Three NFL trade deadline targets Redskins could try to buy low on
O.J. Howard is the No. 1 player that the Redskins should look to acquire in a trade. He is by far the most sensible player to trade for from a need standpoint and for how he would fit the team’s future at tight end.
Right now, the Redskins have virtually nothing at tight end. Jordan Reed is on IR with a concussion and may never play again. Vernon Davis is starting to get healthier, but he’s a 35-year-old veteran at this point. Jeremy Sprinkle hasn’t done much as the lead tight end for the squad and while recent waiver-claim Hale Hentges has upside at tight end, he is far from proven.
In short, the Redskins need a new tight end. But the 2020 draft class doesn’t have a lot of options for them. They could target a guy like Austin Hooper in free agency, but the relative cost of getting Howard may be cheaper.
Howard, a former first-round pick by the Buccaneers, is in the midst of his third NFL season, but he’s having a tough season. Bruce Arians’ offense simply doesn’t value the tight end much, so Howard has been relegated to minimal production while also dealing with a hamstring injury. Still, Howard is a supremely talented athlete with the potential to be a top tight end in the league. And if the Bucs are willing to give him up for a Day 2 pick (which doesn’t seem likely at this time, but maybe they change their tune), the Redskins could decide to pounce on that.
Howard would immediately give the Redskins a top target at tight end and he would complement Terry McLaurin very well. And adding another weapon to the offense for Dwayne Haskins to utilize in the future would certainly be smart.
It’s not likely that the Redskins may any type of move. But we thought that last year before they acquired Ha Ha Clinton-Dix as well. So, maybe they’ll surprise. Still, it would be a lot smarter for them to offload some of their veterans to get more draft capital and accelerate their rebuild, so we’ll be watching that aspect of the deadline much, much closer.