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Thursday, April 30, 2009
Bucs get draft pick for TE Smith


Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

No big surprise here, but the Bucs have traded tight end Alex Smith to New England for an undisclosed draft pick in 2010. Don't get your hopes up -- it's going to be a late-round choice, but at least it's something.

Smith became expendable after the Bucs traded for Kellen Winslow in February. Winslow's clearly the starter and the Bucs also have Jerramy Stevens and John Gilmore. Smith was as good or better than those two, but he was the only one of the backups that had any trade value.

Next challenge for general manager Mark Dominik? Finding someone willing to give up a draft pick for Brian Griese or Josh Johnson.