Laine says she was told two weeks ago that he wasn’t available, echoing other reports. However, she says multiple teams have inquired as Howard’s usage has continued to be inconsistent.
A team like the Patriots that expressed interest earlier this season could now have a shot at acquiring the tight end.
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.
We’ll have more on Howard’s status ahead of the trade deadline as the news is available.