Trade rumors update: O.J. Howard

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The NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching. Teams looking to make a playoff run or fill a need are exploring every potential player available. One player that apparently isn’t available is Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard

 

According MMQB’s Albert Breer the New England Patriots have inquired about Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard, but were told he’s not available for trade. The Buccaneers are deep at the tight end position but it is hard to justify parting ways with such a high draft pick after just two seasons.

The trade rumors have been flying around Howard for a couple of weeks. Howard’s lack of production and the perception that he doesn’t fit in head coach Bruce Arians’ scheme are the primary reasons these rumors have surfaced.

Keep in mind this is supposedly coming from the Patriots so take it with a grain of salt. The fact remains the Buccaneers are very deep at the tight end position and very thin at others. They need to make a move via trade or otherwise. The offensive line is horrible and the secondary is awful, something has to give.

 

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