Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass on making moves at trade deadline

Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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The 2020 NFL trade deadline came and went in an uneventful manner. While the Buccaneers were tied to some options, they made the correct decision.

In an unsurprising turn of events, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not make any blockbuster trades at yesterday’s deadline. The Bucs have made it clear that they are happy with the current roster construction, and there are valid reasons to believe this.

Tampa Bay has one of the best records in the NFL at six and two. Their offense and defense have shined during important moments, and the chemistry is growing at an extremely promising rate.

It may have been fun to go after a big-name target to bring another talented option to Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers decided to hold on to their draft capital.

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In the end, this was the smart move for the Buccaneers. None of the rumored trade targets fit in on the roster, and Tampa Bay doesn’t want to start making any sweeping changes just yet. The best bet is to ride out the rest of the season with this roster as is and then reevaluate for 2021. Tampa Bay needs to sit on its draft picks and maintain this wait and see attitude.

Names like Stephon Gilmore, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, sound great on paper, but their fit in Tampa Bay is less than stellar. Gilmore would obviously start alongside Carlton Davis, but this would remove promising young stars Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean from the mix, which would hurt down the road.

The Buccaneers are certainly in a win-now mentality, but their goal is not to fully leverage the future for present success. Yes, they have made many moves for the moment, but they are not putting all their eggs in one basket.

Failing to make any moves at the deadline looks like a boring decision, but it will prove to be the smartest one. The Buccaneer front office has proven that it is making the right decisions time and time again, so the time to question said decisions is long gone.