TRADE RUMOR 🚨: A potential trade involving Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has been one of the “hottest rumor(s)” among NFL scouts, per Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller.
Howard has been barely utilized in Tampa Bay’s high-volume passing attack with only 13 receptions, 176 receiving yards, and 0 TDs to his name through 6 games. Coming out of Alabama as the 19th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Howard checked just about as many boxes as you could ask for. At 6’6” 251 lbs he has awesome size and stature for a tight end. He also killed the combine with his 4.51 speed and 11.01 Agility Score, which both rank in the 98th percentile amongst every TE to filter in and out of the league since 2013. He’s a dangerous receiver with that sort of size and athleticism, but he was also a capable blocker since the day he entered the league which is really rare to see from a young tight end.
In his first two NFL seasons, Howard was arguably THE MOST efficient TE in the league in terms of his receiving game. Heading into 2019 considering his prior efficiency, overall prospect profile, and the projected increased opportunity, I thought he was going to smash. Unfortunately, Howard has arguably been my biggest miss this season because as we covered earlier, he just hasn’t been utilized. That doesn’t mean Howard lacks the talent though. I still believe he’s going to develop into a top 3 TE in this league at least.
Just through my own research if I had to rank Howard’s top 5 most likely landing spot via trade, it’d be:
Just to be clear, with all trade rumors we must understand that they are just RUMORS and odds are nothing will come of them, but with Jason Licht at GM, I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Howard was dealt. It’s also worth noting that when asked about Seattle only having two healthy TEs on the roster, HC Pete Carroll said the team was “working on some stuff”. Could mean a trade is in the works for Howard or someone else, which is why the Seahawks are No. 1 on my most likely destinations.