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Bucs Q&A: Wouldn't this be a good time to trade Blount?
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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Q: With the trade deadline looming, would this be a good time to consider trading LeGarrette Blount? There should be at least a few teams out there (i.e., Jets, Lions, etc.) that may consider giving up a draft pick that would be beneficial to us. What are your thoughts?

— Paul

A: The trade deadline was extended to Thursday to account for complications caused by Hurricane Sandy. Even with the extra time, though, I don't see the Bucs trading Blount. The reason is they would then be left quite vulnerable at a very valuable position. The Bucs are a run-first team right now and even though Doug Martin is starting to play better and is looking more comfortable in the offense, there is always a chance for injury. Not only that, but the Bucs have to be — and are — concerned about the possibility of Martin hitting that rookie wall at some point. He's not accustomed to playing 16 games at this level and is certainly not accustomed to the kind of pounding he's taking now. Blount still fills a very valuable role on this team and if Martin were to get injured he would fill an even more valuable role. Until Blount's value is reduced, he'll remain a Buccaneer.

— Roy Cummings