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March 15, 2013 @ 3:56 pm
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Bucs Trade WR Benn To Eagles For Draft Choices

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded wide receiver Arrelious Benn to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2013 draft pick and a conditional pick in 2014. The Bucs traded their 2013 seventh-rounder and Benn for the Eagles' sixth-rounder this year and a conditional pick in 2014.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded wide receiver Arrelious Benn, a former 2010 second-round pick, and the team's seventh-round pick in 2013 to the Philadelphia Eagles for a sixth-round pick in 2013 and a conditional pick in 2014. Benn has been viewed as a disappointment in Tampa Bay as he has struggled to stay healthy and has seen all three of his seasons end on injured reserve.

After playing in 15 games during his rookie season, Benn caught 25 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns but tore his ACL in the season finale of 2010. He emerged as a starter in 2011 and played in 14 games, catching 30 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns. That was his best season as a Buccaneer, but Benn's inability to stay on the field and develop into a consistent threat at wide receiver prompted the Bucs to pursue wide receiver Vincent Jackson in the 2012 offseason.

Benn suffered a knee injury on the second day of training camp and missed the 2012 preseason, which set him back in progressing in Tampa Bay's new offense and allowed newcomer Tiquan Underwood to step in and assume the third wide receiver spot on the depth chart. That moved Benn to the fourth wide receiver spot and made him expendable this offseason.

In 2012, Benn only played in eight games before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the season. He caught just six passes for 26 yards, and returned 13 kickoffs for 306 yards in a couple of games as Tampa Bay's kickoff returner.

The addition of former Dallas wide receiver Kevin Olgetree, who will battle with Underwood for the third receiver spot in Tampa Bay helped make Benn expendable. Benn, who is entering the last year of his contract, is set to make $630,000 in 2013.

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    I think there is more between the lines of what took place.Maybe the cb from jet may happen to move to Tampa bay roster with the addition picks in the Benn move I have seen thast WR in dallas He will work great in Tampa bay. Do you the fans that these addition picks that somehow Tampa makes a move with Vikings draft picks. Tampa has #13 pick. I say tampa trades down with Minn and gets their pick at #23,and #25(seattle pick) for Tampa #13,plus Tampa trades down from #43 to pick #52. In return Tampa has minn #52. That also would give a block buster trade to finally sends two #1 to NYJ for revis and they don't have to morage the Bucs Future,and Jets would have 3 no#1 thid year draft. If minn would trade with Tampa! Just a thought-GO BUCS
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    Benn, ended up being another Dexter Jackson , for us anyway.
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    I too remember the debate between Tate and Benn. At first it looked like Benn would be the better player but injuries and coaching changes really hindered him. Failing on so many second and third round choices these past few years is disheartening.
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    Great to unload Benn. Now my dream draft: 1. DT Floyd.(Can also play DE) 2. CB. X. Rhodes 3. CB J. Rhodes or MLB Bostick or TE Escobar. 4. QB Jones (Outstanding OKL QB to push Free). 4. Use for trade up if need 5. RB Gilhessee (better 3rd down back). 6. WR Bailey (slot WR with great production at WVa). 6. WR Goodwin (Super Fast to Run Back Kicks)
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    I was hopeful he would be a great over the middle guy but that wasn't meant to be at all... At least we got some picks out of him before he broke for good... Jackson and Williams are a great duo... We have some good prospects to fill #3...
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    Another miss on a 2nd RD pick. Dominik is keeping his streak alive !
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    I've got to admit that I was wrong in thinking that Benn would turn into a great player. When I think back on it my fatal mistake was doing something I hadn't done before nor have I done since on a college player...I based my judgement of him on his highlight reel online. I hadn't seen him or M. Williams play in college because I hadn't gone out of my way to watch their colleges play. I also thought Benn looked great in the preseason his rookie year. I guess those highlight catches he made in the 4th preseason game against the Redskins would end up being the highlight of his NFL career. What a shame...
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    I remember wanting Golden Tate instead when the Bucs went to the podium for this pick, he had an unproductice career at Illinois and somehow made the second round for some unknown reason maybe Parcells favorite word "potential" was the factor. I wish I was there to hold the door open for him when he left One Buc Place, Sammie Stroughter your next my friend!
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    I like the move. Feel like these extra late round picks are the pawns mark likes to use to move up the draft board in the mid rounds to get the guy we want.
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