Buccaneers Rumors: 4 NFC South trades that need to happen before the deadline

Could we see a shakeup in the NFC South come October 31?

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As the NFL trade deadline nears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans are wondering if the franchise will make a move or not.

At 3-2, the Bucs lead the NFC South, despite losing two out of their last three contests. With a roster that looks more competitive than some may have thought, could they be buyers at the deadline?

How about the rest of the division? Let's take a look at four trades that should happen within the NFC South, each of which will benefit the team in some fashion, whether it's immediate or long-term.

Trade Number 1: The Panthers get maximum value for Brian Burns

The Seattle Seahawks currently have the fourth-most sacks in football with 19 on the season. The interesting part of how they're doing it, though, is that no one on the team has more than 3.0 and the sacks are coming from all different positions. Even rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon has 2.0, himself.

If the Seahawks wanted to truly bolster their defense and make it championship-worthy, landing a pass rusher like Brian Burns would certainly do the trick. They already have a loaded secondary, but getting a prolific player up front like Burns would make that front seven quite frightening.

Burns trade

The Panthers have long been rumored to deal Burns, who is playing on the fifth-year option this season. If Carolina isn't interested in signing him to a long-term contract, and a team like Seattle would be happy to do so, then a trade like the above one would make sense for both sides.