The Sleep Of Kings

May 23rd, 2021

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Crickets. Not a blessed peep.

Isn’t it wonderful to hear the sounds of silence when it comes to the Buccaneers and their interest in notable players from other teams who may be moved?

Let Chucky go to bed at night dreaming about landing Aaron Rodgers — the Bucs don’t need him.

Let Bill Belichick drive to Gillette Stadium thinking about a trade for Julio Jones — the Bucs don’t need him.

While other teams scramble to fill holes, Bruce Arians hits the sheets and experiences the sleep of kings. He’s got a stacked roster and Job 1 is to keep these guys motivated now that the Bucs are the hunted heading into the 2021 season.

A daily ritual at One Buc

There are different ways to measure just how loaded this franchise looks, barring a slew of injuries. It’s also understood that one injury in particular, sidelining Tom Brady for an extended period, would likely derail Tampa Bay’s chances to repeat.

The fact that Jason Licht entered the draft room without a bottle of TUMS by his side tells you all you need to know about the confident state of this franchise. The Bucs had a group of players they would have been happy to select at No. 32. If they were all off the board, so be it … we trade down.

A year ago, the draft priorities were finding new starters at right tackle and safety. This year, the theme was: let’s upgrade our coverage and return teams. That’s a remarkable turnaround, a tell-tale sign of what happens when every starter returns from a championship team.

But it’s only the latest example of a scenario that has played out all offseason.

Few NFL observers would describe the signing of Giovani Bernard as a major transaction, although he is a proven third-down threat catching passes out of the backfield.

Imagine the swinging doors at One Buc Place in March if Brady hadn’t jumped aboard and that nasty playoff drought was still in place. You’d be reading every day about Tampa Bay’s interest in Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson.

It’s all different now.

Let the 49ers shell out the big bucks to retain Trent Williams, we’ve got Donovan Smith. Trey Hendrickson? Nice pass rusher, but we just posted 48 sacks with JPP and Shaq coming off the edges. Jadeveon Clowney? Not interested.

Armbars with Team Glazer

Memo to Titans GM Jon Robinson regarding Bud Dupree: he’s all yours.

Jared Cook? Yeah, right, like this team needs another tight end.

Kenny Golladay’s a nice receiver, but he’d be No. 3 on this team.

Good luck in Carolina, A.J. Bouye, but we’re happy with our corners. They’re young and they’re improving.

Congrats, Arizona, nice trade for center Rodney Hudson, but we like Ryan Jensen just fine. We’ve also found our kicker in Ryan Succop, so lose our number, Matt Prater.

Yes, free agency came and went without the Bucs making much of a stir, except for keeping their own key players off the market. As a result, the Bucs enter the 2021 season with a pat hand instead of their usual default position — trying to fill an inside straight.

The days of reaching in free agency are over, at least for now. That’s the ghost of Buccaneers Past. In the new version, free agents are falling out of their cleats while running toward One Buc Place, except there’s no room at the inn.

Enjoy the moment, Buc fans, because days like these don’t come around very often in a league that prides itself on celebrating a new champion every year.

Can Tom Brady do it again? Why not … he’s done it before.

A few years back, this roster seemed like it was shot full of holes. Now the Bucs are looking down on the rest of the league, blessed with star power and the greatest winner this sport has ever seen.

What a country.

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13 Responses to “The Sleep Of Kings”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    WELL DONE, Jason, BRUCE & TOM…… took the efforts of all three of you to build this roster.

  2. Swampbuc Says:

    Tell the truth, Ira! Love it.

  3. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Dang Sage!!! Snary, snarky, snarky….with a side of smugness!! LOVE IT!

  4. SB Says:

    Kenny Golladay would be a #3 on this team?
    Who would slide to #4? Mike Evans? Godwin? AB?

  5. capecodder Says:

    Cheers Bucs Fans
    Hope you repeat.

  6. 74 Bucs Fan Says:


  7. TampaTown Says:

    My goodness what an article! I feel like putting my right hand over my heart and singing the Star Spangled Banner 🇺🇸

  8. Fred Orlando Says:

    Heck, we’ve even got a good rookie kicker we might be able to hide on our practice squad for a little while … just in case….

  9. tvan101 Says:

    Fantastic article Ira.

  10. gp Says:

    Talk about waking up from a nap and having to pinch oneself to be sure it’s not all just a dream!

  11. lambeau Says:

    Well put.But the secondary can get badlly burned when the scheme isn’t good or their concentration lapses. Bowles needs to be careful with that soft zone look.

  12. Colonel Angus Says:

    I just juiced up my drawers. Good job Ira!

  13. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “This year, the theme was: let’s upgrade our coverage and return teams.”

    Is Joe Tryon going to cover punts? Kyle Trask going to be on the kick off teams? Will Kyle even be active? Is Giovanni going to play for the kicking teams?

    Are the Buc’s multi million dollar studs like Gronjk going to be on the punt team?

    They should have drafted the cornerback out of Georgia, Tyson Campbell. who would have been on every special team. He would work his way into a starting spot for the next decade.

    I love Trask but the value pick at 64 would have been Andre Cisco, S Syracuse, who would have excelled on special teams and became the replacement for Whitehead.

    Too bad, Urban Meyer had the fore sight to grab those two studs at 33 and 65. Ouch!