Arrelious Benn Released: Revisiting the Eagles-Buccaneers Trade

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It's not pretty.

Now that the Philadelphia Eagles have officially released wide receiver Arrelious Benn, I thought it would be interesting to look back at the trade that brought him to Philadelphia last offseason. Some Eagles reporter have noted that Benn could return to the Eagles on a less expensive deal in a few weeks, but for the sake of this exercise I'm assuming he's gone for good.

The Eagles acquired Benn during the 2013 offseason in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Benn was a second round pick for the Buccaneers in 2010 who struggled to make an impact. Tampa put Benn on the trade block and the Eagles felt like he was a buy-low acquisition too good to pass up. Thus, a trade was born.

INITIAL TRADE (March 2013)

Eagles get:

WR Arrelious Benn

2013 7th round pick from Tampa Bay (218)

Eagles give up:

2013 6th round pick from Philly (via Denver Broncos in 2011 Brodrick Bunkley trade) (196)

2014 conditional draft pick

TRADE RESULTS (May 2014)

Eagles get:

...nothing.

Arrelious Benn - Released in May 2014. Suffered injury in 2013 training camp.

2013 7th round pick from Tampa Bay (218): CB Jordan Poyer - Poyer made the Eagles final cuts but was low on the depth chart at cornerback. The Eagles released him in order to promote Matthew Tucker from the practice squad to the active roster. The Eagles needed depth due to a Chris Polk injury. Poyer was likely headed for the Eagles practice squad until the Cleveland Browns claimed him off of the waiver wire. Poyer is still with Cleveland.

Eagles give up:

2013 6th round pick from Philly (via Denver Broncos in 2011 Brodrick Bunkley trade) (196) - Bucs trade 196 and 229 to Minnesota Vikings for 189 and draft running back Mike James. James ran for 295 yards on 60 attempts, recorded 10 receptions for 43 yards, and threw one 2 yard TD pass for the Buccaneers in 2013.  ... [Vikings draft Jeff Barca (196) and Everett Dawkins (229)]

2014 conditional draft pick - Voided. Benn was injured and didn't make the Eagles final roster so the conditions were not met.


What does it all mean?

Not much, really. The Eagles took a shot on a buy-low player and it didn't work out. The Buccaneers added a depth running back. No big deal.

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