Payne Durham is the latest Boilermaker off the boar after Tampa Bay used the 37th pick in the 5th round to procure the services of Purdue’s multi-talented tight end.
Durham heads into a Tom Bradyless Tampa Bay in need of an offensive overhaul. Baker Mayfield is now on the sticks for the Bucs, who honestly, don’t have much in terms of a proven tight end.
In terms of “win now” or “stability” Tampa might not be a great place to play for a few years, but in terms of “play now” Payne couldn’t be in a better situation. Tampa’s top returning tight end is....Cade Otton? Turns out Cade had a decent season in 2022, pulling down 42 passes for 391 yards and 2 touchdowns, but nothing insurmountable. This is a roster Payne can make, and a tight end rotation he could crack.
Another long wait that ends in a soft landing.