Buccaneers have money to swing for future Hall of Famer in free agency

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Julio Jones (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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The Buccaneers might feel like they have an adequate offense to run it back with Tom Brady, but no signing is overkill with the GOAT at quarterback.

If we’re being realistic, no Buccaneers fan should plan on having Tom Brady at quarterback beyond the 2022 season. There are has been too much that has come out in recent weeks to assume that Brady will make the choice to stay in the NFL and Tampa simultaneously.

When Brady leaves, so too will the Super Bowl hopes for the Bucs. A major move in free agency could keep the Buccaneers in a similar spot, but it is hard to see anyone coming in and doing as well as Tom Brady in their first year.

If there is one more great year for the Bucs in store before a growing period is needed, why not go for broke in the hopes of winning a Super Bowl? Tampa has been able to sign their players and still have a little over ten million dollars remaining in cap, presumably for Rob Gronkowski, but is that where the Bucs need to stop?

Instead of playing it safe, a blockbuster signing for a guy like Julio Jones should appeal to everyone who cares about maximizing winning in this season.

After seeing the Akiem Hicks deal, there should be no question that Tampa can’t go out and sign Gronk and Jones without eating up all of the cap space, and the money side of this deal was the last hump for an opportunity like this.

Even with a guy like Russell Gage on the roster to be the third receiver, Jones is still one of the best in the league at his position when healthy, and bringing him in to give the Bucs their best wide receiver room in the NFL by a mile is hardly too much of a cost.

Jones would just be the next future Hall of Famer in line to join the Buccaneers after his prime, but there is still plenty to love in his game when paired with a quarterback of Brady’s caliber and an offense like this.

If Jones cares about winning games and not having too much pressure en route to a deep playoff run for the first time in his career, few teams make more sense than Tampa.

If the Bucs want to win above everything else, going after another guy at one of the most important positions on the field is the obvious way to keep on trying to bridge the gap with teams like the Rams and their top end firepower.

Jason Licht at least needs to make the call.

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