Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had a disappointing season thus far and now they're at a crossroads.
The Buccaneers now have two options. Do they let go of key talent before NFL trade deadline day Tuesday October 28th and risk falling further behind? Or do they keep battling away in the hope of some kind of improvement?
There are two players that the Bucs could potentially trade before the deadline. Both Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin have become dead weights in a team that is struggling tremendously and there is a possibility that one of them will be traded.
Trade deals on the table
Reports have suggested for weeks that NFL teams have been making calls for Jackson, but the chances of him leaving are slim because of the high compensation the Bucs would want for his services.
But Doug Martin on the other hand is a total different story. Recent reports have suggested that out of the two, the out-of-sorts running back is more likely to be dealt before the trade deadline.
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Bucs could be ready to deal
One of the reasons why Martin is more likely to leave the Bucs is because they have ready made replacements for him at running back.
Doug Martin doesn't look like he will ever find his 2012 rookie season form, and back-ups Bobbie Rainey and Charles Sims will easily be able to replicate and possibly even surpass Martin's current output.
And what the Bucs could get in exchange for a player in Martin who still has tremendous potential could play a key role.
A team like the New England Patriots are in the market for a tailback after the season ending injury that Stevan Ridley suffered a couple of weeks ago.
If there is a deal put on the table before the deadline, expect the Bucs to be trading Doug Martin in what has the potential to be a sensational move for the Bucs and the would be suitor, which we think could still be the Pats.
Roll on deadline day.