Free Agency Countdown: 16 Days — Trade “Tsunami” Coming

February 26th, 2018

Great, logical point made over at — and one that should ring true in a big way in a matter of hours.

The simple logic/math is as follows.

The salary cap is going up — again! — by about $11 million per team and a relatively weak free agency class awaits when the free agency dinner bell rings in 16 short days. Therefore, teams will be scurrying to trade so they can spend all that available money on the best players.

Around The NFL chief guru Gregg Rosenthal typed up the take, projecting at “Tsunami” of deals are imminent.

Your Buccaneers have talent to trade and needs to fill — and the Jason Licht/Dirk Koetter regime is fighting for its life. Tampa Bay appears ripe to acquire help.

The big-fish potential names are easy targets for Joe and fans, but Licht will earn his keep if he can find a way to pry a quality mid-level starter or two via trade. Could Kendell Beckwith fetch a full-time left guard? What about DeSean Jackson? Could he pull a young cornerback on the rise? Would Licht dare trade O.J. Howard or an edge rusher?

Joe’s not looking to dump these guys, but the Bucs need help. And in a relatively down year for free agents, Licht might have to jump into the trade pool if that’s where the talent is.

38 Responses to “Free Agency Countdown: 16 Days — Trade “Tsunami” Coming”

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    I consider trading ME 13 …CONSIDER…for the semi literate

  2. Bucsfanman Says:

    Everything is on the table when you’re 5-11. I might change my thinking though Joe.
    Keep Beckwith, trade LVD or Kwon. They have more value (?). DJax, no-brainer! You have an up-and-coming WR in Godwin. I love Brate but he’s rendered trade-able by OJ Howard’s arrival. Some will throw GMC into the mix but, unless you can get real value, I think you have to keep him.

  3. doctor_berto Says:

    Coulda had Marcus Peters…

  4. SOEbuc Says:

    Trade for a great RB then we won’t have to worry about any unproven rookies or people saying the second coming of Doug Martin, Carlos Hyde, is going to be all our answers to our running attack.

  5. Brandon Bucs fan from Philly Says:

    Both comments above are crazy. You would trade Evans, Kwon, and LD? lol LD yes but ME and Kwon are top 2 players on thier side of the ball on this team.

  6. SOEbuc Says:

    Even though it makes me cry, trade LVD and draft Roquan Smith (UGA), who is what scouts call the biggest comparison to LVD of NFL LBs. I wouldn’t say at seven, but if we can trade a little further, he could be the next LVD that we’re not paying $50 mill for at least the next four years.

  7. Gambelero Says:

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  8. SOEbuc Says:

    Take that back. If we did trade LVD before the draft, I would take Roquan Smith at seven. I did just read that they compare him to LVD and again watched his highlights and am like “damn, that’s totally true.” There is no way this guy can’t be a boss in the NFL.

  9. SOEbuc Says:

    *There is no way this guy WON’T be a boss in the NFL.

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    Brandon- Being the “top guy” on the worst defense is not exactly a glowing compliment. And, Kwon did not play all that well this year. He would have more value than Beckwith because of his experience, but Beckwith can play inside and outside LB.
    It’s only hypothetical anyway. Don’t forget, Licht traded up to draft a kicker not too long ago.
    I would not trade Evans, personally. Then again, 5-11!

  11. bucs_365 Says:

    Don’t trade any of our current young players! That’s just crazy. We’re trying to make the team better. I get that we need a defensive end badly, but trading a guy like Kendall Beckwith is just stupid. He could be a 10 year starter for us, for all we know. The only way I’d do it is for a young, physically sound, high quality D lineman. We should be able to score a D line contributor or 2 in free agency. I’m not giving away young talent for anything less than a pro bowl caliber DE.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We need our good players…no trades…just spend some money and draft well. If we can get 2nd round picks for Brate & Beckwith…I’m OK with that.

  13. Brett Says:

    DeShaun Jackson might fetch the most value. I like having two tight ends, but would trading Brate for a good DL make sense? I’m not sure how I feel about that, but you can’t have everything and we are missing a lot of things.

  14. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Trade GMC…if you can get a 2nd round pick at least. I’m not gonna bash him this time. This team isn’t gonna win the Chip this year so why waste the time. Let him go win while we retool this defense. Oh it needs it. We all can agree on that. Spare me the I’m a hater nonsense. I not. It’s time to move on…we’re not gonna magically get better. Not much hope in this organization. Definitely no trust. Cheering those pirates since they first landed in 76. Only found treasure once…

  15. Pelbuc Says:

    The only obvious player to trade is DJack. Don’t trade any of the young players.

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    I am stretching my head about this article. Why trade away young rising players? I could understand the monetary reasons but then DJax gets named as a possible trade bait.

    Either way I’m not trading anbody if it’s not for a Dlineman. There are limited options at those positions. The positions we do need have plenty of options in both FA and draft.

  17. SOEbuc Says:


    Koetter says he loves the two TE set so I doubt he’s going anywhere this year, but you never know.

  18. LakeLand Says:

    The only guys they should consider trading are the guys due for a big payday. Or the guys that’s already getting paid. The young guys still playing under their rookie deal, shouldn’t even be an option.

  19. Guzziep Says:

    DJAX to the Rams for DE Robert Quinn would give the Rams 6 million more for their cap space, we get a DE in their prime, rams were trying to get the Chiefs to take him for Peters but the Chiefs can’t take Quinn s salary, then sign Sammy Watkins to a 5 year deal at 8 mil per year, trade Evans to the Cowboys for a 2nd and DE David Irving, DE is no longer a weakness, WR isn’t a weakness, draft a stud RB, get a top DT preferably trading down, all these moves a reasonable, but our GM sucks

  20. JonBuc Says:

    Having Licht’s Out in charge of trades makes me nervous…and other team’s GMs anxious to talk to him.

  21. Dubcity06 Says:

    Trade McCoy for draft picks

  22. Defense Rules Says:

    Gut feeling that the Bucs trade NO ONE this preseason. Bucs have a decent core, but drawing away from that core accomplishes nothing. Guys like Jameis, Marpet, D Smith, OJ, Brate, Godwin, Hump, LVD, Kwon, Beckwith, GMC, Evans, VHIII aren’t going anywhere (unless we let one or more walk in FA like we did Bennett). Very few (if any) of the rest would have much trade value. However, Licht may very well be able to pick up someone for a high draft pick if we assume his remaining salary (like Jacksonville worked with the Bills … aah yes, another missed opportunity).

    Reality to me is that Licht will need to be very active in FA to grab 2 outside starting CBs and hopefully a starting SS. We might also be able to find a rotational DT in there. For the offense it’d be great if we could get a starting LG (to replace Pamphile) and a staring C (to allow Ali to move back to RG), as well as a RB (who may or may not be starting material). That’s as many as 7 key players in FA, all of whom need to be either starters or key rotational players. Am I holding my breath on that one? No way.

  23. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:


    You need to compose articles/posts before the loyal Buc faithful (like this one writing now) comment on and post that same information on this message board…..prior. See other threads. It’s alright.

    Go Bucs!

  24. Joeypoppems Says:

    Yes there may be some trades coming up, but how often do player for player trades happen in the NFL? The last one I remember was Jimmy Graham for Max Unger a few years back.

    Draft picks are the trade currency teams are after. Do the Bucs have any talent worthy of useful picks? Even GMC, could you get a day 2 pick for him at his age and salary?

    One guy that could be a candidate imo is VH3. A former 1st round pick with 3 years left on his rookie contract (5th year option). Its clear

  25. Joeypoppems Says:

    Its clear he cant play on the outside in this current scheme but a team could want to take a shot on him just like Mark Barron. Plus there are a few nickel CBs in FA this year that could fill that spot if it were to happen.

    The Bucs are in a position to need to be buyers in trades but they arent in a position to give up picks.

  26. DoNUTS Says:

    Looks like the Peppers in Tampa dream is closing; Panthers just waived Charles Johnson (31) which could only mean an extension for Peppers.
    Not quite. Johnson was/is old and declining fast, and he was suspended last season. And don’t forget how he turned down a big offer from Tampa a couple of years ago. –Joe

  27. DoNUTS Says:

    The salary cap means very little when your Buc franchise NEVER spends anywhere near it. I question how much this ownership is committed to winning vs. profits…their inactions speak loudly.

  28. Joeypoppems Says:

    And yea, Cam Brate would be the TE to trade. Not OJ Howard.

  29. ndog Says:

    Package D-Jax and GMC for a 2nd and 3rd round pick and now we are cooking! We could then hopefully drop back in the draft some, get Vita Vea, and have 3 2nd round picks to pick another DT and 2 DE’s then in round 3 take the best RB available. Then we can use as much cap space as we need to on a corner and a DE to help mentor the young DE’s. I know this will never happen but we can dream right?

  30. big serious Says:

    trade GMC, Brate and D Jax for draft picks. Licht seems to do better with draft picks than FA’s

  31. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    I would slightly consider DJax for Robert Quinn or maybe chandler jones?

  32. Issic Haggins Says:

    Trading David for a d end or stud corner and drafting Smith would be a great move . Smith is a Stud

  33. NFLNut Says:


    The Rams got Marcus Peters on a SUPER CHEAP contract for a FOURTH and a 2nd next year … you’re telling me the Bucs didn’t match that offer? COME ON MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  34. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    @nfl nut
    Yeah, I look at it like we are not going to get an elite talent like Peters in the 2nd or 4th round combined. We should have offered the exact same deal and we could have got him. Licht is GMing for his job right now and not doing himself an favors.

  35. Joe Says:

    The Rams got Marcus Peters on a SUPER CHEAP contract for a FOURTH and a 2nd next year … you’re telling me the Bucs didn’t match that offer? COME ON MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don’t think it is telling that Belicheat — who doesn’t give a damn about baggage — didn’t pick him up?

    Tells Joe there is something really sinister behind the scenes only NFL insiders know about. You have to admit that a team in the middle of a playoff push suspended him is a major red flag.

    Do know that Clark Hunt, Chiefs owner, had a couple of private sitdowns with him during the season. Owners generally do not do that.

  36. feelthepewterpower Says:

    The big-fish potential names are easy targets for Joe and fans, but Licht will earn his keep if he can find a way to pry a quality mid-level starter or two via trade. Could Kendell Beckwith fetch a full-time left guard? What about DeSean Jackson? Could he pull a young cornerback on the rise? Would Licht dare trade O.J. Howard or an edge rusher


    Trade Howard???? Whatttttttt? In today’s NFL, TE is crucial to offensive success. Who came up large in the Super Bowl? Patriots: Gronkowski (who OJ compares to in size, speed, agility, etc.). Eagles: Wentz. Teams that have success and make the playoffs typically use two TE schemes. You can never have enough great TE’s.

  37. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    Lame duck group right now, ain’t sheeeet gonna happen. Cover the lightning or Rays Joe, wasting your time with the Bucs this year. Next year get back at it after the purge.

  38. uckinator Says:

    We got a deep threat in D-Jax and a quarterback that can’t throw deep. Trade D-Jax. Can’t wrap my head around trading Brate. Tied for most TD passes by a tight end. Godwin is definitely a keeper which make trading receivers a bit easier. There’s no tomorrow for Licht. 1/3 of the team will be elsewhere next year.