The Buccaneers Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Zach Brunner
The Buccaneers should try to trade O.J. Howard while they can.
The Buccaneers should try to trade O.J. Howard while they can. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the best rosters in the league, on paper. With Tom Brady throwing to talents like Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski, this team could be legitimate Super Bowl contenders in 2020. That doesn't mean Tampa Bay can't still improve, though.

And to do that, the Buccaneers might want to consider trading O.J. Howard while they can still recoup some real assets for him.

Expectations have been set high for Howard, being a first-round selection back in 2017. The athletic tight end has proven to be a dynamic threat at times, but he's struggled to produce consistently.

And Tampa Bay's tight end room is suddenly crowded. Aside from Howard, the Bucs also have Cameron Brate and Gronkowski, and that could create a little too much competition at the position, even for a team that plans to use a ton of 12 personnel.

Meanwhile, Howard is still playing on his rookie contract, and that could make him a really attractive asset for a TE-needy team. Of course, Tampa Bay could always look to trade Brate and keep Howard, but Howard would fetch a much-larger return. And if neither can play to their full potential in Tampa Bay, perhaps a trade would be the best option.

The Buccaneers could listen to offers for Howard before the trade deadline, especially if the season doesn't start out like many are expecting it to.


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