As much has been made about the Bucs' trade to move up 15 spots and draft FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo in April, the deal took an interesting twist Wednesday that serves as a reminder of what a crapshoot the NFL draft can be at all positions.
The Bucs originally had the No. 74 pick in the third round, and traded that and the No. 106 pick to the Chiefs for the No. 59 pick, which they used on Aguayo, who went 5-for-5 in ihis NFL debut Sunday, kicking a 43-yard field goal and four extra points in Tampa Bay's 31-24 win at Atlanta.
The Chiefs used that No. 74 pick on cornerback KeiVarae Russell of Notre Dame, and made the surprise move Wednesday to waive him after only one game -- he was inactive in Sunday's season opener against the Chargers. They didn't get a single snap from him, and he walks away with more than $800,000 that was guaranteed in his rookie contract.
The Chiefs still have the No. 106 pick they got from the Bucs, another rookie cornerback named Eric Murray -- he didn't play on defense Sunday, but saw extensive work on special teams and had a special-teams tackle. But for critics who have suggested the drafting of Aguayo was the worst pick in the draft -- or the "worst pick of all time" even -- it's now clearly not even the worst pick of the three involved in this trade.
The Kansas City Star called the move "somewhere between baffling and bizarre" -- normally such a highly drafted player, even while struggling, would just be inactive on Sundays, so to walk away from a major investment without a single game is rare in today's NFL. Russell now goes on waivers, which could give the Bucs the chance to get back a pick they gave up with no significant risk on their part, though eight teams are ahead of Tampa Bay in the waiver order.
The Bucs would also likely need to waive an established backup cornerback like Johnthan Banks or Josh Robinson, which could cost them a low-round compensatory pick if they stuck out the season and signed elsewhere as free agents next spring.