Believe it or not, there are some people who believe the Buccaneers can go from worst to first during the 2015 season. There were several issues with Tampa Bay last season but if they in fact acquire the services of those they are being tied to, that chance can certainly become reality.
A player the Buccaneers are now reportedly linked to is Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on First Take that he thinks Peterson will be traded and he is hearing that the Bucs are among four teams that could acquire the running back's services.
Peterson, who turns 30 next month, has known current Buccaneers' defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier since his rookie season in 2007 with Minnesota where Frazier coached a total of 7 years. The obvious connection may make the pairing an easy suggestion. But his per season base salary of $12-million-plus dollars may make it a difficult decision. And of course, there is that child abuse case that will linger on.
Tampa Bay's backfield has seen their fair share of struggles since Doug Martin's rookie season. Bobby Rainey will have a couple good games with 100-yard performances but that number is skewed with a big run, then disappears again. Mike James has never panned out and Martin has had injury problems the past two seasons.
So should the Bucs go after Peterson? Absolutely, without hesitation. They may indeed have a shot at Peterson if he hits the open market. It'll just be more difficult acquiring him via a trade.
The idea of the Buccaneers having a potential star rookie quarterback protected by a running back all defenses fear sounds great. Mix that up with others like Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the recipe for a successful offense will be written.
You can hear more from the Peterson story in the video below.
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