Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has come up as a speculative trade candidate leading up to this year’s deadline, given that he hasn’t had much of a role in Bruce Arians‘ offense this year, and would likely draw a decent amount of interest from teams around the league.
However, Rick Stroud reports that the Buccaneers are not interested in trading Howard, whom they view as a quality tight end with 2-3 more years control, depending on whether they tag him in the coming years.
Howard, 24, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2017. He signed a four-year, $11.094 million contract that included a $6.208 million signing bonus and he stands to make a base salary of $1.47 million for the 2019 season.
Howard’s contract includes a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.
In 2019, Howard has appeared in six games and caught 13 passes for 176 yards receiving and no touchdowns.