O.J. Howard is on the trade block, and these teams need to phone the Bucs

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1. Green Bay Packers

The signing of Jimmy Graham did not turn out well for the Packers, with 1,083 yards and five touchdowns over two seasons. So it was a no-brainer decision to cut him in order to clear $8 million in cap space, and Aaron Rodgers still hasn’t had a real threat at tight end since Jermichael Finley.

In Graham’s stead, the Packers are relying on 2019 third-round pick Jace Sternberger to step up as the No. 1 tight end. He missed a chunk of his rookie season due to an ankle injury, then had zero catches in six regular season games before catching three passes in two playoff games. The upside is there (17.3 yards per catch in his final year at Texas A&M), but Sternberger has a lot to prove. Behind him on the depth chart is Marcedes Lewis, with a 10-touchdown season way back on his resume (2010 with the Jaguars) as he has primarily become a blocker, and Robert Tonyan.

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The Packers need to surround Rodgers with more (and better) weapons at wide receiver and tight end by the time the draft is over. On the idea Howard is available as a easy upgrade at tight end, their professions of faith in Sternberger up to this point mean little.