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?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Derrick Henry
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Trade Number 4: The Bucs address their rushing woes with Derrick Henry

Finally, we come to the Bucs, who are struggling to run the football this season. Rachaad White simply hasn't been cutting it and the Bucs are, of course, definitely in the running to win this division. Baker Mayfield has played well this season, but he hasn't been backed by a good ground game. Tampa Bay is averaging just 78.8 yards per game on the ground, good for the fourth-worst in football.

Meanwhile, the Tennessee Titans could move on from the league's most dominant running back over the past several seasons in Derrick Henry. In the final year of his deal, Henry could cede his role to rookie Tyjae Spears by season's end, or by the time he is traded of course.

Derrick Henry trade

Now, we have already seen a trade proposal involving Henry and the Bucs recently, except this one I decided to change just a bit. In the one proposed by CBS, the Bucs gave up a third rounder. However, for an aging back like Henry, in the last year of his contract, a third-round pick might be a little too rich. Instead, here, the Bucs give up a fourth and a fifth.

Tampa Bay should be able to work their way toward the middle of the league in overall rushing after acquiring Henry. He should also give them the ability to sustain drives and close out games in the fourth quarter. This Bucs team looks better than some thought it would, and Henry gives them a real opportunity to claim the NFC South by season's end.