With a relative quite start to the off season the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made some noise late Monday night when they traded their 2011 six-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for veteran receiver Reggie Brown. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound 29-year old Brown was drafted with the 35th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, he has started 45 of the 72 games he’s played in during his career with the Eagles.
According to Profootballtalk.com Brown is signed through 2014 with base salaries of $1 million in 2010, $1.2 million in 2011, $1.6 million in 2012, $3 million in 2013 and $3.7 million in 2014.
Brown who has succumb to nagging groin and hamstring injuries the past few seasons and was buried on the Eagles depth chart in 2009, behind the likes of DeSean Jackson, the Eagles’ 2008 second-round pick, and Jeremy Maclin, the team’s 2009 first-rounder, in addition to backups Jason Avant and Kevin Curtis. Brown, will likely be given an opportunity in Tampa, to compete for a starting spot against Michael Clayton, Maurice Stovall, Sammie Stroughter and Mark Bradley.
The former University of Georgia product has amassed 177 receptions for 2,574 yards (14.5 avg.) with 17 touchdowns, in addition to 11 carries for 68 yards and one score throughout his five year NFL career.
On the surface the addition of Brown is a low risk high reward deal, which could lead the way for a receiving corps that becomes a production my committee approach with no real number one option for the passing attack to run through.