Bucs Trade Grant Stuard To Move Up In The 2023 NFL Draft

August 30th, 2022

Former Bucs special teams ace Grant Stuard.

The 2023 NFL Draft now looks a shade sexier for Bucs fans.

General manager Jason Licht made a move this morning dealing 2022 seventh-round pick and special teams ace/linebacker Grant Stuard to the Colts. Indianapolis gets the Bucs’ 2023 seventh-round pick in the package and Tampa Bay gets back the Colts’ 2022 sixth-rounder.

NFL Network reported the deal.

Stuard was hurt most of this summer and Joe suspects his special teams ability just wasn’t valued highly enough by Licht when compared to the team’s other options and what other linebackers bring to the table defensively.

Think about what Licht just pulled off. Stuard was Mr. Irrelevant last year, the last man taken in the draft, and the Bucs just used him to move up in the draft.

Joe wishes Stuard well. And now there won’t be as much hair on the floor of the locker room showers.

43 Responses to “Bucs Trade Grant Stuard To Move Up In The 2023 NFL Draft”

  1. ocala Says:

    Bucs were going to cut him.

    Best GM in the NFL: Jason Licht

  2. beano Says:

    Wow … Zero stories on how Trask did Saturday night … Must have had a good night?

  3. ocala Says:

    I am waiting for the story on the Bucs cutting Trask. If they cut him my guess is no team will sign him which would allow the Bucs to keep him on the practice squad.

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    Stuard just got out-performed by other LBs and made him expendable. It’s not that he’s a “bad” player.
    It is quite the feat to turn around picks the way they did.

    This is what good football teams do.

    Best wishes Grant!

  5. Bird Says:

    Don’t remember grant making that many plays in special teams saturday?
    Hey all good cause fatukashi was
    Going to rake spot.

    Hey the guy is a try hard and special teams he has a chance

    Regular football game not so much with those short legs.

  6. Ash Says:

    I think this was brought on by the emergence of Olakunle Fatukasi. Think he has a lot of potential and is more versatile than Stuart. I really liked Stuarts character though gonna miss him wish him the best.

  7. Colin in Canada Says:

    This is disappointing. Stuard was fun to watch

  8. Rick Says:

    amazing trade.

  9. SB~LV Says:

    Happy for the kid !

  10. A Bucs Fan Says:

    6th round picks are often used to trade up. I can see Jason Licht using this pick to trade into the 4th round next April since they traded their 2022 4th for Zyon this year.

  11. VATom Says:

    I enjoyed watching him tackle on special teams. Don’t think we have had a guy like that for a while. He was flying around last yr it seemed. Too bad the talent wasnt there at LB. Our Spec Teams are not in any way confidence inspiring except the kickers. And fg remains to he proven.

  12. Elita Vita Says:

    Thompkins cut

  13. Dooley Says:

    Smart, considering we may could end up with a comp pick or two

  14. Ash Says:

    The Thompkins cut is bumming me out.

  15. D Says:

    You are such a clown, Ocala. Good thing you don’t get to make any executive decisions for this team. Hopefully not in your household either as thats down right scary, based on your judgement.

  16. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Great the ST’s just got weaker today. Didn’t think it was possible.

  17. The Southest Buc Says:

    7th round of 2021 was Stuard @joe

  18. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Funny stuff Listn. Bucs may be not planning to punt much this year , I believe that they believe the D will be SO much better this year that less than 4th and 5 at any point past the 45 yard line is a go for it mentality. Turn Brady loose and allow him to cement all the passing records that he does not already have , and average 35 points per game.

  19. Christos Says:

    The only solid ST player we had. I can see ST will suck again this year

  20. BucBoy Says:

    “ocala Says: I am waiting for the story on the Bucs cutting Trask. If they cut him my guess is no team will sign him which would allow the Bucs to keep him on the practice squad.”

    BWAHAHAHAHA! Trask had a higher quarterback rating than both Brady and Goobert in Saturday’s game (playing with scrubs) and they’re going to cut him! BWAHAHAHAHA! Take your meds! BWAHAHAHAHA!

  21. D-Rome Says:

    Think about what Licht just pulled off. Stuard was Mr. Irrelevant last year, the last man taken in the draft, and the Bucs just used him to move up in the draft.

    It’s very remarkable in my opinion. That’s the entire point of picks. If it doesn’t work out they are an asset to be used for deals and such. It only doesn’t work out when you hold on to a guy and you don’t re-sign or trade.

  22. Craig Says:

    This is what cements Scutter to the team. The Special teams, while being special with a K, need him.

  23. Bird Says:

    Non of the fragiles / smurfs made it

    Thompkins / geiger / sterns all cut. Sucks. Hope some
    Can make back to practice squad

  24. Irishmist Says:

    Don’t get this, he seemed like the only one on ST who could tackle.

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe I’m missing something….the Bucs get back the Colts’ 2022 Sixth Rounder…..hasn’t the 2022 draft already taken place?

    I will assume that we are getting the Colts’ 2023 sixth round pick.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Genard Avery didn’t last long & we cut 2 OGs…..

  27. HC Grover Says:

    El Blundo strikes again

  28. Dooley Says:


    KJ Britt played special teams, and has taken steps to being a replacement for Minter and fwiw Olakunle showed more as a reserve LB than Stuard has at any point since joining the team. Also, let’s not overinflate the role Stuard had on special teams, dude had a total of 15 total tackles compared to Britt having 12 tackles. It shouldn’t be hard replacing that on special teams in spite of what we saw in the preseason.

  29. shak_bucs Says:

    Damn man. At least they moved up and didn’t just release him. Special teams ace, but it’s hard to keep someone just for that. Top 3 in ST tackles last season. We were horrible at it this preseason, it better not cost us games! Licht is so good that I’m not questioning it too much, but it stings a little.

  30. Oddball Says:

    Mr. Irrelevant. I’m gonna miss the dude.

  31. Defense Rules Says:

    Given what’s happening with injuries to our offense, my guess is that the Bucs will keep 26 offense, 24 defense & 3 S/Ts.

    o Offense: 3 QB, 4 RB, 6 WR, 4 TE, 9 OL.
    o Defense: 6 DL, 4 DE/OLB, 4 ILB, 6 CB, 4 Safeties
    o S/T: K, P, LS

    Still surprised that they let Grayson, Johnson & Thompkins go; I thought all 3 had good potential down the road. Glad though that they’re apparently keeping Fatukasi over Stuard. Still wondering who they’re gonna keep for OLine & DLine depth.

  32. Listnfrmafar Says:

    shak-buc@ a HC that discounts his ST’s shouldn’t be a HC. Field position is crucial in this league. Belichick has always invested in his ST’s maybe too much but he has some of the best players in the league. Mathew Slater, Bethal and others. I cannot name one of Bucs STers, no one stands out. I know Darden because of how afraid and awful he is.

  33. Dooley Says:


    It’s looking looking like Fred Johnson-Brandon Walton-Josh Wells-Nick Leverett. Wells for swing tackle, Walton swing Gaurd, Leverette G/3rd C, and Johnson will probably be continued to be prepared as a swing tackle

  34. Rod Munch Says:

    It’s shocking to me that they got anything for him. He’s only a special teams player, and to me, didn’t really stand out as special – he was OK, not bad, but one of those guys seem to pop up every year.

    Excellent job by Licht to get anything for a guy they were just going to cut anyways.

  35. SlyPirate Says:

    Two 7th for one 6th … seems like a pedestrian trade. Now if Licht uses that 6th and say a 4th for a stud veteran Center/Guard, that would be amazing.

  36. George Says:

    I think the Bucs got good value for Stuard in this trade.

  37. David Says:

    Great move because obviously they were going to cut him and
    #53 has really stood out

  38. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I think it was only 1 7th for a 6th….& we don’t have a 4th round pick next year (Zion)

  39. JimmyJack Says:

    Im begging this means we keep #53 around. Really great instincts from that dude. Looks like he could develope into somebody special.

    I gues KJ Britt is making it but he didnt show much. I was a little disapointed there. He looked pretty promising as a rookie.

  40. JimmyJack Says:

    What shocks me is we can get a trade for Stuard but not Tylet Johnson. The NFL is a funny business

  41. ocala Says:

    Glad to see D has such a reasonable response to my post about Trask. Trask seems like a nice guy, but that doesn’t mean he should be on an NFL roster. Who in their right mind thinks he has helped this organization since being drafted?
    I would love for Trask to be the next Tom Brady, but at this point in his career he does not look like someone that should be on an NFL roster.

  42. Wild Bill Says:

    Hair today gone tomorrow! He was a fun character but not ever a likely starter at LB.

  43. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – Maybe Stuard wasn’t going to get cut. He’s a special teams guy and cheap and the Bucs need someone for that role. I’m not sure why the Colts would target him, maybe he did something that impressed the Colts in the game last season, and they called about him. I can’t really see Licht calling other teams shopping a guy like Stuard, but perhaps during the game the two GMs did a deep dive on each others roster.