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Bucs trade Benn, continue shopping Blount, lose Miller



One down, one to go.

The Bucs have traded receiver Arrelious Benn to the Eagles, ending the Tampa Bay tenure of the 2010 second-round pick. Now, the Bucs will continue their efforts to trade another member of that class: running back LeGarrette Blount.

Benn was sent to the Eagles in exchange for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a conditional 2014 choice. The Bucs also yielded a 2013 seventh-rounder to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

Injuries and inconsistent performance undermined Benn’s place with the Bucs. He caught 59 passes for 862 yards and made 24 starts in three years. But in 2011, he played while coming off knee surgery and in 2012 battled a preseason knee injury and shoulder injury that landed him on injured reserve. Even before being placed on I.R., Benn was pushed aside by journeyman Tiquan Underwood for the role of slot/No. 3 receiver.

The Bucs also have been shopping Blount, who – like Benn – has seen his production drop since his rookie season. The Bucs claimed him off waivers in 2010, when he was an undrafted signing of the Titans.

Blount, after rushing for 1,007 yards in 2010, had just 151 yards on 41 carries playing behind rookie star Doug Martin in 2012.

Also today, the Bucs lost free-agent nose tackle Roy Miller to the Jaguars, where he'll be coached by former Bucs assistant Gus Bradley, the team's new coach. Miller signed a two-year deal and decided weeks ago that he was likely headed elsewhere based on the Bucs' contract offers.

Miller, 25, started 14 games for the Bucs in 2012 and was a third-round draft choice of the team in 2009.

[Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 6:52pm]


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