The price tag would be too much for the Buccaneers especially with their salary cap and free agent situation.
The Bucs put all their chips on the table to capitalize on the Brady window and attempt to “go for two” as Super Bowl champions, if not more. That being the case, Jason Licht and the rest of the front office had to use the approach of “kicking the can down the road“ when it comes to the salary cap. Now, the chickens have come home to roost and it’s not looking like the Buccaneers will be able to retain everyone again. The team currently has $19.4 million in cap space, which puts them squarely in the middle of the league.
However, they also have a huge amount of veterans set to be free agents, most notably Chris Godwin, Leonard Fournette, Ryan Jensen, Carlton Davis, Alex Cappa, and Jordan Whitehead just to name a few. Those few may seem like a lot, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Given that iceberg, retaining some of these key championship pieces should be the Bucs’ top priority if they want to avoid becoming the Titanic.
Plus, Wilson and Rodgers don’t exactly have the history of team-friendly salary cap cooperation that Brady had. If the Buccaneers were to take a swing at one of these home run quarterbacks, it will probably mean gutting a lot of their solid roster in the process. That’s not even getting into the draft capital it would cost.
Sure, there’s something to be said for mortgaging the future to “win now” but with the sacrifices the Bucs would have to make, the roster may not even be good enough to “win now” while also compromising their future.