The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost again Sunday. A fumble by rookie tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins led to the 19-13 overtime setback at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. The Bucs are 1-6 and are in the midst of a nightmarish season.
When that happens, changes are in order. It seems that the first moves might include the trading of stars on the offensive side of the ball.
Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Bucs wide receiver Vincent Jackson is drawing interest from major contenders:
Someone may want to keep Jackson away from Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. If you saw what Brady, Brandon LaFell and Rob Gronkowski did to the Chicago Bears in New England's 51-23 win, it's scary to imagine how the offense would look with a weapon like Jackson.
The Seattle Seahawks obviously have a need for a deep threat having just traded Percy Harvin to the Jets. Jackson would give Russell Wilson something he doesn't have, and that's size at the wide receiver position. The 6'5", 230-pound 31-year-old could make a big difference in Seattle.
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running back Doug Martin may be a more likely trade piece, says ESPN's Adam Schefter. After an awesome rookie season, Martin hasn't been the same. He ran for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns as a rookie in 2012, but injuries limited Martin to just six games in 2013.
So far this season, Martin has rushed for just 166 yards in five games. Perhaps a change of scenery would help him regain his form. This season, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith has used Bobby Rainey and Martin, but because the Bucs have spent much of the season trailing their opponents, the running game hasn't been a major part of the offense.
As a team, the Bucs have 239 passing attempts to just 147 rushes. Martin could still be effective with more touches.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks might be in the market for a new running back sooner or later, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen:
Chemistry issues seem to be a major issue for the defending champions, and Marshawn Lynch seems to be the man most recently identified as a locker room disruption. While it may seem as though Lynch will remain with the team beyond Tuesday's trade deadline, it would be interesting to see if Seattle chose to part with Lynch if it received a strong offer.