NFL Trade Speculation: 10 Trades That Would Spice Up the NFL
The NFL can be an unfair business sometimes. Asante Samuel has been firmly placed on the trading block, and there will be others to follow who could shake up the league before or after the NFL Draft.
The league's front offices have gone into full-blown offseason mode. Everyone is preparing for the draft.
Some are picking up the telephone and inquiring about trade possibilities for positions they can't fill through the draft or free agency.
The free-agency market will be deep once again this offseason, specifically at wide receiver. However, several things could affect free agency, and one of them is the market for trades.
Samuel looks to be on his way out of Philadelphia this offseason, but who else will join him?
DeSean Jackson, WR
DeSean Jackson has been called a "one-trick pony" by several, including myself. However, that one trick is a pretty good one and can only be achieved by God-given ability.
Jackson has jet engine-like speed. He takes the top off of defenses and forces safeties throughout the league to wear Depends simply due to thinking about Jackson getting behind them.
The problem with Jackson has been his concussion history, lack of red zone production and not showing up in big games. He has four touchdowns in his last 23 games and has only scored two touchdowns in the five playoff games, both of which were losses.
I realize DeSean Jackson is a free agent, but I highly doubt the Eagles will simply show him the door. The Philadelphia Eagles could look to franchise Jackson and look for a trade.
He's realistically only worth about a fifth or sixth round pick, but the Eagles duped the Arizona Cardinals last season with the Kevin Kolb trade so who knows what they'll be able to squeeze out of a desperate team.
Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns
Osi Umenyiora, DE
Fresh off a second Super Bowl victory with the New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora may be on the move. There's no denying he was an integral part of the fierce pass rush that led the charge on their Super Bowl run.
Umenyiora and the Giants went back and forth before last season on contract issues despite his impact. Although the Giants seem to have an abundance of talent at the defensive end position, Umenyiora would be a great pick-up for a team in need of some push inside the trenches.
Unfortunately for the Giants, this is not the NBA, and you can't just snag a first or second-round pick in a trade. They'd be lucky to get a fourth-round pick for No. 72.
Green Bay Packers, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks
Karlos Dansby, LB
Karlos Dansby and Cameron Wake are probably the most underrated linebacking pair in the NFL. Dansby recorded 103 tackles in 2011 for an improving Miami Dolphins defense.
The inside linebacker would bring a needed addition to any team in search of someone to boss the middle of the box. Dansby can close down the running game and drop back in coverage effectively.
The Miami Dolphins are one of a handful of teams looking into trading up for Robert Griffin III, which means they'll have to give up a pretty penny to the St. Louis Rams or whoever is involved in a multi-team deal.
Dansby is a great player but he's also 30 years old, so his value could be dampened by that fact. They're probably looking at a fourth-rounder paired with cash or a sixth/seventh-round pick, and that's being very generous.
Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants
Asante Samuel, CB
Asante Samuel is not your lock down corner a la Darelle Revis. He is your ball-hawking corner who can change a game with a timely gamble for an interception.
Samuel is starting to come to the latter stages of his career but still has a solid three to four years left in the tank. His skill set will have to fit into a defense that's willing to let a guy like Samuel roam around.
This is the hard part for the Philadelphia Eagles. Samuel is due at least $8.4 million in 2012.
There was no hiding that the Eagles wanted to offload their surplus of Pro Bowl-caliber cornerbacks last season. If they can convince someone to pick up the pricey check, they could receive a mid to late-round draft pick and possibly some cash thrown in.
Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots
Santonio Holmes, WR
There's no denying Santonio Holmes has some skill. He's the New York Jets go-to wide receiver and has some of the best mitts in the league.
Holmes has won it all and can perform in the clutch. He's fairly productive in the red zone and can line up in the slot if needed.
This is mission impossible for the Jets. Holmes has had a public feud with his quarterback and seemed to be the cancer in the Jets' locker room late in the season. Oh, he's also guaranteed $15.25 million over the next two seasons.
I'm not sure who they could convince to take him, but that's a big chunk of change to pay with the depth of the wide receiver market in free agency. New York would be glad to receive a pair of socks in exchange for someone taking those wages of their book.
San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns
Oshiomogho Atogwe, S
Most likely a name you haven't heard of and certainly a name you likely can't spell. However, Oshiomogho Atogwe could be trade bait for the Washington Redskins.
Atogwe has been LaRon Landry's deputy in Washington and has done a swell job. He recorded three interceptions and 60 tackles in 2011.
He has been a quiet reason why Washington's defense has been stealthily improving over the last couple seasons.
By now you should be able to guess this. Most likely a mid-round pick or a pair of late rounders.
Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions
Oniel Cousins, RT
Oniel Cousins is a big boy. He's entering his prime years at 27 years old and has done a fair job at right tackle. He found a starting role with the Cleveland Browns and looks to keep it going into 2012.
Cleveland has two first-round picks in the 2012 draft. Cousins has bounced around the league, and the offensive tackle position is deep.
Look for them to offload Cousins if possible to clear space for their newcomers.
Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, San Diego Chargers
Ike Taylor, CB
Ike Taylor has a physical way about him. He can jam up receivers and lower his shoulder if needed, which makes him a proper Pittsburgh Steeler.
He has good size and a decent pair of hands for a cornerback. Taylor is also not afraid to help out in run support.
Taylor could garner a solid middle-round pick in the fourth to fifth-round range.
San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints, Indianapolis Colts
Jonathan Stewart, RB
That's the "someone please trade for me" smile being properly displayed by Jonathan Stewart. He has become second fiddle in the Carolina Panthers' backfield. Third if you include Cam Newton as a runner.
Stewart makes the Panthers' backfield dangerous with his speed, hands and agility. He can hit the hole inside the tackles and bounce it out for a quick hitter as well.
If you're not a top-tier running back, you can be viewed as a bit disposable in the NFL. He'd probably only require a couple late-round picks or a late rounder plus cash, which would be a steal for some teams.
Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals
DeAngelo Hall, CB
DeAngelo Hall has been doing his thing in Washington for a few years now. He's a solid cover corner with a knack for the ball.
Hall has great hands for a cornerback and is still in the prime of his career.
This is a tough one. The Washington Redskins owe him $6.5, $8 and $9.5 million in his next three seasons starting in 2012. Washington has a ton of cap space, but if they want to build around their next quarterback they might dip into the free-agency market heavily.
Thus, requiring them to cut Hall from the books. However, this could be premature by a year.
Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers