The Buccaneers also shipped a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft to the Eagles, in exchange for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a conditional draft choice in 2014.
Benn, who was part of the 2010 draft class, didn’t play up to his potential in Tampa Bay, catching only 59 passes for 862 yards in three years with the team. Of course, Benn also battled multiple injuries, which forced him to miss plenty games.
The Buccaneers recently signed former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree to a two-year, $2.6 million deal, which made Benn expendable. While Benn is now gone, Tampa Bay is also still shopping running back LeGarrette Blount, whose production significantly dropped last season. There is some interest in Blount, but it is unknown which teams are involved.
Also on Friday, the Buccaneers agreed to terms on a two-year deal with tight end Tom Crabtree, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. This move makes sense, given the Arrelious Benn trade.
Tampa Bay is still involved in talks about acquiring cornerback Darrelle Revis. But there haven’t been any significant developments as of late.