The NFL's annual trade deadline is approaching Tuesday afternoon, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in a curious position.
At 2-5, it would make sense for the team to be sellers at the deadline, especially considering their lack of cap space and the amount of needs they'll need to fill next offseason.
But head coach Bruce Arians made it clear after Sunday's loss to the Titans that he's more focused on winning this season than trading assets that could help them now for future considerations.
That could keep the team from dealing former first-round pick O.J. Howard, a young and talented tight end who hasn't been used much in the passing game this season, despite his rare skill set. The team reportedly turned down interest from the New England Patriots for Howard, but as the deadline approaches, it's possible Tampa Bay could soften to the idea.
It's hard to imagine any other players on Tampa Bay's roster getting much interest. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul and Ndamukong Suh, and tight end Cameron Brate could possibly draw some offers, but likely not enough to make the Bucs entertain them.
If the Bucs want to upgrade their league-worst pass defense, adding a dynamic safety like Jamal Adams would be a huge boost. It would likely be out of Tampa Bay's price range in terms of compensation, but the Jets appear to be at least entertaining offers on the former top-10 pick:
In other news around the league, a former Buc is headed to a new team, as the Rams are shipping cornerback Aqib Talib to the Miami Dolphins: