The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning out to be a one-year wonder.
Their Divisional Weekend loss to the Los Angeles Rams brought sweeping changes to their roster.
After that game, Tom Brady retired after 22 NFL seasons.
Then, offensive lineman Ali Marpet also retired at 28 years old.
Sadly, they might lose more starters on offense due to free agency, as pointed out by ESPN NFL insider Field Yates.
The Bucs have now had two major retirements on offense this offseason in Tom Brady & Ali Marpet.
Offensive players currently scheduled to be a free agent: WR Chris Godwin, C Ryan Jensen, G Alex Cappa, TEs Rob Gronkowski/OJ Howard, RBs Leonard Fournette/Ronald Jones/Gio Bernard.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 27, 2022
The cards are stacked against Tampa Bay to retain these players, especially with Brady not returning.
They might not see any reason to remain with the Bucs now that the man that attracted them to go there is retired.
A Totally Different Buccaneers Team
The Buccaneers might go from contenders to cellar-dwellers in an instant given the possibility of losing their top players on offense.
Godwin will attract interest from several NFL teams while Gronkowski expressed interest in playing with Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow.
Tampa Bay might not recover if they lose Marpet, Jensen, and Cappa all in one offseason.
Fournette will be a target among several teams as well given that he’s still a relatively young running back at 27 years old.
If these players move elsewhere, head coach Bruce Arians might also announce his retirement.
If that happens, the Buccaneers’ stint at the top of the league will have ended as quickly as it started.