O.J. Howard reportedly wants out of Tampa

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With Rob Gronkowski in, O.J. Howard likely will be out. At a minimum, he apparently wants out.

JoeBucsFan.com reports that the 2017 first-round pick would like a change of scenery.

Howard has never developed into the weapon that the Bucs thought he’d be in 2017, and if the Bucs are willing to trade Howard in the division a reunion with former Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter, now the offensive coordinator in Atlanta, could be interesting.

First, the Bucs have to want to trade him. As obvious as that possibility may seem on the surface, the Buccaneers may need to keep both Howard and Cameron Brate, given that they may want to ease Gronk in. Also, if Tampa Bay plans to use two-receiver, two-tight-end, one-running-back sets extensively this year, it makes sense to have a third tight end in whom they have confidence.

It definitely makes sense to keep an eye on Howard as potential trade bait for a Bucs team that has an embarrassment of riches in the passing game, and that hasn’t gotten the production it envisioned from Howard three years ago.

UPDATE 4:42 p.m. ET: A source close to Howard denies that Howard wants out of Tampa. Regardless, Howard is an obvious potential trade partner.

10 responses to “O.J. Howard reportedly wants out of Tampa

  1. When you see the way Howard played at Alabama and the way Tampa Bay has used him I think he is justified in wanting to move on.

  2. Who knew that being a wildly underutilized 1st round talent that has had his name mentioned constantly in trade rumors two straight seasons would possibly rub a guy the wrong way?

  3. After week 6 the headline will read : Mike Evans requests trade. Tired of running slants and outs.

  4. From what I saw last season, I think the Buc’s coaching staff also wants Howard out of Tampa.

  5. Why not stick around and prove your better than what you perceive to be what someone else might think? You know, the part about your really not that good after all.

  6. The Packers will get him for three used Chinese Virus masks…… one for Brady, Gronk & Arians.

  7. As a Bucs fan the guy has never shown consistent #1 TE play. Drops way to many balls and completely disappears for weeks at time. I truly believe the coaching staff hasn’t featured him because they don’t trust him. Brate while not as flashy is far more reliable to put along side Gronk in 2 TE sets. Gets what you can for Howard before the price drops too far.

  8. Shaun B says:
    April 23, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    As a Bucs fan the guy has never shown consistent #1 TE play. Drops way to many balls and completely disappears for weeks at time. I truly believe the coaching staff hasn’t featured him because they don’t trust him. Brate while not as flashy is far more reliable to put along side Gronk in 2 TE sets. Gets what you can for Howard before the price drops too far.

    You Bucs fan are never happy with your players. Howard has the same amount of drops in his career as the other guy Brate! It will be interesting when Gronk’s tiresome back flares up and you have already sent your only blocking and pass catching tight-end to Dallas, where he would be welcomed.

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