Buccaneers’ Bowles on Trade Deadline, “We’re Listeners”


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers currently sit at 3-4 and in third place in the division. So naturally with the NFL’s trade deadline coming up the question is, are the Pewter Pirates buyers, or sellers? The answer appears to be neither.

Head coach Todd Bowles spoke with the media Monday where he was asked that question. His response was, well, not what most fans wanted to hear.

Via buccaneers.com’s Scott Smith,

“Todd Bowles on if the Bucs are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline: We’re listeners. We’re not looking to buy or sell, we’re looking to listen.”

Here’s the thing, the team is still in competition for the division, albeit they’re fading fast. So the question is, are they sincerely looking to compete for a playoff birth? If the answer is yes, then you’d think they would be doing any and everything to improve the team. Or maybe they’ve come to the realization that their only path to the playoffs is by winning the division and they don’t think they will or can? Either belief would still mean they should be buying or selling. Standing pat is saying “everything is fine”, which it isn’t.

You’ve got a lot of player contract extensions to figure out this upcoming offseason. Mike Evans, Tristan Wirfs, Devin White, Antoine Winfield Jr, and Lavonte David to name a few. Mathematics say you won’t be able to get them all in under the cap. So why not look to move one of them? Wouldn’t it make sense to get SOMETHING for one of them? Go ahead, we’re listening.


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