Eagles unload receiver Brown to Bucs

Wide receiver Reggie Brown, catching a pass at Eagles practice last September, got the trade he had wanted last fall.
Wide receiver Reggie Brown, catching a pass at Eagles practice last September, got the trade he had wanted last fall.
Posted: March 09, 2010

Last September after the Eagles got rid of Hank Baskett, Reggie Brown admitted that he was torn about not being the wide receiver who was sent packing.

In one season he had gone from a starting role to being inactive on game days. "Even a rose can grow out of a pound of bull [manure], so why can't I?" Brown said then.

The receiver will have the opportunity to grow elsewhere after the Eagles announced last night that they had traded Brown to Tampa Bay for an undisclosed draft pick in 2011. Several media outlets reported that it will be a sixth-round pick.

Attempts to reach Brown and his agent, William Johnson, were unsuccessful.

With Brown gone, the Eagles have four remaining veteran receivers on their current roster - DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, and Kevin Curtis. Jackson and Maclin, at 23 and 21 years of age, respectively, give the Eagles a dynamic receiving duo. Avant, the team's slot receiver, signed a five-year deal yesterday.

The 31-year-old Curtis, who battled a knee injury last season, could follow Brown out the door. With a $3.4 million base salary, he is unlikely to play for the Eagles next season.

Brown's star had fallen quickly in Philadelphia. Selected out of Georgia in the second round of the 2005 draft, Brown led the Eagles in receiving yards and touchdowns in his second season. His numbers dipped slightly in 2007, but the following season was a disaster.

Brown suffered a hamstring injury during the preseason, missed the first two games of the regular season, and never regained his starting spot. Jackson took over. Brown suffered another injury when he strained his groin; he eventually was a healthy scratch in four of the Eagles' final eight games, including the NFC championship game against Arizona.

When the Eagles used their first-round draft pick last April on Maclin, Brown's days seemed numbered. The Eagles had a surplus of receivers and Brown had been productive enough to warrant a decent draft pick in return.

But he stayed and hardly played. Brown finished the season with nine catches for 155 yards. He had a few moments - he caught two passes for 64 yards against Atlanta in Game 12. But for the most part, Brown kept to himself. When he did talk, he had a tough time hiding his discontent. When Baskett was released in September, Brown was asked if he saw the decision to keep him as a compliment.

"Compliment?" Brown asked rhetorically. "I'm still not playing. I don't see that as a compliment."


Contact staff writer Jeff McLane

at 215-854-4745 or jmclane@phillynews.com.

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