The Philadelphia Eagles started out of the gates, seemingly, slow to begin the 2013 NFL free agency period. This led many to believe that the Eagles may not be big players in the annual offseason festivities after all; cautiously learning their lesson from the 2011 Dream Team spending debacle . This has not been the case since a few hours after FA began. Within the first three days of FA, the Eagles have signed eight cost-friendly (and possibly very effective) FAs and have now made a trade to acquire more new talent.
The Eagles acquired WR Arrelious Benn and a 2013 seventh-round pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, March 15, in exchange for a 2013 sixth-round pick and a conditional pick in 2014. The seventh-round pick that the Eagles received along with Benn is the 202nd overall selection in the upcoming April draft. They still currently have eight draft picks in the draft, only exchanging their lone sixth-round pick (from Denver Broncos) for the Buccaneers seventh-round pick.
Benn, a second round pick out of Illinois in 2010, has 59 catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns. His best season came in 2011 when he caught 30 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns. The 24-year-old WR suffered an MCL sprain during training camp in 2012 and was only able to play in eight games, returning 13 kickoffs in 2012 for a 23.5-yard average, including a long of 55.
Benn currently stands as the twelfth WR on the Eagles roster. This is keeping in line with the idea that Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is determined to bring in as much competition as possible. Let the games begin.