Buccaneers could trade for Houston Texans cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, according to reports.
Tampa Bay could be considering former Buccaneers CB Vernon Hargreaves III as a trade target as the trade deadline approaches.
According to Bleacher Report’s Erin Walsh, Hargreaves of the Houston Texans has emerged as one of the Bucs’ “solid possibilities” at cornerback. “It’s unknown who cornerbacks the Bucs might be eyeing,” she said, adding that Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden and Denver Broncos defender Kyle Fuller are possible options.
While Hargreaves is listed as a first-string defensive back on the Texans’ depth chart, Walsh claims he has played more of a reserve role this season. In eight games this season, Hargreaves has 27 tackles, three pass deflections, and an interception.
Walsh remarked that he had “struggled in the Houston secondary” and could “benefit from a change of scenery.”
Hargreaves, a native of Tampa, would also return home. He joined the Buccaneers as the 11th overall choice in the 2016 NFL Draft. He had 125 tackles, 19 pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and an interception in nearly four seasons with the Bucs.
According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, Tampa Bay dismissed Hargreaves after benching him during the 2019 season due to underperformance despite obtaining a fifth-year option on his rookie deal. After being claimed by the Texans, he appeared in six more games that season. He also appeared in all 16 games for the Texans previous season.
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According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, “some in league circles,” Tampa Bay will likely make a bid for a cornerback.
When it comes to the secondary’s health, the Bucs aren’t out of the woods yet. Richard Sherman, the starting cornerback, is still recovering from a hamstring injury, and Dee Delaney, who had filled in late, has an ankle problem.
Inventive starters Sean Murphy-Bunting and Carlton Davis III are both on injured reserve due to injuries.
In the midst of the injuries and a 20th-ranked pass defense, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians didn’t seem overly concerned about finding a trade partner.
“No, we just keep playing with the guys we have and see what happens,” Arians said following his team’s Week 6 victory over the Eagles. “We’ll see how long (the injury) lasts, and then the next man up.”
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