Buccaneers Open To Trading O.J. Howard?

O.J. Howard might be on the block, after all. The Buccaneers would be willing to part with the athletic tight end for a “substantial offer,” Jenna Laine of ESPN.com (on Twitter) hears. 

Multiple teams have inquired on Howard in recent weeks, even as the Buccaneers told the world that he was not available. With ~24 hours to go before the October trade deadline, the Bucs may be willing to move him to a contender in need of a playmaker.

For the most part, Howard hasn’t been used all that much in Bruce Arians‘ offense. Through six games, Howard has just 13 grabs for 176 yards and zero scores. Last year, in ten games (eight starts), Howard managed 34 catches for 565 yards and five TDs. Arians might not have lots of ideas for Howard, but plenty of other teams would love to add a tight end of his caliber with deep threat potential.

The Patriots are said to be interested in the former first-round pick, though they also have other tight end targets in mind, such as Bengals notable Tyler Eifert. Howard would represent a younger option – he won’t turn 25 until November.

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7 comments on “Buccaneers Open To Trading O.J. Howard?

  1. Binks

    Please trade him anywhere they’ll use him. He’s crushing my TE play in my league.

    • Jcool90

      not funny. Dude shut the heck up. Get a life and drop him and do your “research” ahead of time!!! Dummy, he’s having a bad yr. he’s not leaving and not my team! NFL is zZZZzzzz anyways. College is better!

      • axisofhonor25

        Oh yeah, let’s do the research on the handful of tight end 1s that where all drafted before Howard, sans Andrews. Please spare us the ignorant post if you don’t follow NFL which is clear by you lack of draft knowledge.

  2. Ronk325

    How do you expect other teams to give up a “substantial offer” for a player when you’re team very clearly doesn’t value that player enough to utilize him? It would be one thing if Howard was having a big year and was a big part of their offense but he only has 13 receptions heading into week 9

  3. Maybe they should think about dumping the QB first.That may be the Buc’s real problem

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