Best Trade: Buccaneers get an absolute haul from Bengals for No. 19 pick
The disclaimer here is that Barnwell is in no way reporting that this trade is something that might happen.
That being said, start lighting candles all over Tampa to try and wish this offer into existence because it’s an absolute steal of a deal.
A common theme throughout this ranking, and throughout the offseason, has been the need for offensive tackle help. This is a pretty decent class at the top, and the Bucs would be wise to try and pair one of the top tackles with Tristan Wirfs as a foundation for the future. But there’s an alterante route that involves not drafting any of the top four guys and instead plugging in a veteran playing with a chip on his shoulder.
Jonah Williams got Goodfella’d by the Bengals this offseason when they signed Orlando Brown Jr., creating an awkward situation that Williams wants no part of. The Bucs could bring him in and pair him with Wirfs, creating a pretty solid duo to protect whoever ends up being the quarterback of the future. Williams is only a year older than Wirfs, so this could be a long-term pairing that pays off for years to come if all goes well.
It would mean moving to the back of the first-round, as the Bengals have the No. 28 pick, but that could still work out to create a dream scenario. Let’s assume the hype train for Hendon Hooker slows down a bit and he’s still on the board when the Bucs go on the clock with the Bengals pick. Tampa Bay could come away from Day 1 with Williams at tackle and Hooker as the aformentioned quartberack of the future.
All of this is pie-in-the-sky stuff, but every slice of it would taste fantastic and put the Bucs in an absolutely brilliant situation moving forward.