Buccaneers wide receiver surprises with retirement announcement

Cole Beasley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Cole Beasley, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

After only playing in two games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver Cole Beasley is retiring from football before he gets to game three.

The Buccaneers are about to be without another veteran receiver after already playing a handful of games this season without their full group.

The good news for the team is that this retirement doesn’t hurt all that much in the short term.

After just two games with Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, Cole Beasley has announced his retirement from the NFL.

This was certainly a strange move. Beasley really seemed to want to stay in the NFL based on what we saw in the first two games, but clearly the fit just wasn’t there for him.

To make the retirement make more sense, Beasley didn’t project to have a major role going forward. The Bucs do still have a lot of receivers to lean on when healthy, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the long run.

What happens if the team goes back to only having a handful of receivers again due to injuries or suspensions? We have already seen this happen once; what is to say that it won’t happen again? Mike Evans, Julio Jones, and Chris Godwin do have injury histories. Beasley might not be the answer, but he was better than what the Buccaneers had.

Again, this was a bit of a strange move in the moment, but there are still plenty of options out there if the Bucs want to fill Cole Beasley’s spot with someone else. As long as it isn’t Scotty Miller, this shouldn’t hurt all that much, even if it felt like no one was planning on this.

Back to the free agent market we go.

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