On Sunday, NFL.com Ian Rapoport’s reported that the Eagles, Patriots and Seahawks have all inquired about trading for Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but that doesn’t mean Tampa Bay is interested in dealing him. It would take a premium pick, like a second-rounder, to make the Bucs want to deal Jackson, whom the team feels is its best offensive player.
The Buccaneers are not shopping Jackson around the league – only fielding calls. Tampa Bay’s objective this year after trying to win as many games as possible is to evaluate Mike Glennon to determine if the Bucs need to select a quarterback or a pass rusher in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Robbing Glennon of his primary weapon on offense by trading Jackson, who has 25 catches for 344 yards and two touchdowns this year, prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline certainly does not help that cause, especially with the lack of veterans in the Bucs wide receiving corps.
If a Tampa Bay player is going to be traded prior to Tuesday it could be running back Doug Martin, who is falling out of favor with the organization after not rushing for at least 50 yards in any of his five starts this year. Seattle and New England are two potential landing spots for Martin, one of the team’s first-round picks in 2012. Martin, who has rushed for just 139 yards and a touchdown on 48 carries (2.9 avg.) this year, isn’t expected to fetch more than a fifth-round pick due to his declining production, but there have been a few inquiries about him, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
As PewterReport.com wrote about on Friday in the latest SR’s Fab 5 column, rookie Charles Sims, the Bucs’ third-round draft pick in 2014, is expected to be activated from the injured reserve-designated return list next week and see his first NFL action at Cleveland. Tampa Bay believes it is only a matter of time before Sims supplants Martin as the team’s starting running back. Sims began practicing with the team for the first time since tearing a tendon in his ankle in August.
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Well at 1-6; I say we unload some of our players for draft picks. Jackson a high 3rd and a 7th or a 2nd round pick. Martin hurt his ankle again so not much there for him, but maybe a swap? I’d trade Barron for a 2nd or 3rd. I’d trade bowers for a 7th.
I think tampa should really at the running back sistutation and the qb sistutation. I really believe that Glennon should be traded to get a higher draft choice and trade martin also. I think James and Rainey will handle the load.Remember fans that young rb will be coming off the irl soon, I can’t wait to seen smith and what he brings to the table. go bucs
Trade’em if you got’em! At this point, I can’t be mad about anything they do.
Collect as may draft picks as possible. Only untouchable players – #93, #54.
Trade Glennon now while he still might have a little value – if you trade Jackson and Martin the offense will be by far the worst in the league as we have no depth at WR. Martin isn’t the issue, they run up the middle with him on nearly every first down and he’s getting hit 4 yards behind the LOS. Anyone that thinks Martin is a problem is what I refer to as, an idiot.
You can add Dashon Goldson to that list. I’ve got the feeling that one or two of these guys are going to get traded. Doug Martin looked like he was trying out for the roster in the first half Sunday. We’ll know by Tuesday!
A 5th round pick is just a guy we will soon be cutting….when was the last time we scored on a 5th round pick…oh ya, NEVER! Trade all of these guys, but either get a real pick in return, or be honest that we’re unloading salary….and then spend the savings in FA.
Do whatever you think helps, I’m not against anything at this point. Lovie said we weren’t rebuilding this year, well we will be next year!
I THINK THAT TAMPA NEEDS TO STAY PUT, WITH WHAT THEY GOT. I THINK THAT MCGOWN NEED TO BE PUT BACK INTO THE STARTING LINEUP SO TAMPA YOUNG QB CAN BE READY NEXT YEAR. I HOPE THAT ALL THESE DRAFT CHOICES WILL BE USED TO IMPROVE TAMPA NEXT YEAR. IN RD ONE I WOULD LOVE FOR TAMPA TO GET ONE OF THE OREGON QB’S OR QB FROM UCLA, NOT QB FROM FSU-GO BUCS.THEY ARE ALOT BETTED THEN LAST YEAR. IAM VERY PLEASE THAT THE TEAM HAVE NOT GIVEN UP. REMEMBER FANS THE OFFENSIVE CORD FROM CAL HAD HEALTH ISSUSES THIS YEAR-GO BUCS
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