The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded 2012 first-round pick Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams for a fourth-round pick and a sixth-round pick, according to Adam Schefter. Both of those picks come in 2015, per Albert Breer.
Mark Barron has been a mild disappointment since arriving in Tampa, at least for a former seventh overall pick. He's been a solid player, but not the difference maker the Bucs expected to draft when they traded for him. That said, he does excel at two aspects of his game: he's an outstanding run defender, and he's very good in man coverage on tight ends. He can struggle when asked to play a deep role, either as a single-high or half-field safety.
New #Rams safety Mark Barron is better playing close to the line of scrimmage, but he's lined up at FS on 201 of his 279 snaps this season— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 28, 2014
With Barron out of time, Major Wright will likely take over his starting spot -- and the Bucs are probably going to be looking for one or two new safeties this offseason, as Dashon Goldson probably isn't going to be a Buc for the long term either, given his salary and lackluster performance so far.
Of course, adequately replacing Barron with a fourth- and sixth-round pick is not likely to happen, so I'm a little confused about this trade. It's not like the Bucs are saving a lot of cap space, either -- just over $900,000. The fourth-round pick does fill the hole left by the Logan Mankins trade, though.
We'll have more details on the trade as they come in.