Buccaneers make quality trade with defender to bolster the roster
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers didn’t have a place for Grant Stuard any longer, so it is good news for the team that they were able to find a trade partner.
Trading players that the Buccaneers were already going to cut is great business by the front office.
It might come as a surprise to some, but the Bucs have bigger needs on their roster than a player that can only find success on special teams. A player like this helps, but them being a liability on defense drops their overall value to the team.
This is what happened to the Buccaneers with Grant Stuard.
Stuard was a good special teamer for the defending champs, but he brought almost nothing on the defensive side of the ball.
Special teams helps, but it isn’t the third of the game that some would see it as. Stuard not being able to play any defense when there were other options on the roster that could do both sealed the deal for his future.
Rather than cutting Stuard, the Buccaneers made the right decision to send him to the Colts alongside a seventh-round pick to net a six-round pick.
What a great deal for the Buccaneers.
Stuard was decent for Tampa, but he wasn’t the player that some saw him as. Rather than staying put with a guy that had no long-term future on the roster, the Bucs were able to flip him for a pick that could actually bring a quality player to the team down the road.
The other good side of this move is that it means that Olakunle Fatukasi should make the roster, and he projects to bring the same talent on the special teams end while also being a much better defender.
Again, this was a great move by the Buccaneers.
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