Buccaneers need to keep an eye on the free agent market
This may not turn into anything with the salary cap as is, but the best teams in the NFL are always looking at bringing in top talent if it is available.
This is not to say that the Bucs need to go out and sign guys like Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr. today, but they should be open to it down the road.
The departure of Rob Gronkowski isn’t the end of the world as it stands. However, that loss could become all the more apparent if none of the depth receivers are able to step up. The Bucs may love their top three, but how do they feel about their back three or four?
These guys struggling as they did in the playoffs without Chris Godwin could be the kiss of death for this offense if Gronk isn’t on the field.
This means that the Buccaneers shouldn’t need much to make the decision to go after one of these veterans that still has a high upside as a depth player. OBJ and Jones wouldn’t be stealing that many reps away from any of the starters. The wide receiver room would just get better, and that much always comes in handy when the tight end room is obviously going to be taking a step back.
For what it’s worth, signing OBJ right now to get him back towards the end of the season isn’t a terrible idea if this team is Super Bowl or bust, but it makes sense that the staff would like to take more of a wait and see approach with what they currently have.