The Buccaneers need to start exploring trades tonight.
It is time for the Buccaneers to begin their search for a new corner. The signing of Richard Sherman looked great on paper at the time, but that alone is not enough to stem the bleeding that is happening in Tampa right now.
The Bucs are currently playing without Carlton Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and Jamel Dean. For all intents and purposes, Richard Sherman is now the CB1 on the outside, and there is no timetable on the returns of any of the original starters.
Tampa can do one of two things. The coward’s move is to wait and hope that players start to return from injury or someone else steps up. The right move, and perhaps more difficult one, is to start looking at trades for an established starting corner to keep this defense in position to compete for a Super Bowl.
If Mac Jones looks comfortable, you know your defense needs a major change to see improvements. The Buccaneers need to start looking into various corners immediately because giving up draft picks now is a small price to pay for competing in the Super Bowl.
Miami has a lot of problems, and paying two corners top-tier money when they can’t even protect their quarterback is a huge problem. Jones is one of the best corners in the NFL, and while he may be expensive, he would step in as an immediate CB1 in Tampa.
Xavien Howard also works, but it is clear that Miami needs to start making some moves.
Slay is the best corner in Philadelphia, but they also have some massive problems on both sides of the ball. The Eagles aren’t making the playoffs, and it is nearing time to start stocking up on picks to rebuild after the current era inevitably fails.
Bradberry is one of the best corners in the NFL and would carry a massive price tag, much like the other two players on this list. Fortunately, the Giants are a bad team that is also in need of a rebuild, so two great picks from the Bucs could sweeten the deal.