The NFL offseason is in fully swing for some teams and their eyes have turned to the future. This summer will have its fair share of blockbuster deals, and the Buccaneers need to navigate this time with caution.
In one instance, a trade proposal is circulating with the idea that the Bucs should trade for Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley.
This would be a terrible idea for the Buccaneers.
Ridley has been in the headlines for the past few months after stepping away from the game to focus on his own well-being, but this isn’t why Tampa needs to stay away.
For starters, the article mentions the possibility of Tampa letting Chris Godwin walk, and that is a good place to stop with the ‘what is.’ If the Bucs want a great receiver to pair with Mike Evans, letting Godwin walk to give up picks for a player like Ridley is a tough place to start.
In addition, Ridley is far from the player that Godwin is. Sure, Ridley was able to put together a great season alongside Julio Jones, but Godwin outmatches him in nearly every area, and one of these receivers already has chemistry in the offense.
It makes sense that the author is trying to find a replacement for Antonio Brown during a year where the free agent market is relatively weak, but Tampa would be far better-served by using a draft pick on one of the young but talented receivers that are in excess in the first few rounds.
Going out and trading for a receiver like Ridley with some question marks is a tough use of capital by the Bucs, and it is also extremely unlikely that the Falcons would be willing to send their WR1 to a division rival.
If the Buccaneers want another receiver, they would be wise to look elsewhere.
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