3 Bold Predictions for the Buccaneers Offseason
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers season came to a crashing halt in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, and Tom Brady's somewhat unexpected retirement just made matters worse. With a projected cap space of just $6.8 million and big names like Chris Godwin entering free agency, the Buccaneers have a precarious offseason ahead of themselves.
Head coach Bruce Arians and his staff still have a number of championship pieces on roster and under contract, including Mike Evans and Vita Vea, but their offseason plans will require some creative maneuvering.
Currently, Tampa Bay holds +2600 odds (15th) to win Super Bowl 57on FanDuel Sportsbook. If Arians and co. want to get back to the promised land, check out three bold predictions for the Buccaneers offseason.
1. Trade for Deshaun Watson
The Houston Texans will continue to look to move on from Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson this offseason. There's certainly a hefty price tag involved, and not to mention his off-field troubles, but this is a perfect fit from a football X's and O's standpoint. If Brady actually isn't coming back, and the Buccaneers aren't able to land a player like Aaron Rodgers' caliber, then why not go after one of the most talented QBs on the market. It's a lot better than bringing back Jameis Winston.
2. Find The Next Ja'Marr Chase in NFL Draft
Tampa Bay will pick at No. 27 in the upcoming draft, and potentially has a number of holes to fill. Chris Godwin's potential departure leaves arguably the biggest hole, finding another stud wide receiver to pair alongside Mike Evans. Last year's draft class was much deeper on paper at the WR position, but there could be potential to find the next great rookie wideout. Drake London of the USC Trojans has been floated out there and let's call it lightning in the bottle: the Buccaneers will draft him at No. 27 and he'll turn out a rookie year like Ja'Marr Chase just did. After all, Godwin was drafted by Tampa Bay until the third round...
3. Add Five-Time Pro Bowl Cornerback
Reports suggest the Buccaneers aren't going to rebuild their roster, and that mean's taking chances on veteran contracts in positions of need. Let's up the ante here on a proven star and predict the Buccaneers will add one of the best cornerbacks on the open free-agent market, five-time Pro Bowler Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore just made his fourth-straight Pro Bowl, but after leaving New England on a sour note and then playing nine games for the dreadful 5-12 Carolina Panthers. PFF projects him to earn $14M per year, so this will take maneuvering, but he hasn't played on a winning team in multiple years.
This goes without saying, but the legendary Tom Brady has already opened up the smallest glimmer of hopes of him "un-retiring." It's may not be likely but has to be mentioned on this list.
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