As we enter the 2022 NFL offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be in the most precarious quarterback situation in the league. With the retirement of future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady and just second-year youngster Kyle Trask and veteran journeyman Blaine Gabbert still on the roster, the Buccaneers are in need of a veteran with experience. If Tampa Bay is able to keep its core group of players together, it is possible that the team can just swap out one star quarterback for another without missing a beat. So, who are the quarterbacks that the Buccaneers could possibly acquire this offseason that will allow them to not enter a rebuild? We knew you would be wondering the same thing so we came up with the three best candidates.
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Three quarterbacks that the Buccaneers should try for
3. Jimmy Garoppolo
We start off with the quarterback that is seemingly the most available out of any current starter in the league. The San Francisco 49ers drafted quarterback Trey Lance with the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft and the proceeded to sit him for basically his entire rookie year. That will not be happening in his second year and the rest of the league knows it. The 49ers are currently working with teams in order to get Garoppolo into a situation that wants to win, but they will also be taking the best offer they receive. Adding Garoppolo would surely allow the team to keep the team together for one more run at a Super Bowl.
Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers are working on finding a trade partner pic.twitter.com/RGZAPn8rfC
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 1, 2022
2. Derek Carr
Carr is a little bit more of a longshot than Garoppolo is to be traded only because his new coach and general manager are reportedly interested in working with him. They did leave the door open, however, to move on from Carr this offseason and this is the time to do it if they are planning to. Carr is entering the final year of his contract and would only fetch the Raiders a third-round pick if he were to leave in 2023. If Carr and the Raiders fail to come to an agreement on an extension, look for Las Vegas to gauge what they can get for him via trade. Much like Garoppolo, Carr would allow the Buccaneers to go after a ring one last time and if they extend him they can get a few more tries while also decrerasing his cap number–helping to keep some of the aforementioned core players.
New Raiders HC Josh McDaniels on Derek Carr: "There’s no question we have the capacity and capability of winning with Derek here. We all know that." https://t.co/sruvQOsaze pic.twitter.com/Hh0G7kT4yI
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) January 31, 2022
1. Aaron Rodgers
This one is the ultimate “white whale” for the Buccaneers’ 2022 offseason agenda. Of course, any team would be lucky to have the services of perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL, but the Buccaneers especially, because of the way that rodgers would seamlessly fill the void that has been left by Brady. Rodgers, in fact, may be the only quarterback that can keep Rob Gronkowski from retiring, as a chance to play with another one of the NFL’s G.O.A.T’s would be too much top pass up for the future Hall-of-Fame tight end. Rodgers has the type of no-nonsense personality that gels perfectly with head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. If Tampa Bay has the chance to get him, Rodgers would instantly make the Buccaneers the favorites to win Super Bowl 57.