Trade no. 1: Send Howard to the Bucs
Let’s look at it this way: New head coach Bruce Arians isn’t going to deal with Jameis Winston‘s immaturity for very long before he decides to move on. Maybe he attempts to get the most he can out of him this year, and assess the situation in 2020.
For now, Arians is looking at an offense featuring a plethora of firepower. You add Howard to a mix of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, DeSean Jackson, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate? That’s all the Bucs are missing. Howard would be their go-to workhorse back, which is something they have struggled to find as of late.
Ronald Jones may come around in his second year — maybe he won’t. Either way, Howard would cement the position. If Jones develops as the Bucs had hoped, they have a solid one-two punch in the back field.
Locking down the running back position would give the Bucs a lot more flexibility going into free agency and the draft — that sounds kind of unfortunate to say, seeing as they spent the capital last year to draft Jones.
Should Winston pan out for the Bucs to bring him back beyond this coming season, they are set at every major offensive position. But, if he doesn’t, at least Arians has his base of skill position players to move forward with — assuming they retain Howard.