Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Brown out in Philly
By Dan Graziano
Hopefully Monday's news that Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Reggie Brown had been traded to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft pick in 2011 did not catch anyone by surprise. Brown, a second-round pick by the Eagles in '05, had become a marginal player on the roster and it's a coup that general manager Howie Roseman worked out any compensation.
The "undisclosed" pick is reportedly a sixth-rounder in '11. It's hard to believe that Brown's career once carried so much promise. He led the Eagles in catches and touchdowns in '06 and showed signs of being a potential No. 1 receiver. But by the start of the '08 season, Brown couldn't even get on the field because of hamstring injuries -- and the presence of rookie DeSean Jackson. I think Brown's capable of a 50-catch season for the Bucs, but that's probably the ceiling. He's injury prone and he has questionable hands.
The Eagles are now left with a pretty thin receiving corps. Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Jason Avant may be one of the most talented groups in the league, but Andy Reid and Roseman need to add depth at the position. It's hard to imagine Philadelphia paying 31-year-old Kevin Curtis his $3.4 million base salary in 2010. It's more likely the Eagles will sign a veteran free agent (Hank Baskett, anyone?) and then add a receiver via the draft.
For Brown, this is an opportunity for a fresh start with a second-year quarterback in Tampa Bay. After being buried on the Eagles' roster the past two seasons, I'm sure he's thrilled to be leaving.