Trade compensation and playoff-bound teams?
I firmly believe the Tennessee Titans are playoff-bound, but the Tampa Bay Bucs aren’t locks.
Maybe Tom Brady helps make them less volatile and that gets them to a winning season, but they are in the NFC South and will have to contend with the New Orleans Saints. In the wildcard, they are going to have to have better records than all but one of these teams: Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks.
That is a tough task for Tom Brady two years ago, much less the 2020 version.
However, with an improved running game and a multidimensional offense, they stand a good chance even with a more conservative game plan.
This is a move that could give the Bucs the bump they need to make the playoffs and it could help the Titans make their strength, stronger which is something they have tried to do at every turn this offseason.
With an extra pick in the 3rd and 6th rounds, maybe the Titans can swap out a 4th round pick for 5th that elevates to a 4th if the Bucs finish further in the playoffs than Tennessee? That seems like a fair trade for a TE that the Bucs won’t use but who would make the Titans better in a few ways.
Tennessee Titans receive: Cameron Brate, 2021 5th round* pick (This is a conditional pick that escalates to a 4th round pick if the Bucs are lower in the draft order than the Titans)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers receive: 2021 4th round draft pick