NFL Analyst Makes Bold Prediction on Who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Franchise Tag Next Season

Published 03/08/2021, 12:55 PM EST
Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) moves under center near the goalline against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter of Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a lot of big decisions to make. As the confetti from their incredible Super Bowl win gets swept away, the Buccaneers must begin preparing for a new season.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

They have a lot of question marks going forward, considering how they have a lot of free agents on the team. The Buccaneers’ front office must try to find the right balance between veterans and young stars.

NFL analyst Peter Schrager spoke on Good Morning Football about the Buccaneers‘ impending decisions. He believes that the Buccaneers have a lot of difficult decisions in their future.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The franchise will hope that there will be players that will accept taking less money, including Tom Brady.

“I look at the Buccaneers and they have so many decisions to make. And I talked to those guys in the front office. Their hope is that there might be some way they could wiggle things with some of the players and they find a way, maybe some players take a little less to stay with Tom Brady.

“Even Tom Brady might be asked to restructure his contract. That is how tenuous it is with Tampa Bay, the salary cap and how many free agents they have.” 

DIVE DEEPER

Reports Suggest Tom Brady is Looking To Extend His Stint With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4 months ago

Tampa Bay Buccaneers must make smart moves

Schrager added that he believes Chris Godwin would get the franchise tag from the Buccaneers. Furthermore, they will gamble on Shaq Barrett, and try to get him on a team-friendly deal.

But when it comes to Lavonte David and Shaq, it is unlikely that they will get what they deserve from the Buccaneers.

“Godwin gets the franchise tag, they roll the dice on Shaq Barrett and see what his market is, and hopefully they can bring him back. And then Lavonte David, who I know they love, they try to say, ‘Hey, don’t you want to retire as a Buccaneer and make it work?’

Jan 24, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during the first quarter in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

“But that’s not fair to Lavonte and Shaq to say take less money. They’re going to have to consciously do that.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Who will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers place the franchise tag on? They have to make several important decisions prior to pre-season training camp.

But given their salary cap constraints, they will have to make smart decisions too. Tom Brady will be a key part of their future planning, given how crucial he is to the team going forward.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

‘Communication Should’ve Been Better’ – Matt Lafleur on Decision Involving Aaron Rodgers That Cost Packers the NFC Title

4 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Aaditya Krishnamurthy

1313 articles

Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT