Jason Licht’s Chess Game – JoeBucsFan.com

Jason Licht Chess Set

March 1, 2022

General Manager Jason Licht

Interesting but meaningless comments this morning from Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht — 13 days and a few hours before the free agency frenzy began.

Licht is at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis (as is JoeBucsFan.com) and he visited the Hello Soccer NFL Network team.

Tom Brady’s absence does not mean a rebuilding season, Licht reiterated. But Licht kind of wavered over the now-winning drumbeat of the past two seasons.

“We want to win this year. We want to keep an eye on the future. It depends on what [free agent] bear market,” Licht said, according to the transcript from network reporter Will Selva.

So does that mean if the Bucs can’t lock in enough stud free agents (either their own or other teams’) then they’ll roll with Kyle Trask and/or Blaine Gabbert and prepare for a reload bestial in 2023?

Joe realizes that Licht and his front office have to plan for every option. It’s just hard to stomach what looks like the nuclear option for the 2022 season — going with Trask or Gabbert and not re-signing most of their key free agents.

Of course, it’s safe to say that Licht is back in win-now mode if the Bucs can land any quarterback with at least some personal or team accomplishments under his belt.

Enjoy the latest Ira Kaufman podcast.

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