The Buccaneers should use the Cristiano Ronaldo trade as inspiration.
As Apple TV’s Ted Lasso continues to break down the barriers between football and “football,” it becomes easier to see that there are some things NFL teams should try to emulate from the soccer world. No, it is not a perfect comparison, but the Cristiano Ronaldo trade should serve as a recipe for the Buccaneers to follow.
For those who don’t know, Ronaldo is headed back to the Premier League in England to rejoin Manchester United. Man U already had a great squad on paper for this current season, yet they still went out to add one of the best players in the sport.
The trading and purchasing system may not be the same in the NFL, but there is something to be said about good teams still going after great players.
As it stands, the Buccaneers don’t have any huge needs on either side of the ball. The offensive and defensive units are bringing back all of their key players from the Super Bowl, but that doesn’t mean the team should grow complacent.
The Bucs have to make every move possible to ensure they remain the best team in the NFL, and making a trade at the deadline to add one of the best players in the league when available is the easiest way to do this.
There are some extra hoops to jump through in the NFL, especially with a salary cap that soccer notoriously doesn’t utilize, but the main idea remains. Much like United was waiting for a player like Cristiano Ronaldo to return to their already-pack squad, the Bucs need to stay active at the trade deadline if any players are struggling on their roster, even if those players do have a history in Tampa.
Never stop getting better. That’s how great teams stay great.
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