The Buccaneers acknowledged that a guy like Julio Jones would give them a better shot at winning the Super Bowl. The rest was easy.
The roller coaster offseason for the Buccaneers continues.
The signings of guys like Russell Gage and Kyle Rudolph helped the offense. The Bucs had needs with Antonio Brown finally gone and Rob Gronkowski going into retirement.
The wide receiver room was poised to take a step back.
Rather than waiting for a depth guy to come in a help shoulder the load created by Gronk’s absence, the Bucs realized that they needed the upper levels of talent that come from a guy that is destined for the Hall of Fame.
Julio Jones was a no-brainer as a fit.
As much as fans would like to say that their depth guys are good enough, the Bucs saw first-hand last season that theirs weren’t.
When given the chance to step up, Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, Jaelon Darden, and company failed to execute. The playoff loss wasn’t entirely on the wide receivers, but it certainly played a role.
The Bucs needed a guy to step up and take the spot alongside Mike Evans. That didn’t happen, but it won’t be a problem this year.
Between Evans, Chris Godwin, Russell Gage, and Jones, the Bucs will always have a great pass-catcher on the field. In best-case scenarios, they can get four or five out there.
This was the right decision by the Bucs and the right mentality to use.
There was a way to get better. The Bucs took it and ran with it. They could’ve easily sat on the money and let it ride with what they had. As we saw last season, that would’ve been a mistake, but the Bucs would’ve been justified. Thankfully, we won’t have to find out if that was the right decision.
The Buccaneers now have another Hall of Famer to keep their dominant receiver corps. The team found a way to get better today, and that shows no sign of slowing down.
Jason Licht and the rest of the front office should follow their own example and keep making moves like this to give the team the best shot of winning a Super Bowl.
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