This team is built on its offense and needs Brady to have a shot at the SB. I can’t see Brady returning unless we maintain a strong OL and restock some weapons. I think he’ll require that we keep at least one of our OL FAs (I.e. Jensen), sign a starting WR (I.e. Godwin or Robinson), sign Gronk, sign a starting RB (I.e. Fournette or White), and draft another playmaker in the first 3 rounds.
Depending on what tricks are used, that may eat up most of our cap, and we’ll need to use depth/draft picks/ bargain FAs to replenish lost starters on the defense.
The good news is that our division is in disarray and the Saints/Falcons have worse cap problems. Most contenders will struggle with the cap beyond the Chargers, Bengals, and Colts (who thankfully are in the AFC). I think the NFC South will be the weakest division in football which will make us heavy favorites to win the division. In this scenario, I could envision us making some cheap in season transactions to bolster the team, similar to the 2020 signings that transitioned us from a very good team to a great team (and the 2021 Rams).
We should be SB contenders next year in this scenario as long as Brady and our OL stay healthy. Brady can beat anyone when he is protected… I believe we would have beaten the Rams with a healthy Wirfs and Jensen.
it all depends if brady comes back for another year or not. brady coming back would imply gronk possibly coming back as well etc. in that case I would sign lenny, tag godwin and check what else is possible
if brady retires then it all obviously depends on who is going to be under center. with trask or blaine it all doesn‘t matter, with some good FA anything is possible
-JPP replacement is Tryon. Need another DE
-Need a TE, Howard is gone
-Need a RB, RoJo is gone. Is Gio under contract?
-need a WR or 2. The ones we had are made of glass.
-need a DB cause ours are always injured
We’re still a championship caliber team. The injuries this season were stupid cursed, all season long.
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