Pro Football Network thinks the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should make a trade for a quarterback.

Don’t worry, Tom Brady isn’t retiring again. This would purely be a depth move.

PFN believes the Bucs are one of the teams that should be interested in trading for Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold.

The Panthers acquired former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield earlier this month which likely means Darnold, who started 11 games for Carolina last season, will be relegated to a backup role.

Here’s PFN’s reasoning:

The Buccaneers selected Kyle Trask in the second round of the 2021 draft, but he was rarely mentioned as a reliable successor when Tom Brady initially announced his retirement. If Tampa Bay isn’t sold on Trask, they could bring in Darnold as an alternative. Carolina may not want to trade within the division, but they’ll probably take anything they can get for Darnold.

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Jan 9, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA;Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold (14) runs out of the pocket as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches (56) pressures during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Buccaneers

I can’t see this happening. No way.

For starters, the Panthers don’t need to trade Darnold. The only way they’d deal Darnold would be if another team was going to take on his entire salary (Darnold is owed $18.8 million this year, which is fully guaranteed). And I think the chances of that happening are less than one percent.

So why would the Panthers trade a decent backup for nothing to a division rival for essentially nothing?

And on the Bucs’ side of things, what would they have to gain by trading for Darnold?

Darnold has shown us during his time with the Panthers and the New York Jets that he’s not a franchise quarterback. He’s not someone that’s going to be a successor to Brady in Tampa Bay. And if Brady goes down in 2022, the Bucs’ season is likely done (the same goes for any other team with an elite quarterback). Darnold certainly isn’t going to be the savior.

By the way, let’s not forget that Bucs head coach Todd Bowles saw plenty of Darnold in 2018. Bowles was fired as the Jets head coach after New York went 4-12. Darnold was 4-9 as a starter that season. I doubt Bowles wants to go back down that road.

I think we can file this one under “trades that are almost certainly never going to happen”.

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