TAMPA, Fla. ( Associated Press) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have spent the last three seasons trying to succeed Tom Brady as best they can.
If the seven-time Super Bowl winning quarterback retires or decides to sign with another team as a free agent, it will be important for the team to have a plan for a replacement for the 45-year-old veteran.
Coach Todd Bowles acknowledges that need, although he would not elaborate on what the Bucs are planning.
And while Brady doesn’t have a definite timetable for letting the team know what his decision is, the Bucs will want to get a better idea in March, when the free agent market opens.
“You want to plan ahead of time so that we can do the proper thing, meet with the parties involved and come up with a plan one way or another,” Bowles said Tuesday. 14 against the Dallas Cowboys, which ended Brady’s third season with Tampa.
The Bucs enter the offseason with more than 20 players who could be declared unrestricted free agents, including Brady and linebacker Lavonte David, who was a key component of the defense that helped them win the Super Bowl two years ago. Is.
Brady didn’t say anything about his future after throwing for 351 yards and two scores. In an unequal duel against the Cowboys, Starr suffered an interception in the red zone.
In February, Brady announced his retirement, but changed his mind shortly thereafter, announcing that he would return for the 23rd NFL season.
“Everyone would like every year to end well. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen in sports,” Brady said. “There are 32 teams in the league and they’re all very competitive. Only one of them is going to feel really good at the end of the year.”
Although the Bucs (8–10) found a way past Carolina, New Orleans and Atlanta to retain the NFC South title for the first time in franchise history, they also became the fourth team to enter the playoffs with a losing record. has gone. during a non-strike season.
Bowles acknowledged that there could be significant roster changes during the off-season before next season. However, he insisted that the Bucs were not interested in rebuilding.
“You never want to rebuild, you want to reinvent,” Koch said. “It doesn’t matter if you have freshmen or not, you want them to come and play and compete so you can win the division.”