Friday, March 15, 2013
Eagles add WR Arrelious Benn
By Dan Graziano
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday that they have acquired 24-year-old wide receiver Arrelious Benn from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles gave up a sixth-round draft pick this year and a conditional 2014 for Benn and a 2013 seventh-round pick.
Basically, the Eagles are moving back about 16 spots from their sixth-round position (give or take, depending on the number of sixth-round compensatory selections that end up being awarded) in exchange for a 6-foot-2 wide receiver who was a second-round draft in pick 2010. Benn has not been a very productive player for the Bucs, but he's obviously someone in whom someone once saw potential and is still very young. At 6-2, 220 pounds, he's also bigger than Eagles starting wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, and could end up being someone who can address the Eagles' need for size at the receiver position.
It's a good, low-cost pickup for the Eagles. If Benn fulfills his potential and his original draft slot, they got a steal. If not, they gave up very little. Worth the risk at the tail end of a week in which they signed eight free agents, seven on the defensive side of the ball.