The Buccaneers are in a very good spot as training camp begins. However, there are still priorities that need to be kept in check for the team.
After the shock acquisition of wide receiver Julio Jones by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fans of the team had every right to be optimistic about their chances this season. Jones will undoubtedly make a positive impact, though the exact magnitude of said impact is yet to be determined.
However, there is one position that Bucs fans and the team’s front office alike should share in their concern over; quarterback.
Tom Brady’s contract will expire at the end of this year along with backup QB Blaine Gabbert’s. That will essentially leave the team with only Kyle Trask, who has done very little during his tenure with the Bucs to inspire confidence in his future as the face of the franchise for now.
For those fans who are still dead-set on Trask as the team’s next QB for whatever reason, you should probably ask yourself if he is good enough to start next year, then why the team went out its way to re-sign Gabbert again for this year.
The reality of the situation is you can do alright in the NFL and get away with some winning seasons even if you have positions where your team struggles, however, QB is certainly not one of them.
Unless you have Derrick Henry as your running back, which the Bucs will not next year, every winning team needs at least a competent QB to succeed in this league.
If the Bucs don’t want to return to their years of mediocrity like they had between their last two Super Bowl wins and actually morph into a consistent challenger, they need to be very aggressive this season in acquiring another QB to fill Brady’s role after this year.
If that means giving up picks, then they need to do it. If that means that they need to give up a talented skill player or two, get rid of them.
In the modern NFL, teams are built from the QB up, and the Bucs need to start thinking ahead, unless of course their goal is to tank for the years following the upcoming season, in which case, may God have mercy on Bucs fans’ souls. It’s going to be rough.
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