The trade deadline in the NFL doesn't typically churn out a lot to talk about, but if it does this year, the Bucs might be in the middle of most of those trades.
"Well, the biggest name is Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said again on Wednesday when asked about players receiving the most interest leading up to the trade deadline.
"I'm told general manager Jason Licht is receiving a ton of phone calls from several teams with interest in Vincent Jackson," Rapoport continued.
Teams with needs at wide receiver include the Chiefs, Patriots, Seahawks, Panthers, and Raiders. While the Bucs would likely not trade Jackson within their own division, teams like the Chiefs and Raiders have the cap room to be able to bring on Jackson and his hefty salary.
Despite what the Seahawks received in return for maligned WR Percy Harvin, I would anticipate the Bucs looking for a 2nd or 3rd round selection in return for their 31 year old receiver.
Vincent Jackson might not be the only Buccaneer to be receiving interest though.
"I'm also told there is several other Bucs players who are also receiving interest, similar stars who are set to make big money," Rapoport said of the Bucs activity leading up to the trade deadline on Tuesday.
Just listening to offers about players on a 1-5 team is no crime at all. If Licht is receiving interest in "similar stars who are set to make big money" like Vincent Jackson, one might only be able to assume who that might be. Dashon Goldson, Gerald McCoy, and Lavonte David fit that description, but dealing players like that is very difficult in the NFL.
Where there's smoke there's fire, and, for the Bucs at 1-5, it does not hurt one bit to listen to offers from other teams. If you have to trade away current players to help yourself for your future, then that might be just what you have to do to finally turn the Buccaneers into a consistent winner.
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