The NFL Trade Deadline is Tuesday, October 28 at 4p.m. EST. While the NFL does not enjoy the trading flurry that other leagues such as the NBA and MLB enjoy, there could be some players moved later this afternoon or tomorrow. Two players that are currently hot in trade rumors are from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. WR Vincent Jackson and RB Doug Martin. Neither player hs any ties to current Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith and with a season already lost after eight games, the Buccaneers could be looking to stockpile draft picks for 2015.
The veteran receiver, Jackson, is currently under contract through the 2016 season. His salary for this season is $10 million and will play for $9.7 million in 2015 and 2016. While he did post his two best career yardage seasons under former Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano in 2012 and 2013, he has been absent from the Tampa offense this season. He received just one target on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
Tampa drafted WR Mike Evans in the first-round of the 2014 NFL Draft and he looks like a mirror image of Jackson. Both are big, physical receivers. Tampa could be looking to move Jackson, who turns 32 in January right now. Why not? Get some value for him. This team is far from being ready to contend for the playoffs. Clear some money off the books for 2015. Who might be interested?
New England Patriots– New England has a recent history of making moves together. Vincent gives them a big body, something they have been missing as well as a veteran presence. I wouldn’t look for the Patriots to overpay, but they might be interested.
Seattle Seahawks– Percy Harvin has been moved by the ‘Hawks. Seattle is struggling offensively. They are now two games back in the NFC West and they lack a veteran at the wideout position. This is a team that generally likes to build it’s team through the draft, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see some interest.
Kansas City Chiefs– Dwayne Bowe is a failure at wide receiver. The Chiefs have gotten back into the AFC playoff race and Jackson would provide a real deep threat with sure hands.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been rumored to be interested, but I’m not buying that currently. As a longshot, I’d suggest the Cleveland Browns as a team that might have interest. The future regarding Josh Gordon is cloudy. Even if Gordon is able to stay on the straight and narrow after his suspension is done, Jackson would pair up nicely with him.
After posting an eye-popping rookie season where he totaled nearly 2,000 yards and 12 scores, Martin has been injury plagued. He comes with a cheap pricetag, playing at just $1 million this season and $1.2 million in 2015. Tampa Bay drafted Charles Sims in the third round of the NFL Draft and he is slated to return to the club in Week Nine. Martin has struggled this season with an average of just 2.9 yards per carry playing behind a miserable offensive line. Martin is still just 25 and comes with a good upside. Who might be interested?
Buffalo Bills– Buffalo is now without Fred Jackson and C.J Spiller for the rest of the season. Jackson is on the wrong side of 30 and Spiller has likely played his last down for the Bills after breaking his collarbone. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon combined for 29 carries for 59 yards against the New York Jets on Sunday. Buffalo might take a shot at Martin for a late round pick.
New England Patriots– Okay, the Patriots are not going to trade for two offensive players from the Buccaneers, but they could use some help in the backfield. Martin is a sure handed back and has a nose for the goal line when he played behind a decent offensive line.
Denver Broncos– Monte Ball remains out and appears to be a bust as a draft choice. Adding Martin gives Denver a running back with some big play ability and good pass protection skills. Can’t believe the Broncos want to make a Super Bowl push with Ball and Hillman in the backfield.
Another Buccaneers player that might be on the block, S Dashon Goldson. The Philadelphia Eagles are rumored to be in the mix for perhaps adding a safety. Goldson has been slowed by injury issues since week four but is considered a hard hitting player in the secondary. Playing under a $6 million dollar contract this season after securing $22 million in guaranteed money in 2013 from Tampa, he could be on his way out of town.
It’s highly doubtful that all three of these players are moved by tomorrow afternoon. It is a signal though that Tampa might be ready to shed even more of their roster heading into 2015. The Buccaneers should listen to any and all offers for just about anyone on their current roster. This season is lost.
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