled machine with all parts working in conjunction to create that formidable monster we had last year. Gholston? Nacho? I hope you’re not the odd men out here, but there are options here as well if Suh wanted a larger pay day before he retires.

Now, Lenny, AB! Would love to have you back, but don’t blame you if you wanted the payday as well, but there was a reason you both had a revival of your talents here. You do have a ring, so inflating that bank account may be more of a priority, but you are expendable, and someone like James White could be what the doctor ordered. As for AB, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson are pretty good as well.

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The chemistry and coaching that has developed could be something hard to pass up, and that relatively larger bank account balance may not be worth it. Either way, decisions like these need to be made, and we’ll find out if it’s all about the Benjamins for certain players. Who knows? It could be a crap shoot elsewhere, so maybe playing for a few bucks less wouldn’t be that bad after all.