The biggest decision the Buccaneers need to make this offseason

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All realistic Buccaneers fans had to know this time was coming. The time when the team would need to retreat back to not being a Super Bowl contender.

For anyone saying that this wasn’t going to happen when Tom Brady retired from the Buccaneers, they simply do not understand how football or any professional sports team works.

The Buccaneers rolled the dice big during their two seasons with Tom Brady because they knew that if a Super Bowl was going to find its way to Tampa again, there was only a small window of time before the retirement of Brady.

They took big risks, spent big money, and restructured contracts to benefit the team on the front end that hurt them later on. And, at the end of the day, they won a Super Bowl, so it all paid off.

But too many Bucs fans want to have it both ways: they want to win now, but also not risk anything later. That is never how things work both in the football and in the real world.

It’s about time that Bucs fans and the front office realize this. They should be proud of what they accomplished, but now it’s time to move on and rebuild a new team the next few seasons.

The idea of many currently, to try and keep together the current team and just add bits and pieces back that they’ve lost this last off season, is patently ridiculous.

The reality is that no team will ever win a Super Bowl in the current NFL without a top 12 quarterback, and the Bucs don’t exactly have that with Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask. This isn’t to knock the Bucs front office for their lack of talent at the position; there just isn’t an abundance of great QBs floating around.

At this point, Bucs fans, and more importantly the front office, need to decide if they want to be a team that just wants to be respected but not win Super Bowls, similar to the Green Bay Packers of the last decade, or a gutsy team willing to take big swings. A decision needs to be made because one thing is for sure; the team cannot have it both ways.

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