Can Myers Stick With Bucs?

July 29th, 2016
Fighting for roster spot.

Fighting for roster spot.

The Bucs have four tight ends that, when on the field, aren’t exactly stiffs.

In order, there is red zone weapon Cameron Brate, old school tight end Luke Stocker, talented tweety Austin Seferian-Jenkins and veteran Brandon Myers, the biggest Taylor Swift fan in the Bucs’ locker room.

(No, Joe hasn’t yet bought in to the Great White Hype, Danny Vitale.)

Last night while driving, Joe had an epiphany: If all four tight ends are healthy come the end of preseason (always a minefield for ASJ), might Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht swap a tight end for a draft pick (or, dare Joe say, a wide receiver)?

Joe had a chance to talk to Myers after practice this morning and that very subject came up. If Myers is, say, equal to Brate or Stocker, his $1.7 million salary might be more curse than gift.

Myers discussed how the competition between the four tight ends is making everyone better and, if need be, good enough to latch on with another team.

“The competition is great,” Myers said. “The old saying ‘Iron sharpens iron,’ that is definetly true when it comes to football competition. So we all feed off of each other and we all try to help each other out to get better. Hopefully by the end of training camp, we will all be better football players because of it.

“We will all find opportunities. This team; other teams around the league if we don’t make this team. You hope this will make us good enough football players to make any team in the NFL. We talk about that in our room , too.”

So when Joe asked Myers if the thought he could get traded, he said it is not something that keeps him up at night.

“It doesn’t cross my mind,” Myers said. “It’s not something I concern myself with. I have enough to worry about on the field trying to figure out what I am supposed to do.

“This is the NFL. It is a business. [A trade would be] just part of business.”

It isn’t like Licht has never traded a tight end before in preseason. Shoot, he traded Tim Wright twice. Got Logan Mankins in the first trade and the second trade delivered directionally-challenged kicker Kyle Brindza.

6 Responses to “Can Myers Stick With Bucs?”

  1. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    “directionally-challenged kicker Kyle Brindza”

    That’s the statement of last year..he almost made me massacre my family in…hot flashes and Brindza misses would have been my defense in court. Yep.

    Rather have an abundance of talent than not..but I still think ASJ will keep no.1 spot..why not keep them all?

  2. Buccaneers Says:

    Thinking theres quite a few teams that will be watching our TE situation. Myers is a pretty decent player and wont probably last long on waivers if they have to cut him. Or one of the other 3 for that matter.

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    I said it yesterday on a similar Myers post.

    Don’t be shocked if we go heavy at TE and keep 5 (including Vitale). No FB means we probably go light at RB with only 3 on the active roster this year. Just a hunch – we’ll see.

    Even if we keep 5, Myers might still get beat out by Westbrook and in that case I could definitely see Licht trying to get a little something for Myers prior to final cuts if that were possible. Seems unlikely though.

  4. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    I agree Pickgrin..I think that’s exactly what they will do..

  5. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Danny Vitale is NOT going to be a tight end. I wish people would just get that in their heads.

  6. Owlykat Says:

    If ASJ doesn’t start producing, he could be the first TE traded.