Gaines Adams will arrive from Tampa this morning to take his physical, and then it could be back on a plane for him to head to Atlanta with the Bears. The team is scheduled to leave Halas Hall before 2 p.m. The team will have to make a roster move before then in order to clear a spot for Adams on the 53-man roster. I speculated here about some players who could potentially be released to make room for Adams.
His comments about the trade, his new team, working with Rod Marinelli and more are in the main story here.
Now, let's take a spin around the Internet and see what they are saying about the second big trade in two weeks in the NFL. Cleveland dealing wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the New York Jets got things started last week.
Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com writes about the transformation of general manager Jerry Angelo, who barring a trade will go without first- and second-round picks for the second straight draft. Angelo traded out of the second round this past April. It used to be Angelo's draft picks were next to untouchable.
Pat Yasinskas, also at ESPN.com, reports that Stylez G. White is likely to take over for Adams in the starting lineup for the Buccaneers. if that name doesn't sound familiar, it should. He was with the Bears in training camp in 2005. That is when he was the pass rusher known as Greg White.
Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times reports that first-year Bucs general manager Mark Dominik said Thursday, "When we're not getting consistent play out of an area, we've been making changes. And that could continue." Talk about foreshadowing. The trade gives Tampa four picks in the first three rounds of he 2010 draft.
At FoxSports.com, Jay Glazer chimes in on the deal in a video and says, "I think it is a great move for the Chicago Bears'' citing the fact that he will work with defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated called it a good move for the Bucs on his Twitter account: "Good trade for Bucs. Getting mid- to late-2 in very strong draft for unproductive rusher Adams (13.5 sacks, 36 games) good for bad team."
Chris Mortensen of ESPN sees upside for both parties on his Twitter account: "Very interesting, Gaines Adams trade from Bucs to Bears for 2nd rder. With Rod Marinelli coaching him in Chicago, could pay off 4 Chicago. Bears fans will ask, "what about a receiver?" With iffy Bears secondary, putting heat on opposing QB may be more vital to playoff hopes. I think it's good deal for Bucs for an underachiever but, trust me, good bet that Gaines Adams will be marked improvement under Marinelli. I wouldn't say Peter & I have opposing views. I say it's a good deal for Bucs in light of Adams underachieving in Tampa. Adams strengthens their rotation & I'll bet he does have some impact if Bears are in the post-Thanksgiving playoff run, as I expect."
Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com reports that the trade of Adams chews up a whopping $15 million in cap space this season the Bucs, who have been pinching pennies under the Glazer family watch.
And, in case you are wondering, here are the base salaries for Adams, who is signed through 2012:
2010 $1.08 million
2011 $1.1 million
2012 $1.15 million
Check back later on for more information.