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Bruce Arians Reveals Buccaneers' QB Plan If Tom Brady Retires

Larry Rupp
Bruce Arians revealed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback plan if Tom Brady retires in the offseason.
Bruce Arians revealed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quarterback plan if Tom Brady retires in the offseason. / Elsa/GettyImages

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' quest to repeat as Super Bowl Champions fell short in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. The team heads into the offseason with some obvious needs to address and quarterback may be one of them with starter Tom Brady noncommittal about his playing future.

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Head coach Bruce Arians expressed that he would be comfortable moving forward with backups Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask given Brady decided to end his career. Leaving the fate of a loaded Buccaneers' offense to one of those two signal-callers seems like a questionable move, though.

Gabbert does come with 10 seasons of NFL experience and has started 48 games in his career. However, he has posted a dismal record of 13-35 and thrown 50 touchdowns compared to 47 interceptions. Gabbert has attempted just 27 passes backing up Brady over the last two years.

Meanwhile, Trask has yet to see a single snap in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He wasn't just a throwaway pick, though. Tampa Bay obviously saw some upside in the former Florida standout and it will be interesting to see what Trask is able to do in training camp.

Of course, Arians also left his answer a bit open-ended by saying that the Buccaneers would explore "Door No. 2" as well. Finding a hidden stud in the free agent market or trading for a high-quality starter is never out of the question with this front office after what they accomplished by signing Brady.

For now, all Tampa Bay can do is move forward with the expectation that the three-time MVP will be back in 2022.

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