2003 team brought back the entire offense except Christy who retired.
Defense lost Jackson and Singleton but they were probably the two worst players on the defense.
If you’re referring to getting rid of Sapp and Lynch in 2004, you know they had the #1 defense in 2005 right? The game the defense played in the playoffs that year was historically good.
I never mentioned a specific year, but concerning the player fire sale…
“Greenberg’s way of handling Tampa Bay’s salary cap is a far cry of how former general manager Rich McKay bungled it after Super Bowl XXXVII which put the Bucs in salary cap hell,
forcing the team to cut star players
and have to deal with a lot of dead money.” ~Scott Reynolds
Not even remotely true. The only big signing McKay made was McFarland extension, which helped A. the #1 defense in 2005 when he had an excellent season. B. He was traded for a 2nd round pick in 2006.
After getting rid of McKay in 2003, Gruden got rid of McCardell, Oben, Thomas Jones, Sapp, Lynch and went on a spending spree. Here are the contracts with their equivalent values to current day to put it in perspective.