Instant Reaction - Brian Price Trade

The news has been broken and partially digested. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded former 2nd round defensive tackle Brian Price to the Chicago Bears for what appears to be a 7th round pick. This comes after an offseason scuffle with Barron and a couple of horrible personal experience for Price. While we typically reserve judgment until all the facts are known and we can distance ourselves from a move, this one seems to warrant a quick reaction.

The key parts from my standpoint.

  • Brian Price was a 2nd round pick
  • Brian Price received a 1st round grade (top 10 if I recall correctly) from our staff.
  • This staff, particularly the General Manager who is in charge of personnel, is the same today as it was when Price was drafted.
  • A 7th round draft choice is typically the NFL equivalent of a kicking tee and a Gatorade bucket
  • The current Bucs defensive line is dreadfully bare

Those are the facts that jump out at me. There could be issues behind the scenes where Price and Barron can't co-exist (complete speculation) and Schiano/Dominik chose the rookie. Price may have mentally been distant based on his personal life.

The part I have an issue with is that Dominik chose this guy, talked him up, and less than 3 years later, dumps him. There is something to be said for getting what you can for a player if you know something that no one else does, which I hope is the case here. Maybe Dominik knows something none of us do. But with his profuse praise in 2010 and 2011 for Price this is a sudden change. I find it very difficult to get onboard with this, especially after calling Price a team leader (before and after he was sent home by Raheem Morris).

So what do you think Bucs fans? Good or bad move?

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