The Buccaneers can’t turn down a talent like Xavien Howard
Good teams never stay complacent. This is probably the most difficult concept to understand, and it requires a fan to separate themselves from their players, which is an extremely difficult task.
How can you talk about replacing players after they just gave every bit of themselves to win you a Super Bowl? Fortunately, this addition wouldn’t require the Bucs to get rid of any of their corners, but it would shake up playtime a little bit.
This deal would most negatively impact Jamel Dean, but it wouldn’t make him irrelevant. Dean would be one of the best depth corners in the NFL as the CB4 with Howard on the roster, and it is worth looking at how much this addition would change the look of the defense.
Howard, Carlton Davis, and SMB would be the best starting corner trio in the NFL, and Dean and Ross Cockrell would be excellent depth corners that could step up in the event of an injury. The Bucs experienced plenty of negative injury luck during the regular season last year, so having a full group of starting-caliber players is a more than safe decision.
Howard has experienced some bad luck on the injury front himself, but after a full healthy season with the Dolphins, the Bucs can see that the stats and production outweigh any of the concerns regarding Howard’s health.