The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) need help.

A lot their problems are due to ineffective execution and coaching, but injuries to key players at key positions have also been a big factor to 2022’s frustrations.

It remains to be seen if the Buccaneers make any moves before the November 1 trade deadline, but head coach Todd Bowles and co. certainly aren’t ruling anything out.

“If something comes across our table that we’re interested in and we think we can get some value, sure we’ll look at it,” Bowles told reporters last Wednesday.

It’s not just about obtaining players, however. The Buccaneers can always trade one of their own for whatever reason(s).

And, per NFL Network‘s insider trio of Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo, and Tom Pelissero, sources tell them fourth-year cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting is one of those players.

They explain below:

“A starter during his first three seasons, Murphy-Bunting has seen his role diminish in 2022 and has missed the past two games with a quad injury, though he’s believed to be close to healthy now. Murphy-Bunting’s talent, experience (31 NFL starts), age (25) and cheap rookie contract (due about $1.41 million for the rest of 2022) make him a logical target and Tampa Bay will have suitors if it’s willing to move him.”

There’s simply no way this is true nor will it happen

Those three are as good and as reliable as it gets when it comes to NFL news and information, but it’s impossible to believe that SMB is a potential trade piece.

There’s no way he gets traded either.

For starters, and with all due respect, Murphy-Bunting simply isn’t good. His play has fallen off a cliff since the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run and he’s also been injured the last two seasons. A dislocated elbow took him out of action for eight games in 2021 and he’s missed the last three weeks with a quad injury.

Regardless, the Buccaneers converted defensive back Antoine Winfield into the team’s nickel corner and also awarded cornerback Jamel Dean the No. 2 corner job opposite cornerback Carlton Davis III. SMB played outside when the Buccaneers were in base defense and he moved to nickel in the subpackages.

Meaning, he lost both of his jobs over the summer. He also didn’t play a single defensive snap until Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs (5-2). It’s safe to assume the main reason he’s seen playing time in a defensive capacity is because of injury to others.

And again, Murphy-Bunting is hurt. The third and final proverbial nail in the coffin is former second-rounder is in the last year of his rookie deal.

Why on earth would a team trade for a declining player who is injured and in the last year of his deal?

Plus, the Buccaneers secondary has been decimated by injuries over the last few weeks. Starting safety Logan Ryan is on IR, Mike Edwards missed the Week 7 contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers (2-6), and Davis III has missed the last two games with a hip injury.

Even though SMB isn’t the best option, the Buccaneers need him right now. It would be counterintuitive to trade him for a seventh- or even sixth-rounder.

All the respect to Rapoport, Garafolo, and Pelissero – but there is just no way this is true. Any move regarding Murphy-Bunting -for both parties- would be a terrible idea.

You can check out the NFL.com article, here.

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