Analyzing the Bucs' trade of Adams

October, 16, 2009
10/16/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

All right, I’m back after writing the story for our news side on the Bucs trading defensive end Gaines Adams to Chicago for a second-round pick in 2010.

Time to analyze the deal: Can’t say I’m surprised, because Adams hasn’t been all that productive. He has just one sack and 10 tackles this season, but I thought Tampa Bay’s new regime would give a little more time to a player who was the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft.

New coach Raheem Morris and defensive coordinator Jim Bates spent a lot of the offseason talking about how they thought this would be the year Adams would start playing up to his potential. Bates spent much of the offseason working on pass-rush moves with Adams because he had relied solely on speed in his first two seasons.

But the Bucs apparently decided that Adams hadn’t progressed from all that work and wasn’t going to develop any more. They’ll likely fall back on Stylez G. White, who has been a starter before, to take Adams’ place in the lineup. Tim Crowder also is likely to be in the rotation.

The Bucs also have rookie Kyle Moore, but he’s been sidelined by a knee injury. Moore returned to practice this week. The original plan was to have him make his debut next week, but this deal could move his timetable up.

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