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It’s that time of the NFL calendar when there’s not as much news in between the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine, but there was big news for Pewter Report with the hiring of Jon Ledyard to the PR staff. Ledyard will be making his debut on the Pewter Nation Podcast at the combine in Indianapolis.

The combine is obviously important for scouting players, but it’s also a time where GMs and other executives get a chance to talk face to face and possibly work out some trades. One player that could get brought up that weekend is Bucs’ tight end O.J. Howard, who is coming off a down year. Should the Bucs entertain an offer for the young tight end? What would the return value be like? We discuss if this should be in consideration.

There’s been reports as well that the Arizona Cardinals might try to shop David Johnson due to the amount of money owed on his contract before deciding to just release him. Johnson played for Bruce Arians for years in Arizona, and a reunion could be coming. This is all hypothetical, but if the Bucs can work something out, how would he fit in the Bucs’ offense?

After recapping the Super Bowl, the group gets into other topics such as why John Lynch and Ronde Barber should be a Hall Of Famer and the how the decision on Jameis Winston will impact the Bucs for years to come. Stay tuned for a fun episode of the Pewter Nation Podcast.

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FLBoy84

Nice job on the podcast guys. Agree OJ could be a very low-cost option these next few years. However, with the draft not having the strongest TE group, believe a solid market for his services will emerge. The Dolphins appear to be a solid fit, with a need at TE while holding three 1st round picks (#5, #18, #26), along with a high pick in each remaining round as well. Maybe we send OJ and say a 4th for their #26 (ball-parking obviously). While Brate’s contract is substantial compared to OJ’s, he’s only the 16th highest-paid TE in the league… Read more »

matador

Zero chance we get a first back for OJ even as part of a package. So far he’s the poster child for Sapp’s ‘looks like Tarzan plays like Jane’ observation.

More likely will get a third or a very low second from a team like New England – and we should take it to bolster the OL/DL, or if Big Ass Hat is right draft yet another RB to make up for Licht’s over drafting of RoJo and completely whiffing on Sims.

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FLBoy84

While it’s definitely possible OJ fails to bring a 1st as part of a package, love posters who state things as 100% fact as though they’re an NFL exec who has a clue what teams processes, views and rationales are. lol NE is definitely a match as well. Was going to use them in that example above but couldn’t find a definitive source on their actual # of selections. Have read they may have 12 (including three 3rds, 6ths, and 7ths) and have also seen only 5. If it’s 12, think they’d definitely be a player for OJ for sure.… Read more »

matador

FLBoy, I would love to see us get a #1 but no one but Licht was willing to use a first on him when he was all upside before several years of disappointment. If the Bucs get a 1st please send this back and call me out and I will send you $100 via PayPal. You have my word.

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FLBoy84

Not typically one to call others out for past posts. In the moment sometimes sure, but better things to do than go back looking for stuff like this. Thanks though LOL To be fair, we have no idea what those #20-#32 picks would’ve been if OJ was still on the board, as two other TE’s went in the 1st to the NYG (#23-Engram) and Browns (#29-Njoku). Interestingly enough, Miami traded for Julius Thomas prior to that ’17 draft, possibly believing Howard would’ve been gone by their pick at #22. That same FO is in place there still for this draft… Read more »

Jr.3

PR whats the news with the new CBA contract? Hope we don’t have another lockout. This is the last year of the old deal?

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awwdembucs

I think OJ got in Arians dog house. Arians had told the players to get a good night’s rest before a game. OJ was seen at the Ray’s game catching a foul ball. I would hate to see him go, but most of the time He is just used for blocking. IMO he should be used more in the passing game. He is 6″5′ or more and 4.5 TE.

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Alldaway 2.0

Howard has to become a more consistent blocker, more aggressive grinding yards after the catch with his frame and be more aggressive in catching the ball at its highest point.

People forget that Howard missed a lot of playing time early in his career and last season was the first season he actually finished a season as a pro if I recall correctly.

Bottom line is Howard needs to improve across the board and put in the effort to become elite.

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seat26

I have no problem trading Howard since this offense only uses TEs for blocking. But this idea that we can get a 1st or 2nd round pick for him is nonsense. Two years ago? maybe. We will be lucky to get a 4th or 5th round pick now. Especially since everyone knows that Coach isn’t big on TEs and we want to unload him.

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FLBoy84

Haven’t heard anyone from the Bucs say they want to unload him. While Arians isn’t helping OJ’s trade value by continually using the “measurements don’t play, football players do” line, OJ’s contract isn’t such an albatross that he has to be moved. There’s no reason for the Bucs to trade him at all unless they get an impressive offer that meets their liking. He only had 2 less catches than Brate last year, so it’s not like he’s a slouch. And all the Bucs TE’s combined had 74 catches for 837yds and 5 TD’s, so it’s not like they’re only… Read more »

BigSombrero

OJ caused Winston’s first interception of the season. Hit him in both hands on a perfect throw. OJ fumbled in the red zone against San Fran after TWO Brate TD’s were nullified by holding penalties on Dotson. OJ’s behind the back gaffe/interception vs Saints. OJ’s last INT he caused was vs the Colts on a pass right off his hands. Thats 4 on OJ that I can remember off the top of my head. I agree with @matador – OJ looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane. Brate is much, much better. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

FLBoy84

Don’t see anything in that comment stating OJ was better than Brate. Happen to prefer Brate over OJ personally, even if Brate did drop that critical 4th down pass vs the Falcons in Wk 17 that hit him squarely in the hands (remember that?) ;). Shit happens. Was simply stating that OJ’s measurable’s and untapped potential probably still hold intrigue for certain other coaches and GM’s out there who haven’t had the chance to work with him and think that they can “fix him”. And he would probably be one of the more intriguing players the Bucs could offer in… Read more »