Eagles Trade for Arrelious Benn, Upsize Their Wide Receivers

Eagles Trade for Arrelious Benn, Upsize Their Wide Receivers

The Eagles have been very busy during the first week of free
agency, but on Friday they demonstrated there are many means by which to
acquire talent. The team traded some low draft picks to the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers in exchange for Arrelious Benn, a 24-year-old wide receiver with big

The Bucs were willing to part with Benn for the low, low
price of a sixth rounder and a conditional pick in 2014, plus sent their
seventh back in the deal. Basically, the Eagles got the kid for next to

Taken in the second round in ‘10 out of Illinois, Benn racked
up 59 receptions for 862 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons. His best
season came in 2011, which accounted for more than half of those career totals.

Stephen F. Holder of the Tampa Bay Times writes that Benn
was overtaken as the team’s third receiver
last season, but was also limited by
injuries. He caught just four passes while appearing in eight games before
landing on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Additionally, Benn was coming
off of a torn ACL the year before, so he’s been banged up quite a bit in a
short amount of time.

If that’s the only reason the Bucs are moving on though,
they may be giving up too soon. Benn has good size at 6-2, 220, and he runs
well, posting a 4.4 40-yard dash. If he could get healthy, youth is on his side.

He’s a nice add to the Eagles’ receiving corps for his size
alone. Of the five wide receivers who registered catches last season, only
Riley Cooper is taller than six-foot, and he hasn’t exactly become
irreplaceable. It’s an area where outside of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin
there is room for serious improvement.

Whether or not Benn will help in that regard remains to be
seen, but he’s already showcased some big-play ability at the NFL level. To be
able to bring him in the fold for nothing more than a swap of late-round
picks and a conditional next year is a tremendous value for the Eagles.

Should Benn get his career back on track, it becomes a
flat-out steal. The Bucs obviously didn’t think that was going to happen with
them, but the Eagles have nothing to lose.

>> Eagles acquire WR Arrelious Benn from Bucs [CSN]

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Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.