The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should take advantage of another team’s tough situation to ensure their Super Bowl window stays open for years to come.

Tom Brady, believe it or not, is going to retire soon. There’s a good chance that comes after the 2022 season.

When Brady retires, the Bucs are looking at Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask as their starting quarterback.

That’s obviously not ideal.

Which is why I think the Buccaneers should get bold and make a deal for San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Jan 22, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) in action against the Green Bay Packers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The 49ers are going to release Garoppolo if they don’t find a trade partner — they’re committed to Trey Lance. At this point, it appears unlikely that anyone is making a significant deal for Jimmy G.

Tampa Bay could offer a late-round pick, stash Garoppolo for this season, and figure out after the season if they want to keep him around (he’s a free agent after the 2022 season).

Sure, it would be a total waste if Brady returns in 2023 (which seems unlikely considering he’s also a free agent).

But if Brady doesn’t return — which is what I expect to happen — then Tampa has at least their short-term answer at quarterback (and maybe their long-term answer depending on how things turn out).

The Bucs need to think about life after Brady. They aren’t going to have a high draft pick if things go to plan in 2022. So the odds of them landing a franchise quarterback in next year’s draft are slim (odds are slim even with a high draft pick). Getting Jimmy G — a quarterback who has led a team to a Super Bowl appearance — for a late-round draft pick is likely the best-case scenario for Tampa Bay in 2023.

It might not be exciting, and it may seem like a potential waste, but this is a move the Bucs should strongly consider making.

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