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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds solutions your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account every week within the Bucs Monday Mailbag Submit your query to the Bucs Monday Mailbag every week through Twitter utilizing the hashtag #PRMailbag. Listed below are the questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.
QUESTION: I see rumors that the Bucs and Texans have all of the commerce particulars put into place. Simply ready for Deshaun Watson’s off-field points to be resolved. What’s your opinion on that? Is there a deadline till when the Bucs would commerce for a QB?
ANSWER: It is a nice query due to the timing concerned that you just prompt. When Deshaun Watson’s case is resolved – and let’s assume it’s concluded with none felony costs – I anticipate there will probably be a number of groups lining as much as deal for him. (You possibly can learn the small print of the allegations in opposition to Watson right here.) Tampa Bay could have a commerce package deal it thinks is affordable for Watson, however we don’t know if it has been submitted for Houston to evaluate. And we don’t even know if the Bucs have investigated Watson’s state of affairs sufficient to the place they’re are literally considering buying and selling for him.
The issue the Bucs may face is that they’ve the twenty seventh general decide in 2022 NFL Draft. Different QB-needy groups like Carolina (sixth), Denver (9), Washington (eleventh), Philadelphia (fifteenth, sixteenth and nineteenth), New Orleans (18th) and Pittsburgh (twentieth) all decide greater than the Bucs within the first spherical and will put collectively higher commerce packages primarily based on higher draft picks. And the pondering can be that if Watson joins the Bucs they may very nicely be choosing twenty seventh – or later – once more subsequent 12 months.
The timing is fascinating on two fronts. If the Bucs are aggressive sufficient and conform to a positive commerce package deal first, which may permit Tampa Bay to beat different groups to the punch. The issue is that no trades could be executed till March 16 at 4:00 p.m. There’s a slim probability that Watson’s authorized issues will probably be resolved by then. If the Bucs and Texans agree on commerce particulars this week and no felony costs are filed in opposition to Watson, there’s a sturdy probability one other workforce may swoop in previous to March 16 with a greater provide.
The opposite fascinating timing factor is that if the felony investigation in opposition to Watson lingers into April, the Bucs – and different groups – want a quarterback. Does Tampa Bay danger dropping different potential QB choices ready for Watson’s case to be resolved? There are quite a lot of difficult layers to a potential Watson commerce that the Bucs have to contemplate.
QUESTION: What package deal of gamers/picks are the Bucs prepared to surrender for Deshaun Watson?
ANSWER: Nobody is aware of for certain what kind of deal Bucs normal supervisor Jason Licht would put collectively to commerce for Deshaun Watson. We gained’t know till a commerce is made or particulars of a commerce provide leak out of Tampa Bay or Houston. The worth the Texans are wanting – and the value the Dolphins almost paid final November on the commerce deadline – was three first-round picks and two second-round picks. The commerce almost occurred, however didn’t as a result of Watson wouldn’t settle with the 22 girls which have filed civil lawsuits.
I’m unsure what the Bucs can be prepared to surrender when it comes to a compensation package deal for Watson. And, extra importantly, if it might be sufficient to safe the three-time Professional Bowl quarterback. Different groups with higher draft picks may put collectively extra enticing commerce packages.
As a result of Watson will probably be 27 this 12 months and has a number of years left on his contract, it might make sense for the Bucs to incorporate Kyle Trask, final 12 months’s second-round decide, in any deal as a part of the compensation. Trask would by no means see the sector with Watson in Tampa Bay and he would primarily develop into a wasted draft decide.
QUESTION: Do you consider these experiences about Bruce Arians and Tom Brady? I wish to consider that grown adults may determine this out with out such a drastic choice reminiscent of retirement.
ANSWER: It’s completely potential for any two folks to not all the time see eye-to-eye and nonetheless have an incredible working relationship. Bruce Arians and Tom Brady aren’t any completely different. I’ve but to fulfill any two folks that work collectively whose concepts are all the time in lockstep with one another and by no means have a disagreement. I’m certain even Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had some disagreements over play alternatives, both whereas game-planning through the week or on Sundays when Brady audibled out of a play. But they nonetheless labored collectively extremely nicely.
Do I consider a number of the experiences a couple of supposed rift between Brady and Arians? I’d actually should see extra proof to return to that conclusion. What I’ll say is that there are a number of nationwide reporters like SI’s Albert Breer, ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and SiriusXM NFL Radio host Solomon Wilcots speculate that Brady wasn’t fairly completely satisfied in his second 12 months in Tampa Bay. I reported that in a current SR’s Fab 5 column.
Since then, Wealthy Ohrnberger, a former NFL offensive lineman who performed with Brady for 3 years in New England, has taken it to a different degree. Ohrnberger tweeted out that Arians meddled within the sport plans, which the Bucs head coach strongly refuted on Saturday.
The underside line is that Brady made the choice to spend extra time together with his household and outdoors enterprise pursuits. He selected that over soccer at age 44. That’s what prompted his retirement from soccer. Though it’s honest to notice that Brady left the door open to returning. He used the phrase “by no means say by no means,” and didn’t use the phrases “retirement” or “retiring” in his social media farewell.
It’s additionally honest to marvel if Brady couldn’t discover sufficient causes to wish to return to Tampa Bay for a 3rd season. Have been there any particular issues the Bucs did that he didn’t like, or issues Tampa Bay may have carried out higher? If there have been I believe we’ll hear about them over time. Maybe within the ultimate installment of Brady’s documentary sequence Man In The Enviornment on ESPN+ in April.
We’ve additionally heard a rebuttal from Arians over the experiences of a rift. I’d like to listen to a denial from Brady, too.
QUESTION: Why is Bruce Arians nonetheless the coach? He clearly chased off Tom Brady whereas he slept in his golf cart. Spare us the “he gained a Tremendous Bowl” nonsense. My guess is he’ll be gone after this 12 months.
ANSWER: Initially, Bruce Arians gained a Tremendous Bowl. Sorry, it’s not nonsense. It’s a reality.
Arians is one in all two Bucs head coaches to win a Tremendous Bowl. Jon Gruden was the primary to take action in 2002. With a 31-18 file in three seasons in Tampa Bay, Arians has one of the best successful share (.633) of any Bucs head coach. That’s a much better successful share than Tony Dungy (.563) and Gruden (.509) produced in Tampa Bay.
Arians’ 5-1 file (.833) within the postseason is by far one of the best in workforce historical past. Gruden went 3-2 within the postseason in Tampa Bay, whereas Dungy’s playoff file was 2-4. During the last two years, Arians has gained extra postseason video games than Gruden and Dungy mixed. Arians is a rattling good coach who has helped Tampa Bay publish one of the best back-to-back seasons in franchise historical past with the Bucs going 11-5 in 2020 and 13-4 this previous season.
There’s additionally no concrete proof that he chased off Tom Brady in any respect. Arians turns 70 this 12 months, so he could resolve to retire after this season on account of his age. You could not like Arians, however he’ll get to exit on his phrases as a result of he and normal supervisor Jason Licht rapidly turned the Bucs into winners throughout his tenure in Tampa Bay. Should you don’t like Arians, simply skip the sport the place he’ll be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor.
One in all Arians’ strengths is his eye for attracting and creating proficient assistant coaches and coordinators. Arians’ eventual successor is probably going on the present employees, and that ought to guarantee some optimistic continuity going ahead.
QUESTION: Do you assume the Bucs are making a mistake letting Chris Godwin check the open market? There are a number of receiver-needy groups with loads of cap house on the market. It’s making me nervous.
ANSWER: I’m unsure Chris Godwin will really hit the free agent market. No, I don’t assume the Bucs will use the franchise tag on Godwin once more. Cornerback Carlton Davis III doubtless will get tagged this 12 months. However these long-term contract extensions sometimes go right down to the wire.
Lots of the time the contract negotiations warmth up through the face-to-face conferences between normal supervisor Jason Licht and vice chairman of enterprise administration Mike Greenberg and the brokers for Tampa Bay’s free brokers in Indianapolis on the NFL Scouting Mix. The Bucs re-signed Professional Bowl operating again Doug Martin within the eleventh hour again in 2016.
Final 12 months contract talks between the Bucs and move rusher Shaquil Barrett, who was Tampa Bay’s franchise participant, went proper as much as free company earlier than Barrett was re-signed. Like Godwin, Barrett talked about testing free company too, but it surely didn’t occur. Why? As a result of he needed to remain in Tampa Bay.
We’ve heard Godwin needs to stick with the Bucs, too. When each side wish to get a deal carried out it sometimes occurs. I might be shocked if Godwin indicators elsewhere this 12 months. He’s too useful in Bruce Arians’ offense for the Bucs to let him stroll away.