The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit at 3-5 as we approach the NFL’s trade deadline. The Bucs just placed OLB Shaq Barrett on Injured Reserve. The team overall is thin at several positions. All of this points to the Bucs being “buyers” at the deadline. But could they also be “sellers”?
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Mike Garofalo and Tom Pelissero dropped an article recently that list buyers and sellers ahead of the trade deadline. The article lists the Bucs as buyers and according to “multiple sources” sellers in the form of defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting.
“A starter during his first three seasons. Murphy-Bunting has seen his role diminish in 2022 and has missed the past two games with a quad injury, though he’s believed to be close to healthy now. Murphy-Bunting’s talent, experience (31 NFL starts), age (25) and cheap rookie contract (due about $1.41 million for the rest of 2022) make him a logical target and Tampa Bay will have suitors if it’s willing to move him.”
Murphy-Bunting has had some high “highs” and low “lows” during his time in Tampa. The diminished role he’s seen this year is the main reason for the Buccaneers to consider this. He’s young, cheap and experienced. The Bucs need draft capital and this might be the way to get it.
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