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Buccaneers GM Jason Licht Gives NSFW Message on His Team’s Super Bowl Chances for the 2021 Season

After what was one of the weirdest seasons in NFL history, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers emerged as the Super Bowl champions. Led by Tom Brady, the Bucs turn it on late en route to a Super Bowl 55 victory. Jason Licht put together a great team, getting Tampa its first Super Bowl since 2001.

Their front office is already looking toward next season, despite the celebration. Bucs GM Jason Licht will have to work his magic to keep all of Tampa’s core pieces together. It looks like Licht isn’t worried about that and thinks his team can do something that hasn’t been done since 2003-04.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their Super Bowl win in style

Teams who have won championships during the COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t have the traditional parade through the city. The Bucs, who are fortunate enough to be on a peninsula, found a way to celebrate their victory with their city and fans. They put together a boat parade, and it was quite the event. 

The parade took place in the Hillsborough River in Tampa, and Tom Brady made sure to arrive in style. He came in on his $2 million yacht, while others were on standard boats. During the parade, fans were cheering from land as the team partied like rockstars on their boats.

The highlight of the parade was Brady making one of the riskiest throws of his life. He tossed the Lombardi from his yacht to teammate Cameron Brate on another boat. According to Brate, it was the greatest catch of his life, no doubt.

“That was the best catch of my life. Unbelievable. That was the best catch of my life. If I had dropped that? I think I would’ve had to retire,” Brate said per ESPN.

Everyone on the Bucs had a good time during the parade, including Brady. The Super Bowl MVP seemed intoxicated throughout the parade, which makes sense, given he doesn’t drink during the season. He was turned into a viral meme when he was recorded trying his best to walk after returning to land. After a grueling season like this, Brady deserves to indulge in a couple of drinks to celebrate his seventh ring.

GM Jason Licht is more than confident the Buccaneers can repeat

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Brady living it up during the boat parade was fun, but it wasn’t the most exciting thing from the parade. When the team returned to land, head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Jason Licht addressed the crowd, showing their confidence in repeating next year. Licht was more forceful than Arians on his Super Bowl hopes for 2021, leaving no doubt that his team will be champions again. 

“We’ve got the resources to keep all of you guys together, and to keep you next year, and we’re gonna f—ing win this thing again next year,” Licht said per Pro Football Talk.

That is quite the statement coming from Licht. The last time a team repeated as champions were the 2003-04 New England Patriots. The common denominator between the two is that both teams have Tom Brady at quarterback. If Tampa Bay can have an entire offseason worth of work, they could be even more dangerous next season. They did all of this in their first year together, with very little time to gain chemistry.

What Jason Licht said sounds good, but is it true? The team has many players that could become free agents, some of them being vital to their Super Bowl season. The cap situation is also something to watch out for, as it is shrinking because of the coronavirus impact. What do the Bucs need to do to ensure they are reloaded for another Super Bowl run in 2021.

Jason Licht must reload the cannons for 2021

Repeating as champions is hard to do in the NFL, mainly because it is hard to keep the same championship core together. The Buccaneers have the challenge many Super Bowl winners do, keeping their unit together to make another championship run. Tampa has many players that they need to lock up or risk losing them to free agency.

LaVonte David is one of the players the Bucs must re-sign. He was the captain of that stout Buccaneers defense, ranking second on the team in total tackles and tackles for loss. Another weapon on the defense that has to be re-signed is Shaquil Barrett. He came alive in the playoffs, hounding Aaron Rodgers in Patrick Mahomes. Ndamukong Suh is also a defensive player who is heading toward free agency.

Offensively, there are a lot of Brady’s weapons that need to be re-signed. His favorite target, Rob Gronkowski, will need to be brought back, as he said he’s only playing with Brady. Antonio Brown is another impending free agent, along with Chris Godwin. Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy are also on the way to free agency. Jason Licht and the Bucs have a lot to do so the core can be intact for next season.

According to Adam Schefter, the NFL salary cap is projected to be around $180-$181 million. Per Sports Illustrated, that means Tampa would have approximately $38 million to spend. Mike Evans offered to take a pay cut to keep everyone together. Jason Licht doesn’t seem worried about the finances of the team. He is confident everyone will return, and they’ll add another Lombardi to their trophy case this time next year.