Might Arrelious Benn Get Cut Or Traded?August 4th, 2012
Would a seemingly run-obsessed Bucs team keep six receivers on the roster?
That’s an awfully important question to Arrelious Benn, who was injured yet again (MCL) when training camp opened and essentially will miss all of camp and at least two preseason games.
Barring injuries, Mike Williams, Vincent Jackson and Preston Parker are locks for the roster. But Tiquan Underwood has been a legitimate standout so far, clearly has breakaway speed, and is a hand-picked Greg Schiano guy. And Sammie Stroughter has had a solid camp and appears to consistently line up as the No. 1 return man.
More important, all those guys are healthy.
In Joe’s eyes, Benn is sitting sixth on the depth chart now and Schiano has no personal ties with Benn. Per BSPN.com, Benn was paid a $2.1 million signing bonus and is earning about $450,000 per season in salary. So the Bucs have little, if anything, committed to Benn financially.
On the surface it might seem inconceivable that Benn, after being taken 39th overall in 2010, in what was widely considered the deepest draft in history, could be on the market or on the couch in a matter of weeks. But Joe has to think that seriously could be the case.
Trying to think like the leader of the New Schiano Order, Joe’s not finding a reason why Schiano would be committed to Benn if Benn’s not out there to impress him.