Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded wide receiver Arrelious Benn to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Bucs receive a sixth-round pick and a 2014 conditional pick, but lose their own seventh-round pick. In essence, they traded up from the seventh to the sixth round, and could receive a draft pick in 2014, probably depending on Benn's playing time.
That's not much of a return on investment. The Bucs spent a second-round pick in 2010 on Benn, in a draft class that looks increasingly like a failure for Mark Dominik. Gerald McCoy and Mike Williams are the two main successes from that draft class, while Dekoda Watson, Erik Lorig and Cody Grimm have done well for their draft status. But Brian Price and Arrelious are two big busts to carry around.
Benn's trade is hardly surprising, at least. He was progressing the first two years of his NFL career, although his production wasn't stellar. Still, he produced some 400 yards in each of those years, and he was a relatively raw and young player. But last season the bottom fell out, as he failed to adjust to a completely new offensive system. Benn is a talented player, but repeated injuries and a complicated scheme did him in last season. He was essentially relegated to being just a kick returner, and caught just four balls for 26 yards on the season.