With the Buccaneers announcing today that they have traded underachieving defensive end Gaines Adams to the Chicago Bears for a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Essentially some fanatics feel the Bucs fleeced the Bears, the jury will be out on the trade for a few years, depending on what the Bucs do with the second round pick they acquired in the trade and how Adams preforms in his new uniform. Considering the defensive scheme that was implemented with the hiring of defensive coordinator Jim Bates, which from all accounts is one of the friendliest in the league to sack artist. It was reportedly supposed to allow Adams to reach his potential or at the very least manage to get within whispering distance of opposing quarterbacks.
But after repeatedly being called out by head coach Raheem Morris, it’s clear Adams was unresponsive to the advances and attempts made to get him kick started.
Adams played in 37 career games with 29 starts, totaling 124 tackles, 13.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 13 passes defensed. He entered the league as Tampa Bay’s first round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft.
With Dennis Hickey, already on the hot seat for the lack of difference makers drafted over the past five seasons, this is yet another black stain on his not so storied tenure as the teams Director of College Scouting.
With the NFL trading deadline just days away, more players are sure to be dealt, General manager Mark Dominik who refuted that the team was rebuilding in the off-season, can no longer deny it with the trading of Adams and the teams 0-5 start.
Players Who Might Want To Start Packing
Possible candidates the team could be shopping include Ronde Barber, Antonio Bryant, Michael Clayton, Jereamy Stevens, Chris Hovan, Earnest Graham and Jeff Faine.
Ronde Barber – With age a factor in rebuilding a team and Barbers value not going to get any better it shouldn’t surprise anyone to see Barber shopped to a contending team looking for veteran help.
Antonio Bryant – Franchised player – history and the likelihood the teams not willing to use the franchise tag on him after this season, it might be wise to shop Bryant in hopes of landing a second or third round pick.
Michael Clayton – Enough said
Chris Hovan – Age, production and scheme are not in Hovan’s favor, a team like the Colts who always seem to be looking for help along the interior of their defensive line could always use a player the ilk of Hovan.
Earnest Graham – Limited touches, and the glut of runners on the roster might tempt the team to trade a player from the stable.
Jeff Faine - With Faine being able to opt out of his contract at season end, the team needs to explore Faines situation very carefully, if they stand pat and he opts out after this season, the team will be roasted by the media.
Jereamy Stevens – The team has Winslow locked up and Stevens has kept his nose clean for three season now, he might be tempting to a team needing to add a big body in the redzone.
Don’t rule out the team trying to swing a trade with the Packers or the Chargers for either Aaron Kampman or Shawne Merriman with the second rounder they just received from the Bears and or other players involved.