Todd Bowles Admits Bucs Will Study Potential Trades For Offensive Line

August 28th, 2022

Bucs coach Todd Bowles.

It doesn’t seem, judging the tone of voice Bucs coach Todd Bowles spoke in today, that the Bucs are hot in the pants to cough up a barrel full of collateral for an offensive lineman.

But if an inexpensive one happens to be dangling …

The Bucs are ravaged by injuries to the offensive line and the regular season hasn’t started yet. While Bowles readily admitted the Bucs cannot afford more injuries, it seems Bowles is inclined to wait for medical test results on centers Robert Hainsey and Nick Leverett before making a panic move.

Both Hainsey and Leverett were injured in last night’s final preseason game at Indianapolis. Bowles said the team got back late last night and bot players are still undergoing tests. Hainsey has had X-rays completed but Bowles said he hasn’t spoken with trainers yet about the results.

That suggests to Joe there isn’t any structural damage to Hainsey’s ankle. If there was, you’d think a trainer would have at least texted Bowles that intel.

So Bowles was asked point blank if the Bucs were looking to make a move at offensive line since this year is an all-in season. He didn’t deny the Bucs would be fishing to see what’s biting.

“There is not a sense of urgency unless we lose the two that went down yesterday,” Bowles said. “You have to have someone willing to give you a good football player [in a trade]. Nobody is going to give you a good football player. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you.

“We are going to look at the waiver wire. We are going to look at certain trades to see if we can find some things out there. But if there is nothing out there, we still have some guys that can play.

“Again, we will wait for the [test] results [of Hainsey and Leverett] and see where these two guys are. And we will move on from there.”

So there you have it. So if you see rumors on Twitter in the coming days that the Bucs are talking to [X-team] about [Y-offensive lineman], that is a good sign the test results on Hainsey and/or Leverett aren’t promising.

27 Responses to “Todd Bowles Admits Bucs Will Study Potential Trades For Offensive Line”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    NFL. Chum

  2. Destinjohnny Says:

    Hainsey I don’t think has it

  3. Irishmist Says:

    The Saints just lost their starting 1st round rookie left tackle for the season with a torn ligament in his toe, going to need surgery. We aren’t the only ones in this boat, at least our guys hopefully have a chance of coming back sometime during this year.

  4. Buc92’ Says:

    Even if the test results are positive they still should bring someone in, hainsey comes across as fragile & on the soft side between camp & now he’s went down like 17 times already, enough is enough


  5. Mike Johnson Says:

    I never had confidence in Hainsey as a starter. He is however a mice backup. But our Bucs should have been exploring trades long time ago. O line is hurting bigtime. And we simply cannot have that with an immobile QB. Make it happen Licht. Get us some relief before the 1st game.

  6. MonkeyMan Says:

    Hi, my name is Todd and……..

    The first step is always admitting you have a problem. Glad to finally see, at least publicly, that they are recognizing that.

    Welcome, Todd.

  7. Anonymous Says:

    “Nobody is going to give you a good football player. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you.”

    We ALL know this, so why do we deny it?

    Licht will earn his pay finding a serviceable replacement. He’s never going to have a better chance for a Lombardi after Brady’s gone.

  8. SB~LV Says:

    TB will know whether Hainsey is trustworthy and not hesitate to tell Licht and Licht will listen. A proven veteran center with a season still in him will be on the roster this time next week

  9. Biff Barker Says:

    “Nobody is going to give you a good football player. Nobody is going to feel sorry for you.”

    We ALL know this, so why do we deny it?

    Licht will earn his pay finding a serviceable replacement. He’s never going to have a better chance for a Lombardi since Brady is here.

    Sadly, we are back to another suck ass Buccaneer QB next year.

  10. George Says:

    Erik Flowers is a free agent and this just have to work out a contract

    Eric Fischer is available and has turned down 9 offers . Maybe he would like being on a potential Super Bowl team

  11. Buczilla Says:

    I’m worried for sure and Hainsey already seems like he’s brittle as hell, but I trust Licht to get us what we need.

  12. Lkld Gene Says:

    Licht and staff have already been studying lineman, trades and potential cuts and making calls – I assure you. 2 or 3 new bodies in camp by Tuesday

  13. Oxycondoms Says:

    Even the non die hard football observer will tell you number 1 priority is to protect brady

  14. R.O. Says:

    Yes.. Hainsey is “Brittle” when 300 + lbs falls on your ankle. Try it out… see how it feels.

  15. lambeau Says:

    How bad can Hainsey be if they didn’t pack his ankle in ice? that’s the first thing you would do with a serious sprain, to keep the swelling down.
    BTW, Braxton Berrios–top 2 punt returner and waiver wire pickup –just scored a TD. He was given away, by no less than Bill Belichick.

  16. PapaBuc Says:

    Ali come home and rescue our team. Your honeymoon is over!

  17. Vance Says:

    Brady is already recruiting. We’ll have a 38 yr old retired lineman in a few days.

  18. captivajim Says:

    waiting until its obvious to the world that your back is against the wall to make a trade is not the best negotiating position. any other team will force a hard trade for players / draft choices. ..

    did licht trying to prove how good his draft picks were get in the way ???

  19. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There will be 992 players cut by Tuesday…..I would think that there would be at least one C/G on our list that would be cheap….

  20. matthew a veal Says:

    I love reading about the bucs and joebucsfan. however, i dont 100% trust what i read, about anything, anywhere. so maybe its great, maybe its awful. my eyes say things arent good. even that could be negotiations, you use the truth selectively!

  21. Crickett Baker Says:

    We’ve used all our players and lost 3 games in a row. Only one game was even fun to watch–unlike MANY other games I saw.
    I really don’t know what Todd sees that I don’t.

  22. mark2001 Says:

    Papa… if he can play OG at 240 lbs, he might be interested. He has lost about 70 lbs.

  23. mark2001 Says:

    Crickett…those are pre-season games. Maybe you misunderstand the purpose of preseason. Winning is nice in preseason, but better to keep the right players and get out healthy and in condition than anything else.

  24. Elita Vita Says:

    Licht will have his men ready to pounce on the best oline men they can find on cut day. Waiting just outside their stadium fences.

  25. Mark A Swygert Says:

    Twice in his career Licht has negotiated a trade with the Pats for a starting caliber o-lineman. Logan Mankins and then Shaq Mason this year. Does he have it in him to find another such trading partner? How much would we have to give up? If we can’t swing such a trade then the waiver wire is the next option, but that begs another question: Would another teams castoff(s) be any better than the supporting depth guys we already have? I’ve heard posters speculate that there will be quality lineman dumped for salary cap reasons. Usually the salary cap casualties are let go in early June, not in the final cuts. The talent out there will be similar to what we already have. I’m just trying to temper expectations., but don’t be surprised if the Bucs make no move or if it underwhelms.

  26. MarkR Says:

    Eric Fischer is a two-time pro bowler. Eric Flowers is a 330 lb OG who is only 28. Either one of these guys would be a massive upgrade. If available, the Bucs would be idiots not to grab him/them.

  27. Bucco Bruce Says:

    Joe is it possible to get some insight towards potential available trades and what they might cost us? How many teams would trade a backup or starter and what would we have to give up in return especially seeing as teams would probably see us as desperate if said scenario happened.