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SI's King would be shocked at Bucs-Rams trade scenario



Count Sports Illustrated's NFL writer Peter King among the skeptics when it comes to speculation that the Bucs might want to trade up two spots with St. Louis to claim the No. 1 overall pick.

A report had the Bucs in discussions with the Rams about sending their first round (No. 3 overall) pick, a third rounder and QB Josh Johnson to St. Louis in exchange for the No. 1 overall selection.

But King, among many others, isn't buying it.

"I think I would be shocked—as would the St. Louis Rams, quite frankly—if the Bucs were remotely serious about trading up to number one in the draft from their spot at three,'' King wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column. "If you haven’t noticed in the last 15 months, the Bucs are shedding salary the way I wish I could shed pounds, which is to say, with consistent regularity. Paying JaMarcus Russell money ($39 million in the first three years of his Oakland deal) to a defensive tackle would blow everyone in the league away. As one source with knowledge of the inner workings of each team said to me in a text the other night when I asked about the chances of the Bucs and Rams dealing: “About the same as Colgate joining the Big East.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:55pm]


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