Tuesday, April 29, 2014
GM: Buccaneers willing to trade down
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- Pre-draft meetings with the media are usually pretty dull, but Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht made Tuesday’s gathering interesting.
Licht officially put a “for sale’’ sign on Tampa Bay’s first-round pick, the seventh overall. Licht said the Bucs might be willing to trade down.
“That’s definitely something we’d look into,’’ Licht said. “We’ve already reached out to teams. If our player isn’t there, we’d be open to conversations about moving back.’’
The Bucs have been linked to a pair of Texas A&M players (quarterback Johnny Manziel and receiver Mike Evans) in a lot of mock drafts. Licht, who was joined by coach Lovie Smith, wasn’t tipping his hand on what the Bucs will do if they stay at No. 7.
But Licht seemed to be making a point to make it known that the Bucs are willing to trade out of the No. 7 spot.
“It’s the flavor that they want,’’ Licht said. “If a team loves a player around where we’re at and they don’t want to miss out on him …the bottom line is we’ve got to find a trade partner.’’
In other words, Licht is very open to taking calls to talk about a trade down. That makes sense because the Bucs have only six draft picks and Licht and Smith have talked about the importance of building through the draft.