A Bucs-Joey Bosa trade that could rival the Kirk Cousins signing by Falcons

It's wild, it's highly unlikely, but let's talk it out because it would certainly be something.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Joey Bosa
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One of the biggest moves made around the NFL this offseason was when the Atlanta Falcons went out and signed quarterback Kirk Cousins to a monstrous, 4-year contract. It appeared the Tampa Bay Buccaneers now had a legitimate threat to worry about in this so-so NFC South.

While Cousins comes in as Atlanta's missing piece, the Bucs were no slouches this offseason. They brought back some of the most integral parts of this roster in Baker Mayfield, Mike Evans, Antoine Winfield Jr., among other moves.

Still, the Bucs could afford to try and make one more splash move before training camp kicks off, and maybe it could be a blockbuster, headlining type of deal that could rival the Falcons' move for Cousins.

There is still one gigantic move for the Bucs to make this offseason

Recently, Bleacher Report's Gary Davenport wrote up a piece where he outlined one trade candidate for every team in the league, and when it came time for the Los Angeles Chargers, he chose edge rusher Joey Bosa.

Wrote Davenport:

"Bosa has already been mentioned in trade rumors, and both he and Khalil Mack restructured their contracts in the offseason to help LA's then-dismal cap situation.

The Chargers have a replacement on the edge waiting in Tuli Tuipulotu. Frankly, whether it's Bosa or Khalil Mack (who posted a career-high 17 sacks in his age-32 season in 2023), the Bolts should get the best return they can for one of their star pass-rushers and look toward the future."

The Bucs might need to end the Joe Tryon-Shoyinka experiment. The three-year pro has only accumulated 13.0 sacks in three seasons with the Bucs, and Tampa Bay's defense could highly benefit from a prolific pass rusher like Bosa.

Now, injuries are certainly a concern, as he's played in 14 games over the past couple of seasons. But, if he's fully healthy now and can make it through the season, the Bucs defense would improve greatly. A season ago, the Bucs ended with 48 sacks as a team, which was actually in the upper half of the league (Baltimore led the way with 60).

Tampa accomplished that number without even possessing a double-digit sack artist in 2023. Add in a pass rusher like Bosa, who is fully capable of double digits when healthy, and Tampa Bay would be a whole lot better equipped going up against what should be a high-flying offense in Atlanta, led by Cousins.