Bucs free agents a concern if they want to repeat

by | Feb 16, 2021 | Football


If you watched the Bucs Super Bowl boat parade and drunken party on Wednesday, you know a couple of things. The first is that Tom Brady was full blown blacked out and it was hilarious. The other is that this Bucs team thinks it is very within reach of them going back-to-back as Super Bowl champs. 

Every player that grabbed the mic made some sort of comment about repeating as winners and expressing an interest in staying in Tampa and winning another ring. The Bucs had the most talented offense in the NFL this season on paper and it looks like it should be that way again next year. The Bucs made it abundantly clear what their plans were for 2021 and stepping off the gas pedal isn’t going to be an option. 

Bucs Going For Two

“Anybody who says, ‘Run it back.’ B——-,” Arians said during Wednesday’s Super Bowl parade in Tampa. “That was Kansas City’s b——-. We going for two. We’re going for two, and we ain’t stopping.”

He didn’t stop there. Arians even went after the Chiefs – letting it be known that they didn’t just beat the team that all the critics were saying the Bucs would struggle against. 

You beat every damn thing we lined up against you. You did it the right way. We did it the right way. We physically kicked their ass.”

You get the picture. The Bucs are going for it and they could very well win another one. Mostly because they have a guy named Tom Brady who will be steering the ship. But that doesn’t mean that there are some issues that the Bucs will have to figure out. There are some really important names on both sides of the ball that are free agents this offseason and it seems unlikely that Tampa could bring them all back. 

Bucs Re-signing…

On offense, the Bucs could lose Chris Godwin, Rob Gronkowski, Leonard Fournette, Antonio Brown, and Lesean McCoy. On defense, they have Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, and Ndamukong Suh to worry about. Not to mention return specialist Jayden Mickens and kicker Ryan Succopp are free agents as well. 

The way I see it, there are two names on that list that have nothing to worry about. Those guys are Lavonte David and Rob Gronkowski. David has been a Buc for life and he has given everything to that franchise. Not to mention, he is one of the most legit linebackers in the league that doesn’t get the respect he deserves. For Gronk, he is guaranteed to come back. If he doesn’t, he would just retire, but I don’t see Brady letting that happen. 

After that, the priorities will be inking Shaq Barrett to a long-term deal and then potentially franchise-tagging Chris Godwin. If Suh will take a low, one-year deal, he comes back too. I’m not sure Antonio Brown’s ego will allow him to take a small contract but I also don’t know how many other teams trust him. If the Bucs can get him for cheap, he is back too. That leaves Fournette, Succop, Micken and Shady without a place to go. 

If the Bucs can bring back their core and draft enough quality depth guys, I like their chances of a repeat but Jason Licht will have his work cut out for him. 

By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com