The NFL trade deadline is October 29 and rapidly approaching, but unlike in the NBA or Major League Baseball, trades are few and far between normally in the NFL. Still, 2019 has already seen a blockbuster trade go down with the Jaguars shipping All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the L.A. Rams for two No.1’s and a fourth-round draft pick. The Rams also traded cornerback Marcus Peters to Baltimore.

Twitter and social media has been very active in the last week or so, with rumors of teams wishing to rid themselves of high-salaried players and looking to stockpile draft picks, while also mentioning teams looking to upgrade their roster.

Bucs TE O.J. Howard - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Buccaneers have been mentioned in a few of the rumors including possibly shipping tight end O.J. Howard out of town, while there is also speculation that Tampa Bay could be in the market to acquire Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson – a potential move that PewterReport.com endorses.

Our sources have told us the Buccaneers have no intention of trading Howard, who is in his third season in Tampa Bay, despite a lackluster start to the 2019 campaign. Howard had struggled to find his place in the new Bruce Arians and Byron Leftwich offense, but inside the building, the coaching staff and front office feels it is only a matter of time before Howard’s numbers – and potential – start meeting to eventually mesh.

Sources have also told us a trade for Peterson is also highly unlikely – for a number of reasons.

First, the Cardinals have not shown any interest in moving their eight-time Pro Bowler. That doesn’t mean they won’t listen to offers, but if Ramsey cost two first round picks, the asking price for Peterson would likely involve at least one No. 1 draft pick and another premium pick, something the Buccaneers have no desire to give up at this point. If Tampa Bay was just a cornerback away from making a serious Super Bowl run then it might be more likely to pursue Peterson, especially based on the relationship between the star defensive back and former Cardinals and the current Bucs coach.

Peterson is also due just over $12 million in 2020 and would carry a cap hit of $13,184,588. That amount of money could be used to sign a free agent offensive linemen or two quality cornerbacks next March.

That doesn’t mean the Buccaneers wouldn’t consider adding Peterson if he were to be available, especially if the asking price dipped to a second- or third-round draft pick, however the scenario is unlikely especially with Peterson closing in on 30 years of age.

Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson
Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson – Photo by: Getty Images

A player that could help the Buccaneers shore up their injured and inconsistent offensive line is Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams, who has been holding out all season. William is a bargain at just under $14 million in 2020, but most likely would want a new deal before reporting to any team that were to acquire him.

Like Arizona with Peterson, there has been no confirmation that the Redskins want to even move Williams, however draft picks talk. And with the price the Texans gave up to the Dolphins to bring in left tackle Laremy Tunsil – two No. 1’s and a No. 2 – it is possible the Redskins could be coaxed into making a deal to ship out Williams.

So far the Buccaneers haven’t been connected to any trade rumors for Williams, and with over $10 million per linemen invested in left tackle Donovan Smith, left guard Ali Marpet and center Ryan Jensen, it’s unlikely the Bucs would want to invest in another high-priced lineman. The Cleveland Browns, who are desperate to protect quarterback Baker Mayfield, have been speculated to be the front runners if Washington decides to move on from Williams.

Tackle Trent Williams – Photo by: Getty Images

Broncos pass rusher Von Miller, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, Jets defensive end Leonard Williams, Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins are a handful of other players who have been rumored to be possibly moved before the trade deadline, but the likelihood the Buccaneers would be interested in acquiring any of these are very slim as most are due huge salaries in 2020 and beyond.

In the Madden video game world the Bucs would sign Peterson, trade for Williams, and even add another proven wide receiver like Green or Diggs. But in the real world of the salary cap and draft capital, don’t look for Tampa Bay to be active between now and the October 29 deadline.

As previously mentioned, the 2-4 Buccaneers aren’t just one player away from a Super Bowl run, and the price to add a player that might help them get from 7-9 to 9-7 is most likely deemed to be too much by the organization.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. With the current state of the Bucs, we probably should be selling rather than buying. I wouldn’t trade Howard, but maybe some team might figure Hargreaves was still worth a mid-range pick. I love Barrett, but maybe we should trade him while his value is hot since we possibly won’t be able to retain him after this year anyway, sure we might get a comp pick in 2021 but if we could get a 1st or 2nd in 2020 we maybe should really consider that. JMO.

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    • JPP is gone after this year we need Sack Barret.

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  2. This is so obvious! The Bucs are built to Win by “Shoot Out”, the defensive backfield is a problem but fixing that’s not going to fix “Winston”. Trent Williams instantly solves your problem. Now I don’t know what it’ll take to get him but if I’m BA and l’m saying “I don’t want to rebuild” and “Winston’s my QB”. Then put all your cards on the table: O.J. Howard, 1st rounder and A sweetener Justin Evans! Let’s go for It

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    • Ay Yay Captian! That is exactly the way forward in theory and approach. This secondary is hot garbage and well beyond repair in at minimum an entire off season but realistically two or three. Our only hope is winning by “shoot out” which we are in fact capable of given the offensive firepower which currently adorns our roster. If only our OC was willing to go all in on getting creative and finding ways to use it even if it requires being unconventional. Yes! Winston is serviceable at best but with the likes of Evans, Brate, Howard, Godwin and a bit of “trick-er-ation” who can stop us?

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  3. Getting rid of arguably the best player we have on offense is a horrible idea. I believe in keeping your best players, and adding as many good ones as you can afford. What we need is an offense that knows how to use TEs.

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    • OJ Howard isn’t dialed in because he’s not being called on with this offense. Even Cam Brate is having a lackluster season. Coincidence? Nah man, we knew BA and BL’s offense doesn’t feature the TE, to their own detriment.

      To let him go this early would be such a Bucs thing to do. Deal Brate if you have to, but why would you let go of a nightmare of a mismatch in Howard who has size, speed, blocking ability, and can make short yardage plays into homerun plays? Just get him involved more in the offense and watch his production increase.

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  4. clearly the BUCS are going to continue to build the back end of the defense when it is the front end of the defense that needs to be rebuilt. We have no pass rush defense or defense against the run. This team continues to be somebody’s hobby with a loser mentality. offensive line still needs to be rebuilt also.

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    • Bucs have the #1 run defense in the league wtf are you talking about? And Shaq Barrett is still tied for 1st in sacks.

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    • Look for yourself: http://www.nfl.com/stats/team

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      • Stats mean nothing to me, are they still losing???? YES they are

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        • what about all the interceptions??? Take a look at New England some time Tom Brady makes mediocre receivers into great receivers because he has all day to throw because of his O line. NE defense is not leading in stats yet they kill other teams.

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          • You’re talking in circles. You brought up the defensive line, not wins. Then you say they don’t need to fix the backfield they need to fix their run defense and pass rush. Now you’re talking interceptions. We all know their DBs are trash.

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          • ok they lead in total defense, but Shaq Barrett is only one of our players, you need team defense not just one player.

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          • talk to me at the end of the year when we are like 5 and 11 with your stats LOL you still wont see the playoffs with the stats

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          • No one is talking playoffs, stupid ass. I merely pointed out everything you said about their run defense is 100% false so you brought up other things to make yourself seem smarter lmaooo.

            “THEY NEED TO REBUILD THEIR LINE NOT THE BACK OF THE DEFENSE”
            “They have the best run D in the league”
            “YEAH WELL INTERCEPTIONS AND NEW ENGLANDS DEFENSE DURRRR”

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          • No Im not talking in circles, im talking about NE who has many super bowl rings…Noe as far as Tampa goes they need O line Dline. If your have a good O line protection you might not have as many interceptiona the running game would improve as well as the passing geme because it will be setup by the run. Now if the D line is better the pressure from that will cause opposing QBs to make mistakes and also not allow them to sit back and rip the secondary apart.

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          • Part of the reason they haven’t had a sack the last 2 games is the QB release time is so short. They can snap the ball and throw it within seconds because their wide receiver or tight end is already WIDE open on the outside or in the middle because no one can cover them. By the time Vea or Suh or Shaq is on the QB, the ball is long gone.

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        • …but we are NOT losing because of the run defense.
          I DO agree the offensive line is a major problem as is the secondary. However, in my opinion, the secondary will improve immediately if you either bench Hargraves or move him to slot corner and see if he will be better there. He looked good there in a brief showing before he got hurt last year. If he isn’t solid there move on from him NOW!!

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    • @eaustinyoung Great. We’ve got the #1 run defense in the NFL. Couple that with one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL, you don’t have to be Vince Lombardi to figure out you’ve got to throw the ball against the Bucs. We make every rookie and journeyman backup QB look like Aaron Rodgers. That is unacceptable.

      Last year we had one of the best receiving corps in the league but we couldn’t run the ball. The opposing D-Coordinators we faced would focus on our passing game and most of them would have success.

      Licht and you need to realize that teams that are the best at one thing don’t win anything. Balance and depth are what win championships. Especially in the trenches.

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      • All I did was point out how this dudes comment was COMPLETELY wrong? I’m not defending their pass defense. Do any of you guys read?

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        • not trying to look smarter, your doing enough of that for the both of us

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          • You claimed that had “no defense against the run” and you were proven wrong. Stop moving goalposts and move on.

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        • @eaustinyoung I owe you an apology. Just saw your comment about the Bucs having the #1 Run D and I thought you were saying that alone was something to hang your hat on. Didn’t see that you were merely pointing out a factual inaccuracy. Sorry, man.

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    • Outstanding reply here on your initial post here yohohoand. Yet I see more than 20 thumbs down. Which leads me to further believe Buc fams are losers for a reason. You are correct. There is no pass rush. So we blitz the hell out of teams only to be taken advantage of in the secondary. If we had a great front 4 like we had..when we won our 1st title, The secondary would not have to work so hard. For 3 yrs now we been..building the secondary. How’s that workin for us? Build your defensive front 4 and get yourselves an outstanding O line. Until then? we will..continue to suck..to holy hell and beyond!!

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  5. Lol no they wont. Any player they could’ve gotten over to Tampa this weekend to get some reps is already preparing for their own games this weekend. Licht has traded for JPP and Logan Mankins and I think that’s it. In 6 years.

    Also signing “two quality cornerbacks” is laughable. Who? More crappy Jason Licht drafts? What good free agents will even be available? Sign Pat Peterson for a 2 or 3 year deal ASAP. But it won’t happen.

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  6. Tom Brady has all day to throw because he has a great offensive line in front of him. NE also has a killer defense.

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    • Tom doesn’t need all day, on average he holds the ball for less than 4 seconds. It’s not so much that Pat’s have a great O line, it’s that’s Tom doesn’t hang on to the ball. No O line is going to look good if the QB is hanging on to the ball as long as Winston does.

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  7. Glad to see the local newspapers and the national newspapers are seeing Winston as to who he really is as to inconsistency.

    We are in no position to use any of our draft picks to do anything for the rest of the season. Save those draft picks and try to increase them.

    My mantra now is to play the young guys.
    We already know we’ve got defensive backs that are not going to work out for us; same for other positions.

    Is there a rule we have to maintain 53 man roster if we can’t find any players good enough to fill those spots? Why not save the money and use it on other players who deserve to be paid more?

    I guess nothing else will happen until the beginning of next week because coaches and players are mostly off and enjoying their time off. Might as well as rhis team hasn’t gelled together yet.

    Overwhelming majority of the Buccaneers Seasons have been disastrous over the 43 years; in any other business this would never happen. After the father died, it has been a slow death of a then proud Buccaneers organization. For the good of the Buccaneers, Glazer’s please sell this team!

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    • Couldn’t agree more – Malcom Glazer is the reason this franchise turned around and won a SB. His progeny are silver spoon rich kids that have done nothing and don’t seem to care. Would love to see a sale to some local guys that are winners – thinking the Outback owners.

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      • None of the Glazers are great business minds like their father was.  Nor are any of them particularly knowledgeable about football either.  They seem to understand that as they tend keep their hands off and maintain a relatively low profile as owners.

        What they should do is find a British buyer for their soccer team. Let the Manchester fans have some hope. 🙂

        Take some of the money and and invest everything in players to the max that the NFL cap allows. (Take the bulk of the money and invest it in diverse areas in order to maintain their standard of living.  You know, spread the risks.)

        Hire a QUALIFIED consultancy to do a search for a highly capable President of Football Operations and restructure the organization accordingly.  (Bruce Arians may well appear on the potential list of candidates.  He has vision and the Glazers don’t seem to mind spending on staff for him.)

        I actually think the Glazers do care.  They just don’t seem to know what to do.
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        Go Bucs!!!

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    • Was just talking about this with a friend of mine. Malcolm Glazer built a winning culture. Rich McKay was a fantastic GM. They hired Hall of Fame coaches. They drafted Hall of Fame players. They were regular playoff contenders. They made blockbuster trades and free agency splashes that actually mattered. The Bucs were must-watch TV – they had respected MNF and SNF games; action-packed playoff games. They had strong rivalries with big teams. Raymond James had a waiting list for season tickets. Once Malcolm’s health declined in the mid-2000s his family took over and started caring more about Manchester United and their money. They hired budget coaches and coordinators, made no push to force a better product. Now they have one of the best coaches they’ve ever had in Tampa, and he’s stuck in a situation with no cap money, only a few good draft picks, and stuck working for a inept GM that they just gave a 5 year extension to for no conceivable reason.

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      • Man…. people sometimes forget how much the fanbase was blasting this organization during those winning years because of a conservative offense. It was hard for me to enjoy many of those years because of those fans. It was like they forgot the James Wilder days and all the losing to appreciate the Allstott/Dunn days while winning!

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  8. Is Vinik a football fan…???

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    • From what I can tell, Vinik is a sports fan and someone who loves the Tampa Bay area and it’s people. He’s also a shrewd businessman. I would love to see him at least be approached to join the ownership group

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  9. If we’re trading for draft picks, what’s the point? Licht couldn’t pick his nose if you gave him a map to locate it on his face and written instructions on how to do it. This guy has got to go and until he does, the Bucs are screwed.

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  10. Trading for Peterson [29 years old] and Williams [31 years old] makes no sense when you start talking a 1st rounders and other picks. With so many holes in this roster these kinds of trades – shipping away young talented players and future premium draft picks for guys a couple years from retirement or diminishing skills – is just stupid. Trading Brate, Heargraves, for whatever picks we can get makes more sense even if it’s not much.

    The current team is what we’ve got. Absent a remarkable turnaround I’m just looking forward to the offseason where we evaluate all the guys that were on one year deals.

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    • Not exactly true. Pat Peterson is consistently a top 4 CB. He’s never missed a start due to injury. He’s played in the big games against the top receivers, and he knows the system we currently have. Signing him to a couple of years to help mentor all these young guys. Plus, regardless of age, he can still ball, so why does it matter if they have him until he’s 31 or 32?

      Also, historically, Licht sucks in the early rounds except for a handful of picks (remember OJ just fell to them, he wasn’t who they were going to get).

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      • I’ve posted a Peterson addition could work like the Hardy Nickerson signing to help shape the defense. Very similar. The differences are important though – we got Hardy as a free agent. We got him in his prime. We got seven great years from him. to get Peterson we’d have to give up premium draft picks. We may get two to three years from him.

        I agree trusting Licht with draft picks is like trusting a pyromaniac with matches – he’ll likely burn the place down – but Job 1 this offseason is to find a new GM. Otherwise we’re stuck in the basement.

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      • I definitely agree that it would be a bandaid. I’m just thinking it *might* prove that sometimes making a relatively expensive move for a veteran can bolster a lot of improvement. Something’s gotta make Licht release his grip a little and let the real football coaches and athletes show him they will always know more than he does.

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  11. Problem which they found out no other team will even give them $1 million cap relief for Jameis he is stuck here

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  12. We keep talking like Jameis Winston and a huge salary cap hit are gonna be on this team next year…lemme give you a hint. He’s not going to be, spend the 20-30 million like it’s already there lol.

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  13. my 3 cents..
    1.) IMO OJ is the best weapon we have on Offense. We need to keep him. He is a costly mistake for any defense coordinator that doesn’t plan for him. The problem why hes having a “lackluster” season so far is the system. BA said he will adjust his system to accommodate the players’ attributes.

    2.)I don’t mind the team trading draft picks for PP or TW. My logic? A 1st rounder on a CB or T that are proven in the league as opposed to “hoping” you get a top tier guy is taking out the risk from the equation.

    3.)We have tried “building” through the draft and FAs. I cant remember trying with a blockbuster trade though( in the Licht era). Someone correct me if I’m wrong

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  14. The Bucs management and Owners would rather lose games than take a chance of Griffenmagic
    The nightmare scenario would be for them to have success outside Winston.
    What they do not understand, they just delay the date of exposer until the season is lost.
    Morons

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  15. After six years of Licht drafting what I’m reading from fans is we have so many holes on this team one corner isn’t going to make a difference. That just goes to show you what a bad GM Licht has been, and how clueless the Glazer brats are at hiring football people. We’re talking about a LT, but Licht just paid Smith, and was OK bringing old man Dotson back. We’re talking about Peterson even though Licht has been using high picks on DB’s the last two drafts. How is this possible if you have a competent GM? The answer is we don’t. The best thing the Bucs can do, is do nothing at all. Let this season play out. Licht has had enough rope, let him hang himself. He’s had six off seasons to build a roster, if we can’t win with what he’s done so far anything he does now won’t change that. After 16 games are played, with the players we have including Jameis we’ll know what we got, and what we don’t. It’s not up to us after that, Moe, Larry, and Curly Glazer will give the thumbs, up, or down.

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  16. No way do we trade TE OJ! Kids only 24 years old! He’s got skills and size. Just need to find an offense scheme that can utilize his talents!

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    • On paper he’s great, he has had many opportunities to make plays. Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to lose him but more playing time means less Brate.

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  17. Bad NFL year for TEs to be wanting something for OJ Howard in a trade 🙁

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  18. Please! This cheap franchise? Trade before the dealine? LMAO. As usual. we are likely to go..Dipster Dumping. Picking up a lot of other teams rejects. Check out our history in the last 10 yrs. S far this season, our Bucs have passed on quite a few good players who could have helped this team.

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  19. @eaustinyoung I owe you an apology. Just saw your comment about the Bucs having the #1 Run D and I thought you were saying that alone was something to hang your hat on. Didn’t see that you were merely pointing out a factual inaccuracy. Sorry, man.

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    • All good my dude!

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  20. I say trade Brate and VH3 for PP

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  21. If we are gonna make a move, we should be selling not buying. As great as Howard is, if the OC isn’t going to make use of his talent then we should shop him and see what we can get to help the Oline or stockpile picks. Brate could also be trade bait at this point. Perriman hasn’t been much use, he’s another DJax but without the dramatics. We should see if we can sell him off or just cut him and give the young WRs more reps.

    We are nowhere near being 1-2 players away so trading for near or over 30 DBs doesn’t make sense. All that will do is stunt any growth potential for our young secondary players. From what I’m seeing, it’s not so much a lack of talent, but rather miscommunication that’s been dooming the secondary. Pair that with the limited pressure on the QB’s and it’s no wonder we’re struggling. Hopefully more time will reduce the miscommunications and getting JPP back will help get more pressure without having to blitz all the time.

    Unless there’s a good Olineman that’s still under 26, I’d just stock up on picks to shore up the lines on both sides. Hopefully BA’s influence will improve Licht’s draft selections, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  22. On the trade block if I were running the team, these are the players I would be actively shopping thinking I could actually get someone to say yes:
    – Winston – He’s not going to be on the team next year, so try to get something. Pittsburgh, and now KC have needs…
    – David – Give him a chance at a winner, treat him right, and see if he wants out
    – Hargreaves – Just tired of seeing the back of his jersey chasing WR
    – D. Smith – Our tight ends block better

    I would not shop Howard, but if someone offered me a 1st he’d be gone. All the talent in the world, stone hands.

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  23. There’s a salary cap in Madden too, Marc 😋

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