NFL Trade Possibilities: Who Needs To Go
There is a lot of speculation surrounding several bottom-of-the-barrel teams, and for good reason.
The Buffalo Bills are reportedly at least discussing trading Terrell Owens, their one-year free agent splash, while the Browns have had to fight-off rumors about parting ways with former franchise quarterback Brady Quinn, and star return man, Josh Cribbs.
There are nine teams that currently only have one win in 2009, or are still searching for their win.
Here’s a look at all nine of those teams, a trade-bait suggestion or two, and some analysis to think about as we head toward the October 20th NFL trade deadline.
Carolina Panthers (1-3)
They finally got a win last weak against the Washington Redskins, but even that wasn’t very convincing. They’re in a division with two very solid teams in front of them, and don’t have much breathing room. Like it or not, it’s probably best to start thinking about 2010.
Trade Julius Peppers .
They franchised him, so they know he’s as good as gone either way, so now is the time to get what they can out of him. Just about any contending team out there will at least express some interest. However, considering the franchise tag, everyone knows the asking price can’t be as high as Carolina wishes it could be.
Look for the Denver Broncos to be involved, as well as anyone who wouldn’t mind giving up a high pick or a possible future Jake Delhomme replacement.
Buffalo Bills (1-4)
Head coach Dick Jauron is almost certainly out the door by midseason, while many are beginning to question if quarterback Trent Edwards has what it takes to be a successful franchise quarterback.
Trade Terrell Owens.
Their biggest trade tool is their one-year man, T.O., but even he may not generate a ton of interest. Only teams who are competitive, yet completely decimated at receiver will take interest.
However, he’s still a top talent with tons of experience and confidence, so calls will be made, and a trade will at least be discussed.
Look for the Chicago Bears to be the team mentioned the most in rumors, but don’t rule out Minnesota, Washington, San Diego, or even Green Bay getting involved.
Cleveland Browns (1-4)
They already got rid of one contract-year problem, so why not ship-off whichever quarterback they’re done using?
Trade Brady Quinn.
Many rumors suggest trading return star Josh Cribbs, but considering how cheaply the Browns have him (through 2012), that would be foolish.
Quinn has just about had it in Cleveland, and for the right price, there will be a team ready to give him a second chance, rather than take their chances with a first rounder in the 2010 draft.
Oakland Raiders (1-4)
They don’t have a ton of assets, but they may want to start thinking about getting rid of whatever they can afford to lose.
Trade Darren McFadden.
I know he’s still young and could improve with an upgraded offensive line, but he hasn’t really shown enough to keep giving him chances over backs that have been just as productive, Michael Bush and Justin Fargas.
It’s a bit of a reach, but Oakland could surely generate some tempting offers if they put McFadden on the trading block.
Detroit Lions (1-4)
The only players that really give them much of a chance to bring anything back are Calvin Johnson or Kevin Smith, and that won’t be happening.
Trade No One.
Besides, it’s hard not to like what you see in what Jim Schwartz is doing. This team isn’t merely competitive. They’ve tasted victory already this season, and they want more.
Unlike all these other panicking squads with nothing to gain this year, Detroit would be better served to just stand pat.
St. Louis Rams (0-5)
The Rams are still sticking it out with Marc Bulger, and their receiving corps isn’t quite as painful to watch as it was last season. However, what they have on offense is getting bullied around by defenses, and a change needs to be made.
Trade Steven Jackson.
He’s still an elusive wrecking-ball that can carve up defenses, but at 26, his aggressive style of play has him one bad move from a season or career-ending injury.
And since his star power hasn’t translated into many wins over the years, the Rams may be wise to just move on and get what they can before he gets smart and jumps ship himself.
Look for teams with troubles at running back like New England, Green Bay, Kansas City, and Cleveland to take interest.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)
Tampa Bay is in a full-blown rebuilding phase, and by the looks of it, they won’t be competing any time soon. So, if possible, it might be a good idea to stock-pile some picks or add some depth to their atrocious defense.
Trade Josh Johnson and/or Antonio Bryant.
Johnson is starting to show he might have the potential to be something special, while Bryant is hindered by a lack of a great supporting cast and is getting passes thrown to him by a young quarterback.
Johnson will definitely garner some mid-round pick interest, while Bryant, even though he is coming off of a knee injury, is still good enough to help another team out.
Look for any team hurting at receiver to give the Bucs a call, and don’t be surprised if Carolina, Cleveland, and possibly even Buffalo take interest.
Tennessee Titans (0-5)
Tennessee is hurting in their secondary and can’t get anything going through the air on offense. They could try to remain competitive by trading for a receiver (Owens or Bryant?), but will likely be turning back to Vince Young within the next few weeks.
Trade Lendale White.
Last week could have been White’s “showcasing”, and with Chris Johnson clearly the guy in Tennessee, he could be shopped for some secondary help or some star power at receiver.
Kansas City Chiefs (0-5)
Matt Cassel is slowly coming along, which could mean Brodie Croyle is finally put on the market (for real), along with some other players that aren’t getting the job done.
Trade Larry Johnson and/or Brodie Croyle.
LJ doesn’t necessarily have the first step he used to, and despite facing stiff competition almost all season so far, he just isn’t doing much with his carries. That could be because of his inconsistent passing offense, an average offensive line, or just too many carries in his past catching up with him.
Some desperate team thin at running back will at least inquire about him, so look for New England, Houston, and Seattle to at least explore the option.
Also, look for Croyle to generate interest in Carolina, Buffalo, and St. Louis.