Better Than Nothing?: WR Reggie Brown Acquired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

JC De La TorreAnalyst IIIMarch 9, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  Receiver Reggie Brown #86 of the Philadelphia Eagles is stopped just short of the end zone by Fred Smoot #27 and LaRon Landry #30 of the Washington Redskins during the game on December 21, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Coming out of the draft meeting room like Punxsutawney Phil looking for his shadow, Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik made the first acquisition of the 2010 offseason, trading a 2011 sixth round draft pick for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown.

Well, I suppose it's better than nothing.

Brown is the oft-injured receiver that was replaced not once, but twice by the Eagles through the NFL draft with the drafting of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.

He struggled with injuries and playing time the past two seasons, putting up a Michael Clayton-esque 27 catches, 407 yards, and one touchdown.

Still, when healthy, Brown can put up some decent numbers. In 2006 he scored eight touchdowns as a big-play threat for the Eagles and followed it up the next year with 61 receptions, 780 yards, and four touchdowns.

A former second round pick out of the University of Georgia, Brown has more touchdowns in five seasons than Clayton in six.

Of course, none of those numbers compare to the other 29-year-old receiver the Bucs just jettisoned, Antonio Bryant.

This move is more of a "let's take a flyer on this guy"-type deal, hoping to strike a little gold. Sometimes it happens.

Bryant's numbers were very similar to Brown's early in his career until he finally settled in Tampa Bay and had a career year under Jon Gruden.

Sometimes a change of scenery is all a player needs to excel.

Coming to a receiving corps that currently boasts Clayton, Maurice Stovall, Sammie Stroughter, and Mark Bradley certainly doesn't hurt either.

Brown had fallen so far down the depth chart in Philadelphia that he may have been cut if the Bucs hadn't snuck in with a last-second deal. In Tampa Bay, he may have a chance to start.

That may say more about the Bucs' wide receiver corps than Brown's ability.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer , Brown, through his agent Bill Johnson, said he "is grateful to have the opportunity to go to Tampa." Johnson mentioned several times that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman did Brown a favor in trading him and that there were no hard feelings from their end.

After serving in roster purgatory for two years, Reggie Brown gets his shot to recover his career and become a starter.

We'll see. Unfortunately, it's the state of affairs for the Bucs at this point.

Guys like Nate Burleson, Anquan Boldin, and Brandon Marshall don't warrant a phone call, but a cheap reclamation project like Reggie Brown does.

Well, Buc fans, we'll take what we can get, right?

It is better than nothing.