Rapoport Expects Bucs To Take “Big Swing” At Top QB

Because the retirement of Tom Brady in late January, the Bucs have been peppered with quarterback questions. With the variety of out there choices dwindling, Tampa Bay is likely to be resigned to Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask as their 2022 quarterbacks. However NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport went on the Wealthy Eisen Present this week with some attention-grabbing perception.

“I’d count on them to be trying round and taking an enormous swing elsewhere, like Deshaun Watson,” Rapoport mentioned. “Russell Wilson mentioned on The Right now Present he needs to play on the West Coast. So it feels like no Russ. I’d suppose they’d take a swing at Deshaun Watson if his authorized state of affairs clears up. So I’d sort of keep watch over that as effectively.”

Watson’s NFL future is clearly in query attributable to his vital off-the-field authorized points. In actual fact, NBC Sports activities’ Peter King wrote on Monday, “I had one GM on the mix inform me he thinks there’s a very good likelihood Watson won’t play within the NFL in 2022”.

As for the Bucs, there isn’t a query they need to be main gamers within the quarterback market. The issue is there actually hasn’t been a lot of a market. So long as Watson’s authorized state of affairs exists, the Bucs are unlikely to commerce for him. The Texans asking value has additionally been rumored to be insanely excessive, asking for 3 first rounders and a number of other day two picks late final yr.

On the NFL Mix, Bucs GM Jason Licht and HC Bruce Arians have been clear {that a} quarterback commerce appears unlikely.

“There’s at all times some chatter,” Licht mentioned when requested in regards to the QB commerce market. “There’s at all times some discuss. It’s often a bit extra discuss than it’s motion.”

Arians was much more demonstrative.

“Trades are simply out of the query,” Arians mentioned. “You must have a associate. These guys aren’t simply prepared and calling. ‘Hey you need my man?’ Who’s behind door No. 2 for them? So I don’t see very many of those guys shifting. There is likely to be one. Max two. Guys that we predict might take us to the Tremendous Bowl. I like about eight of them. However they’re all taking part in for any person else. I don’t see groups giving up quarterbacks.”

Nonetheless, it’s value noting that Arians and Licht are talking in regards to the present quarterback market. In a month or two, that would change. And we all know that Arians and Watson have an affinity for one another based mostly on their previous. If the quarterback’s authorized state of affairs is rectified, I do suppose the Bucs can be contenders for his companies. However they gained’t be the one workforce, so Watson must need to be a Buccaneer as effectively. The quarterback’s no commerce clause may very well be what this all comes all the way down to ultimately.


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