Buccaneers: Team buy-in a massive advantage for repeat run
By Rob Leeds
As many teams across the NFL worry about varying levels of buy-in from their players, the Buccaneers are sitting united and in the driver’s seat for 2021.
Holding out has become a common practice in the NFL. When players outperform their contract or begin to take off under a rookie contract, which guarantees very little money, holding out of things like mandatory minicamp and even training camp serves as a way to build leverage in contract negotiations. Fortunately, the Buccaneers aren’t dealing with this now.
The overall mood in Tampa right now is excitement. There is a fire that was stoked during the Super Bowl run that now has the Bucs remaining as the frontrunners during the 2021 campaign.
This fire mostly comes from player buy-in that starts at the top. The Buccaneers’ superstars are happy, and that trickles down to the rookies and newer faces.
As it stands, no one on the Bucs is in danger of holding out, and that is great news for a team that is making chemistry one of its main focal points.
Look at any of the teams dealing with this now as a counterpoint. The Packers don’t know if their starting quarterback will ever return. The Dolphins will have to look away from building depth to signing their DPOY candidate corner. The Seahawks just gave up a mountain of capital to bring a safety to Seattle that is now holding out as well.
While these players have every right to make the decision on holding out on their own, the ramifications that decisions such as this have on the individual and on the team can go beyond the initial expectations.
The Buccaneers players aren’t wondering who will be throwing passes to them during the regular season. They likely have a great idea who the loudest voices in the locker room will be, and that understanding throughout the team will pay off in the long run.
It’s usually the most important players for the team that are the ones holding out, and that could be disastrous for a team like the Buccaneers that is trying to build on the success of the previous season.
This isn’t to say that this situation won’t change for the Bucs in the coming months, but it currently looks like all is well in Tampa, and that will help the team fire on all cylinders during the quest to earn another ring.
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