The move allows teams to better gauge their playoff feasibility before deciding for or against making a move, much like Major League Baseball, which waits until the end of July—two-thirds into their season—before cutting off direct trades.
While trades in the NFL usually lack the star power and wow factor that MLB is known for, there are normally a handful of deals that get done before the deadline nonetheless.
Having said that, what should the Bucs do if another team calls inquiring about one of their players?
Mind you, trading away talent isn't necessarily waving the white flag, so long as it isn't detrimental to depth. That is, after all, the reason for having quality depth—it's an asset in every sense of the word.
Better yet, who should the Bucs target in an effort to shore up their team? Linemen? Secondary?
Here are three trade-deadline deals that the Bucs should seriously consider.