The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a new quarterback in 2022, and while there was always going to be immense pressure, there is now less than initially expected for the new Buccaneers quarterback.
Boy, the NFL offseason really is the gift that keeps on giving. Just when other sports are ramping up in the American consciousness after the Super Bowl, a bombshell of a story comes out regarding the NFL, and all of a sudden that’s where all sports fans attention lies. At the end of the day, we as a society love watching big people hit each other since the days of gladiators. It’s why the NFL will always be king.
With that said, you probably heard that some stuff went down recently in the NFL world. Most notably, now former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sent to the Denver Broncos for a haul. Less notably, but still significant, was that the Bucs decided to once again give Chris Godwin the bucks via the ol’ franchise tag.
So what does this mean? Well, the quarterback that will start for the Buccaneers in 2022 replacing Tom Brady, now has significantly less pressure on them than they may have a couple days ago. How is that so? Well, the NFC is now a barren wasteand for quarterbacks.
Think about it, who are the top five quarterbacks in the NFC right now? Aaron Rodgers is clearly at the top now that he’s officially back with the Green Bay Packers, then there’s Matt Stafford fresh off of a Super Bowl win. After that? Well, you have Kyler Murray, but who knows what his future holds with the Arizona Cardinals, and Dak Prescott, but at this point we pretty much know what he is. When it comes to that fifth spot, you can go with either Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, who has become almost a shell of himself at this point, or even like Jalen Hurts who the Bucs faced in the playoffs last season. So yeah, whoever the new quarterback is won’t exactly have the cream of the crop to go up against should it come to playoff time.
As it pertains to Godwin, regardless of the long-term ramifications of tagging him again, short term it will certainly help whoever is throwing him the ball. Even though the roster won’t look identical to how it did in 2020 and 2021, there will still be plenty of pass-catchers for the new quarterback to throw to. If the Buccaneers can keep their all offensive line as solid as possible, that will only help as well.
At the end of the day, it is still uncertain who the new starting quarterback of Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be in 2022 and beyond. More likely than not it will end up being Kyle Trask, or may be a “bridge“ veteran quarterback like re-signing Blaine Gabbert, or even bringing in a Teddy Bridgewater-type. What is certain though, is that there is now much less pressure on the new quarterback then we may have thought there was just a mere couple days ago.