At the start of the 2022 offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers find themselves in an intriguing scenario. The surprise retirements of renowned quarterback Tom Brady and offensive lineman Ali Marpet have wreaked havoc on the franchise. There are two options for this team moving forward: retool and try to compete again, or rebuild.
The Buccaneers, knowing head coach Bruce Arians, aren’t going to give up on next season. Arians stated earlier this week at the NFL Combine that the Buccaneers are aiming to bring three veterans back to the roster.
Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh have told him they still want to play and are not retiring, according to him. According to Arians, Rob Gronkowski has been working out twice a week at the team facility, which some have tagged as a retirement possibility following Brady’s decision.
That does not sound like someone who is committed to leaving football.The contracts of all three players were set to expire at the end of the 2021 season. Though it’s safe to assume that JPP and Suh will be keen to return to the Buccaneers.
Arians says JPP and Suh have both told him they want to play football again this year.
He doesn’t know about Gronk, but the TE has been working out at Bucs facility 2x a week
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Both defensive veterans have been with Tampa Bay for some time now. Suh has been an integral part of the defense since joining the team. He has appeared in all 49 regular-season games and six postseason games. Last season, he had 27 stops, seven tackles for loss, and six sacks.
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