Hypothetical Hump Day: Should the Bucs Go After Jackson or Watkins?
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While the Buccaneers have filled numerous holes in free agency, one position still needs to be addressed. With one of the worst offenses in the NFL in 2013, the Bucs are still in search of playmakers to turn their offense around in 2014.
With most of the top receivers off the market in free agency, two big names might be available via trade.
On Fan Interference with Justin Pawlowski and Jim Lighthall every Wednesday, we dive into these possible trade scenarios on a day we call “Hypothetical Hump Day.”
Rumors out of Philadelphia have the Eagles potentially listening to offers for star wide receiver Desean Jackson. Jackson and head coach Chip Kelly have had their personalities clash, and the feeling in Philadelphia is that Kelly prefers bigger receivers to the smaller Jackson.
Jackson played for new Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford while at Cal, which could be a benefit or detriment to the Bucs being interested in the attitude-driven Desean Jackson.
The Eagles are apparently asking for a 3rd round selection in return for Jackson. Pick compensation is not the only factor to this trade. Jackson also holds a price tag of over $10 million that would have to be renegotiated by his new team. Currently, the Bucs are a little more than $17.5 million under the cap.
Watkins has been regarded by many of the top NFL draft analysts as one of the top receivers to come out of college in the last decade. Watkins impact in the NFL could be equivalent to receivers like AJ Green, Calvin Johnson, and Julio Jones.
To ensure a chance at drafting Watkins, a team might have to trade up to the 2nd overall selection.
Word around the league and in Orlando (UCF pro-day) has the St Louis Rams actively shopping the number two pick in the draft…—
Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) March 19, 2014
According to the “NFL Draft trade value chart,” the Rams 2nd overall selection is worth 2600 points. The Bucs 1st round (1500), 2nd round (520), and 3rd round (245) still do not equal the 2600 that might be needed to move up to secure the electric Watkins. Now it is possible, with this being such a talented draft, that the Rams might be willing to take less than what the value chart says their pick is worth.
What would you be willing to give up for either of these players? Tune into Fan Interference from 9-12 on Wednesday during Hypothetical Hump Day to let your voice be heard!