Posted: 4/29/2020 8:02 pm UTC
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked up the fifth-year option on TE O.J. Howard, which should pay him $6 million in 2021.
Posted: 4/23/2020 9:31 pm UTC
Updating a previous story, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is unlikely to be traded, according to general manager Jason Licht Thursday, April 23. 'We're excited about having O.J. Howard play with Rob Gronkowski. Why wouldn't you want to have many weapons at that position? We have an excellent tight end group right now.'
Huddle Up: The fantasy value of both Howard and Cameron Brate and even Gronkowski will be capped if all three are to remain in Tampa Bay this season, but it would be a positive for QB Tom Brady.
Posted: 4/23/2020 8:38 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has wanted out of Tampa Bay since before TE Rob Gronkowski was acquired this week, a trusted source told JoeBucsFan.com Thursday, April 23.
Huddle Up: Howard is coming off a horribly disappointing 2019 campaign, but the former first-round pick is sure to have a trade market. His fantasy value is likely to increase wherever he lands, as he stands to be stuck in a timeshare with Gronkowski and Cameron Brate with the Buccaneers.
Posted: 4/22/2020 7:19 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard remains 'a distinct possibility' to end up with the New England Patriots, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports Wednesday, April 22.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have a clear need at tight end and in the overall passing game. Matt LaCosse currently sits atop the depth chart at tight end, with Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu the top receivers. Howard's coming off a down year, but he's still just 25 years old and a former first-round pick. Even while working with QBs Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham, his fantasy stock would likely rise after the Buccaneers brought in TE Rob Gronkowski Tuesday, April 21.
Posted: 4/22/2020 12:59 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard won't be traded unless the team is blown away with an offer. The Buccaneers say they're comfortable lining him up in sets with two tight ends.
Posted: 4/21/2020 8:47 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is not subject to a pending trade following the Bucs' acquisition of TE Rob Gronkowski Tuesday, April 21.
Huddle Up: Howard had a miserable 2019 season with just 34 receptions for 459 yards and one touchdown. He's still just 25 years old and a former first-round pick, so plenty of other teams could view him as a significant upgrade. His value will be much higher nearly anywhere other than Tampa Bay following Gronk's arrival.
Posted: 4/16/2020 3:01 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard is a possibility to be traded within the next week, according to comments made on The GM Shuffle podcast by former NFL executive Michael Lombardi on Wednesday, April 15.
Huddle Up: Lombardi was apparently only passing along information he was told by a league source, although Howard was on the market at the trade deadline last season as well. It would be a shame if Tampa Bay denies Howard the opportunity to play with Tom Brady before the two ever get a chance to practice together, but the Buccaneers' current regime doesn't seem to have much interest in taking advantage of what they have in Howard. Cameron Brate would enter the TE1 discussion in fantasy if Howard gets traded.
Posted: 3/30/2020 1:46 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard's 'eyes should light up' at the opportunity to play with QB Tom Brady, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'You have a quarterback who throws to the tight end, go earn it and get balls thrown to you,' Arians said.
Huddle Up: Despite playing four more games than he did in 2018, Howard finished with fewer yards and just one touchdown last year. The drop in production wasn't a surprise given the fact that Arians' system typically isn't kind to tight ends, but the arrival of Brady could change that in a big way. Howard is definitely worth grabbing as a TE1, and there is a chance he finishes as a top-five fantasy option at the position.
Posted: 2/25/2020 9:11 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard has the coaching staff 'more than excited' about what he can do in his second year under head coach Bruce Arians, according to general manager Jason Licht Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Huddle Up: It's strong praise for a player who was targeted just 53 times in 14 games. He caught 34 passes for 459 yards and a single touchdown as one of fantasy's biggest disappointments in 2019. He'll be a risky TE1 pick in 2020 drafts, depending on who's at QB for the Bucs.
Posted: 12/21/2019 9:57 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard caught three passes for 46 yards against the Houston Texans in Week 16. He was targeted seven times during the game.
Huddle Up: Howard has been playing better recently and has a solid role in the passing game with the team dealing with injuries at receiver. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end next week.