Yesterday, my wife and I went to the Wake Forest/Clemson game. The bad feelings that I as a Wake grad had during the 38-3 monstrosity reminded me of one of the early dates my wife and I had when we went to the Wake/Clemson game in Winston-Salem three years ago. In that game, Wake controlled the first three quarters until Gaines Adams destroyed a FG attempt and took it back for a touchdown to spark a Clemson rally. I was unhappy, but I remained pleasant. My date was happy. We’re now married. So perhaps Gaines Adams is the reason I got married.
I tell that story because Gaines Adams was traded on Friday from the Buccaneers to the Bears in exchange for a 2010 2nd-round draft pick. Here are some football thoughts on the deal.
Adams was once the fourth overall pick in the draft, but in two-plus seasons he has just 13.5 sacks, including just one this season. Now that the Buccaneers’ regime has changed, they decided to cut their losses and deal Adams. The salary cap hit that comes with giving up on a top-5 pick isn’t an issue because the Bucs have more cap room than anyone else in the league. They get a second-round pick that should be in the bottom half of the round, but that should still provide a starting-caliber player if the Bucs draft right. The Bears now take a shot at Adams. Two reasons they did this: one, new defensive line Rod Marinelli, while a bust as a head coach, is known as one of the best coaches at getting the most out of linemen. The Bears also face free-agency with DEs Adewale Ogunleye and Mark Anderson after the season, and so Adams could provide a replacement or at least leverage in those negotiations. The Bears had already given up their first-rounder in 2010 in the Jay Cutler trade, so they’re now all but out of the draft. But Adams (and Cutler, for that matter) are both young, which makes trading draft picks make more sense.