September 27, 2023

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The Quarterback Conundrum

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Kyle Trask (2) | Douglas Clifford | Tampa Bay Times

The 2021-22 NFL season didn’t end the way most fans thought it would in Tampa. The loss to the Rams not only ended the Buccaneers season, but it could have even worse implications on the roster. The money just isn’t going to be there this offseason like it was after the Super Bowl season. They will need to fill several positions, and the biggest question mark is who will be taking snaps for the 2022-23 season?

Tom Brady recently announced his retirement but made comments about possibly returning. The Buccaneers own the rights to Brady for the upcoming season. Should Tampa Bay play the waiting game for Brady?

There are several rumors swirling around the organization about the next quarterback. Personally, Rodgers and Wilson are simply not coming to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers can’t afford them, and it could actually set the Buccaneers back even further for the future. The two names that I would look at are DeShaun Watson and Andrew Luck. Crazy right? Well, it may be more logical than you might think.

The last time we saw Watson on the field in 2020, he put up another impressive season. Watson lit up the field, throwing for 4,823 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. He also had a 112.4 passer rating. His top two targets were Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller V.

Obviously, there is baggage with Watson, but if his name is cleared, look for the Buccaneers to make a move. The price tag may be a little steeper, but Watson wants out, and the Texans can’t afford him anymore. Watson is only 26 years old, as well.

Andrew Luck is an interesting name, too. The Indianapolis Colts literally crushed a once-promising quarterback with the lack of an offensive line. Luck was next in line to take the throne after Brady and Rodgers hung it up. Unfortunately, injuries would make Luck push the retirement button sooner than most would like. In his last season in the NFL, Andrew Luck would throw for almost 4,600 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He is an accurate quarterback, and with ties to Bruce Arians, it wouldn’t shock anyone if Tampa Bay kicked the tires on Luck.

The default quarterback in all of these situations is rookie Kyle Trask. He was impressive with the Florida Gators and was able to learn behind Brady without the pressure of playing last season. The Buccaneers may not want to see Trask out there quite yet. The window for another Super Bowl is closing fast for the Buccaneers, so a veteran may be more suitable for the 2022-23 season.