Tampa Bay Buccaneers Trade Mark Barron and Jonathan Casillas


Oct 5, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron (23) breaks up a pass to New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson (82) during the fourth quarter of a game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints defeated the Buccaneers 37-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The 1-6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers made two moves at the trade deadline to try and shake things up.

Safety Mark Barron was sent to the St. Louis Rams while Jonathan Casillas was traded to the New England Patriots.

In return, the Bucs get a fourth-round and sixth-round draft selection in the 2015 draft from St. Louis while Tampa Bay will also receive a fifth-rounder from New England. The Buccaneers also sent the Pats a sixth-round pick.

The trade of Barron is somewhat of a surprise, as he was drafted seventh overall a little over two years ago. He has started all 37 games he played in for Tampa Bay, however, consistency could be the reason the Bucs front office decided to move on. He has just three career interceptions and has forced one fumble. This season, where he has 48 tackles, he has no picks or tackles for loss. His inability to make game-changing plays could weigh heavily into why the Bucs moved him.

With Barron gone, Major Wright will likely step into the starting line up.

The trade of Casillas is a lot more understandable. The 27-year-old had been relegated to special teams duty with the emergence of Danny Lansanah and had just nine tackles in five games.

Casillas was also left at home for a preseason game with head coach Lovie Smith saying “he did not meet our standards for a football player.”

Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin, who were also heavily mentioned in trade rumours, will stay with the Bucs after the trade deadline passed.