After an 0-3 start to the season, Utah Blaze coach and general manager Danny White said it wasn't time to go crazy.
"It's like we have a dark cloud following us, and we have to get out from under it," said White. "It's not time to panic and it's not time to make wholesale changes."
But it apparently was time to make one major change to his defense.
On Monday, White made a trade to land the all-time leading tackler in AFL history.
The Blaze sent up-and-coming defensive lineman Rob Schroeder to the Orlando Predators for veteran defensive back Damon Mason in a straight across deal.
Mason is a 10-year Arena Football League veteran who was a key member of the Predators' 1998 and 2000 ArenaBowl winning teams. He started all 16 games last year for the now defunct Austin Wranglers, picking off four passes. His 915 tackles are a league record.
To get Mason, however, the Blaze had to give up Schroeder, who was Mason's teammate in Austin last year. While White liked Schroeder's potential, the second-year player out of Buffalo was currently a backup behind veterans Dwayne Missouri and E.J. Burt.
Utah has given up an average of 66 points per game in their three losses.
Also on Monday, the Blaze waived defensive back Terrance Sanders, a rookie out of Eastern Illinois.The Blaze will be home for a two-game set, hosting the Columbus Destroyers on Friday at 7 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena, which will be followed by a March 29 home game against the Georgia Force.
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