Bucs Trade (Yes, Trade) For Reggie Brown
March 09, 2010 at 09:35am by Scott • 6 Comments »
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.