When it comes a time where the NFL Draft is all that is on people’s minds, trade talks are always aplenty. It’s mainly due to the fact that draft picks are never more available than they are on draft day, and their value only increases each day leading up. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be defending champs and bringing back all 22 starters, but they are no different.
The tight end room of the Buccaneers is tight and their current salary cap situation is tighter, so some uncomfortable, and perhaps unpopular, choices may have to be made with certain players. O.J. Howard may very well be one such case of this.
Given the fact that the Bucs chose to draft Howard out of the University of Alabama with the 19th overall pick of the 2017 Draft, it makes it that much tougher of a move. Any time a team has to potentially cut bait with a former first-round pick, it almost always leaves something of a sour taste in the mouths of many, since it’s essentially conceding defeat and admitting the choice was a whiff.
With that being said, on the surface, this may be an unpopular decision. However, when one stops and thinks and factors in some reasons and realities, it makes sense. Here are three reasons why the Buccaneers should trade O.J. Howard.