However, Tampa Bay rebuffed New England, saying they’re not interested in trading the 24-year-old tight end despite his limited usage so far in 2019.
Breer adds the Patriots are expected to explore other trade options at tight end ahead of the Tuesday, October 29, deadline.
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.