Gaines Adams traded to Bears

By most any statistical measurement you care to use, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The switch from the Tampa-2 to more single-high safety looks has caused the Bucs to give up a league-leading eight pass plays of 40 yards or more. Their nine sacks is in the bottom half of the NFL, and only the Detroit Lions have given up more than their 6.2 yards per rushing attempt. It's a long way from the halcyon days of Warren Sapp(notes), Derrick Brooks(notes), and Simeon Rice(notes), and one of the best defenses in recent memory when Tampa Bay won Super Bowl XXXVII at the end of the 2002 season. One of the reasons the Bucs haven't been able to maintain a standard of defensive excellence is the disappointing tenure of defensive end Gaines Adams(notes), who was drafted fourth overall in the 2007 draft and has a grand total of 13.5 sacks in his three seasons, and only one so far in 2009. Before the season, new head coach Raheem Morris said that Adams would be a "bust" if he didn't put up double-digit sacks in 2009.

Now, as the Bucs look to the future, the former Clemson sackmaster has been traded to the Chicago Bears for a second-round pick in 2010. The Bears will try to acclimate Adams into a defensive line that's seen improvement under position coach Rod Marinelli, and the Bears will have no first-day draft picks for the second straight season, having lost their 2010 first-rounder to Denver in the Jay Cutler(notes) trade. Was a second-rounder too high for sign middling production? Unless Adams comes around in a major way, Bears GM Jerry Angelo will take more hits from a fanbase frustrated with his tendency to spend with a vengeance on already established players. In Tampa Bay, Adams' spot will be taken by the delightfully-named Stylez G. White.

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