Could Brandon Marshall be a Buccaneer?

The Denver Broncos’ receiver has signed his one-year tender today, officially making him a member of the Broncos roster. But the talented wide receiver still is seeking a trade from the Mile High City, and with the draft nearing, the idea of Marshall heading elsewhere, possibly Tampa Bay, is beginning to take full tilt.

We all know that Tampa is lacking any reliable option at receiver following their loss of Antonio Bryant this offseason. With a dire need to bring in some talent, preferably young talent, to the receiver position, the Bucs are considered among many teams to be a contender for the rights of Brandon Marshall.

However, the Bucs appear to be seeking receiver help through the draft, and not by trade. With a high second round pick, and many picks following that, the Bucs have a chance to take a top receiver in this year’s draft. Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate and Syracuse’s Mike Williams could all be possible targets for the Buccaneers, but still, one cannot rule out the acquisition of Marshall.

After Pittsburgh sent Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets, many wondered why the Bucs didn’t show interest in the 1,000 yard receiver. But if you look at the details, beyond the stats, you would see that Holmes is filled with off-the-field issues, and is already suspended for the first four games because of his use of a banned substance. With that said, the Bucs appear to be targeting “well-mannered” players, which could rule out Brandon Marshall.

Whichever way Tampa decides to go, they must address their need for a receiver. In my opinion, I would love to have Marshall, but since it could cost them a first round pick (the third overall pick in Tampa’s case), I would have to pass on it considering that Tampa has a chance to select a top defensive tackle or even the best safety in this year’s draft.

The Pewter Plank will continue to track any news involving Brandon Marshall and the Buccaneers, and as soon as word is spread, be sure to check back!

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