The Gaines Adams experiment has ended in Tampa.
But it’s beginning in Chicago.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bucs have sent the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft to Chicago for a 2010 draft pick. According to the Bears’ official web site, it’s a second-round selection.
Last month, Bucs coach Raheem Morris called out Adams, a defensive end, for his lack of production through two games of the 2009 season.
“He hasn’t [put forth the production], and I think Gaines knows that,”
Morris said, per PewterReport.com. “Gaines is one of those guys that knows that he is judged
on whether he touches the quarterback or not. Right now he is not
getting production as far as not just touching the quarterback, the
tackles, the sacks. He’s not getting any of that. He is not playing up
to par right now. He’s holding himself accountable. We have to hold him
accountable, and it is tough right now. He is not getting it done.
There are no excuses. There are no explanations. Gaines is not getting
it done right now.”
Since then, Adams has registered one sack.
His role in Chicago remains to be seen. The starting defensive ends are Adewale Ogunleye and Alex Brown. At best, Adams will enter the rotation, getting snaps when the starters need rest.
Meanwhile, the Bucs continue to be one of the few teams that will make deals at the trade deadline, even after the departure of G.M. Bruce Allen. Given that the Buccaneers have no realistic chance of turning it around in 2009, maybe there will be more deals made before Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.