For the second time under head coach Bruce Arians, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the lookout for a new starting quarterback. Veteran quarterback Tom Brady shined during his pair of seasons in Tampa Bay, but his decision to call it a career after 22 years in the NFL has now prompted Buccaneers team officials to jump-start a search for his successor at the position.
As noted by the NFL Network’s James Palmer, the Buccaneers are looking for a starting quarterback with the impression that the “roster is built to win right now.”
The Buccaneers will have multiple players on both sides of the ball that will become unrestricted free agents in March, from longtime tight end Rob Gronkowski to pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul. Still, Tampa Bay well believes the squad can remain a contender in the NFC.
The Buccaneers will explore all avenues for Brady’s successor, including possibly rolling with first-year quarterback and former Florida Gators passer Kyle Trask. Palmer notes that at the moment, “nothing is in stone” for the Buccaneers regarding this matter, but at the least, Trask is in “play” to replace Brady next season.
More so, Palmer adds that the Buccaneers have “really liked” the development of Trask as of late, so much so that the team does not anticipate picking a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft. When the Buccaneers compare Trask to the number of passers who will be available in the upcoming draft, the team likes where he “stands.”
As mentioned, the Buccaneers plan to seek all options to find Brady’s replacement at the quarterback position, but as general manager Jason Licht noted during his end-of-season press conference, the team has much been a fan of Trask and how he has developed over the past year.
“We're very excited about the development of Kyle [Trask], where he has come from in the last year and what he has done – just being able to sit behind Tom [Brady], Blaine [Gabbert] and Ryan [Griffin], as well, in that room with Clyde [Christensen], Tom Moore and B.A. (Bruce Arians),” Licht said.
“He's been well coached and he's had unbelievable resources to lean on to get to where he is right now. We'll see where that goes. We don't want to rush anybody, but I couldn't think of a better experience for a young quarterback to spend his rookie year than with the greatest player of all-time.”
Ahead of Super Bowl 56, it was reported that the Buccaneers also aim to examine the trade market for quarterbacks such as Seattle Seahawks passer Russell Wilson. Still, the Buccaneers do have Trask on their radar to possibly be their starting quarterback come Week 1 of the 2022 season.
Overall, the former Gators quarterback did not record a single snap played on offense over the regular season this past year, as Brady featured in all 17 such games en route to the third 40-plus passing touchdowns campaign of his career. In the few offensive snaps that Brady did not play in, the team rolled with veteran passer Blaine Gabbert to anchor the offense, which included logging a mere 11 pass attempts.
The Buccaneers sure are slated to have quite a chaotic offseason as they aim to retool a roster that claimed an NFC South title this past season and also finished with a team record 13 wins over the regular season.