With the confirmation that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback and future Hall of Famer Tom Brady is officially retiring from football, there is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Bucs organization.
Brady retiring also almost certainly confirms that starting tight end Rob Gronkowski will also not be returning, though he has yet to make any official decision to the public yet.
But considering how weak their division will be next year and the fact that they still have a very talented roster to work with, the Buccaneers would be incredibly foolish to start “rebuilding” the team from scratch and trading away players.
With the lack of QB talent in the draft this year, not to mention the Bucs’ low draft position anyway, there is no chance the Bucs acquire any QB that could start this coming season.
Similarly, Blaine Gabbart and Kyle Trask both don’t seem like attractive options for a team still trying to win games and make it to the playoffs.
As such, the Bucs should spend the coming draft and off-season restocking their defense, specifically the secondary, which had more holes than Swiss cheese this last season due to a variety of reasons.
Next season, the Buccaneers will likely need to rely on defense to win games anyway, so they need to start working on that ASAP. All the while, they can keep their eyes out for a worthy successor to Brady and the franchise throughout this off season and next year.
Even if a Super Bowl may not be in the cards next year, just given the availably of QB talent, a playoff appearance and first round win should absolutely be expected from the team. The front office can’t settle for mediocrity and allow the team to fall back to its pre-Brady era self.
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