Trading Arrelious Benn?January 14th, 2013
In what was considered the deepest draft in the modern era, the Bucs traded up, dumping a fifth-round pick on Day 2 of the 2010 NFL Draft to snag Arrelious Benn with the 39th overall selection.
It hasn’t panned out.
Benn has shown flashes of greatness but has been injured in each of his three seasons. In 2012, he couldn’t beat out journeyman newcomer Tiquan Underwood. In eight games, Benn caught four balls and was a subpar kick returner.
Evan Silva, of RotoWorld.com and NBC Sports, believes the Bucs would be happy to accept the NFL equivalent of a half-eaten tuna sandwich to unload Benn.
Arrelious Benn: After missing all of Greg Schiano’s first training camp with an MCL tear, Benn was lucky to make the Bucs’ Opening Day roster. A November shoulder injury sent Benn to injured reserve after a four-catch season. Lacking a future in Tampa, Benn is in a contract year and carries little to no trade value. The Bucs would probably jump at the chance to salvage a seventh-round conditional pick via trade.
Joe doubts Benn will be moved, but Joe does have doubts about Benn.
It was a massive red flag for Joe when Josh Freeman talked about Benn feeling sad on the sidelines during a 2011 game. That didn’t sound like the fabric of premier draft pick.
Benn has mad talent and is a strong player on special teams and he won’t be making much money in 2013. He’s a good value as a fourth or fifth receiver.