After putting all their chips on the table to bring back all 22 starters and some change in their quest to “go for two” as Super Bowl champions, Jason Licht, Bruce Arians, and the rest of the Bucs organization now find that the chickens are starting to come home to roost. After being knocked out in the divisional round by the Los Angeles Rams, and offseason that is expected to be a roller coaster of emotions is set to begin.
Naturally, before the dust even settled there was already speculation on the future of quarterback Tom Brady. It’s become almost tradition as soon as his season ends, since he is getting up there in age, to put it mildly. Brady is currently 44, and would be 45 in the 2022 season, and didn’t exactly do much to temper expectations when most recently asked about his future.
Of course, there’s an excellent chance that the most competitive human being on the planet that has said he wants to try and play until he’s 50 years old, doesn’t retire at all, so many with chalk this up as a moot point. The thing is, it is far from a moot point. The Buccaneers did all they could to capitalize on their Super Bowl window and “win now”. Now, they find themselves in a bit of salary cap hell, and an highly unlikely chance to keep everyone in Tampa Bay.