Buccaneers forced to answer difficult question with recent loss

Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Ryan Jensen, Alex Cappa, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Without Ryan Jensen as a guarantee for any part of the 2022 season, the Buccaneers need to ask if their depth is up to the task.

The Buccaneers have an extremely difficult job ahead as they try to evaluate what their options look like with Ryan Jensen set to miss most or all of the 2022 season.

This would already be a horrible loss during a normal year. The magnitude of an injury like this only grows when seeing that this is almost assuredly Tom Brady’s final season and one of the last for a few years where the Buccaneers will be one of the best teams in the NFL.

There is a reason why the front office is going all-in on almost every signing. The phrase “Super Bowl or bust” has never been more relevant.

This does bring up an issue with how the team is going to handle replacing Jensen.

Should the Buccaneers hand the job over to a young guy on the roster that wins the job (Robert Hainsey) or do they make a signing on the free agent market (J.C. Tretter)?

The Bucs are posturing as if they want to go with the first option for now. There is time before relevant games are played, and a fully month of reps with the offense could bring Hainsey up to a replaceable level.

However, giving Hainsey a shot over the coming weeks opens the door for other teams to sign the top options like Tretter. The Bucs could get to the end of the preseason and not like any of their guys, and this would be a disastrous thing to find out right before such an important year begins.

There isn’t an easy option here, but the Buccaneers are going to have to make a choice sooner rather than later and then live with it. To the conservative people watching, it looks like a free agent signing seems safer, but the Bucs do well at finding talent, and betting on Hainsey is far from ludicrous.

While many people think the answer to this is still a ways off, it actually seems much more likely that we see the new starter etched in stone rather soon.

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