After signing eight free agents over the past three days, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to use another route to add depth to the team. On Friday afternoon they traded for wide receiver Arrelious Benn and a 7th-round pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange, the Bucs will receive the Eagles’ 6th-round pick this year and a conditional pick in 2014.
Benn was the 39th overall pick in the 2010 draft, but hasn’t really lived up to expectations in Tampa. Outplayed by Mike Williams two years ago and Vincent Jackson this season, he hasn’t really had an opportunity to become the No. 1 target he was drafted to be. In 37 career games, he caught 59 balls for 862 yards and five touchdowns. He’s also returned kicks, which he’ll likely be doing in Philadelphia. He averaged 23.5 yards per return in 2012.
With Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, and Jason Avant the clear 1-2-3 receivers on the roster, it will likely be Benn, Riley Cooper and Damaris Johnson fighting it out for the 4th spot in camp. Benn and Johnson will be doing some special teams, however, returning punts and kicks. At 6’2″, Benn is also the tall wideout the Eagles have been looking for; expect him to be a solid red zone threat.
As you can see above, he’s also in the last year of his rookie deal. It’s produce or be gone for Benn.