Benn There, Done That; Eagles Add More Special Teams Depth

Arrelious Benn is the newest Philadelphia Eagles player after a trade over the weekend from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.As first reported last week and finalized over the weekend, the deal to send wide receiver Arrelious Benn to Philadelphia has been finalized. In exchange for Benn, Philadelphia send the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their 6th round pick for April’s draft, in addition to an conditional pick in next year’s NFL Draft. As part off the deal, the Eagles will also receive the Buccaneers’ seventh round pick in the 2013 draft.

Arrelious Benn is a four year veteran out of Illinois University, and has spent the entirety of his career with Tampa Bay. Benn is an excellent special teams player, with above-average kick-return ability. Signing Benn is likely to mean the end of DeSean Jackson‘s return career, as his skills are more sorely needed in the passing game. Benn also adds needed height to the Eagles receiving core as Arrelious himself stands at 6’2″.

Excluding the addition of an offensive tackle, this will likely be GM Howie Roseman’s last move regarding free agency, as many of the projected targets of Philadelphia have signed elsewhere, such as new St. Louis Rams tackle, Jake Long who signed a four year deal with the team. The Eagles will still have their eyes on Sebastian Vollmer and Andre Smith moving forward.  Other options for the Eagles include former Chiefs’ tackle Eric Winston, or Branden Albert, who is rumored to be on the trading block. Albert is expected to sing his franchise tender later today that will earn him somewhere in the neighborhood of $9 million in the upcoming season.

While the final depth chart is far from final, Chip Kelly has at least been able to formulate his expectations regarding personnel for the upcoming season. Through free agency, Howie Roseman has begun to shape the identity of the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles. But the question remains, will that identity be a winning one?

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Benjamin Haley

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