When the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady, the expectations went through the roof. Those expectations were exceeded. With a starter in place, it is imperative to have a backup plan in case of an injury at the most important position on the field.
Returning On Contract
The one, the only, the GOAT, Tom Brady! Enough said.
As it stands right now Brady is on contract through next year. As reported earlier Brady and the Buccaneers are working on an extension. This extension should put Brady through to the 2022 season. This will allow him to reach his goal of making it to 45 years of age as a player. One could only hope that essentially Brady and the Buccaneers divide what he is owed next season and disburses it over the next two. Additionally, this would help free up some money for free agents as it seems Brady wants.
But the question quickly becomes who holds the clipboard behind him?
Free Agent: Blaine Gabbert
Blaine Gabbert joined the Buccaneers in 2019 to serve as a contingency plan for Jameis Winston in case of an injury. Asked to return in 2020 he would back up newly signed Tom Brady. He did see action this season during the Lions blow out. Going nine for 16 he added two more touchdowns. Having continuity on a team is beneficial. Additionally, players who know the system will not be behind the power curve of having to learn it. Though not a great option he has value.
Free Agent: Ryan Griffin
Ryan Griffin has been with the Buccaneers for some time now. Joining the team in 2015, Griffin has been a player each coaching staff has liked. With that said this is a business. With each year it seems as though his value on the roster has diminished. His spot could be better used to determine the possible future of a potential Brady replacement.
Prediction: Allowed to walk
The Way Forward
When making a deliberate and concentrated effort to repeat getting to the Super Bowl do the Buccaneers use a draft pick on a quarterback? If Brady’s extension comes through it may be best to hold off till the next draft to find his successor. Either way, there will need to be three quarterbacks on this roster to start the season. Griffin could come back but this staff knows what he can and can’t do. Exploring options as the season approaches will be key. Unfortunately, the current free-agent market has no viable options. Post-draft there could be more.
The Buccaneers have their quarterback. It’s just a matter of an insurance policy. Though it may not seem of significance it could be the determining factor in a successful season. Just ask the Eagles and Nick Foles.
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