Free agents that could find a change of scenery with the Buccaneers
Let’s say the Buccaneers believe that a free agent makes more sense than Gabbert if they want to win (it absolutely does) but they don’t see Trask as a starter for next year. Tampa will have to get creative, and they can move some money around and try to bring in an established starter by enticing them with the opportunity of joining a roster that competed well in two back-to-back postseasons.
Bridgewater’s name is generating some buzz after a decent season with the Broncos. His ceiling is much higher than Gabbert’s, and his price tag would not be too crazy in the current climate.
This signing wouldn’t move the needle, but Bridgewater is likely the best free agent that would have any chance of coming to Tampa.
Let’s get crazy here for a minute. Jameis Winston left the Buccaneers under a cloud of uncertainty, but his performance in New Orleans was enough to turn heads. The passing yards numbers came down substantially in a safer offense, but the no-risk it no biscuit offense left Tampa too with Jameis.
The current offensive scheme would work in a very similar fashion to what Winston had in Nola, and what better story would there be than Winston coming back after Brady to keep the Buccaneers in their spot atop the NFL.
There would obviously need to be some mending of bridges between Winston and the Bucs, but far more absurd stories have ended with players reuniting with the team that drafted them.