The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t let the NFL trade deadline pass Tuesday without making a move.
PewterReport.com is reporting that the Buccaneers traded defensive tackle Anthony “Booger” McFarland to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
McFarland originally entered the NFL with the Bucs in 1999 as a first-round pick out of LSU. He played in 98 games and notched 20 sacks during his during his eight-year career with the Buccaneers.
However, McFarland was heavily criticized this season after Tampa Bay’s defense, which ranked No. 1 overall last season, struggled out of the gate. The Bucs defense currently is ranked 19th overall and 26th against the run. McFarland recorded just 13 tackles and no sacks through the first five games of the season.
His backup, Ellis Wyms, notched 12 tackles and two sacks while seeing a significant amount of playing time this season. Dewaye White also has seen action at under tackle.
The Bucs filled the roster spot left by McFarland by signing CB/PR Phillip Buchanon on Tuesday.
Bucs general manager Bruce Allen is scheduled to hold a press conference at 6:30 p.m. at One Buccaneer Place.