Mark Barron was more than just a poor fit for the Tampa Bay Bucs.
The safety symbolized the mistakes Lovie Smith inherited from the Greg Schiano-Mark Dominik era.
The seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft, Barron was traded to St. Louis for a fourth and sixth round pick to St. Louis on Tuesday. He was a mistake from draft day, though not his fault; safeties rarely go that high, and his deficiencies made it more problematic for the Alabama product.
The Bucs were 12-27 during Barron's stint. You can't blame that on him. This one is on Greg "Tony Soprano" Schiano.
Barron was a figment of Schiano's imagination. The Jersey tough guy acted as if he was looking for someone to dump bodies into New York Harbor.
Schiano couldn't see through the forest because he was a prisoner to his image of what it takes to be a Buccaneer Man.
Barron is hard hitter whose coverage skills are mediocre. He was a square peg in a round hole for Smith's Tampa 2 defense.
Barron is also too much like Dashon Goldson, who should've been the guy to get his traveling papers. But you figure the Bucs couldn't get rid of Goldson because of his overblown salary, another product of the Schiano-Dominik reign of self-terror.
The Bucs are a billboard for mistakes. They've lost six of seven and are ranked last in total defense and offense.
Not all of the blame can be thrown at the Dominik-Schiano charade. Lovie and Bucs GM Jason Licht have made things worse with some overpriced acquisitions in defensive end Michael Johnson and offensive tackle Anthony Collins.
So Barron gets shipped to St. Louis, Leonard Johnson gets benched, and we are supposed to believe the world turns.
The Bucs live in ground zero with Oakland, the New York Jets and Jacksonville. The difference is Oakland and Jacksonville have their quarterbacks of the future in Derek Carr and Blake Bortles, while the Bucs and Jets don't know what they have.
The Bucs have Mike Glennon, who has been exposed in the last two games as a career backup at best.
One of the most troubling things about the 6-foot-6 second-year pro happened against Minnesota on Sunday when he had a chance to run for a first down and instead ran out of bounds a yard short.
It wasn't clear whether he would've made it or knew where he was. But it was a chance to gain some credibility with his offensive line, which is bad but getting lambasted because Glennon can't cover up its mistakes.
The Bucs should go back to Josh McCown.
If they keep playing Glennon and he performs like he did the last two games, his trade value is going to sink into oblivion.
McCown could be interception prone and has made some dumb decisions in the three games he started. But he also showed moxie and never displayed any fear of contact, even when Smith told him to tone it down.
The Bucs don't need to play Glennon anymore. What you've seen is what you are going to get with him.
If McCown plays well, his trade value could increase. He was a great backup for Chicago in 2013, and those guys are hard to come by.
If the Bucs lose the rest of their games, they should have their choice of one or two of the best quarterbacks coming out of college.
They don't have to tank, just keeping doing what they are doing.
Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7052. Follow him on Twitter @ADellSports.