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By Frank Pingue (Reuters) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said on Monday he is confident that the core of his Super Bowl-winning team will remain intact during the upcoming season despite several key players being eligible for free agency. The Buccaneers, who defeated defending champion Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Sunday’s Super Bowl, will need to be creative to keep players on expired contracts while staying within NFL spending limits per club. “I’m very confident,” Arians said during a video conference when asked if the Bucs will be able to return next season with almost the same team. “These guys have bail. There will be dollars involved, but I think this group is so, so close that sometimes the dollars don’t matter,” he said. “But we are also going to do everything we can to make the dollars right, because they earned it.” While most of the team roster, including quarterback Tom Brady, is ready to return, the Bucs have several key contributors ready to hit the open market. Catcher Chris Godwin, running back Leonard Fournette and defensive starters Ndamukong Suh, Shaquil Barrett and Lavonte David are among the players who will be able to sign with other teams. “Hopefully we can keep this band together and have an offseason where we really know what the hell we’re doing,” Arians said. “The sky is the limit for this group.” Arians, 68, who became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl, felt his team formed a strong bond during a season played in the midst of a pandemic, and that the relationships forged will go a long way. to many of the players. coming back. “This started in August and it was about sacrifice and mutual commitment,” Arians said. “We had to beat the virus before we could beat another team, and I can’t say enough about our guys’ commitment to each other. This is one of the closest teams I’ve been to, and we couldn’t eat together, We couldn’t talk to each other, “Arians recalled. “For them to care so much about each other and the bonding experience somehow happened, and I’m still trying to figure out how, because under the pandemic it was such a, so difficult year for a team to be around,” he said. , “and this is one of the closest teams I’ve ever been to.”

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