Rumors have circled around Bucs tight end O.J. Howard being a potential trade target over the last two weeks. But those rumors may be squashed now, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Bucs have told other teams that third-year tight tight end is not available for a trade at this time as the trade deadline comes to a close on Tuesday.

PewterReport.com’s Scott Reynolds also said in his weekly Fab 5 column on Friday that the Bucs were not trading Howard, and that it would take a high first-round pick for general manager Jason Licht to even make a consideration.

The Bucs shot down a trade for Howard from the New England just a week ago, but it was not known whether it was because the Bucs planned to keep Howard or if the offer did not meet the Bucs demands.

The NFL trade deadline ends at 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday, leaving just over an hour left for a deal to be done.

Bucs’ coach Bruce Arians reiterated on Monday that he wanted to keep his team in tact for the rest of the year as he still wants to win now, but also said if the price is right that they would have to consider.

“If there’s a trade that helps us win right now or if it’s the price is right and the deal is real, trade for the future, then yeah,” Arians said. “But I’m all about winning and winning as many games as we can because when you sell the farm, you don’t know what you’re buying anyway. And you’re playing with a bunch of young guys that have to learn how to play again.”

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  1. We should trade the OC and the HC for not utilizing an every-down mismatch for the opposing defense. So aggravating seeing his production going down.

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  2. Most good teams address a weakness in their roster and work to make a deal to fix it.
    Good new Bucs fans, there is no weakness on the roster and do not need to fix anything.
    The O line is perfect as is, the Defense has a Todd Bowels Game face and needs nothing!
    They do not even need to have the ringer turned on the phone, keeps hands warm by sitting on them
    Go Bucs

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    • Yeah, they didn’t trade a potential generational TE in OJ, didn’t make the stupidest trade possible in letting M.Evans or Godwin go, didn’t let Suh go for a 6 round pick, didn’t trade Barrett for a number 3 or 4, or didn’t bundle 4-5 average players for a 3rd. IDIOTS!!! Build through the draft, trade for value and not either option was available, What morons … By the way Ass-Bob, the phone has been ringing for two weeks and was picked up often according to multiple accounts. Since you had their websites hacked, phones bugged, and your often mentioned “inside sources”, we should have listed to you all along. Almost every position in the NFL takes 2-3 years to peak (especially on Defense and OL) and those are our weakest link, why oh why weren’t the Bucs going to count on 2023 – again what morons. FYI – this is not MLB with a proliferation of talent available for the right price or the NBA with players dictating the rosters, it is the NFL. Go D*[email protected]#AB.

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      • Generational TE? Let’s be real – Bust Licht picked OJH when he should have been picking OL, which is of course why he “fell to us” while the GMs who know how to build a team instead of a Fantasy Football roster didn’t pick him.

        And since then, despite his measurable OJH has mostly fit Sapp’s “Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane” description. Kind of Brate’s alter ego. It’s either OJH’s fault, Winston’s fault, BA’s fault or Licht’s (actually given the state of our OL in every scenario it’s Bust Licht’s fault). Pick your poison.

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    • Wow!! 8 Trades at the deadline (25% for those who need to google). The NFL is not, as of yet a trade/upgrade league. Quit your damn ass whining, realize the only movement is salary cap, position related and nothing, absolutely nothing, to make a team better. It comes and goes and mostly goes as a yellow stream. We have 9 games to see where we are at, make strong evaluations, and potentially have 30-75 million available in cap space in the off-season and next year. Dead CAP people, potential to re-tool 25% of the roster. Quite crying in your beer, see where we are at seasons end and monitor moves for 2020. Who knows, a 4-5 game streak, the patch-work and rookie development still to be realized, and we hope for a 5-4 or 6-3 finish and fill the holes. Rather than us than Miami and their 7 year plan to rebuild with 21 year olds. Name one team, one team, that added only a player or two to get to the playoffs and into the second/third round. Mary Poppins is waiting for the fannies who think magic will turnaround a bottom four team to become a bottom third team. Is there any team in the NFL with fans thinking we’re one or two players from being mediocre?

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      • So you work for the Bucs or are you just new to this team?

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      • Accepting that trading in the NFL is certainly not Fantasy Football trading; nor is it trading in MLB; I would just say that the only reason to make a trade in the NFL is NOT to “turnaround a bottom four team to become a bottom third team”.

        There is a lot more strategy that could be envisioned (doubtful that our GM is doing that) such as:
        – trading for cap-reasons to enable other future moves in FA
        – trading for veterans to enable progress of rookies (who could takeover in a year or two)
        – trading for specific draft picks that combine with existing draft picks to create enough specific draft-capital to potentially make a significant draft day move up the board

        and so on. None of this is on our GM’s mind, but I just wanted to say that there are other reasons to make a trade in the NFL, and some GMs do that.

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  3. Good.

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  4. OJ is a young player, and this coaching staff should use him more in the passing game. IMO

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  5. The less Licht does the better. Hopefully this means the Glazers cut Licht’s nuts off, leaving him neutered. he’s made enough mistakes in the last six years, maybe the Glazers said, you made this bed, lie in it. If we end up the same, or worse then last year, maybe it will mean the end of the nightmare Jason Licht. If he can’t build a winner after six years, making some trades now isn’t going to help any. Let the next GM make the decisions.

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  6. Why in the hell would you try out Byron Leftwich at such a critical juncture? That is just stupid. Arians knows these opposing coaches a lot better. Isn’t that why he was hired? Unreal that Leftwich is calling the plays. He should be a quarterback coach not the coordinator. Arians should have called the plays.

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    • I don’t believe he is the problem. You’re stretching if it’s the play-calling; players are executing and the reason why is there not as talented as the other side of the line is. That’s a GM issue. Arrians is covering for him.

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    • He shouldn’t be anything, BL was never a winner.

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  7. It is 4:50 checked no last min deal for anything by Bucs I guess there all set for the playoff run upcoming LOL

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  8. Doesn’t matter who calls the plays if they suck! This is Bruce’s offense, and you’re kidding yourselves if you think Bruce didn’t O.K. that 4th, and 1 play we didn’t make. Bruce also said they had trouble with the play Perriman tackled Dare in practice, but he o.k.’d it anyway during the game. Stop using Lefty as an excuse for this offense. It’s BA’s offense, it’s his play book, he makes decisions on plays during games, they just don’t work. The plays suck, the players suck, none more then the trigger man Winston, and BA, is nothing but BS.

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  9. Of course they didn’t trade Howard be stupid.

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  10. Nobody was giving up a first rounder for OJ. So I don’t blame Arians. Bellacheat was probably offering a 2nd or 3rd rder. But I know they could trade Licht and get a better GM.

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  11. As a long time season tkt holder i am thinking bucs mgt must NOT care about trying to win .Did they just give up? ? How many of PR readers could do a much better job then Licht??

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    • Quite a few I think…at least in terms of talent acquisition. In fairness there is more to the GM’s job that he might be doing decent at, but talent acquisition is sort of priority #1….so ya, quite a few so-called “arm-chair” GMs.

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  12. Well, the only question now then is if the OC will actually get him involved or not

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  13. Stop with the trade OJ talk! That’s the most stupid rumor out there. Kid is a prototypical TE. Robo TE if you will. It’s the Head Coach and OC that cant seem to find a way to integrate him properly into the offense. Kid will be a solid player for us for years!

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    • Hey Surferdudes on the 4th and 1 you had 6 guys in the box. That’s a play you should run. Not only that it should have worked easy for 1 yard or more. The center Jensen was blown up. Most of this shit is on execution of players not play calling. Why are they making mistakes still? Good question. Like the chicken and the egg. Is it players or coaches? All I know is Arians two time coach of year And had lot success and this team has sucked for over decade with many coaches. He’s the best one we have had and it takes time unfortunately. I know it sucks I’m pissed too but I just don’t get all the criticism of him and his staff. 32 teams and they all can’t be winners. Falcons were super bowl picks for many. Look at them. Shit happens. He needs some time. We were hoping for a 5-11 to 11-5 transformation like he did in Arizona first season Palmer struggled as much as Winston or more first half that season. They had better defense but we have better offense. It’s just going to take year or two or possibly 3. It’s not going to be 1 year obviously. With that schedule too it was highly unlikely to be over .500 but .500 with that schedule would been huge improvement. That’s bottom line. I don’t like it either. Is what it is. They have more holes to fix until they are serious team.

      Good news is they are lot closer than ever before with right coaches imo. I never felt in last 12 years this team was close before under and of other coaches. They are a CB and RT away from being good team I think.

      Whatever happens and coach decides with Winston I’m fine with either way. I do think we can win with him if this team around him wasn’t a train wreck every week. Perhaps they will get their shot together and we will see at some point this year. Either way they aren’t going anywhere with current secondary and O line no matter who QB is.

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      • Fredster he did a good job running a team for 2 years that someone else built, as he made his changes the team last 2 years went downhill.
        What he left in AZ was the worst team in NFL hinse they one 1 st pick in the draft.
        When this season is over Bruce Arians with be a lifetime head coach with losing record
        They re-fired him for a reason we now see it here at 2-5!!
        Bruce Arian’s career record as head coach in playoffs 1-1
        Repeat 1-1 One win one loss total Fredster
        I would laugh if I was not so sad for Bucs

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  14. Hey Mark, I’m ready for another What’s Cooking episode!

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  15. I wonder if Bruce Arians in camp next spring will wish he had done some work to Roster, Bruce will look back and say we were 2-5 and season basically lost, We should have made some moves to help this team in 2020. Because in 2020 he will Have huge needs.

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  16. When you factor in the fact Bucs have played only 7 Games Only the Dolphins have allowed more points scored on them
    How is that Todd Game face working for us ?

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  17. Dolphins have excuse they fire sale all there high dollar D players Bucs made Defense a priority!
    Both same result last place Defense

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  18. Bucs Starters &Years Experience:
    OL: LT 5, LG 5 , C 6 , RG 4, RT 11.
    QB; 5
    RB; 4, & 2
    .WR; 6, & 3
    TE; 3, & 6
    DL; 10, 5, 2
    LB; 5, R, 8, 9
    DB; 2, 2, R, 4

    Looks to me the starters are mostly seasoned except at DB position.
    Surprised we didn’t pick up another experienced DB if Arrian’s thought he wants to win now.
    I might be off a year on a couple of them.
    based on starters with experience we should have a much better record than what we have.
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    Now who’s full of sh*t; Arrians or BAB?

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    • Yes Horse: it’s the reason A LOT of folks on here were saying the offseason priorities had to include OLine and CB. Look I’m happy about the Barrett signing – obviously – but when we didn’t sign a veteran CB, and decided to roll the dice with D Smith and Dotson as our OTs, I was worried…

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      • Agree, me too.

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  19. DumbAssBob, the Bucs aren’t losing because they lack the (excluding maybe an OL) they are losing because they make to many boneheaded mistakes.
    Even last week on Winston’s last INT, if Perriman had run the right route, there was a TD there waiting to happen and anyone who isn’t wearing Buc hating goggles like you can plainly see it.
    Why he didn’t do it, from either stupidity or laziness, he shouldn’t be on the team.
    Hope here is that he is cut this week.

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    • Dear Drdown
      All of the turnovers coupled with the last place Todd Game face defence is reason Bucs 2-5
      Playcalling By the director of the last place offence from AZ last year Brian Leftwich
      Mistakes by the Great Bruce Arians
      The whole thing is a mess and 1 game from a total meltdown

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  20. How the hell is an oft injured TE with bad hands untouchable? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like him, but untouchable? I don’t get it. Now, if people were offering a 4 or or 5, no way. But if someone offered a 1 or a couple of 2’s and a 3?

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  21. Glad this is done. A lot of noise.

    That said, a smart GM would have pursued a starting left tackle. We might have had to package Howard with other compensation, but that would make sense. O line and D line are the priorities.

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  22. @Jameis1of1 …. WOW….what a nut-job! Tell me it ain’t so…..

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