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For Bucs and others, pulling off trades easier said than done



We know the Bucs are believed to be exploring some trade possibilities given the thin free agent market.

But when it comes to executing deals for big-name players who are said to be on the trading block, you're probably wondering why any general manager worth a dang wouldn't, for instance, give a third-round pick for Arizona's Anquan Boldin.

If only it were that easy.

What you have to remember is that the compensation given to the player's team is only half the equation. What everyone forgets is that, in the case of Boldin and Denver receiver Brandon Marshall, the player is going to want a massive contract extension. And the Bucs would need to make certain they can agree on the parameters of such a deal before making the trade. If a player is disgruntled because he feels underpaid by his current team, don't you think he's going to be disgruntled if he feels underpaid by his new team. 

And one thing we don't know is what these players' contract demands actually are. Yes, they're worth considerable money. But that doesn't mean anyone is going to give them a blank check, especially in this cost-conscious era we've embarked on with the start of the uncapped year. And where the Bucs are concerned, they are going to be very, very reluctant to give up any draft picks this year heading into what they believe is the best draft in years.

So, when you ask yourself what's the holdup and why haven't the Bucs pulled off that blockbuster trade, remember it's hardly ever as easy as it appears.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:56pm]


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