Buccaneers can rule out final long shot quarterback option
By Rob Leeds
Russell Wilson looked like a great option to save the Buccaneers in free agency, but it doesn’t look like the Seahawks are going to play.
The Buccaneers have gone through a roller coaster of quarterback options over the first two weeks of the offseason.
The quarterback conjecture began as soon as the Tom Brady retirement was announced. Aaron Rodgers. Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson. The list goes on.
From trade options to former free agents, Bucs fans have likely talked about every quarterback in the NFL as an option to lead their franchise back to the promised land.
While moments like this with uncertainty can be fun from a ‘what if’ standpoint, it is important to approach this with some sense of rationality.
Aaron Rodgers doesn’t work due to the money. Deshaun Watson has enough legal problems that playing for any team again in the NFL seems unlikely. Russell Wilson looked like he might be the best of the options that was attainable, but the door is closed on that option now as well.
Pete Carroll shut down all of the trade discussions in an instant at the combine. The Bucs should get this message loud and clear: Russell Wilson isn’t going to save Tampa.
This might be tough news to get, but no one should have really taken this option as anything more than a long shot. Trading for Wilson was a pipe dream, but it was certainly fun while it lasted.
In an effort to move on to more-likely options, the best new quarterbacks to bring in will come from the free agent market. Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, and Mitch Trubisky are interesting for their own reasons, but Blaine Gabbert looked like the name to watch.
Russell Wilson to Blaine Gabbert. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Buccaneers might have a quarterback problem on their hands.
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