Bucs Could Be Big SellersSeptember 30th, 2013
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik has been a GM that has put the NFLs extended trading deadline to use, and it seems Dominik’s phone could be ringing off the hook like never before.
The Bucs are toast — in September — and they’re loaded with talent. The trading deadline is Week 8 of the regular season and the Bucs have a lot they could peddle to position themselves with more options in 2014.
Sadly, there is no happy spin for the Bucs future as of today. The team is looking at rebuilding a horrid offense this offseason, despite it being ranked ninth in the NFL last year.
One talking point swirling around New England sports radio this month was the Bucs going in the tank quickly this season and Bill Belicheat prying Vincent Jackson from Tampa Bay to give the Patriots the deep threat they need to make a legitimate Super Bowl run. The thinking was that Jackson turns 31 in January and his guaranteed cash from the Bucs runs out after this season. The Bucs might not want to pay him $10 million next season if they don’t have to.
Of potential trade scenarios, Joe believes Jackson could make the most sense on paper, especially if the Bucs can get one of New England’s young receivers and a maybe a third round pick in return. While Jackson is an excellent player, he’s not playing great, and the Bucs could use that freed-up money to buy a younger receiver and (gasp) a tight end.
Joe doubts the Bucs would move an offensive lineman without an amazing offer on the table, but Joe surely could see another team willing to gamble on reviving DaQuan Bowers’ career, or perhaps the Bucs decide they don’t want to bid for free-agent-to-be Dekoda Watson and find a contending team aching for linebacker help.