3 Buccaneers On the Trade Block Ahead of Next Week's Deadline
To say the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are having a rough start to the 2022 NFL season would be an understatement. This is a team that entered the year as a favorite to win the NFC, but now finds itself at 3-4 after losing four of its last five games. Thankfully, the trade deadline acts as an opportunity to improve.
Players on the current roster may need to be dealt to find those missing pieces to the puzzle, though. While Todd Bowles' group is built on veteran leadership and a vast wealth of NFL experience, there are still a few key trade pieces around. Here's a look at three Buccaneers on the trade block ahead of the deadline.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade Rumors
1. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB
It's been reported that the Buccaneers are attempting to shop young running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn with the trade deadline right around the corner. It makes sense given the former third-round selection is only 25 years old and has yet to get a real shot at leading a backfield. In fact, he has not appeared in a single offensive snap this season. Tampa Bay has shown that it trusts veteran Leonard Fournette to be a workhorse and rookie Rachaad White to serve as his complementary back. Vaughn has logged 349 yards from scrimmage and 3 touchdowns on 71 career touches over 27 games. He is the definition of a buy-low candidate for RB-needy teams.
2. Scotty Miller, WR
If there is one position where the Buccaneers have depth, it's at wide receiver. Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones, Russell Gage and Breshad Perriman fill out the arsenal of weapons for quarterback Tom Brady. That leaves fourth-year pro Scotty Miller fighting for snaps moving forward. Miller is only two years removed from a season in which he racked up 501 yards and 3 touchdowns on 33 receptions (15.2-yard average). He also has a knack for hauling in contested balls down the field, which could come in handy for an NFL squad in need of a jolt at WR (looking at you, Green Bay Packers). Miller doesn't fit into Tampa Bay's plans, so seeing him dealt before he hits free agency would not be a shock.
3. Mike Edwards, S
If the Buccaneers really want to make a big move, Mike Edwards is their best trade piece to dangle in negotiations. The fourth-year pro has already logged 42 tackles (2.0 for loss), 2 pass breakups, 1 interception and 1.0 sacks this season. He is on pace to set career-high marks across the board, meaning Tampa Bay may not be able to afford the contract he will demand in free agency next offseason. Edwards' value has never been higher than it is right now, so the Buccaneers' front office could take advantage of that by upgrading a position of need (DE, OL, etc.) and moving veteran Keanu Neal into a more substantial role in the secondary.
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