September 29, 2023

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The Bucs Have Found Their Quarterback?

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, left, smiles as he stands with general manager Jason Licht after Arians was introduced during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

No one can replace Tom Brady, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been tasked with this very difficult circumstance. Fans and media have been taken it upon themselves to fill that void left by Tom Brady by replacing him with every possible gunslinger in the world. By now, you’ve likely heard them all as that has been the only thing that some media has had to talk about for the past 3 months. As annoying as it is to be bombarded daily with the same stories over and over again, you have to understand that it is truly daunting for some to come up with anything other than rewrites, rehashed narratives, clickbait, or creating their own narrative to drive clicks to their web pages. Not everyone does this, but some surely thrive on it.

Hidden in the midst of all of these narratives and scenarios is a fact. That fact is what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are thinking. Right now, re-signing our free agents is a priority, and we have a lot of them. There has been much talk about door No. 2 when it comes to the quarterback position, but let’s face facts; unless the Buccaneers make a blockbuster trade to acquire one of the top three names, you have obviously had the privilege of being pounded into your brain every day for the last 85 days, it’s inevitable that we stick with the guy’s in-house. And you know, that might not be such a bad thing after all. Yes, Tampa is looking at quarterbacks for a possible trade, and yes, it is two of the guys you’ve heard about, but it is unlikely the team acquires either one.

Right now, without a doubt, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have only one door and behind that door, graced by the No. 1, is Kyle Trask.

“Door No. 1 right now is Kyle Trask,” Arians said. “You know, we drafted him last year in the second round. (I) love him. Been with him for a year. Blaine Gabbert is a free agent, but he’s been with me, knows that system inside and out. So those guys, I’m very comfortable with. But we still have to go look behind door No. 2. Door No. 2 this year is a trade. You got to have a partner.”

“Door No. 2 this year is a trade”

That “door No. 2 statement” directly points to the two quarterbacks I left nameless because frankly, I’m sick of seeing their names right now, and I am sure you all are as well — but, “You got to have a partner” — Meaning that one of those guys are especially off of the table. The latter has more issues than one would like attached to a trade scenario; price, etc.

The Buccaneers are doing their diligence, “homework”, if you will, and that means they are certainly on the phones making the calls to see who is or may be available for trade. I would not rule out a trade just yet, but keep in mind that even though a surprise trade may just happen, it is unlikely.

“We called everybody, just like every year. We called about all the players you think they might want to trade and have healthy conversations and see what it would take, what it wouldn’t take.” Bruce Arians said, “That’s probably been going on for a month.”

The Bucs are not likely to draft a quarterback this year, considering Trask is probably better than all of the ones available; however, everyone is always looking for that 199th pick overall who could become the greatest of all time.

The short and the skinny of it all is that the Buccaneers are pretty much in the same position they were when Tom Brady said he was walking away. The only difference is that we now know that the team is fully prepared, excited even, to see what Kyle Trask has to offer.