Buccaneers should pull trigger on proposed trade with popular receiver

Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Buccaneers fans love Scotty Miller. That doesn’t mean that the Buccaneers need to do everything in their power to keep him in Tampa.

Scotty Miller is one of the easiest players to root for on the Buccaneers right now. Everyone loves seeing a guy carve out a role despite lacking the size and physicality of many of his counterparts on the field, and any player who makes a catch like Miller did against the Packers in the playoffs is going to become a legend in Tampa for quite some time.

Still, Miller is no lock to make the team this year. After Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Russell Gage, the Bucs have a tough fight ahead for the final three spots between Miller, Tyler Johnson, Jaelon Darden, Breshad Perriman, Cyril Grayson, and several promising newcomers.

There are realistically only three spots available, and it already seems unlikely that Tampa would move on the younger Johnson or Darden either.

When the cut then comes down to Grayson, Miller, and Perriman, Miller looks like the odd man out based on his limited skillset, role, and size.

Because of this, Scotty Miller is not only unlikely to make the official roster this fall, but he is actually emerging as one of the best trade candidates for the Bucs.

This was mentioned in a recent article from Bleacher Report where the Ravens trading a fifth-round pick for Miller was brought up.

The Bucs shouldn’t need to think about this one for very long.

A future fifth isn’t all that much, but getting anything for a guy like Miller before he walks for free is a decent move. Miller is unlikely to sign any major deals and get comp picks for the Buccaneers down the road, and Tampa has shown that it is pretty good at finding receivers with picks like this anyway.

Some people may want to see a bit more out of Miller during camp before making any moves, but that waiting is likely what will take away from Tampa’s remaining leverage. The trade needs to happen sooner than later if the Bucs want to get anything from one of their lame ducks going into camp, even if the compensation isn’t that much for a player that is loved in Tampa.

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