Tampa, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made their second
trade of the day during Tuesday’s deadline by sending linebacker Jonathan
Casillas to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed swap of 2015 draft
According to ESPN.com, the Patriots will give the Buccaneers their fifth-round
pick in exchange for Tampa Bay’s sixth rounder and Casillas, a five-year
veteran who started the first three games of this season before being
displaced by Danny Lansanah.
Tampa Bay also traded another defensive player on Tuesday, shipping safety and
2012 first-round pick Mark Barron to St. Louis for reported fourth and sixth-
round selections in 2015.
As for the Patriots, they acquired their second linebacker through a trade in
less than a week. The AFC East leaders obtained Akeem Ayers from Tennessee
last Wednesday in another exchange of 2015 draft picks.
Casillas was in his second season with Tampa Bay after a three-year stint with
New Orleans. The 27-year-old has recorded 138 tackles and three sacks while
starting 15 out of 55 career games.