The NFL season is far from completion with only one weekend of playoff activity complete.
However, it’s never too early for diehard fans, especially of the teams that aren’t still standing in the postseason, to look ahead in anticipation of the upcoming offseason.
It may be a bit premature to study which teams will look to be wheeling and dealing their talent, but we can take educated guesses by this point.
Plenty of other factors affect teams and trading. Trades aren’t that common in the NFL nowadays, especially those without draft picks involved as compensation. Today’s NFL is based off free agency and drafting. Rarely do clubs exchange players for players straight-up.
Having said that, it’s important to remember that both free agency and the NFL draft play big roles in trades. Free agency doesn’t even begin until March 13, whereas the draft begins April 26. That leaves oodles of time for clubs to make moves.
Franchises might even be uncertain where they will be picking in the rounds and even what positions they will need to improve at this given point in time.
Nonetheless, it is fun to look into our factious crystal balls and play God if even for a brief moment.
And, of course, the fun things like retirements and arrests always seem to pop up out of nowhere and catch teams blindsided. These unpredictable events add to the drama and uncertainty of the offseason.
Here now are five likely candidates who could potentially be on the move to new zip codes in 2012: