The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been the center of attention in the NFL rumors arena for quite awhile. A handful of these seemed viable but unlikely, while most typically resulted in the obligatory eye roll. This latest one falls into the latter category.
Recently Bleacher Report’s Ian Wharton floated a trade proposal that includes Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller. The proposal would send Miller to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2023 fifth-round pick.
“Miller’s lack of impact was shocking, considering the success he found with Tom Brady in their first year together. The speedy 5-foot-9, 174-pounder averaged 15.2 yards per catch and totaled 501 yards and three scores in 2020. He’s stuck behind the deepest receiving corps in the league, but would catch on in Baltimore with his ability to get open quickly.”
Miller’s role with the Buccaneers has been small but at times lucrative. Especially during Tom Brady’s first year in Tampa. That year, Miller posted over 500 yards and three touchdowns as the Buccaneers’ deep threat. Miller suffered a turf-toe injury early in the 2021 season, catching a handful of balls for less than 50 yards the entire season.
Trading Miller would free up just under $1 million in cap space for the Buccaneers. The problem here is the Bucs have decent depth at the wide receiver position, but still don’t know how long Chris Godwin will be out with his injury. Yes Miller was hurt for most of last year, but he does have chemistry with Brady. And that chemistry has a lot of potential in it. With the status of Rob Gronkowski still uncertain, it’s hard to see the Buccaneers letting go of a pass catcher right now. Especially for a fifth-round pick.
On the other hand, Miller IS heading into the last year of his rookie contract. The recent wide receiver’ free agent market has exploded in cost, that may hinder the Buccaneers ability to re-sign Miller. If that’s the Bucs decision moving forward then it’s better to get something for Miller instead of nothing. Even of that’s a lowly fifth-rounder.
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