Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart
- NFC South
- Raymond James Stadium
- Head Coach
- Bruce Arians
- Offensive Coordinator
- Byron Leftwich
- Defensive Coordinator
- Todd Bowles
- Special Teams Coach
- Keith Armstrong
- Defensive Scheme
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent wide receiver Chris Godwin would love to return to the Buccaneers and said he'd be willing to play on the franchise tag in 2021. The four-year pro wouldn't be ecstatic about that outcome, but he'd be willing to accept the tag should the team go in that direction. Godwin was a key contributor during Tampa's Super Bowl run last season after being a third-round pick in 2017. Wide receivers are projected to earn $16.43 million on a 2021 franchise tag ($14.26 million on the transition tag), according to Over the Cap. The 25-year-old would prefer a little more long-term security, but he's also willing to sacrifice a few dollars to play for a contender. After catching 81 passes for 1,072 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020, Godwin will remain a highly coveted fantasy wideout if he sticks in Tampa with quarterback Tom Brady.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent running back LeSean McCoy, who has won two Super Bowl rings in the last two years with the Chiefs and Buccaneers despite playing a single snap in either championship game, wants to continue playing in 2021. McCoy is unlikely to return to Tampa, but he wants to play for a contender if he's to keep lacing up his cleats on Sundays. The veteran back had 101 carries for 465 yards and four touchdowns for the Chiefs in 2019, but he ran the ball only 10 times for the Buccaneers last season in a tertiary role behind Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones II. It's fair to wonder if the 33-year-old has anything left in the tank, and if he does continue playing next season, it'll likely remain in a backup role. McCoy won't be on the fantasy radar entering 2021.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that quarterback Tom Brady (knee) is expected to be ready to participate in team drills by June after he had surgery on his knee this month. The 43-year-old had minor cleanup surgery on his knee after winning his seventh Lombardi trophy by beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV. He will return for the final year of his two-year deal in 2021, and the Buccaneers are now considering a contract extension for the GOAT after he didn't show any signs of slowing down in 2020. With most of the team's offensive weapons expected to return next season, Brady should continue to have a high floor as at least a midrange QB1 for fantasy managers.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul (knee), who was in and out of practice last season due to a knee injury, underwent a minor knee cleanup procedure on Wednesday. Despite the nagging knee injury, Pierre-Paul played in all 16 regular season games in 2020 and earned his third career Pro Bowl selection by racking up 55 tackles (34 solo), seven tackles for loss, 14 QB hits, a career-high two interceptions, six passes defensed, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 9.5 sacks. JPP finished as the top-scoring IDP defensive lineman for a nasty Buccaneers defensive line that ultimately disrupted Patrick Mahomes and single-handedly won Super Bowl LV. If healthy next season, Pierre-Paul will be a very attractive D-lineman in IDP formats yet again.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said that the team could approach quarterback Tom Brady about a contract extension as he heads into the final year of his two-year deal with the team. Like Licht said, the 43-year-old GOAT didn't appear to slow down at all in 2020 on his way to winning his seventh Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl LV over the Kansas City Chiefs. Brady is defying all expectations as he ventures into uncharted territory in terms of playing into his 40s, and it looks like he might play up until he's 45 at this point. While Father Time will get to him eventually, Brady remains healthy and productive for a Tampa Bay team with plenty of offensive weapons, so he'll at least be a midrange QB1 heading into the 2021 season.