NFL Trade Speculation: 19 Players That Need a Change of Scenery

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NFL Trade Speculation: 19 Players That Need a Change of Scenery
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As we enter the 2012 NFL free agency frenzy, let’s be open about a significant fact that no one wants to talk about when it comes to trade speculation.

If a team is willing to trade you, there is a reason they are willing to trade you. And that reason is never something complimentary to you.

Team A is willing to let go of Player X because Player X has medical, social or performance issues deemed detrimental to Team A.

Occasionally, those issues are of a kind that might be detrimental to Team A, but may be a non-factor to Team B. But that is always a gamble.

When the Baltimore Ravens acquired WR Anquan Boldin, he wasn't really fast enough for an offense that features Larry Fitzgerald. But he is a terrific slot, possession and red-zone receiver for Joe Flacco. The fact that the Ravens proved unable to land an outside speedster (until finally drafting Torrey Smith) was not Boldin’s fault.

Then there are the ego-maniacal owners and coaches (What? Egos in the NFL? I’m shocked.) who continue to believe that whatever a player’s problems, they will be the ones to fix it and unlock that player’s boundless potential.

Albert Haynesworth has become the poster boy for this kind of hubris. Somehow, this giant pain convinced the Redskins, Patriots and Buccaneers that he would play well for them. Maybe he should go into acting, because he clearly has no interest in playing defensive line.

This trade list does not include Peyton Manning.

For the record, I do believe that Indy’s foremost star will be doing pre-snap gyrations in another city soon.

I do not think that Manning needed a change of scenery. He needed a run defense and a rushing attack.

Okay, that's it—I have declared this article to be a Manning-free zone. 

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