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Bucs Trade (Yes, Trade) For Reggie Brown

March 09, 2010 at 09:35am by Scott   •  6 Comments »

Yeah, Freddie Mitchell also made a couple nice catches in his career. You want him, too?
Well, the wait is over. We were all on pins and needles in anticipation of the Buccaneers’ first move in the 2010 offseason, and finally we have something. The Bucs sent a 2011 sixth-round draft pick to Philadelphia in exchange for — is the suspense killing you? — wide receiver Reggie Brown. Ta da!

He has battled injuries over the past couple seasons, and caught just nine passes for 155 yards (17.2 avg.) last year. Brown’s best season in the NFL came in 2007 when he had a career-high 61 receptions for 780 yards and four touchdowns. His personal best in terms of yardage came the previous year in 2006 when he had 816 yards and eight TDs on 46 catches.

Brown is a halfway decent receiver who will provide some depth at the position and is in not extraordinary in any way. He did have a nice season in 2006 when he was averaging 17.7 YPC, but that was five years ago. He has a history of injuries, a reputation of complaining to the media now and then, and diminishing production for the last three years. I’m not sure why, of any wide receiver that was possibly available for trade, Brown was targeted. When I think of him, I don’t think of some spectacular catch he made in a clutch situation or being some missing piece to the Bucs’ receiving corps. I think of this:

So now, NOW that Anquan Boldin has already been dealt to the Ravens — NOW is when the Bucs make a trade for a former second-round wide receiver? Granted, a sixth-round pick next year isn’t a huge price tag, but you can’t tell me that Brown wouldn’t have been released outright pretty soon. He was the fifth wide receiver on the Eagles’ depth chart and Andy Reid hasn’t been pleased with him for years. It’s just frustrating to see the Bucs spend picks and make moves for lesser players when a little more effort could be used to land a real difference maker.

What’s really clear to me now, though, is that this really is about money. Antonio Bryant was let go because he had an injury last year and he mouthed off to the media a little bit. Reggie Brown has the same problems, but with less talent. Maybe this had to do with the youth movement? No, Brown and Bryant are both 29. Or there was talk earlier that Bryant would freelance routes and that’s another reason why he was allowed to leave. I don’t know much about Brown’s development as a route-runner, but I know Andy Reid really likes precise wide receivers and he was content to ship Brown to Tampa. What I do know is that Bryant would have cost several million more than Brown.

Same thing with Boldin. Now, granted, a third and fourth-round pick is different than a sixth-rounder next year, but you can’t use Boldin’s age or injuries as a reason why they didn’t pull the trigger on that trade anymore. So it was either Boldin’s trade compensation or the salary. Who wants to guess which one it was?

What we have is pretty much another Michael Clayton. He’ll make some catches once in a while, he’ll drop more than his share of balls, and he will frustrate you. But he’s not costing the team a lot, so they’ll make do. This is depth, this is not an enhancement.

6 Comments to “Bucs Trade (Yes, Trade) For Reggie Brown”

forthntwint

forthntwint (March 09, 2010 at 09:41am:

eggsactly

Louie

Louie (March 09, 2010 at 09:49am:

Yep, a less talented AB and most importantly he’s cheap. It’s all part of “the plan”.

Mark S

Mark S (March 09, 2010 at 10:35am:

Every time the Bucs management makes a move I regret giving them the benefit of the doubt. This move is underwhelming in the extreme.

Mark S

Mark S (March 09, 2010 at 11:49am:

If they want to trade for someone, they should target Andre Carter of the Redskins. The Skins are switching to a 3-4 and Carter will be asked to play LB. He is not a good fit for the Skins, but could help us for a couple of years. Seventh rounder in this year’s draft would be appropriate.

J. Martin

J. Martin (March 09, 2010 at 12:48pm:

Maybe ignore my latest questions in the “Optimist’s Guide” comments.

teckor21

teckor21 (March 10, 2010 at 01:58pm:

While I understand the concern about Brown’s recent performance, I hope he gets a chance to return to the hard-working, professional player he was. He is, in my opinion, a solid 2nd or 3rd option as a wide receiver and he has won at every level. I have watched him perform since high school and can personally testify ( I do know him) about his work ethic. As for highlights in the clutch here are few I remember: His NFL start: He goes deep for a TD as T.O.’s last minute replacement against the Redskins and is voted NFl rookie of the week; In 2006, with Jeff Garcia replacing McNabb, Reggie shines down the stretch playoff run including torching the rival Giants twice (once with the game winning TD in the 4th Quarter at Giants stadium); the same year he tied for the NFL lead in catches (10) for the first two games of the playoffs, including a big catch late to give the Eagles a chance against the Saints (Defense lost that game); with another back-up quarter back in 2007, Brown caught a go-ahead touchdown in the 4th quarter against the undefeated Patriots on the road; caught a 40 yard bomb in the 4th quarter against Dallas for the go-ahead score in the 4th quarter (2006); had a receiving touchdown and rushing touchdown (4th quarter against N.O.); pulled in a 31 yd. TD for the go ahead score against N.O. in 2007; caught a 45 yd. TD in the 4th quarter against the Skins that put the game away in 2007; caught a 22 yd. TD in a win against Seattle in 2008; ranked third in the NFL in third downs conversion rate for a WR in 2006-2008; caught the winning touchdown against Dallas in 2007 at Dallas; has converted 26 of his last 29 third down receptions for first downs (89.7); several highlight catches on the sideline with toe-dragging (as seen on NFl.com and youtube). The Eagles are notoriously stingy and impatient with wide receivers (and btw, even when he was in the doghouse with Reid, the organization always claimed Reggie worked hard and ran precise routes. Only the media and fans hinted at other things. Donovan can make any receiver look bad with his inconsistent accuracy. Even Desean Jackson has complained to the media about his “lack of touches”). I hope Tampa gives Brown a real chance to help them. He may not be a superstar, but he can help a team especially on third down and in the red zone.

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