Three trade targets to bolster the Bucs’ defense at the deadline

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to defend their title. Photo from USA Today.

It didn’t take long before Tampa Bay Buccaneers trade rumors 2021 showed up all over the internet, even though the reigning Super Bowl champions have played outstanding football since the start of the season.

It was clear that Bruce Arians’ team didn’t have many areas of improvement. They have an explosive and balanced offense, one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and a physical and strong front seven that only got better as the past season went by.

But you know how the saying goes. Even great things could be better, and the Buccaneers wouldn’t be doing their job if they weren’t working overtime to try and improve the few flaws you could find on their roster. With that in mind, some of the Bucs trade targets could actually assure them another Vince Lombardi trophy.

Buccaneers trade rumors 2021

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the deepest and most stacked rosters in the league, so finding someone who’s available and that could improve any of their areas of their team is a tricky task. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

There’s a handful of veteran players that seem up for grabs and that are most likely to be dealt before the November 2 trade deadline.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the Bucs trade targets for the next couple of days.

3. Kyle Fuller

It’s not a secret that the Denver Broncos‘ defense has vastly underperformed, especially when you consider the fact that most analysts thought they would rank near the top of the league in that regard. Moreover, plenty of fans have pointed the finger at Kyle Fuller for that.


While you can’t blame a single player for a team’s poor performances, Fuller has been far from the prolific stopper he was before arriving at Mile High. He’s struggled in man-to-man coverage and has been torched more often than not on deep plays.

That’s why he’s likely to be available at a discount as his trade value continues to drop as the days go by. He’s not playing well right now but he’s talented enough to turn things around, so maybe all he needs is a change of scenery.

2. Marcus Maye

Good defense and the New York Jets are two phrases that you rarely see next to each other, but you can’t blame Marcus Maye for that. If anything, the safety has been one of the few bright spots for Robert Saleh’s ever-struggling team this season.

Unfortunately, General Manager Joe Douglas needs to gather as many assets as he can to try and improve his roster in the draft, meaning that Maye is likely to get the same treatment as Jamal Adams, although teams could be wary of overpaying for him.

The Buccaneers’ secondary defense has been one of the few areas of concern for Bruce Arians, so they should make a run at a game-changing safety like Maye. We expect the Jets to be panic-sellers as the trade deadline approaches.

1. Xavien Howard

As you can tell by now, all of the Bucs trade targets are defensive players, and for very good reasons.

They already have Leonard Fournette, Giovani Bernard, and Ronald Jones III on the backfield and the best receivers corps in the league in Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin.

This team is stacked from start to finish but they could certainly use some help at the corner back position. Clearly, a washed-out Richard Sherman wasn’t what they needed to get better, which is why we expect them to take part in the Xavien Howard sweepstakes.

The talented cornerback wants no part of the struggling Miami Dolphins, who could also try and part ways with DeVante Parker or even Tua Tagovailoa.

If Brady gets Howard, it’s over for the rest of the league.

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