The Bucs made a few ripples in the NFL last night by trading for a veteran wide receiver. The Bucs and Eagles consumated a trade that would send Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown to the Bucs in exchange for a 2011 (not 2010) 6th round draft pick. This move provides some assistance at the wide receiver position, but lets face it, any addition at this point would have helped.
The trade represents a low risk maneuver with no real downside outside of salary to be paid. Brown does offer some NFL experience and a few good years before being surpassed by young phenoms Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. With Jason Avant getting a sizable deal over the last few days, the writing seemed to be on the wall for Mr. Brown.
To give some more background on Reggie Brown, let's look at his stats over the last few years, as well as salary.
2005 - 43 catches, 571 yards, 4 TD
2006 - 46 catches, 816 yards, 8 TD
2007 - 61 catches, 780 yards, 4 TD
2008 - 18 catches, 252 yards, 1 TD
2009 - 9 catches, 155 yards, 0 TD
Nothing groundbreaking the last few years, but he does provide some explosiveness, at least in previous years with a YPC of 14.4 his first 3 years in the league.
In regards to salary, Brown is under contract through 2014. Per NFLPA records, he is due to receive a base salary of $1 million in 2010, $1.2 million in 2011, $1.6 million in 2012, $3 million in 2013, and $3.7 million in 2014.
- Per PFT
What the Bucspick up is a wide receiver witha chance to reclaim his career. With a 6th round pick, not much would be expected, so Brown will have no hype coming into the season, but a chance to prove he is NFL worthy. If he comes out and goes for 40ish catches and 500 yards, that would be considered a decent return on investment. Regardless of what we know or have seen about the guy, this move will be judged on how he does as compared to what we gave up. The 6th round pick should provide a relatively low baseline for Brown to exceed.
For more information, I'd suggest taking a look over at Bleeding Green Nation, or more specifically, this article right here. There take is less than glowing on Brown, and even suggest the reason for the move being his contract and the fact that there was no penalty taken in this uncapped year. Perhaps we should do the same with Clayton, but that's an article for another day. Onto free agency now.
For those who have had their head in the sand, avoided Buc 'Emfor the last week, or are just waking up from a coma, free agency is in full force, kind of. With the new CBArules in place, many were left wondering how this would affect free agency. Some predicted a mad spending frenzy with teams try to out-buy the others. Others predicted more of a whimper when looking at free agency. What we've seen is something in between.
But you don't come here for my recaps and takes on the vague NFL world, you come here for Bucs news. So what have the Bucs done in free agency?
Well, to sum it up in one word, nothing. But this shouldn't be news to anyone as Dominik had already voiced the lack of intent on spending in free agency. The bigger surprise to me is that the Bucs didn't even bring anyone in for a visit, that we know of. It's one thing to not be active in free agency, but I think any team should at least kick the tires of a few players.
We've been given several reasons as to our approach in free agency, and I'm not really going to debate those. We'll see what the next few weeks bring, but I would be surprised if we didn't sign a single player in 2010.