Despite plenty of buzz in the final hours, the NFL's trade deadline came and went without much fanfare.
While big names and potential blockbuster deals were rumored throughout Tuesday, with stars like New York Jets safety Jamal Adams, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris, Jr., Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams, and Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay among them, the deadline passed with only a couple of smaller deals struck.
For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that meant declining any and all interest for tight end O.J. Howard, who had become the object of much speculation in recent weeks.
A former first-round pick out of Alabama, Howard has been on the field plenty in his first season under new head coach Bruce Arians, but he's seen very few looks in the passing game. Despite his rare combination of size and athleticism, Howard has been used more as a blocker this season than a pass-catching weapon who can create mismatches through the air.
Still, despite reports of multiple teams inquiring with the Bucs about what it would cost to acquire him, Tampa Bay opted to keep Howard for the remainder of the season.
The Bucs weren't the only team that quietly allowed the deadline to pass without making a seismic deal. Multiple deals were rumored in the final hours Tuesday, but none of them resulted in an actual deal being struck.
Arguably the biggest deadline deal of the year was struck by the Los Angeles Rams, who sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins along with former Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib, making the deal little more than a salary dump. Talib was also a former first-round pick of the Bucs.
Tampa Bay's lack of movement at the deadline backs up recent remarks from head coach Bruce Arians, who made it clear he was far more interested in winning games this season than planning for the future.