Where do These Teams go now?

SBLV has come and gone and a champion has been crowned. Now Tampa and Kansas City are right back in the same boat with the other 30 teams around the league. They have injuries, retirements, free agents, trades, and the draft to deal with in preparation for next season. Let's break down how these franchises are looking going into next season. We'll start with the Champs.


Tampa Bay


Tampa has quite a few things to work out. The major one is free agency, below is a list of all their key free agents from this years team:


QB Blaine Gabbert

RB Leonard Fournette

WR Chris Godwin

WR Antonio Brown

TE Rob Gronkowski

LT Josh Wells

LG Aaron Stinnie

RG Joe Haeg

RG Earl Watford

C A.Q. Shipley

EDGE Shaquil Barrett

DT Steve McLendon

IDL Ndamukong Suh

IDL Rakeem Nunez-Roches

LB Lavonte David

LB Kevin Minter

CB Ross Cockrell

CB Ryan Smith

S Andrew Adams

K Ryan Succop


There are some core players on this list. Guys like Godwin, Shipley, Barrett, and David are going to demand massive deals. According to Spotrac Tampa has $38.6 million in cap space. They will need to use all of it to keep those top 4 guys and a few more smaller pieces around Titletown. Brady will definitely be in the GMs ear about bringing Gronk and AB back if those two desire to keep playing. There likely won't be any big free agency splash signings for Tampa this offseason unless they let a key guy or two walk, so I expect a quite offseason from them on this front.


Tampa has decent draft capital. They have all their own picks minus a 6th rounder


Round 1: 31st

Round 2: 63rd

Round 3: 95th

Rounds 4-7: 127th, 159th, 216th, 223rd


Look for them to get some depth pieces with these picks.


The biggest factor to Tampa's success next season will be father time and the injury gods. If guys like Brady, Gronk, and Suh all come back and continue to stave off the normal decline that comes with age Tampa will be in good shape. The NFC South isn't looking to be any tougher next year, if anything it may be easier. The Falcons and Panthers are in rebuild mode this offseason, and the Saints have some major questions looming. All 3 teams are looking at potentially trotting out new Qbs next season, especially if Brees retires and the Falcons and Panthers move on from their respective Qbs and grab new ones in the draft. This team stayed relatively healthy this season and they will need to remain so again next season to win it all again. I wouldn't be surprised to see some ring chasers sign in Tampa to minimum deals for a shot to play with Brady.


Kansas City


This one hurt for KC. They had a chance at back-to-back Super Bowl wins but came up just short. The offseason doesn't look any less painful for them either. The team is currently about $12 million over the cap. They will have to do some serious contract restructuring or move some key pieces to get under the cap. Mahome's extension will start to kick in and this is no doubt going to hurt the pocketbook. Let's take a live look in at Chiefs owner Clark Hunt signing Mahome's $21.7 million roster bonus check for next season.

I find professional athletes contracts fascinating, so if you're like me and want to read more about Mahome's deal I'll put the link to a great article about it here. Anyway here are some key free agents.


FB Anthony Sherman

WR Sammy Watkins

CB Bashaud Breeland

LB Damien Wilson

C Austin Reiter

SS Daniel Sorensen

G Keleche Osemele

DE Tanoh Kpassangnon

WR Demarcus Robinson


Reiter and Breeland will be focal points here, but nothing too major or irreplaceable is up. Most of KC's would be free agents like Mahomes, Kelce, Hill, and Jones have already been locked up so the list is pretty short. KC will need to make sure Mahome's toe injury is taken care of this offseason and make sure Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz are on track to be ready for next season. Their absences in the SB were one of the biggest factors in the outcome of that game.


Chiefs have all their draft picks except for their 6th rounder and they'll be picking at their normal end of the rounds. Like Tampa they'll be looking for depth pieces and probably a playmaker at receiver or corner. With Mahomes and their weapons KC should be well positioned for another SB run next season. The NFC West can be easier or harder next season. The Broncos are in the middle of a rebuild and should probably find a new Qb. The Chargers will be an interesting team. They have great talent on the roster, it will be up to the new coaching staff to put it together in LA. The Raiders will be a strong team if the can upgrade the defense, if not they will suffer the same fate they did this year.