The Buccaneers announced late on Friday that DE Gaines Adams has been traded to the Chicago Bears for a 2010 second round pick.
Since being selected fourth overall in the 2007 draft, Adams has struggled for the Buccaneers. Now, it will be up to Bears head coach Lovie Smith and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to motivate Adams to become the player the Bucs had hoped they were drafting out of Clemson.
In five games this season, Adams was only able to get one sack and 10 tackles and drew heavy criticism from Raheem Morris and fans. After the first two games of the season, Morris spoke to the Media about Adams’ struggle
“Gaines is one of those guys that knows he's judged on whether he's touched the quarterback or not.” Morris said. “Right now he's not getting the production as far as not touching the quarterback. The tackles, the sacks– he's not getting any of that. He's just not playing up to par right now. He's holding himself accountable. We've got to hold him accountable. It's tough right now. He is not getting it done. There are no excuses, there are no explanations. Gaines is not getting it done right now."
At one point, Morris told the media that Adams would need to reach double digit sacks in order to avoid being labeled as a bust. Last month, Morris didn’t shy away from talking about Adams’ lack of effort this season.
"Actually, when he started off the  season he just played hard, he played harder than anybody he's playing against,” Morris said. “Right now I don't see that. I don't see that same fire. I don't see him playing with the same speed and how hard he did last year. We've got to get that back. If we don't get that back, it's going to be a long season for Gaines and us."
For his career, Adams has played in 37 games with 29 starts while registering 124 tackles, 13.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 13 passes defensed. Adams has decent numbers, but just has not been able to live up to the hype of being a top five selection.
Adams’ departure will open the door for more opportunities for players such as Stylez White, Tim Crowder and Kyle Moore.