It seems like the only person with a comparable rise to the Buccaneers in recent years is Pat McAfee. He is right on how he is looking at the team and their leadership.
Much like the Buccaneers were able to experience a meteoric rise in relevance with the arrival of Tom Brady, Pat McAfee has become one of the biggest personalities in sports after his career in the NFL ended.
McAfee comments on nearly everything in American professional sports (while also participating in his own right), and he has recently turned his attention to the Bucs; much like everyone else.
How could anyone in the world of sports ignore one of the best teams in the league signing a player like Julio Jones? McAfee had the right take on the move.
McAfee, in his special way, was able to show just how impressive this signing is. Rather than focusing too much on the field side of things first, McAfee discussed just how well Jason Licht and his staff are at their jobs.
Mike Greenberg is a wizard. Jason Licht is a monster (minus the profanity).
What this pair has been able to do with contracts and talent is nothing less than spectacular. From veterans with more gas left in the tank to young receivers with tons of upside long-term, the Bucs are largely in their current position as contenders due to team-friendly contracts across the board.
This might look like a lot of pushing money into the future, but this actually makes sense when looking at the projected changes to the salary cap for down the road.
Pushing the problem to the future gives the team flexibility to make changes on the fly as needed and also wait for the problem to fix itself in part.
Tom Brady might get most of the praise for the recent success, but none of it would have been possible without the “monster(s)” in the front office.
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