NFL Trade Speculation: Mike Wallace and 12 Players Still on the Trade Block

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIApril 9, 2012

NFL Trade Speculation: Mike Wallace and 12 Players Still on the Trade Block

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    The NFL draft is fast approaching, and every football team wants to have a firm understanding of its roster before the big day arrives.

    A host of players are still on the block, and as mid-April looms, nothing is certain in terms of potential trades.

    Look for a number of the following players to be moved before the season starts.

Mike Wallace

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    The cover boy for this piece, Wallace is a rather predictable start to an unpredictable article.

    The star wideout still hasn't signed his restricted free agent tender, and the Steelers will look to move him if his contract issues spill over into late April.

    The speedy receiver is astoundingly productive, having put up 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns on 72 catches in 2011.

Alphonso Smith

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    A former second-round pick, Alphonso Smith may officially be a bust after Lions fans watched the cornerback get dismantled by the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs.

    A league source said that Smith is on the trading block and that the Lions have shopped the defensive back to at least one team.

    For a small price, Smith could provide valuable depth as a nickel or dime package corner.

Asante Samuel

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    Of all the cornerbacks on the trading block, Asante Samuel is far and away the best player available.

    Samuel's high salary has made things complicated for a Philadelphia Eagles team that splurged on free agents during the 2011 offseason.

    An elite zone coverage defensive back, Sameuel should end up as the No. 1 cornerback in a Cover 3 scheme.

Osi Umenyiora

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    Now a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora has expressed a desire to seek employment elsewhere.

    The rise of second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has served to make Umenyiora expendable.

    General manager Jerry Reese doesn't typically shake up his roster, but moving Umenyiora could be good for both the locker room and on-field production of the Giants.  

Wayne Hunter

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    The Jets' 2011 collapse was the result of a number of factors, one of which was very poor play from the right tackle position.

    The culprit, Wayne Hunter, is up for trade according to ProFootballTalk.

    Though general manager Mike Tannenbaum intimated that Hunter would be a Jet next season, we can't be sure of the team's true intentions.

Leodis McKelvin

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    The Bills got good play from rookie cornerback Aaron Williams last season, and the team may be looking to move Leodis McKelvin as a result.

    McKelvin, a former first-round pick, could fetch a solid draft pick given the universal need for defensive backs.

    Buffalo is trying to piece together a playoff roster for 2012, and the team would be well-suited to pursue a trade for this corner.

Danny Amendola

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    The Rams acquired former Eagle receiver Steve Smith, making the roster need for another possession wideout like Amendola almost non-existent.

    A poor man's Wes Welker, Amendola is capable of bringing in a lot of throws and adding a horizontal dimension to any vertical offense.

    Look for a team to take a flier on Amendola, as his price can't be terribly high coming off of an injury.

Lance Briggs

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    The Chicago Bears have been very active during this free agent period, so it can't come as much of a surprise if they decide to move Lance Briggs.

    At the start of the 2011 season, the Bears linebacker requested a trade. I have to figure that, after the Bears didn't make the postseason, Briggs' wish is still on the table.

    A number of teams would love to bring in this 4-3 linebacker, adding a measure of veteran leadership as well as sure tackling to their defense.

Ben Tate

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    With running back Arian Foster locked up long-term, the Texans would be well suited to explore trade possibilities for talented back-up rusher Ben Tate.

    The Cleveland Browns have been mentioned as a potential suitor, which makes sense considering the team just lost feature back Peyton Hillis.

    Tate can be a difference maker somewhere, but in Houston, he won't get the opportunities that he deserves.

Bart Scott

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    In early March, it looked as though Bart Scott would be one of the first players traded in the new league year.

    Back in late February, the Jets gave their middle linebacker permission to seek a trade, according to the New York Daily News.

    As the Bart Scott trade saga spills into April, expect the Jets to either reaffirm the veteran's standing on the team or move him to another club.

Ryan Tannehill

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    With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III almost set in stone as the first two picks off of the board, quarterback Ryan Tannehill's draft stock grows by the day.

    The Minnesota Vikings have been shopping their third overall pick and, presumably, the team that bites on their asking price would try to draft Tannehill as their franchise signal caller.

    Teams like the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins could both try to move up and grab the Texas A&M star. 

Jonathan Stewart

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    The Carolina Panthers have already moved Mike Goodson out of their crowded backfield, leading to speculation that powerful rusher Jonathan Stewart could be next.

    Newly minted Panther Mike Tolbert can do everything that Stewart did for the team last year, furthering his chances of getting dealt. 

    Stewart's situation points to a high likelihood for a draft day trade—look for the running back's trade value to increase in the days leading up to the draft.

Matt Forte

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    Signing Michael Bush wasn't the best move for the Bears' already testy relationship with disgruntled superstar Matt Forte.

    This premier running back wants the big contract he feels he deserves or he wants out.

    The Bears need to act decisively on Forte's current situation or risk alienating one of their team's best players.

     

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