Carolina Panthers have a better situation than the Buccaneers
After weeks of speculation about his future, Tom Brady has officially retired. This ends a storied career that will go down in folklore as one of the greatest ever.
Brady deserves his flowers after everything he’s given the game. But this doesn’t make things any easier for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if they want to remain competitive next season.
This is something the Buccaneers should have been preparing for, in all honesty. Tampa Bay might have beaten the Carolina Panthers to the NFC South title in 2022, but the arrival of Frank Reich means they could make a much stronger push next time around if the right quarterback comes into the fold.
Nobody knows how good Kyle Trask is or could be given how Brady took the snaps. The former second-round selection should get a chance to prove himself after learning from the first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer, but it’s a lot to ask with minimal competitive NFL reps to go off currently.
Adding to their options during free agency and the 2023 NFL Draft is another likely scenario. Even if fans are bracing themselves for a season of transition without Brady controlling the line of scrimmage.
If the Buccaneers bomb out this season, opportunity knocks for Carolina. Even if it might be short-lived if Tampa Bay lands someone like Caleb Williams or Drake May in 2024.