Tampa (98.7The Fan/Pewter Report) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers made two separate deals before the end of Tuesday’s trade deadline, sending LB Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots, and 2012 1st-round pick Mark Barron (S) to the St. Louis Rams.
Barron, a standout at Alabama, was taken seventh overall in the 2012 NFL draft. He’s started all seven games this season for the Bucs.
Casillas had been a backup for the majority of his time in Tampa, playing in five games this year.
Many viewed Barron as underperforming this season, and some saw him as a bad fit for the Bucs defensive scheme.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht commented on the trades soon after they were completed.
“We have a lot of respect for Jonathan (Casillas) and Mark (Barron) as players,” Licht said. “We appreciate their hard work and what they did for us here. In some of these cases with trades, we find a partner where they feel that their (players) services are needed more there than they are here. That’s the case here. We wish them the best and nothing but the best. They’ve been great program guys here for Lovie and myself. I hope nothing but the best for them in the future.”
Rumors surfaced last week that the team was fielding offers for wide receiver Vincent Jackson, running back Doug Martin and Barron, but the team never had plans to deal Jackson, unless it was for a second-round pick. The Bucs were looking to deal Martin, but didn’t find the right trading partner that would give up adequate compensation, which was believed to be at least a fourth-round pick.
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