2013 NFL Trade Deadline: Should the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Make a Trade Before the Deadline?

August 3, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik during training camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL trade deadline is on Tuesday, which means teams only have a few more days to work out any deals they would like to get done.

For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, trading is an interesting situation given the job security (or lack thereof) of the coach and general manager. Can these leaders afford to trade away valuable players for draft picks?

That answer  is no. A trade does not benefit Mark Dominik or Greg Schiano, who cannot justify trading away players for future draft picks or young players with potential. And they cannot be allowed to trade away future assets like young players and draft picks in order to bring in players that other teams may be trading in an effort to save their jobs.

The Buccaneers have a well-built roster with a few needs that can be addressed in the 2014 offseason. There is no need to make a trade now that will compromise the future of the team. A quarterback (either Mike Glennon or an early draft pick in 2014), a tight end, and pass rushers are the main areas of need that will set the Buccaneers up for success in 2014.

So there are no circumstances in which a trade is beneficial for Tampa Bay. It would be nice to flip an overpaid player for a draft choice, but the coach and GM won’t do that and further damage their job security.

Topics: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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