The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2023 NFL offseason with serious salary cap issues. Following three years of kicking the proverbial can down the road in pursuit of Lombardi greatness.
The good news is this strategy did in fact net the team a Lombardi, but now with Brady gone there’s some cleaning to do. Like most outlets we have posted content showing how the team could get back under the league’s salary cap. Albeit some of our ideas (as well as other outlets) were hard pills to swallow for the Buccaneers’ faithful. But with great reward comes great sacrifice, or something Spider-Man-y.
Yes we’ve suggested moving Ryan Jensen could help the cap, other outlets have gone down similar paths, but this next one is a doozy.
Enter NFL Network’s Adam Rank, and his suggestion of who the Buccaneers should consider trading.
“In the wake of Tom Brady’s retirement, I’m not sure how close the Buccaneers are to being competitive. Even if they were to nab an accomplished veteran signal-caller — like, say, Derek Carr — I’m not sure how high the ceiling is. Winning a watered-down NFC South again? Alright, yeah, maybe. But actually, competing for a title? Hard to see. Thus, moving on from the 29-year-old Evans in the last year of his contract makes too much sense.”
“Evans actually would be a great acquisition for a number of teams, including some seriously looking to make a Super Bowl run. Like the Dallas Cowboys, who are desperate to venture beyond the Divisional Round for the first time since Bill Clinton’s first term. Turns out Jerry Jones and Co. probably made a mistake dealing Amari Cooper last year. Dak Prescott needs more juice out wide, and I imagine Evans — a Texas native who starred at Texas A&M — wouldn’t mind playing for the ‘Boys. If the Rams wanted to make another go at it, there’s another option. How about the Chiefs? Would that even be fair??”
.@adamrank: Mike Evans among five NFL players who should be traded this offseasonhttps://t.co/OGSQe0ROyf pic.twitter.com/0iSqXgaHH5
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) February 17, 2023
The Buccaneers are not trading Mike Evans!
Ok, we could go over every reason why this isn’t going to happen, starting with Evans was GM Jason Licht’s first pick with the organization. We could point out Evans’ unreal 1,000 yards in nine consecutive seasons to start his career. But none of those really factors in once you realize it would hurt the Bucs more financially to move him. We’ll let Fox Sports’ Greg Auman explain.
“It makes no sense for the Bucs to trade Mike Evans. They need cap space and trading him saves $2 million while creating $21 million in dead cap. Makes more sense to extend him.”
That my friends is what they call the “killshot” to this “Rank” narrative. Evans is staying a Buccaneer, and furthermore will most likely get an extension this offseason. Ok, can we put this to bed now?
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