We hit the NFL trade deadline in a more extreme version of typical league fashion – this year, there seems to be a handful of dominant teams on the rise and some easily identifiable bottom feeders looking to ditch talent in exchange for draft capital. In fact, Texans are built a bit like one of those merchant cars of yesteryear, roaming around town hoping someone will offer them glittering stones in exchange for their goods. Mark Ingram has already been traded to the Saints and he won’t be the last Texans player on the move (we’re not talking about the quarterback, either).
Also on the business front thus far, the Cardinals acquired Zach Ertz from the Eagles for a fifth-round pick and cornerback Tay Gowan. The Broncos acquired Kenny Young from the Rams and Stephen Weatherly from the Vikings, both for seventh-round picks. The Panthers acquired Stephon Gilmore from the Patriots on October 6, in what may ultimately end up being the most significant deadline action we’ll see.
As for what’s left, we are here to answer that question to the best of our ability. who Will move who should move on and who would we love to move in? And who is doing the move? See below to find out what will happen next.
The Texans are littered with somewhat familiar staples (like Ingram and, during the preseason, Shaq Lawson) that could act as vinyl patches on the tires of various contenders. Kamu Grugier-Hill, for example, is a covered range linebacker who is statistically having his best season while aiming, as well as a career high on goals. For teams looking to deal with versatile backs up down the stretch, he’s a perfect example of a player who could move for little to no cost and extra ammo for Nick Caserio. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks (who expressed his displeasure after Ingram’s deal) has played almost every offensive play for the Texans and remains a decent threat to bring the top of defense into a thin market (DeSean Jackson is still kicking after all, and coincidentally now he’s looking for his own craft).
I wrote about this earlier in the season, but if it was the Jaguars, I’d have my radar on Urban Meyer trying to gut the rest of this roster for draft capital. CJ Henderson has already been traded to the Panthers. Say what you want about the Dave Caldwell era, but there were a ton of successes in the draft, although some were hard to sustain due to Tom Coughlin’s era of fire and brimstone overlapping his. Yannick Ngakoue was a third-round pick. Allen Robinson was a second-round pick. Jalen Ramsey was a jaguar. Gardner Minshew was a sixth-round pick, AJ Cann was a third-round pick. The point I’m trying to make is that if Meyer wanted to negotiate with someone like K’Lavon Chaisson, for example, he would hesitate to pull the trigger. We don’t know what Chaisson will look like, and Caldwell had a pretty good record with player selection.
It will be interesting to see what Dan Campbell does on the trade deadline. The Lions are in good shape in terms of draft capital, with two first-round picks and, while I don’t expect it to stay that way, who is currently the No. 1 pick in the next draft. But it’s the middle tier of a draft class that builds an organization, especially one in this dire staffing situation, so would the Lions move some veterans on expiring contracts to accumulate that portion of their stock arsenal? It would appear that Campbell’s culture-centric approach would prevent a sell-off (as does the relative talent level on the roster) and some of the desperate moves made by Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn have prevented the Lions from making reasonable deals. (Trey Flowers, for example, would come with nearly $ 20 million in no-cap charges, and it would be roughly half for Halapoulivaati Vaitai.
The Eagles are already considering three first-round draft picks in 2022, not to mention an additional fifth round acquired from the Zach Ertz trade. At the moment, they have three picks in the top 13. That won’t stop them shedding more assets as they near the end of a season of development for Jalen Hurts. Andre Dillard has appeared in multiple reports, indicating an interest in developing a market for the former first-round pick. Another former first-round pick, Derek Barnett, has also floated out before the deadline, though the Eagles may have to eat some salary and find a defensive coordinator dreamer who will assure him he can turn Barnett’s fortunes around. . Barnett usage has skyrocketed from about 50-60% to nearly 90% of snapshots in the last two weeks.
The only good thing about the Giants’ island hiring process with executives (Dave Gettleman was a long-time assistant to former GM Jerry Reese, who was a long-time deputy to former GM Ernie Accorsi, who was a short-term assistant to former GM general). George Young) is that they are largely protected from panic maneuvers. Reese made a waste of spending towards the end of his tenure with the Giants that ended up loading the club with some bad contracts, which is why Gettleman was hired to frugally update his staff. Some of his moves have been successful; some have not. But it’s clear the Giants are inflated right now with some expiring rookie contracts that they should explore, not to mention some bulky veteran contracts that are also movable. (We wrote two weeks ago that they should even move Saquon Barkley.) They have a healthy mid-range on the list that other more successful clubs may be interested in trying before the deadline, with Danny Shelton and John Ross in mind. Darius Slayton, who, at one time, was the best pass catcher at East Rutherford and a budding star, would also make an easily moveable contract that could bring the Giants something close to a return on investment.
Contestants with obvious holes
The best teams are at the top of their respective divisions for obvious reasons, but this is the time to start exploring matchups against the best clubs in your conference and not just the best teams in your division.
• For example, the Packers he could, and should, explore the market for coverage linebackers, as well as the rotational defensive line and supporting pieces.
• The Cowboys could try to steal the inside defensive line market, which should be relatively robust.
• The Buccaneers will be scraping the bottom of the cornerback market.
• The Cardinals should be on the lookout for an auxiliary pass and an inside defensive line.
• As long as we say this perpetually, the Ravens could poach in the receiver market.
• The Bills look incredibly complete, down to the second tight end on their roster, which may have explained their hesitancy to stay on the Zach Ertz draft as they were during the preseason.
• There are also a number of middle teams that will tell us more about their internal confidence. What do the Browns, Colts, Chiefs and Vikings end up doing?
Potential big names available
Our Albert Breer noted the following, among others, in his Friday GamePlan column:
Colts RB Marlon Mack, and passing running backs Kemoko Turay and Ben Banogu; Dolphins WR DeVante Parker; Giants WR Darius Slayton and TE Evan Engram; Cardinals WR Andy Isabella; Falcons TE Hayden Hurst; Raiders OF Clelin Ferrell; Eagles LBs Eric Wilson and Alex Singleton, and OT Andre Dillard.
I’ll add to that list Josh Reynolds, the Titans wide receiver, who had a career year with the Rams last year with 618 yards, two touchdowns and a 64% catch rate.
And as mentioned above, DeSean Jackson is now looking for a business partner.
Some dream trades
Von Miller to the Cowboys for a second and sixth round pick.
Miller will hit the free-agent market at the end of this season, so the Broncos may be interested in trying to get more than just a compensatory pick. Dallas will be heading to the NFC East title and while Randy Gregory has been effective as an outside running back in limited bursts, Miller would change the makeup of their defense and give them some weight against the heavier hitters in the west, who will have the cleanest shot. at a Super Bowl booth. With Jerry Jones silently sensing an opportunity, it would be surprising no See him meddle with the staff this week and ask for a splash maneuver.
Allen Robinson to the Chiefs for a second-round pick
The signing of Josh Gordon indicated what we’ve all come to realize about the Chiefs, that without a solid running game they need to upgrade their passing weapon to the point where it can strangle any secondary. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce just can’t handle that kind of workload anymore. Robinson would provide Patrick Mahomes with a reliable, high-volume possession receiver who has the broken playing prowess to thrive alongside Mahomes. Robinson could take the Chiefs’ offense out of its rut and ease the burden currently on their offensive line.
Odell Beckham to the Lions for two third-round picks
We’ve seen this trend a bit lately in both baseball and soccer, where some teams that are clearly out of their minds but full of capital in the draft get a boost in the free-agent market. Lions general manager Brad Holmes, a Les Snead disciple, can strike a delicate balance between the high roller and the pragmatic team-builder by cutting the line for Beckham. The Browns love long-term thinking and have some talent on the roster, including Donovan Peoples-Jones who, while not a one-for-one replacement for Beckham’s skill set, is more of a conservative fit for Beckham’s offense. Cleveland’s first run. Meanwhile, Beckham would arrive as an ambassador for the Lions’ next quarterback.
Grady Jarrett to the Packers for a conditional second, fourth and fifth round pick
Jarrett is a luxury for the Falcons right now, a 28-year-old central defensive tackle who has a gigantic salary cap hit. While the time to trade him would be this offseason when his hit is drastically reduced, Green Bay could improve one of the softest running defenses in the league and spend one of its additional fourth-round picks. In the meantime, the Falcons could continue to push for a full rebuild while Matt Ryan is still in a championship window. While it would gut the Falcons defense in the short term, how much value is left with Jarrett from the perspective of a team that has some serious long-term problems?
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.