49ers Trade Partner No. 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers immediately went from NFC South laughingstock to sudden Super Bowl contenders merely by landing eventual Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady from the New England Patriots, then convincing Brady’s former teammate in New England, tight end Rob Gronkowski, to come out of retirement.
Brady and Gronk join an all-star offensive cast, particularly wide receiver Mike Evans, and one should be excited about head coach Bruce Arians’ squad this season.
Yet the Bucs still don’t have a proven tailback to support the ground game. Ronald Jones II has been so-so, at best, over his two-year career, and rookie runner Ke’Shawn Vaughn remains an unknown commodity.
The caveat here is how Brady frequently used his running backs as an extension of the short-area receiving game back with the Patriots, and that’s something the 49ers never hesitated to do with Raheem Mostert.
Mostert to Tampa Bay would make Arians’ offense all the more dangerous.