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How Deshaun Watson trade affects Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Deshaun Watson has finally been traded. He’s headed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ not-rival-at-all Cleveland Browns. Here’s how the move affects the Buccaneers.

After what feels like an absolute eternity, the Houston Texans have finally shipped out the, shall we say “controversial” Deshaun Watson in a blockbuster trade in an offseason chock full of bombshells

 After being linked to literally every team in the NFC South, the Browns of all teams are the prize winners.

When Tom Brady was still retired, it seemed like the Bucs were a real possibility. Once he came back,naturally they pulled out of the race. Then it came down to the other three teams in the division. 

Once it came down to the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints, the Browns ultimately won out, and have their new franchise quarterback to replace Baker Mayfield.

The NFC is still essentially a two-team race. Brady returning and all of these star players being shipped to the AFC basically means the Buccaneers just need to finally conquer the Rams.

Now that’s the entire NFC. As it pertains to the South, the division may get a little juicer. The Saints, Panthers, and possibly even the Falcons may now possibly inquire about Mayfield.

That said, the division was “juicy” throughout the Brady-era in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers had absolute battles with primarily the Saints in the regular season, and always ended up on the losing end.

The key part there is “regular season”. In 2020, once the playoffs rolled around, Brady did what Brady does and the Bucs beat the Saints in the Superdome, ending their Super Bowl hopes.

In 2021, the Saints swept the Buccaneers again, but only the Buccaneers made the playoffs. The point is, with another world-class quarterback in the division, the Bucs may lose a couple more games.

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