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How The Bucs Ranked Their QB Targets In Free Agency

A closeup of two Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmets.

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 16: Helmets and an NFL football set behind the bench as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Atlanta Falcons at the Raymond James Stadium on December 16, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. The Bucs won 37 - 3 and clinched a playoff berth. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

It should be no surprise that Tom Brady wasn't the only player the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had as a free agent target at quarterback. Just about any team would have the wherewithal to hedge their bets on a top target going elsewhere.

According to Peter King of Football Morning in America, there were three main Bucs free agency targets at the position. Tom Brady was No. 1, followed by Teddy Bridgewater, and finally Jameis Winston. That ranking may seem strange considering that Bridgewater ultimately signed with the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers before the Brady deal was even reported.

But King explained that by last Tuesday the Bucs were confident that they had a deal with Brady. As a result, they allowed Bridgewater to take his talents to Charlotte without making him a big offer. Though the Bucs ultimately didn't even speak to Brady until Wednesday evening, by then the shell of a deal was done.

As for Winston, despite the team's willingness to ultimately let him go, the team had reasons for keeping him. Per the report, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians still believed he could fix Winston's problems.

But when Tom Brady agreed to sign on the dotted line, Winston's fate in Tampa Bay was sealed.

Brady signed a two-year deal with the Bucs worth upwards of $50 million. Bridgewater signed with the Panthers on a three-year, $63 million deal.

As for Winston, he's still a free agent as of writing.

What do you think of the Bucs free agency targets list?