With Tom Brady Gone, Linebacker Shaquil Barrett Believes the Buccaneers Can Compete for a Championship: “We Most Definitely Are Still Going to Be Contenders”

Published 02/05/2022, 3:24 PM EST

Tom Brady announced his retirement from football, breaking the hearts of all his fans around the globe. It is undeniable that he was the greatest sports player ever and has left a void in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that nobody can fill. In light of this news, it is unclear how the Buccaneers will react to this development heading into the off-season.

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Brady’s retirement means that the Buccaneers will be without their superstar player starting next season. Additionally, it means the team will also have to restructure its offense. It is not like the Bucs will replace Brady with someone who can do the same job. They have to find new players, and it may take some time before they become a champion team again.

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Oct 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs away from pressure by Tampa Bay Buccaneers outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett (58) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy: Reuters

The Buccaneers, however, think otherwise. The team believes they can still be contenders in the NFL-2022 season, given the talents they still possess in the squad. “We most definitely are still going to be contenders,” said outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett. He added, “We’ve still got a lot of guys on the team who are hungry to have a taste of being in the playoffs, to have a taste of winning a Super Bowl.”

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Barrett also mentioned that their organization loves challenges and they will do whatever it takes to find the right people. Finally, he said all three departments, offense, defense, and special teams, have to step up and fight like champions.

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The Buccaneers have a handful of Pro Bowlers in their squad, including Barret, Mike Evans, Ali Marpet, Devin White, Vita Vea, Tristan Wirfs, and Antoine Winfield Jr. Thus, there is no question that the Bucs do possess talent on their roster. However, there are concerns regarding the players down the roster, besides the quarterback.

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Chris Goodwin, their number one wide receiver, is a free agent. Moreover, all three of the team’s top running backs are free agents, including Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, and Giovani Bernard. Additionally, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ryan Jensen, Rob Gronkowski, O.J. Howard, Carlton Davis, Ndamukong Suh, and Jordan Whitehead are free agents.

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As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the off-season, they have a glaring roster void. A void that could never be replaced. Nonetheless, they still have a pretty decent squad capable of advancing the team to the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

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Anubhav

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Anubhav is an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently majoring in computer science at the University of Delhi, having also previously worked as a content editor for an NGO. Anubhav is a basketball enthusiast and a true Los Angeles Lakers fan.

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