The NFL world changed forever this past week as quarterback Tom Brady announced his retirement. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now in search of their next starting quarterback, but linebacker Shaquil Barrett isn't worried. He claims the Bucs will still be Super Bowl contenders moving forward.
It's a bold claim no matter how you look at it. The Buccaneers finished with a record below .500 in eight of the nine season prior to Brady coming to town in 2020. Now they are forced to fill in the shoes of one of the greatest players of all-time with limited options available.
The key argument to Barrett's claim is the talent that still exists on the Tampa Bay roster. Keep in mind he is soaking up the sun down at the Pro Bowl this week alongside teammates Mike Evans, Tristan Wirfs, Ryan Jensen, Antoine Winfield, Ali Marpet, Vita Vea and Devin White.
"We've still got a lot of guys on the team who are hungry to have a taste of being in the playoffs, to have a taste of winning a Super Bowl."- Shaquil Barrett
The Buccaneers head into the offseason with a ton of crucial decisions to make, though. Tampa Bay has a number of starters set to become free agents, including all three of their top running backs. Veteran pass-catchers Rob Gronkowski and Chris Godwin should be hitting the open market as well.
General manager Jason Licht certainly has his work cut out for him after going all-in this past season. Licht could decide to re-sign as many players as possible or spend some of the team's projected cap space at the QB position. Only time will tell as the free agent market opens on March 16.
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