The Buccaneers could likely land Adams for a first and third-round pick.
“No, the Buccaneers can’t mortgage their future by trading any draft picks for Jamal Adams. It’s just not worth it.”
This argument has been continuously seen every time this deal is mentioned. Draft picks are a complete gamble, so you have to give more compensation if you want a proven player.
Tampa Bay has put together two decent drafts throughout the past two seasons, but given Jason Licht’s track record, overvaluing draft picks right now seems like a waste.
In addition to getting better use out of the picks, a first and a third is far from “mortgaging” the future. Jamal Adams is easily worth more than that, and the Bucs could bring him in for a steal due to the present situation.
Tampa Bay was able to make the most of their first-round pick this year, but the holes on the roster are going to be much smaller next season, making the first-round pick less necessary. Not having it down the road may hurt the team in an unforeseen way, but would it really hurt less than going all in on the Super Bowl now and failing?
If a first and a third really is the asking price by the Jets, for a top-20 player no less, the Buccaneers should think about that for all of two seconds before making the trade happen.