This Player Will be on the Trade Block if the Buccaneers Get Off to a Slow Start in 2020
By Zach Brunner
No team made more noise this offseason than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, after acquiring both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The Bucs have the worst win percentage in NFL history (.387), but they are looking to quickly turn their franchise around.
While this team may look good on paper, it's possibly they fall back into their normal groove of losing. If they start out the season slow, we could see tight end O.J. Howard placed on the trade block.
After they traded for Rob Gronkowski, many felt Tampa Bay would make a draft day trade to deal Howard, the first-round draft pick in 2017. But after failing to do so, the Bucs now head into the 2020 season with three solid tight ends on the roster.
Aside from Gronk and Howard, the Bucs also have Cameron Brate locked down through 2023, after they signed him to a six-year, $40.8 million deal. Given the money invested in him and the relationship Gronk has with Brady, it would leave Howard as the odd man out if they were to trade a tight end.
Still playing on his rookie deal, the talented first-round tight end is also likely the most valuable of the three on the trade market. If Tampa starts the season slow, it would be wise for them to trade Howard for a draft pick, so they can draft a position of need with the pick next season. They could also move him for a productive older starter so they can try to capitalize on the win-now window they have with their 42-year-old quarterback.
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