As the Jets began their firesale of talented players on their roster, Bucs fans immediately saw Williams as a fantastic option. The young defensive lineman hasn’t performed up to his expected billing just yet, but the talent is undeniable.
More from The Pewter Plank
- Devin White posts cryptic message to Lavonte David on Twitter
- ESPN predicts surprising outcome to Devin White trade saga
- Updated Buccaneers depth chart after signing two players from rookie minicamp
- Todd Bowles sends clear message about Baker Mayfield’s role with Bucs
- The Athletic is wrong about Bucs one ‘must-watch’ game in 2023
Tampa Bay lost Vita Vea for the season, and while Williams wouldn’t step in at nose tackle, he could still play a role in keeping the defensive line one of the best in the league. The Buccaneers are not far off from needing a younger player like Williams on their line to pair up with Vea for the future, so the deal makes sense on paper.
Williams was the third-overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and would not be a cheap acquisition for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers would have to give up a first-round pick, at least, but there is a good chance that New York would demand more for a player with so much upside.
Buccaneers receive: Quinnen Williams
Jets receive: Tampa Bay 2021 First-round pick
The odds: Low
The Buccaneers may have the cap space and draft capital to make this move happen, but the Jets have very few reasons to move on from Williams. The goal for teams in a rebuild is to keep the young talent while moving on from the expensive older players, so trading Williams to the Buccaneers would make little sense for the Jets.
This move may seem crazy from a logical standpoint, but the Jets have made some questionable decisions already this season, so nothing is out of the question with that franchise.