NFL Trade Rumors: The Latest Post-Draft Updates
Just because a player was put on the block during the draft does not guarantee that they will not be wearing the same jersey next season, but it does mean that the option is available for anyone willing to deal.
Even though it may be tough to make deals with this year's draft in the past and next year's so far away, teams who run into injury trouble leading up to the season will know that these players are options no matter how the PR tries to spin it otherwise.
Here are some of the teams who are offering or shopping for players following the draft.
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The main rumor surrounding the Cleveland Browns centers around former starting quarterback Colt McCoy. The drafting of a quarterback in the first round who is pushing 30 years old doesn't make things look good for McCoy's tenure in Cleveland.
Interest in McCoy as a backup has come from several different teams, but according to Chris Mortensen, head coach Pat Shurmur hasn't had any conversations.
It doesn't seem to make any sense to hold on to Colt McCoy, but the task now is to get the best value for him, which sadly might not be much.
Green Bay Packers
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One of the teams that is interested in McCoy is the Green Bay Packers, which makes sense because after losing Matt Flynn, the Pack is in need of a more accomplished backup.
Mike McCarthy has a strong track record of developing quarterbacks and time spent with him could benefit McCoy immensely. It could also result in another chance for McCoy to start somewhere else if he performs well in spot starting duty when Aaron Rodgers is resting for the playoffs or possibly injured.
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Another team that may be in the running for Colt McCoy is the Raiders, who would be trading for a former Ohio-based QB for the second year in a row after acquiring Carson Palmer from Cincinnati last season.
There are reports that McCoy might make sense in Oakland because they lack a true backup to Palmer, but there are also reports that the Raiders may be looking at free agents.
Matt Leinart could take his talents back to California. Wouldn't it make sense for the former hard-partying USC Trojan to end up as a Raider?
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The Texans drafting strategy has made Jones expendable and an option on the market for teams in need of experienced receivers. Not surprisingly, there is discussion that Colt McCoy and Jacoby Jones could be swapped straight up, but what team in the league hasn't been linked to McCoy rumors?
What is true is that Jones could still be moved even though the draft is over. He is still on the block and could be dealt if a team runs into injury trouble in training camp.
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It is rare that a name gets mentioned for trade bait during the draft and then suddenly becomes untouchable. Much like the names before, Mike Jenkins is a player whose presence is no longer needed by the Cowboys as a result of the team's free agent and draft decisions.
Despite not being moved before the draft concluded, the word is out that Jenkins is available.
If suspensions come down on cornerbacks who participated in the bounty program in New Orleans, than there might be teams looking to find a stopgap which bodes well for Dallas in terms of value.
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It's not often that a trade begins to materialize years before it actually happens, but that seems to be the case in Washington with Kirk Cousins.
Even though the move has been questioned, there is a precedent for this kind of situation with Matt Schaub and even Matt Flynn (had he been traded prior to hitting free agency).
Will the scenario work out for the Redskins? Possibly, but Mike Shanahan hasn't shown that he can develop quarterbacks as much as manage the skill sets that they already possess.
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Yet another situation where the PR spin is trying to deny the rumors of what most knew to be true already is taking place in Indianapolis regarding Dwight Freeney.
The Colts have long been interested in parting with Freeney's salary and were hoping that the draft would offer a chance to free them from it...no matter what Jim Irsay's Twitter feed would lead you to believe.
Rest assured, the Colts are still listening and will continue until the trade deadline.
New York Giants
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Anyone who wants to own a piece of the New York Giants 2012 Super Bowl Championship need only call Jerry Reece and make an offer. The piece they would be receiving is Osi Umenyiora.
The Giants GM is not even trying to shut down the rumors, even though he is using euphemisms that essentially mean, "we're willing to deal."
This seems to be becoming an annual event in the Big Apple. Seeing the draft come and go might mean that the drama will continue through the summer.