The Buccaneers are looking to be the first team since 2004 to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but it looks like they’ve already made some history of their own.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Tampa Bay is the first team during the salary cap era to return all starters from the previous year’s Super Bowl roster. ESPN’s Field Yates was the first to tweet out the information.
With Leonard Fournette re-signing with the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay will now become the first team in the salary cap era (since 1994) to bring back all 22 starters from their Super Bowl victory, per @EliasSports.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 26, 2021
That’s pretty impressive. But it doesn’t stop there.
Per Andrew Holman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers PR Department, the Bucs are the first team since the 1977 Raiders to return all of its Super Bowl starters, as well.
The Buccaneers are set to return all 22 starters from the 2020 Super Bowl season.
Last team to return Week 1 starters of Super Bowl season: 1979 Steelers (repeated as SB Champs).
Last team to return Super Bowl starters: 1977 Raiders (reached AFC title game).
— Andrew Holman (@andrew_holman2) March 26, 2021
The Bucs are not only breaking 40-year-old records, but they are also setting records of their own. This truly is a historic time to be a part of the Buccaneers franchise.