List, lists, lists. Oh offseason how I love thee. The NFLPA published a list of the top 50 “future top selling” players two months ago, and I’d missed it before. So let’s talk about it: Mike Evans comes in at number 27 and Doug Martin at number 37, and that’s it for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jameis Winston doesn’t appear on the list because he’s already one of the league’s top sellers.
According to the NFLPA, this is supposed to be a list of the “players best positioned to rank among top-sellers of all officially licensed merchandise and become future retail stars.” In other words: those dudes who will sell a whole lot of jerseys in the (near) future. In their estimation.
Their estimation is kind of interesting. Todd Gurley being number one is odd, given that his rookie year wasn’t really all that good. Yes, he won Offensive Rookie of the Year, but he did so based on just a few hot weeks and a whole lot of mediocre ones. Andy Dalton’s in the top 10, even though Dalton has almost certainly peaked already. Tyrann Mathieu’s also on there, which is somewhat surprising given how popular he is.
Ultimately, none of this really matters for us. Popularity is mostly just a function of wins. So the Bucs need to go win some games already.