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 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.

40 Responses to “Trading Arrelious Benn?”

  1. espo Says:

    He might get cut. I doubt anyone would trade for him. Joe says he won’t make much in 2013 but I’m sure a team could sign him for less, without having to give anything up.

  2. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    He’s “good guy” and that who the Rock Star likes to draft (and WHY would ANYONE draft a WR with Pick #39 from a college that runs a Gimmick Wishbone Offense???) Rumor has it…..Benn has trouble learning the plays….and has Hands of Stone….GREAT DRAFT PICK

  3. Stevek Says:

    Waste of a pick. Dom’s fault on this one.

    We just refused to make a good pick in 2006 1st round. We pass on Adrian Peterson, draft Gaines Adams, tradem for a 2nd rounder, and than pass on some great players to take Benn 39th overall

    Despicable drafting on both current and former Buc brain trust.

    Land me 3 more coveted players in FA, and draft 3 more coveted guy, and we got a chance to contend.

  4. Sneedy16 Says:


    That was 2007 draft. Don’t forget Patrick Willis and Darrelle Revis.

  5. Stevek Says:

    Thanks Sneedy,

    Yeah, almost forgot about those two.

    Just further proof that if you draft anything other than BPA, you don’t know jack…

    BPA added to a team is the way to go.

    Reaching for “need” in the DRAFT just shows owner and GM impotence and neglagence to get that done via FREE AGENCY.

    The reason our talent/roster and win-loss record has suffered lately because: lack of free agency (prior to 2011, we had 8 years of horsesh!t), and prior to the 2012 draft we put “team need” ahead of BPA.

    Great teams draft BPA.

  6. REDDMAN Says:

    In the last 10yrs have they hit on anyone in the 2nd round? These players should be the Core of your team.

  7. Brett Metcalf Says:

    Benn has been a disappointment, but that 2010 class includes Gerald McCoy, Mike Williams, Dekota Watson, and Erik Lorig- 4 players who currently make significant contributions to our team. I’ll take that production every year.

  8. Sneedy16 Says:


    Maybe it’s just me, but I see Bjoern Werner as younger version of Micheal Bennett. I watch his tapes and he has only 2 moves (Bull rush and speed rush) and he only played on the left side. He is really good against the run. We already have someone on the roster that does that so I do not see the hype about him. Am I missing something here?

  9. REDDMAN Says:

    Three out of four starters in the Seahawks secondary were late rnd(5) picks or off the street. We can’t hit on 2nd rounders, what’s the problem? By the way the guys we took in the 5th and 6th rnd last year Goode and Tandy suck. They couldn’t tackle my mom.

  10. Sneedy16 Says:

    I meant @Joe

  11. Tbuc Says:

    Bust, good job Rock Star ha ha can’t wait until Joe retires that silly nickname for a average GM.

  12. the_buc_realist Says:

    if he does trade the 2nd round bust for a seventh round condtional pick, The Pop-star fan club will say what a genius he is for getting something then tell us how he robbed the other team.

  13. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    I don’t get all the people ripping on Dom for injury prone players. Brian Price and Benn did not have any real injury history prior to being drafted, its just bad luck. Im not saying Dominik is the best GM ever, or even a great one, but don’t judge him on these guys.

    He did draft the best, statistically, quarterback to ever where a Bucs jersey. (I understand that isn’t saying much). He also has gotten guys like Bennet, Penn, Watson, Biggers, Mike Williams, etc in the later rounds or from other teams practice squads. They’re not all stars but at least solid contributors.

    He is only getting better, another (hopefully) solid draft will assure that.

  14. upthegut Says:

    Can Benn be converted to a DB???????

  15. Stevek Says:

    @ Sneedy16,

    Good thing the Texans grabbed CB Jonathan Joseph prior to the 2011 season in Free Agency. This was a huge need.

    Signing CB Joseph allowed for the Texans to draft JJ Watt with their 1st pick in the 2011 draft, BPA.

    You think having Mario Williams prevented the Texans from drafting Watt?

    Surely, having Bennett re-signed should no prevent us in not drafting the BPA, whether it is the “Brock of Berlin” or not.

  16. the_buc_realist Says:

    Penn was already on the team before The pop-star reign of losing began. Joe will take credit away from the gm and say that the pop-star was behind it. Then we should say the Shelton Quarles brought in Bennet then.

  17. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    It has been stated many times over that while Dominik was not at the helm, he was the guy that spotted Penn and lobbied for him to be brought in. Its in Joe’s archives somewhere.

  18. PRBucFan Says:

    So they guy has feelings sue him lol…

    A healthy Benn can still produce and until he’s gone or I see with my eyes that he’s failing as a wideout on the field I wont give up on him. All I remember seeing when Benn was playing for us healthy was an effective tough receiver. But that’s my opinion we shall see. He might just end up getting to 100% on another team than start producing.

  19. Stevek Says:

    @ West coast Bucs fan,

    One can also bellow from the blogosphere, Dom traded up to draft the 19th best signal caller in the NFL. Also, statistically speaking the 34th most accurate passer. That’s not a good pick, yet.

    Also, I holdDom accountable for his draft picks. Doctors evaluate these guys and understand risk of injury.

    IMO, one theory, Dom was enforced by our soccer fan owners to not spend on FA, thus forcing us to draft for Need, biggest risk players, and etc…

  20. mike Says:

    another in a long line of high 2nd rd draft pick bust!!! Let him work hard in the off season and see if he can do anything in preseason before we cut or trade.

  21. WestCoastBucsFan Says:


    All valid points, the biggest unknown is how much of a hand the Glazers actually have in the personnel decisions. I think they do have a lot of say and I also think they knew what they were doing not signing FA’s. At the same time, I seem to remember them offering Albert Hayneswoth his weight in gold and then some to be a Buccaneer and he opted to be a Redskin instead.

  22. the_buc_realist Says:

    Here is a question. Do we consider the 2nd round pick in 2009 for Win-slow a bad draft pick?? for a year and a half Win-slow had numbers, ( even though Freeman was constitantly throwing to Win-slow)

  23. MTM Says:

    I’m sure somebody will say Dominick is doing a great job. Bust after bust. I don’t know if its the Bucs scouting or Dominick but damn this team passes on a lot of talent consistently. If ownership paid attention to this maybe the Rock Star would be gone.

  24. Stevek Says:

    We got 3 of the top 60 draft picks last year, and the best draft of any team last year.

    If we can find 3 more studs via draft, then we will be good to go.

    If Dom can work a Benn+ Blount for some draft picks, that’d be wonderful!

  25. Stevek Says:

    I’m grateful we have Butch Davis and Schiano to spot some players in the draft.

    I can honestly see us trading back and getting a bunch of players late in theb1st and 2 nd rounds.

  26. thegregwitul Says:

    I like Benn, and not just because he follows me on twitter, he really seems like a nice guy, but as the saying goes, ‘this is a business’. I think the Bucs should give him another season, and if it doesn’t work out, the team can walk away.

    Unless a team actually approaches the Bucs about Benn, what do you lose in keeping him for one more season so he can play out his rookie contract? He’s not killing the Bucs salary cap with his deal, the team did invest a high round pick, and the guy has shown some flashes of ability. Let’s see if he can crack the lineup in 2013, and if he does, I hope he has success. If not, he’ll have to hope to catch on with another team.

  27. Stevek Says:

    Cut Benn and look for the next “Victor Cruz”.

    Dead weight is holding us back, great teams have great depth.

    Roster spots should not be wasted.

  28. JonBuc Says:

    Passed on Golden Tate to select Benn…ouch.

  29. Stevek Says:

    We took Benn in the 2nd over Rob Gronkowski, and then took Myron Lewis in the 3rd over Jimmy Graham.

    That’s pathetic drafting!

  30. JonBuc Says:

    Bucs would be lucky to get an 8th round pick for Benn at this point..

  31. Gus Says:

    @MtM every gm in the league misses on talent. Am I in the boat of people saying he is top ten in the league. No but his recent moves have been pretty good and let’s hope he keeps it up. No playoffs next year and changes will be coming and it may start with the rock star

  32. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    I remember the very early days of Benn’s career, I thought he had so much promise. Too many injuries and has not made enough plays while he is healthy. I’m not sure if I heard this about Benn or another play, but he has a learning disability? This guy is a very physically gifted player, but the technique and mind part of the game, he just can’t do it. SEND HIM TO THE JAGUARS FOR A 7TH ROUND PICK!

  33. Macabee Says:

    Be careful guys when you ask for a new GM. What typically happens is when the GM goes, the whole administrartion goes including the coach. Rex Ryan and Ron Riviera got lucky. And the ones who get lucky are put on notice the next year. Ask Mike Mularkey at the Jags what happened after just one year when the new GM was hired. New GMs usually want to pick their own HCs. That would be bad for Schiano if that’s your guy!

  34. Adam Says:

    Another trade-up that failed. Put Benn and Stocker in the same trash can and leave them on the curb.


  35. PRBucFan Says:

    It’s easy to criticize the draft and compare names here and there after the fact when you’ve seen it all pan out. If only we were all Ms.Cleo’s.

  36. Adam Says:


    I know the draft is a crap shoot, but doesn’t the Law of Diminishing Returns say that in 4 years you should hit on ONE second round draft pick? Dominick has drafted a lot of 1st and high-2nd round players. He’s got a handful of starters, a bunch of roster filler, and a SLEW OF BUSTS. He’s ONE game better than Scott Piloli who got fired.

  37. Joe Says:


    I know the draft is a crap shoot, but doesn’t the Law of Diminishing Returns say that in 4 years you should hit on ONE second round draft pick?

    Lavonte David?

  38. Buccin Lovin It Says:

    +1 Joe and widely considered the steal of the draft! Plus I see Bowers making a big splash next season. That’s a guaranteed 1 and a possible 2 hits in the second round in 4 years.

  39. PRBucFan Says:

    I already consider Bowers a steal, we’ve seen him make an impact and he’s only going to get better

  40. Capt. Edward Teach Says:

    Personally he should not have made the team this year. Only because of his draft status and his supposed future potential is the only reason he made the 53 man roster. His spot took away the chance for a couple of other future prospects, i.e Parker, Shipley etc…