The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are off to a fantastic 5-2 start.
There do not appear to be any gaping holes in their roster, and the injury bug has not bitten them as much as other NFL teams.
With that being said, the team wants to make the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl especially since it is being played in their home stadium in 2021.
Here are two potential trades the Bucs could pursue prior to the trade deadline on November 3, 2020.
Note that both players are nose tackles.
A few weeks ago, the Bucs lost nose tackle Vita Vea for the remainder of the season with a broken leg.
And in the meantime, the team picked up 34-year-old Steve McLendon to pick up the slack in Vea’s absence.
Arians on the new DT Steve McLendon: "I love Steve. He is a great human being. He jumped in the car. He had his clothes shipped in and, seeing his face in the locker room, this is the first game he won this year"
— Gabrielle Shirley (@WFLAGabrielle) October 26, 2020
Bruce Arians says new Bucs NT Steve McLendon played "lights-out" on the interior line in his debut with the team Sunday.
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) October 26, 2020
So McLendon is off to a good start after coming over from the Jets, but just in case the Bucs want a little extra help.
Here are two names they could pursue.
These players will definitely appear on several teams’ short lists.
1. Quinnen Williams – Nose Tackle, New York Jets
.@QuinnenWilliams been all over the place.
— New York Jets (@nyjets) November 1, 2020
The Jets are 0-7.
One bright spot has emerged from this team in 2020 and that is NT Quinnen Williams.
Williams is 22 years old; he played at Alabama.
He is in the 2nd year of his 4 year contract.
Williams is earning a base salary of $675,000.
Trading Quinnen Williams makes no sense to me personally. He’s cheap & playing good football. Unless you get a great haul, I don’t get it #Jets
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) October 27, 2020
Depends on the source as to whether the Jets are open to trading Williams.
Jets are trying to trade Quinnen Williams before the Nov. 3 deadline, per @MMehtaNYDN
Williams ranks 47th among DTs (69.9) since he entered the league in 2019 pic.twitter.com/vvjNMEuI7Z
— PFF (@PFF) October 27, 2020
– the jets are not shopping quinnen williams, per league sources.
– teams are interested in trading for quinnen williams.
– it’s going to take more than a day 2 pick to pull away a cap-controlled, 22-year old emerging star from a team with almost no talent on it
— charles (#1 going hyperdrive fan) mcdonald (@FourVerts) October 27, 2020
Through 8 games Williams has 18 solo tackles in 2020.
He recorded 15 total solo tackles through the entire 2019 season.
Green Bay, Las Vegas, and Cincinnati are among a growing list of teams interested in Quinnen Williams.
2. Dalvin Tomlinson – Nose Tackle, New York Giants
Dalvin Tomlinson has been the clear-cut best #Giants player over the last two seasons (James Bradberry wasn't here in 2019 but he's making a run at it).
Doesn't matter what position he plays, or how many key assets DG has irresponsibly poured into IDL, he's a must re-sign for me. https://t.co/CwlI8rffRz
— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) October 26, 2020
Another Alabama alumnus, Dalvin Tomlinson, is another potential option for Tampa Bay.
He is 26 years old.
2020 is the 4th and final year of his contract; he will be a UFA next year.
Tomlinson’s base salary in 2020 is just under $1.1 million.
He has played in every game since he was signed in 2017.
In 7 games in 2020, he has 16 solo tackles.
The Giants are 1-6 and ironically close out the Week 8 NFL schedule with a Monday night game against the Bucs.
There may be more incentive to make a deal to get Tomlinson after Brady and company have to deal with him in an up close and personal manner.
As with Williams, it is unclear if the Giants are willing to trade a young talented player.
Green Bay and Buffalo are rumored to be interested in Tomlinson also.