O.J. Howard on his way out? Tampa Bay reportedly attempted to trade veteran tight end
Rob Gronkowski’s decision to come out of retirement and join forces with Tom Brady may have been the big news of the week in the NFL but it looks like the movement down in Tampa Bay may not be done just yet.
Gronkowski’s addition to the roster in Tampa Bay has left some to wonder that exactly that means for O.J. Howard moving forward.
While it’s not unrealistic to think the Tampa Bay offense could feature both tight ends next season, something Brady enjoyed at times during his tenure in New England, the team has reportedly already been involved in trade discussions for the former Alabama tight end.
According to Jenna Laine of ESPN, Tampa Bay nearly landed offensive lineman Trent Williams in a trade for Howard two months ago:
A source told ESPN that the Bucs were in discussions to trade Howard two months ago to the Washington Redskins in exchange for offensive tackle Trent Williams, but talks fell through. The Bucs have until May 5 to determine if they’ll pick up the fifth-year option on Howard’s contract for 2021.
Howard was the franchise’s first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft and has caught 94 passes for 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns during his three seasons with the team.