3 Offseason Moves the Buccaneers Will Regret

Devon Platana
Three offseason moves that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will regret.
Three offseason moves that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will regret. / Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 2021-22 NFL postseason ended quicker than they were expecting, but the team has spent the offseason re-tooling to be a contender once again in 2022.

Although the Buccaneers have made some good decisions this offseason, other moves might come back to bite them as the 2022 NFL season goes on. It might be too early to guarantee that these moves won't work out, but there's reason to believe that Tampa Bay could regret them sooner than later.

Here's a look at three offseason moves that the Buccaneers will regret.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Offseason

1. Rolling with Cameron Brate as TE1

With O.J. Howard having left for the Buffalo Bills and Rob Gronkowski's future still up in the air, Cameron Brate has been left as the Bucs' No. 1 tight end. As loyal as Brate has been to the organization, Tom Brady loves having an offensively reliable TE at his disposal and Brate just isn't that. The latter has handled more blocking duties in recent seasons and has only surpassed the 400-yard mark twice... back in 2016 and 2017. Sure, Tampa Bay drafted former Washington Cougars TE Cade Otton in the fourth round last month, but it remains to be seen how he handles the NFL. If Brate can't consistently produce as the Bucs' TE1, especially as a pass-catcher, the team could come to regret not finding more help at the position.

2. Signing Chris Godwin to a three-year, $60 Million Deal

Veteran wideout Chris Godwin became a rich man this offseason, signing a three-year, $60 million deal with the Buccaneers. Although Godwin is elite when at the top of his game, he'll enter the 2022 campaign following a season-ending ACL tear last year. There's simply no telling how he'll look in an actual game. Signing Godwin seemed like a necessity after parting ways with Antonio Brown, but the Buccaneers could be in a tough place if the former doesn't play like his old self. Add in the fact that this season could be Brady's last year and Tampa could be stuck paying Godwin, Mike Evans and Russell Gage around $60 million with no one reliable to throw them the ball in 2023.

3. Promoting Kacy Rodgers to Co-Defensive Coordinator

Todd Bowles taking over head coaching duties led to Kacy Rodgers being promoted from defensive line coach to co-defensive coordinator with Larry Foote. The main issue here is that Rodgers has an awful track record in that position. He served as the New York Jets DC under Bowles from 2015 to 2018 and while the team had a top-five defense during his first season, they finished in the bottom 10 in each of his final three years. The Buccaneers pride themselves in usually having a strong defense, which might not be the case if Rodgers hasn't improved from his time with the Jets.

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