ESPN’s Adam Schefter expects the Buccaneers to once again be heavily involved in trade talks during the offseason.
Schefter reports that although the Buccaneers did not trade RB Doug Martin before last week’s deadline, “multiple people around the league” believe Tampa Bay is still open to listening to trade offers for him after this season.
Vincent Jackson was the most popular name mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the deadline, but the Buccaneers elected to keep him after teams reportedly were unwilling to offer the type of compensation Tampa Bay was looking for.
However, Schefter mentions that the Buccaneers could also shop Jackson around the league this offseason as well.
“The circumstances are ripe for it,” Schefter writes. “Jackson is not expected to be willing to take a pay cut from Tampa Bay after this season, setting up a situation like the one Revis went through with the Buccaneers last offseason, when the team finally released him since no team was willing to trade for him and his contract.”
Martin, 25, still has two years remaining on his four-year, $6,787,528 rookie contract with reasonable base salaries of $1,007,048 (2014) and $1,315,572 (2015) coming his way.
Recent reports have said that the Bucs actually prefer rookie Charles Sims‘ running style and are eager to get him involved in their offense.
Jackson, 31, is in the third year of his five-year, $55,555,555 contract that includes $26 million guaranteed. He’ll make base salaries of $10 million, $9,777,777, and $9,777,778 over the final three years of his contract.
So far this season, Jackson has caught 32 passes for 443 yards receiving and two touchdowns over the course of eight games.