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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are rolling as strong as any team in the NFL at the moment. This time last year, they were putting the finishing touches on a roster that would eventually lead them to a Super Bowl LV victory. Fast-forward through that championship-winning season and to the present day, the Bucs are still in an enviable position after retaining every single one of their starters from that Super Bowl victory and have only added to the roster. 

Below, we'll dive into all the ins and outs of what GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians -- two guys who recently had their contracts revised after a job well done -- have to work with heading into 2021. We'll go through each roster spot on the depth charts below along with giving a brief breakdown of where both the offense and defense stand at this period of the offseason. 

Rookies will be denoted with a (*).




Tom Brady

Blaine Gabbert

Kyle Trask*

Ryan Griffin


Leonard Fournette

Ronald Jones II

Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Giovani Bernard, C.J. Prosise, Troymaine Pope


Mike Evans

Scotty Miller

Tyler Johnson

Travis Jonsen, T.J. Simmons*


Chris Godwin

Justin Watson

Cyril Grayson

Josh Pearson, Jaydon Mickens


Antonio Brown

Jaelon Darden*


Rob Gronkowski

Cameron Brate

O.J. Howard

Codey McElroy, Tanner Hudson, Jerell Adams


Donovan Smith

Josh Wells

Brad Seaton


Ali Marpet

John Molchon

Sadarius Hutcherson*


Ryan Jensen

Donell Stanley


Alex Cappa

Aaron Stinnie

Nick Leverett


Tristan Wirfs

Robert Hainsey

Calvin Ashley

As you can see, the starting unit for the Bucs offense is essentially the same one that won Super Bowl LV. 

The only real difference is right guard Alex Cappa, who suffered a broken ankle against Washington on Super Wild Card Weekend and was out for the remainder of the postseason. Cappa has since been a full-go during minicamp, so he should be perfectly situated to man his starting spot come Week 1. Meanwhile, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Leonard Fournette, and Rob Gronkowski were among the key free agents that the Bucs were able to retain this offseason. Godwin was, of course, the highest priority of that bunch, and the club deployed the franchise tag on the star receiver to ensure he'll be on board for their title defense. 

As for some new additions, Giovani Bernard may be the most notable. The former Bengals back will likely serve as the main receiving target out the backfield for Tom Brady, which is a role that can see quite a bit of volume if his days in New England are any indication. Second-round quarterback Kyle Trask is also a new face that has garnered headlines, but his arrival won't mean much as it relates to the 2021 Buccaneers. 

Another offensive piece worth highlighting is tight end O.J. Howard. Tampa Bay's former first-round pick suffered a torn Achilles last season and was placed on IR in early October. Arians has recently noted that Howard is close to a return, which would add another layer to what is already a deep tight end unit with Gronkowski and Cameron Brate.  


DENdamukong Suh

Khalil Davis

Jeremiah Ledbetter

Benning Potoa'e


Vita Vea

Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Steve McLendon

Sam Renner


William Gholston

Patrick O'Connor

Kobe Smith

Quinton Bell, Elijah Ponder*


Jason Pierre-Paul

Joe Tyron*


Devin White

Kevin Minter

K.J. Britt*


Lavonte David

Grant Stuard*

Joseph Jones


Shaquil Barrett

Cam Gill

Leighton McCarthy*

LaDarius Hamilton


Carlton Davis

John Franklin III

Chris Wilcox*

Cameron Kinley*, Nate Brooks, Curtis Riley


Jamel Dean

Sean Murphy-Bunting

Ross Cockrell

Herb Miller, Antonio Hamilton, Dee Delaney


Jordan Whitehead

Lawrence White IV*

Augie Contressa*

Raven Greene


Antoine Winfield Jr.

Mike Edwards

Javon Hagan

Similar to the offensive side of the ball, Tampa Bay's defense is largely the same unit that dominated in Super Bowl LV. The front office put an emphasis on keeping that front-seven intact, signing Shaq Barrett, Lavonte David, and Jason Pierre-Paul to extensions. The club also was able to re-sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal. Not only did they keep the core that helped win them a title, but the Bucs also injected youth into the pass-rushing unit by selecting Joe Tyron with the No. 32 overall pick. The Washington product should be an immediate role-player with the Bucs and could potentially be the future at the position after Pierre-Paul departs at some point. 

As for the secondary, the continued development for both Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean will be worth monitoring at the cornerback spot. At safety, Antoine Winfield Jr. will be looking to build off what was an extremely strong rookie campaign in 2020 where he started all 16 games.

Special teams



Ryan Succop


Bradley Pinion


Zach Triner


Tyler Johnson

Antoine Winfield Jr.


Scotty Miller