He was the seventh player picked in the 2012 NFL draft, a hard-hitting safety from Alabama who was envisioned as a possible linchpin for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense.
Less than three seasons later, the Buccaneers traded him to the Rams for draft picks.
On Sunday, Mark Barron will return to Raymond James Stadium for the first time since 2014. That’s when Tampa Bay traded him, he said, without any communication that it might happen.
The circumstances provide “a little added motivation” for a player who has thrived as a hybrid linebacker for the Rams.
“It’s not that big of a deal,” Barron said, grinning. “But it’s a deal.”
Barron, 26, was dealt to the...