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Fans Rewarded for Patience; Eagles Trade Reggie Brown

Brown Traded to Bucs for 2011 Draft pick
By Lance Epstein

Over the past two seasons, Reggie Brown has consistently found himself on the sidelines or not even dressed. This season, Brown was used sparingly as Jeremy Maclin, Desean Jackson and Jason Avant leaped ahead of him on the depth chart.

On Monday night, the former second round pick finally got his ticket out of Philadelphia (and Reid's doghouse) as the Eagles announced that he had been traded to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick. ESPN's Adam Schefter and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' web site have reported that the pick is a sixth-rounder in 2011.

In 72 career games with the Eagles, Brown started 45 games and accumulated 177 catches for 2,574 yards and 17 touchdowns. Brown showcased his talent as rookie season as he stepped into the starting lineup as disgruntled wide receiver Terrell Owens was dismissed from the team.

During his rookie campaign Brown set a Eagles franchise-rookie record for receptions by a wide out with 43. He also pilled up 571 yards and four touchdowns (that record has since been surpassed by Desean Jackson-- ironic since Brown was the player that encouraged Reid to start rookies). The next season, Brown became more of a red zone threat by doubling his touchdown receptions from his rookie year with eight.

After the 2006 season, Brown signed a five-year contract extension worth $27 million and $10 million in guaranteed money. The next season, 2007, he lived up to his contract by setting a new career high in receptions with 61 catches.

However, the last two season Brown has vanished from the Eagles lineup; pulling in just 27 receptions and one touchdown. A major reason for his playing time diminishing is due to injuries and the emergence of Eagles young studs Jackson, Maclin and Avant.

While Eagles fans finally have something to cheer about this free agency, Brown gets a new opportunity to flourish. The Bucs are searching for a wide receivers to upgrade their corps because they released their best receiver over the last two years in Antonio Bryant.

Players do not often get a second opportunity in the NFL, however Brown has a chance to resurrect his career in Tampa Bay. The Bucs hope they found some pirate booty.

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