If fans were hoping to hear Bruce Arians reveal who will be the starting quarterback for Tampa Bay next season, they’re out of luck. The head coach of the Buccaneers commented on the team’s quarterback situation, but he kept his true feelings close to the vest.
Arians said the Buccaneers will prioritize re-signing defensive players before landing a quarterback. This somewhat makes sense, especially since Shaq Barrett is coming off the best season of his career with 58 tackles and 19.5 sacks.
Tampa Bay has an important decision to make this offseason on Jameis Winston. He’s an unrestricted free agent and is coming off a year where he threw for 5,109 yards, 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
Winston could potentially re-sign with the Buccaneers, but Arians has a few options to weigh when that comes. Does the team really want to commit another year to a quarterback that has shown an inability to take care of the football?
Here’s what Arians had to say about the team’s quarterback situation, via the Tampa Bay Times:
“Really nothing has changed,” Arians said. “What’s Door No. 2? You know? Can we make the one we have better? All those things you go through right now.”
Another signal-caller that could be in the mix for the Buccaneers is Philip Rivers. However, the team won’t know which options will be available until free agency officially beings.
Even if the Buccaneers make a change at quarterback, Arians doesn’t believe it’ll matter if the Buccaneers don’t keep their defense intact.
Free agency officially starts on March 18. Arians has roughly a month to figure out which players they’d like to retain.