Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Big name trade targets to go after

Duke Johnson, Houston Texans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Many teams have started to sell low on their players at the start of the NFL legal tampering period and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could get involved.

The legal tampered period has begun today and has been a roller coaster from the start. Free agency is normally a crazy time, but this year has felt different. While the Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t made any crazy splashes yet, there is still plenty of time for that to happen.

There have been several massive news stories but all have fallen short of the Houston Texans trading DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for what comes out to pennies on the dollar.

The Texans aren’t the only team trading away all of their valuable assets for questionable compensation and the Buccaneers could capitalize on a team that is looking to rebuild.

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While these trades may not have seemed likely yesterday, after the Hopkins trade today no one can rationally rule any trades out anymore.

1. Deshaun Watson 

As previously stated on this site, Deshaun Watson could get fed up with the way that the Texans have handled this entire situation and could try to force his way out of Houston.

Watson has been great for the Texans but has struggled with the players that the front office has placed around him.

With Deandre Hopkins out and the majority of the remainder of players on the offensive side of the ball injury-prone, Watson could cut his losses in Houston and demand the team trade him somewhere new. Players have done more for far less in the past.

Watson would be an excellent fit in the Buccaneer offense. He is mobile, has arm talent, and is used to playing behind a less-than-stellar offensive line.

This move would certainly be to Watson’s benefit, and the Buccaneers should be willing to part with most combinations of draft picks to bring Watson in.

The Texans could have their hands tied by that point if Watson demands a trade and sending him to Tampa Bay for any compensation is not a dangerous move for them as they would rarely have to play against him.

While this is a very long shot, the Buccaneers should at least inquire what the Texans would want to part ways with Watson.