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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds answers your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account each week in the Bucs Monday Mailbag  Submit your question to the Bucs Monday Mailbag each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Here are the questions we chose to answer for this week’s edition.

QUESTION: I see rumors that the Bucs and Texans have all the trade details put into place. Just waiting for Deshaun Watson’s off-field issues to be resolved. What is your opinion on that? Is there a deadline until when the Bucs would trade for a QB?

ANSWER: This is a great question because of the timing involved that you suggested. When Deshaun Watson’s case is resolved – and let’s assume it’s concluded without any criminal charges – I expect there will be multiple teams lining up to deal for him. (You can read the details of the allegations against Watson here.) Tampa Bay may have a trade package it thinks is reasonable for Watson, but we don’t know if it has been submitted for Houston to review. And we don’t even know if the Bucs have investigated Watson’s situation enough to where they are are actually interested in trading for him.

Texans QB Deshaun Watson Bucs

Texans QB Deshaun Watson – Photo by: USA Today

The problem the Bucs could face is that they have the 27th overall pick in 2022 NFL Draft. Other QB-needy teams like Carolina (sixth), Denver (nine), Washington (11th), Philadelphia (15th, 16th and 19th), New Orleans (18th) and Pittsburgh (20th) all pick higher than the Bucs in the first round and could put together better trade packages based on better draft picks. And the thinking would be that if Watson joins the Bucs they could very well be selecting 27th – or later – again next year.

The timing is interesting on two fronts. If the Bucs are aggressive enough and agree to a favorable trade package first, that might allow Tampa Bay to beat other teams to the punch. The problem is that no trades can be executed until March 16 at 4:00 p.m. There is a slim chance that Watson’s legal matters will be resolved by then. If the Bucs and Texans agree on trade details this week and no criminal charges are filed against Watson, there is a strong chance another team could swoop in prior to March 16 with a better offer.

The other interesting timing element is that if the criminal investigation against Watson lingers into April, the Bucs – and other teams – need a quarterback. Does Tampa Bay risk losing other possible QB options waiting for Watson’s case to be resolved? There are a lot of complicated layers to a possible Watson trade that the Bucs have to consider.

QUESTION: What package of players/picks are the Bucs willing to give up for Deshaun Watson?

ANSWER: No one knows for sure what type of deal Bucs general manager Jason Licht would put together to trade for Deshaun Watson. We won’t know until a trade is made or details of a trade offer leak out of Tampa Bay or Houston. The price the Texans are wanting – and the price the Dolphins nearly paid last November at the trade deadline – was three first-round picks and two second-round picks. The trade nearly happened, but didn’t because Watson wouldn’t settle with the 22 women that have filed civil lawsuits.

I’m not sure what the Bucs would be willing to give up in terms of a compensation package for Watson. And, more importantly, if it would be enough to secure the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Other teams with better draft picks could put together more attractive trade packages.

Because Watson will be 27 this year and has multiple years left on his contract, it would make sense for the Bucs to include Kyle Trask, last year’s second-round pick, in any deal as part of the compensation. Trask would never see the field with Watson in Tampa Bay and he would essentially become a wasted draft pick.

QUESTION: Do you believe these reports about Bruce Arians and Tom Brady? I would like to believe that grown adults could figure this out without such a drastic decision such as retirement.

ANSWER: It’s totally possible for any two people to not always see eye-to-eye and still have a great working relationship. Bruce Arians and Tom Brady are no different. I have yet to meet any two people that work together whose ideas are always in lockstep with each other and never have a disagreement. I’m sure even Brady and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had some disagreements over play selections, either while game-planning during the week or on Sundays when Brady audibled out of a play. Yet they still worked together incredibly well.

Bucs QB Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians

Bucs QB Tom Brady and head coach Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Do I believe some of the reports about a supposed rift between Brady and Arians? I’d certainly have to see more evidence to come to that conclusion. What I will say is that there are several national reporters like SI’s Albert Breer, ESPN’s Seth Wickersham and SiriusXM NFL Radio host Solomon Wilcots speculate that Brady wasn’t quite happy in his second year in Tampa Bay. I reported that in a recent SR’s Fab 5 column.

Since then, Rich Ohrnberger, a former NFL offensive lineman who played with Brady for three years in New England, has taken it to another level. Ohrnberger tweeted out that Arians meddled in the game plans, which the Bucs head coach strongly refuted on Saturday.

The bottom line is that Brady made the decision to spend more time with his family and outside business interests. He chose that over football at age 44. That is what prompted his retirement from football. Although it is fair to note that Brady left the door open to returning. He used the phrase “never say never,” and didn’t use the terms “retirement” or “retiring” in his social media farewell.

It’s also fair to wonder if Brady couldn’t find enough reasons to want to return to Tampa Bay for a third season. Were there any specific things the Bucs did that he didn’t like, or things Tampa Bay could have done better? If there were I suspect we’ll hear about them over time. Perhaps in the final installment of Brady’s documentary series Man In The Arena on ESPN+ in April.

We’ve also heard a rebuttal from Arians over the reports of a rift. I’d like to hear a denial from Brady, too.

QUESTION: Why is Bruce Arians still the coach? He clearly chased off Tom Brady while he slept in his golf cart. Spare us the “he won a Super Bowl” nonsense. My guess is he’ll be gone after this year.

ANSWER: First of all, Bruce Arians won a Super Bowl. Sorry, it’s not nonsense. It’s a fact.

Arians is one of two Bucs head coaches to win a Super Bowl. Jon Gruden was the first to do so in 2002. With a 31-18 record in three seasons in Tampa Bay, Arians has the best winning percentage (.633) of any Bucs head coach. That’s a far better winning percentage than Tony Dungy (.563) and Gruden (.509) produced in Tampa Bay.

Arians’ 5-1 record (.833) in the postseason is by far the best in team history. Gruden went 3-2 in the postseason in Tampa Bay, while Dungy’s playoff record was 2-4. Over the last two years, Arians has won more postseason games than Gruden and Dungy combined. Arians is a damn good coach who has helped Tampa Bay post the best back-to-back seasons in franchise history with the Bucs going 11-5 in 2020 and 13-4 this past season.

There is also no concrete evidence that he chased off Tom Brady at all. Arians turns 70 this year, so he may decide to retire after this season due to his age. You may not like Arians, but he’ll get to go out on his terms because he and general manager Jason Licht quickly turned the Bucs into winners during his tenure in Tampa Bay. If you don’t like Arians, just skip the game where he’ll be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor.

One of Arians’ strengths is his eye for attracting and developing talented assistant coaches and coordinators. Arians’ eventual successor is likely on the current staff, and that should ensure some positive continuity going forward.

QUESTION: Do you think the Bucs are making a mistake letting Chris Godwin test the open market? There are a few receiver-needy teams with plenty of cap space out there. It’s making me nervous.

ANSWER: I’m not sure Chris Godwin will actually hit the free agent market. No, I don’t think the Bucs will use the franchise tag on Godwin again. Cornerback Carlton Davis III likely gets tagged this year. But these long-term contract extensions typically go down to the wire.

Bucs WR Chris Godwin

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

A lot of the time the contract negotiations heat up during the face-to-face meetings between general manager Jason Licht and vice president of business administration Mike Greenberg and the agents for Tampa Bay’s free agents in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Bucs re-signed Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin in the eleventh hour back in 2016.

Last year contract talks between the Bucs and pass rusher Shaquil Barrett, who was Tampa Bay’s franchise player, went right up to free agency before Barrett was re-signed. Like Godwin, Barrett talked about testing free agency too, but it didn’t happen. Why? Because he wanted to stay in Tampa Bay.

We’ve heard Godwin wants to stay with the Bucs, too. When both sides want to get a deal done it typically happens. I would be shocked if Godwin signs elsewhere this year. He’s too valuable in Bruce Arians’ offense for the Bucs to let him walk away.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 27th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive coordinator/defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]
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bucballer
bucballer
4 months ago

No to Watson! Too much to give up for a potential PR nightmare and questionable character. Could set this team back several years with the loss of picks. As for Brady, can’t it just be that Brady is 44… soon to be 45 years old and has done it all and desires to be present with his young children? This makes more sense then some made up drama. Sometimes it’s just that simple. Give the Brady thing a rest and move on to the players that r actually here.

sunshineben
sunshineben
4 months ago

NO NO and NO to Watson !! . He has issues with women and Tampa has to many strip clubs.

twspin
twspin
Reply to  sunshineben
4 months ago

HEY…Maybe that’s why Watson would love Tampa. We are noted for our many Strip..I mean Gentlemen’s Clubs..Not that I’m speaking from [email protected]….. Look at what happened to Tiger Woods. When he was messin around with those..Ladies of the evening? His golf game was superb. The minute he stopped? His golf game was never the same……LOL

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Horse
Horse
4 months ago

What’s going on with JPP? Has he gotten his surgery yet? Have you interviewed him yet? Who are the best TE’s available after March 15th? From your inside contacts is Godwin rehabilitating at OBP? Roughly who’s working out at OBP? From your inside contacts, how’s Jensen doing? What’s the story on his back? Has any inside contact given you some status as to Trask? Have you talked to any of the Scouts about anything? Presently, do you have any status from your sources inside as to injuries progress. Can we please, please, please get passed Brady up dates?

twspin
twspin
4 months ago

I would go after Watson. Of course depending on what we had to give up. That price is going to be real steep. Maybe too steep With Watson I got us going to the top. He’s gonna play with that big chip on his shoulders. A good atty is gonna just tell him to settle with all these women. We all know they only after that cash anyway. As for Arians, I don’t think he hangs around much longer depending on who he can bring in at QB. If we have a losing season this year? He resigns.

Jay Mitch
Jay Mitch
4 months ago

Scott, you’re forgetting the key component in a potential Watson trade. He has to waive his no trade clause. So other teams trade packages is a moot point if he doesn’t want to go there. So Texans will be forced to take a less than desirable offer if they don’t want to pay Watson 35m next season for practically nothing. And for the fans strongly against Bucs trading for Watson, winning trumps all. I guarantee you will continue to support the Bucs if the gamble for Watson pays off in perennial playoff appearances. And for a talent like Watson, who… Read more »

bucballer
bucballer
Reply to  Jay Mitch
4 months ago

No doubt Jay! Buc fan till death bro! I just believe that there r many ways to construct a roster. U do need some dogs on ur team. Players that make plays but might not be up for Walter Payton man of the year award. Sapp comes to mind quickly. Best DT in Buccaneer history and has a gold jacket. Off the field the guy is a complete douche. But we paid him to harass opposing QBs and that he did. I just believe that with all the picks and potential players currently being thrown out there to make the… Read more »

Jay Mitch
Jay Mitch
Reply to  bucballer
4 months ago

It takes two to tango. Unlike the Texans, I doubt Seattle really even wants to deal Russ away unless they get a ridiculous offer they can’t refuse which the Bucs won’t entertain. Meanwhile Watson is a younger phenomenal talent who can keep us in super bowl contention for years to come long as his legal situation is resolved which I believe it will be. Texans will not want to pay him next year to do nothing and with his no trade clause he really has all the leverage. Texans will get what they can for him this off season

stlbucsfan
stlbucsfan
Reply to  Jay Mitch
4 months ago

Well said on all fronts. Plus they have Lovie at HC who is an awful talent evaluator and a quiet guy who will want this wrapped up quickly. He sent Darrelle Revis packing before the ink dried on his contract, Deshaun should be a Buc on draft day.

bucballer
bucballer
4 months ago

Wilson back to pass… he’s going deep to Evans…and it’s a 63 yard TD Wilson to Evans…oh my!

Spruce
Spruce
4 months ago

Oh here we go. Lets start undermining our organization with ill advised dot connecting. Same exact thing happened in New England.

scubog
scubog
4 months ago

If Houston’s reported asking price for Watson is accurate, and there are teams willing to pony up; there is no use for the Bucs to even consider him as an option. Be like most of us waltzing through the Ferrari show room with little more than the grin on our face to pay for it. Frankly, discussing landing Watson or Brady’s return is just as pointless.

Dman
Dman
Reply to  scubog
4 months ago

Yes and yes.