The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our Twitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.

Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: If we do in fact land Tom Brady in free agency how does that impact the overall draft strategy?

Answer: It shouldn’t really affect anything at all for the most part. Perhaps if Tom Brady is signed, the Bucs might consider drafting a quarterback early to wait in the wings and develop much like a Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers situation.

Bucs GM Jason Licht
Bucs GM Jason Licht – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

However if Brady is brought in, the goal is to win a Super Bowl in the next two years. The team will be all in on making that happen. Now it will be all hands on deck to fill holes and improve depth to make that happen in their two-year window. But also to keep the defense as intact as Tampa Bay possibly can. Bruce Arians has repeatedly stated keeping as many of the defensive pieces together is priority No. 1.

But I can’t really see the draft strategy changing much, if at all, whether it be Brady, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgwater or anyone else under center. The Bucs are trying to get to the Super Bowl with Arians as the head coach, and that isn’t going to be a five-year plan. So that means drafting for offense, specifically to find a starting right tackle and depth along the O-line, as well as drafting another running back or two to improve the ground game and  bring more balance to the offense.

Question: If the Bucs sign Tom Brady in favor of Jameis Winston and the team misses the playoffs again are Jason Licht and Bruce Arians back in 2021?

Answer: I suppose it all depends on how they miss the playoffs. If they go 9-7 and miss out on a tie-breaker then I wouldn’t think there would be any shakeup. If Brady goes down in say Week 3 and Blaine Gabbert or whoever might be a backup falters, again, how does ownership blame Bruce Arians or Jason Licht for that?

Patriots QB Tom Brady and Bill Belichick
Patriots QB Tom Brady and Bill Belichick – Photo by: Getty Images

But if this team implodes with Brady or Winston – Teddy Bridgewater, Philip Rivers or whoever – and goes say 5-11 or worse, I would be hard pressed to find a scenario where either would be back. Arians would be less likely to be fired, but could just decide this franchise is snake-bitten and decides to pull his own plug.

Licht on the other hand really needs things to go right for him in 2020. He has had three head coaches (two he has hired in Dirk Koetter and Arians), a No. 1 overall draft pick and plenty of authority to sign guys in free agency, and if the team is sub .500 in 2020, the Glazers may have seen enough and decide to go in another direction.

The NFL is a results-based business and no one understands that more than Arians and Licht. Neither is afraid of the challenge or the consequences, and will coach and draft with that attitude, which I respect. It is going to be a fun thing to watch this play out over the next seven months.

Question: With the newly expanded salary cap, do you see the Bucs adding a veteran in the trenches (*cough* Jack Conklin *cough*), whereas this may have been a draft-only area without those extra funds available?

Answer: Sources told PewterReport.com on Sunday, NFL teams were expecting even more of an increase in the salary cap than the approximate $10 million that it has ended up being. Teams have been budget planning all along with the knowledge that there could be a bump in the cap, but also had the CBA not been signed, knowing they wouldn’t have the extra space. So there weren’t any surprises really, just a wish for more money.

Bucs director of football administration Mike Greenberg - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs director of football administration Mike Greenberg – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

With that said, I believe the extra salary cap space all along was intended to be used to sign their own free agents, especially on the defensive side. Maybe the extra money keeps a player like Carl Nassib in Tampa Bay. Or maybe if Jason Pierre-Paul comes to the table demanding more than the team expected, they can still work out that deal.

As far as Tennessee right tackle Jack Conklin goes, I can’t see the Buccaneers dropping $13 plus million on a right tackle, especially with a fairly deep draft class at tackle and the fact that Tampa Bay already has three offensive linemen making $10 million or more in Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet and Ryan Jensen. Although there is a significant drop off once you get out of the first round, there are still some talented tackles that could be taken on Day 2. The best-case scenario is teams start moving up to try and get a quarterback, and that pushing one of the first round tackles in their laps.

Question: How will the coronavirus (COVID-19) affect the NFL and the Bucs? Will it delay free agency or the draft or the season? Will the Bucs sign players they can’t fly to Tampa for workouts?

Answer: There really is no concrete answer at this point. As of now, as I write this, free agency is a go for today at noon. When the 2020 NFL Draft takes place is still up in the air. There have been some reports that it won’t be happening in Las Vegas, if at all, next month. A lot depends on how quickly things might be contained when it comes to this virus.

Bucs DT Vita Vea - Photo by: Getty Images
Bucs DT Vita Vea – Photo by: Getty Images

But if I were a betting man, I would put my chips all in on the draft being pushed back at least a month. If we look at the timeframe in China, from the start to the maximum cases – until now – it was a couple months to get things under really any kind of control. I think that is the best-case scenario for the United States, but that is just my opinion.

I pray I am wrong. I hope we all heed the advice of officials and do begin taking it seriously, regardless if we aren’t in a high-risk category (I unfortunately am). Even if it doesn’t affect a young person that doesn’t mean it can’t be carried to a parent or grandparent or any loved one that might not recover if they were to be contaminated. Like hurricanes here in Florida, why not be as prepared as possible and laugh in a few years that we overreacted, as opposed to crying and wishing we had done more?

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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theman101

Whats the likelihood we actually sign Tom Brady? Are we be used? Feels that way…

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BUC-ASS-BOB

If Bucs sign Tom Brady they will find that signing everyone else will be easy,
The idea of winning will make players want be here and apart of this team.
Bring Winston back players will want get to wining team that can go playoffs and be more demanding.

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Pete Wood

I have really been impressed with the selflessness and leadership of the sports world with the corona virus. Every major sport has canceled events and even entire seasons until we get the virus under control. Sports have been leading the way and setting examples for other industries. I’m relieved that we are admitting that it’s only a game and some things are more important. In 1996 hurricane Fran leveled Raleigh, where I live, and knocked out the power and blocked most streets for two weeks. Before the city got hospitals up and running it devoted major resources to getting Carter… Read more »

chefboho

I’m in the camp that wants Brady. If we don’t get Brady then bring Winston back. Anyone who says, ‘Brady isn’t mobile enough’ clearly doesn’t know how Brady works. Of course the system in New England was perfect for him, but this guy can read a defense like few can. He can get the ball out quick and knows how to adjust to what defenses give him. Of course if Brady DOES come to Tampa then it’s super bowl or bust the next couple years so the pressure will be on Licht and Arians to get this right. It’ll be… Read more »

Pete Wood

Why are we already talking about whether or not we should fire Arians and Licht at the end of the season? We haven’t even gone through free agency yet. There is nobody better on the horizon. Keep them both. First, Bucs are not going to implode.They’ll have a winning record. They could have easily had 11 wins last year. Easily. Second, if they do implode, it’s nothing that Arians can’t deal with. Third, there’s nobody better out there. If we fire them, Bucs are looking at two to three years of rebuilding. Regarding free agents, including the likes of Jack… Read more »

Alldaway 2.0

The key this off season is resigning the defensive core.

Shaq has been tagged. Lets see what other Bucs defensive players come back to the fold.

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Pete Wood

There have been some negative people on pewter, but giving a post about the corona virus a thumbs down? Really?

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Spitfire

Why can’t they just still have the draft like they used to where they just announce the names and not have to have the annoying big party with guest announcers and BS. I’d honestly rather have that anyways.

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Naplesfan

The Bucs have a Plan A (Brady), a Plan B (Bridgewater) and a Plan C (Rivers). Plan D (i.e., if everything else fails), then sign Winston to a one year deal at backup money, and draft a quarterback in the first round. This is according to Rick Stroud based upon his sources in the Bucs organization. This is a very good series of plans. Then, depending upon which of the first three plans prevails, if any, then drafting a quarterback will still be a need, to serve as the longer term plan for the franchise. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

Pete Wood

Naplesfan, have you got a link to that article? I’d love to read it. Thanks!

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FLBoy84

Brady speculation and the rest is great and all, but when in the hell do we get to see some new uniforms… lol

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YborCity49

These are tough times for us all. Its great we have this forum to express our feelings!
My hope is we get through this healthy, all of us.
My desire is our evaluators sign the right man at QB. Its the engine that runs the team. If we succeed there, we’ll be fine.
Then maybe those uniforms. For me, I’m old school. Loved the original orange creamsicle. But I’ll be happy with our final choice.
Go Bucs!

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Buc76

Brady is not coming here. He’ll tarnish his legacy here. Rivers is washed up. Who knows if Bridgewater can even hold up for a whole season.

Winston will end up back here at a reasonable price

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Naplesfan

Stroud article on Plan A, B, etc.:

https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2020/03/11/tom-brady-watch-why-the-bucs-are-going-all-in/

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SenileSenior

Pete Wood and all Thanks for the positive attitudes. I view PR as a forum for information, sharing, commiseration and debate among Tampa Bay Buccaneer FANatics.  In believe we all want our team to succeed and represent our community well. I don’t post anything here to deliberately be negative or attack anyone.  I feel that you could make a comment saying that the sky is blue and that it’s a beautiful day and you would get two or three automatic thumbs down.  Don’t bother trying to understand this. Life goes on and we have a franchise that is moving in the right direction after… Read more »

Horse

If Brady is signed as a free agent I will support it. My concern is will our OL be good enough to keep him upright? I would use my first two picks on lineman in order to help to keep him upright.

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Horse

Auclair and Howard are going to be additional blockers for Brady.

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BringBackAlstott

Ahh, whew, can’t wait, Tom Brady…42 year old Tom Brady….42 year old Tom Brady ready to transform a 7-9 team to a Super Bowl contender. I hear the collective bargaining agreement actually allow us to ignore the laws of physics and Tom Brady will magically revert to the 30 year old masseter quarterback he used to be.

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BringBackAlstott

Can someone please explain the wisdom of signing Tom Brady unless we are committed to using our first round draft pick on the QB of the future so Brady can groom him in his twilight years? Believe me I have no love for 30 interceptions but come up with a better plan than an aging superstar looking for a massive payout in his declining years.

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BringBackAlstott

Signing aging stars is a sure avenue to success!!! Let’s look at the Redskin’s success! Heck look at our own after we dismantled the Super Bowl team to bring in talent. The key to success is grooming our own. time and time again we have proven that you cannot buy a championship. What is the future of the Bucs with Tom Brady, if we sign him we had better spend the first round draft pick on someone he can groom as a replacement. HE IS 42 YEARS OLD…..42 YEARS OLD. This is a win now move for a team that… Read more »

MikeJ813

Im in the Keep Winston Camp, but we have no control over who our QB will be no matter how frantically we post so ive just decided to see what happens. Whoever they choose they better have a good plan either way. This is a make or break offseason for this franchise, could either set up a dynasty, be competitive for a 1 or 2 and disappear again, or set the franchise back another decade. Glad i dont have to make these decisions lol

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