The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a new starting quarterback after Tom Brady’s retirement announcement Tuesday, and though they’re likely to target a veteran via trade or free agency, they have a backup plan already on the roster.
In the second round of the 2021 NFL draft, the Bucs spent the No. 64 overall pick on Florida quarterback Kyle Trask, investing a premium pick into a young understudy to learn behind Brady.
Trask saw his share of preseason action as a rookie, but was inactive for every regular-season and playoff game in 2021, as Brady made every start with veteran Blaine Gabbert as his backup.
Now, as the Bucs look ahead to life after the GOAT, Bucs general manager likes what they have in Trask, especially when compared to the top quarterback prospects in the 2022 NFL draft (via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times):
“…pretty good where he stacks up with these quarterbacks and I feel like we made a good decision last year.” Bucs GM Jason Licht.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) February 1, 2022
It’s hard to imagine the Bucs going from two years of Brady straight to a second-year player who has never thrown a regular-season pass, especially if they’re planning to keep their window of postseason contention open in the short-term. Regardless, it sounds like they’re glad they invested a high pick at the position last year, instead of waiting for this year’s crop of college passers.