Buccaneers need to make trade proposal during the draft
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers have no business pinching pennies during a year with Tom Brady on the team.
The Tom Brady saga with the Buccaneers is almost assuredly coming to a close at the end of this season. Brady and the Bucs should go their separate ways after the Super Bowl in 2023, and wouldn’t it be a perfect ending if this partnership ended like it started?
Winning a Super Bowl is absolutely on the radar for the Bucs this year after the offseason they’ve had, but the moves can’t stop here.
Free agency and the draft are going to play a large role in how successful this team can be going forward. Tampa needs guys that are going to contribute immediately. Perhaps a rookie isn’t always the best option.
Rather than drafting a guy in one of the middle rounds like the Bucs did last year, trading a pick for a proven option could be much better. Enter Kadarius Toney.
Toney wasn’t a beacon of consistency during his time with the Giants, but who would be? That franchise is about as dysfunctional as they come. And it is that dysfunction that can bring a talented, first-round talent to Tampa for a lesser pick.
If Toney isn’t a part of the plans for the future in New York, the coaching staff is going to be incentivized to sell low. After the good and the bad that we saw last year, it looks like that “low” value is going to be somewhere in the Day 2 pick range.
Should the Bucs do this?
Well, trading one of those picks for a guy that was able to put together nearly 200 yards in one game last season is hardly a bad investment. The picks already don’t have that much value there and Tampa has very few needs, so trying to trade for a guy that has already shown upside in the NFL and doesn’t need a signing bonus is a quality option if you’re looking for a WR4 near the draft.
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