Are Buccaneers shopping quarterbacks? It's a no-brainer
UPDATE, 1:33 p.m.: Asked to comment on the rumors, coach Raheem Morris would not confirm nor deny: "Everybody in this league, all 32 teams, around this time start calling other front offices. I can't control who calls us. Everybody's interested in everybody else's roster. That's just talk."
POSTED 11:20 p.m.: So, NFL.com reports the Bucs are shopping any of three quarterbacks on the trade market, basically everyone but Josh Freeman.
Do we buy this? Absolutely.
We suggested this last week, figuring any general manager worth his salt would explore this possibility when his team has four quarterbacks but intends to keep just three. If a team was willing to give the Bucs a draft pick for any of the available quarterbacks, it takes the decision of whom to cut out of their hands.
But don't go getting excited and pitching potential trade scenarios (before you ask, no, they're not going to acquire Brandon Marshall by moving one of these quarterbacks). This will be a tough deal to pull off. Teams know the Bucs are going to cut one of their quarterbacks, so how much value are they willing to place on a player who will soon be on the street?
Probably not very much, which is what makes this such a long shot.