If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wish to add to their wide receiver room, there’s a cheap option that could pay off long-term for the Buccaneers.
Ever since Tom Brady came to Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers have been bringing in big-name veteran players resulting in a roster resembling the 2014 All-Pro team. Hey, no judgment, it ended up in a Super Bowl title so what really is there to say? It’s kind of like when LeBron James goes to a new NBA team. The only difference is, the Bucs are not sacrificing their youth and future for having one of, if not the greatest of all time on their team. Granted, a lot has to do with the structure of the NFL versus the NBA but that’s not the point.
With this being the case, naturally when there’s a spot in the roster where the perception is it can be improved, the initial reaction is to look at the biggest name available. In the case of the Buccaneers potentially bolstering the wide receiver room in the name of depth, everyone‘s eyes immediately turn towards players like Julio Jones or Odell Beckham Jr.
However, there is a cheaper, and more tangible option that the Buccaneers can explore to bring depth to the wide receiver room. It comes courtesy of the last team they were able to defeat.
The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly shopping their 2020 first-round pick Jalen Reagor. The Bucs should absolutely at the very least give them a call. On the surface it may sound a little far-fetched, but let’s deep dive into this a little bit.
The Buccaneers are loaded, but outside of their “big three“ receivers, there is a sense of uncertainty. Mike Evans is the tall, alpha number one receiver, Chris Godwin, who is coming off of an injury, is the slot target-hound, and Russell Gage will be filling the Antonio Brown role. After that, there should be a war in training camp for roster spots. There also is a vacancy for the “speed“ guy at receiver. Enter Reagor.
It shouldn’t cost the Bucs much to bring the speedy Reagor into Tampa Bay. While he is a former first-round pick, the Cleveland Browns just shipped Baker Mayfield to the Carolina Panthers, who they drafted number-one overall in 2018, and all they got back was a conditional fifth-round pick. Mayfield is also a quarterback. That bodes well for the Buccaneers potential price tag to acquire Reagor. He also still has two years left on his rookie deal, which would help him Bucs financially in terms of managing their bucks as well.
Reagor wouldn’t have as much pressure in Tampa Bay as he does in Philadelphia either. Part of that has to do with just the nature of the cities and fan bases, but also with the role and expectations he would have in a change of scenery.
In Philly, he was expected to produce like a first round pick, and like Justin Jefferson who he was drafted ahead of, and hasn’t exactly lived up to that. In Tampa Bay, he would play the third or fourth option for Brady while Godwin nurses himself back to health, and when Godwin does get back, Reagor would slide down the pecking order a peg. That would take the pressure off of him, and coupled with the fact that he would have Brady now throwing him the ball, a move could pay off in dividends for all parties involved.
Sure, it’s entirely possible at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are done making anything resembling a “splash “move, especially with training camp all but here. However, if they were to make at least one more, Jalen Reagor is an option they should at the very least explore.