NFL Trade Speculation: One Player Each Team Should Trade Prior to Camp
Despite the fact that the draft is over and most of the notable free agents have been signed, rosters are far from being finalized.
Each team's roster could use a few tweaks, including getting rid of some dead weight to help in other areas. In some cases, a team may have just added a lot of talent at a position to render an older veteran useless.
Here is one player on each team that should be put on the trade block this summer.
Chicago Bears: Matt Forte
I still believe that the Bears should make every effort to get Forte a new contract before camp, but if the two sides are still at an impasse as camp approaches, the Bears should look to see what they could get for him while they still can.
The Bears did add Michael Bush earlier in the offseason, and he could hold down the fort for at least one season.
The problem is, trading running backs that will demand a huge contract is not an easy thing to do. Trading Forte is not the ideal scenario, but it is becoming more likely the longer Forte sits at home.
Cincinnati Bengals: Nate Clements
After drafting Dre Kirkpatrick in the first round and signing a small army of veteran corners before the draft, the Bengals have too many veterans at corner.
If the Bengals want to bring Kirkpatrick along as quickly as possible, it would be wise to get him inserted into the starting lineup immediately.
As a result, Clements becomes expendable, especially being on the last year of his $5 million-per-year salary.
Buffalo Bills: Chris Kelsay
After the Bills made the formal transition to the 4-3 and spent big in free agency to fill their need at defensive end, Chris Kelsay find himself to be the odd man out.
Outside linebackers without much pass-rush ability do not tend to generate a ton of interest on the trade market, but it's worth a try to get something for him.
Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno
Not only has Moreno been a disappointment as a former first-round pick, but his recent DUI charge could be his last straw in Denver.
The Broncos have proven that they could produce a quality running game without Moreno after Willis McGahee's resurgence last season. Moreno was picked by the McDaniels regime, so the Elway clan will have no qualms about shopping a former first-round pick.
Still, he has some talent, and a running back-needy team may want to see what they can do with him after a change of scenery.
Cleveland Browns: Colt McCoy
Although the Browns will still want to see what they have in Brandon Weeden before they ship off their starter from 2011, McCoy's tenure as the starter in Cleveland is all but over.
Even if Weeden is somehow a massive bust, they do have Seneca Wallace to at least get them through the season.
The problem is, it will be tough to trade McCoy at this point. Even though his cap hit is very small, most of the teams looking for quarterbacks have already signed or drafted players to fill their roster.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LaGarrette Blount
It may seem like a bit of a stretch to trade their leading rusher from last season, but with Greg Schiano in place, Blount's inability to pass protect and be used in the passing game does not fit the style of football the Bucs want to play.
After spending a first-round pick on Doug Martin, Blount is expendable. If they are going to move on from him, it makes sense to trade him while he still is a young player so they can get the most for him.
Arizona Cardinals: Early Doucet
Now that Michael Floyd is coming to town to take the spot opposite Larry Fitzgerald, Doucet becomes expendable.
The Cardinals should trade Doucet while he is still young (26) and coming off his best season as a pro, so they can get the most for him. Set to become a free agent in 2014, the Cardinals may not want to pay him.
San Diego Chargers: Larry English
The fact that the Chargers added two outside linebackers this offseason—Melvin Ingram and Jarret Johnson—is a clear indication that they are not satisfied with the production they have been getting from English.
While English has just about secured his "bust" label, there must be a team out there that thinks they can get something out of the former first-round pick, just like the Jets were able to with Aaron Maybin.
The Chargers are certainly not interested in extending English, so they might as well try and trade him before they cut him.
Kansas City Chiefs: Glenn Dorsey
Dorsey has had flashes of great play, but he has not quite lived up to the billing as a former fifth overall selection.
However, some team may be interested in trying to get more out of the immensely talented player. He is still only 26 years old, which will make him attractive on the trade market.
Indianapolis Colts: Dwight Freeney
Since the Colts were reportedly trying to trade Freeney during the draft, you can bet they are still listening to offers.
Freeney is still a very effective player, but at age 32, he is probably not interested in learning how to play outside linebacker in the Colts' new 3-4 scheme.
After releasing a handful of other former stars from their team, including Peyton Manning, it certainly makes sense to move Freeney while he still provides some value.
Any team in "win-now" mode that needs an edge rusher should have the Colts on speed dial.
Dallas Cowboys: Mike Jenkins
After signing Brandon Carr and moving up in the draft for Morris Claiborne, the Cowboys appear to be set at cornerback with little use for Jenkins.
Moving Jenkins to the slot is not as easy as it seems; slot corner is a vastly different position than sideline corner, and the Cowboys already have Orlando Scandrick to fill that role.
Jenkins has flashed greatness, but he can't seem to stay healthy. A corner-needy team may be willing to look past his injury history.
Miami Dolphins: Koa Misi
Now that the Dolphins are moving back to a 4-3 scheme, Koa Misi seems out of place as a natural 3-4 outside linebacker.
Misi has failed to consistently take advantage of playing opposite Cameron Wake. The Dolphins will be looking for another base 4-3 end to replace Misi sooner than later.
Misi, with his pending battery charge, may be more trouble than he is worth at this point. The former second-round pick may be more appealing to another team.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremy Maclin
The Eagles have already been one of the most active teams in the NFL as far as trades are concerned. They shipped Asante Samuel to the Falcons and acquired DeMeco Ryan from the Texans.
However, it may make some sense to see what they can get for Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles chose to give DeSean Jackson the contract he has been waiting for, making it very difficult to pay Maclin with all of the other high-priced players on the roster.
If Maclin were to hit the trading block, he would draw a ton of interest. The Eagles would be wise to cash in while they still can.
Atlanta Falcons: Dunta Robinson
With one corner spot filled by Brent Grimes and the other solidified with the trade for Asante Samuel, Dunta Robinson appears to be the odd man out.
Robinson will be very difficult to trade because of his massive contract, but it is worth a try to see what they can get for him.
New York Giants: Osi Umenyiora
The Osi saga has been going on for the better part of two years now. Osi would be a starter on about 30 other teams, but the emergence of Jason Pierre-Paul has relegated the pass-rushing specialist to, well, specialist duty.
Osi wants a new contract and a new team to regain his status as a starter. Problem is, the Giants have an fetish for pass-rushers and will try to keep as many under contract as possible as long as they think they are in contention.
However, if the right offer comes along, the Giants should pounce on the opportunity. As Osi has said himself, if they trade him, they wouldn't have to pay him.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Mike Thomas
Just a few months ago, the Jaguars had far and away the worst receiving corps in the NFL, led by Mike Thomas.
However, after adding Laurent Robinson, Justin Blackmon and Lee Evans, Mike Thomas may struggle to get playing time.
The biggest problem with Thomas is that he signed a three-year extension last year, which he followed up with one of his worst seasons as a pro, raising questions about his true sources of motivation. Trading him will not be easy and is sure to have lingering salary cap consequences.
New York Jets: Vladimir Ducasse
Ducasse will have a chance to compete with Wayne Hunter for the starting job, but the fact that he was unable to earn the job last year indicates that Ducasse is nothing short of a bust.
Ducasse has the physical tools to play in the NFL, but he has struggled to grasp the complex nature of an NFL offensive playbook.
Perhaps another team will find something they can work with in the former second-round pick out of UMass, but the Jets are kidding themselves if they think that they can still get any kind of production out of Ducasse.
Detroit Lions: Nate Burleson
Nate Burleson has given the Lions a few good seasons after signing with the Lions in 2010, but he just hit the 30-year mark and his best days are behind him.
The Lions also drafted his eventual replacement in Ryan Broyles in the second round, immediately numbering his days with the team.
Burleson is still young enough to give a team some production and a veteran presence, so he does have some trade value. If the Lions are going to try and get something for Burleson, now is the time to do it.
Green Bay Packers: James Jones
During his free-agency period last year, Jones made a head-scratching move and decided to return to the Packers, where he was given limited playing time due to the incredible depth the Packers have at the position.
Jones was not happy with his playing time, which, well, he should have seen coming.
He is still a young and talented player, even if he does drop a lot of passes. As Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb continue to ascend, the Packers should try to get what they can for Jones.
Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Stewart
After giving DeAngelo Williams a monstrous contract to maintain their two-headed monster at running back, the Panthers had limited cap room coming into this offseason.
So, what did the Panthers address in free agency with their limited dollars? A defensive tackle? linebacker? Perhaps a new receiver?
Nope, they spent it on...you guessed it...another running back!
Even though Mike Tolbert will be listed as a fullback, he is, for all intents and purposes, a runner. To clear up room for everyone to get carries, the Panthers should trade one of their backs.
No sane general manager would want to undertake DeAngelo Williams' contract, which leaves Jonathan Stewart as the only viable trade option, even if he is the younger (and better) runner.
New England Patriots: Ryan Mallett
The Patriots will probably wait until Mallett provides more tape for other teams to evaluate in the preseason, but it won't hurt to at least test interest in him now.
Blessed with a gifted arm and cursed with a poor public perception in terms of his personality, Mallett has all of the ability to be a potential starter in the NFL.
Mallett was taken in last year's draft for the Patriots to turn into a higher draft pick, and after one season, it makes sense to cash in as soon as they can.
Oakland Raiders: Rolando McClain
As Reggie McKenzie continues to clean out every square inch of the Raiders organization, he is intent on changing the culture of the Raiders.
McClain, a former first-round pick, has quietly underperformed after two seasons in silver and black. After an eye-opening arrest after he allegedly watched a man beg for his life at gunpoint, McClain may not be the type of player McKenzie wants on his team.
McClain still has a lot of talent, so he will draw considerable interest on the trade market.
St. Louis Rams: Steven Jackson
According to Evan Silva of Rotoworld, the Rams are already shopping their star running back.
For the Rams, it makes sense. Jackson is due $7 million in both 2012 and 2013. The Rams are not going to win a Super Bowl for at least a few seasons; it makes little sense to run a star player into the ground while rebuilding the rest of the team.
The issue will be trying to find a trade partner for an expensive running back with a lot of wear and tear.
Baltimore Ravens: No One
After much contemplation about who the Ravens should trade, I can only conclude that it would be asinine for the Ravens to trade anybody before training camp.
Their roster was pillaged during free agency, Ray Rice is contemplating a holdout and their best player may not play this season. They need as much depth as possible if they are to weather the storm and get back to the AFC Championship Game.
It would be irresponsible for the Ravens to trade anyone at this point, and Ozzie Newsome is not known for being irresponsible.
Washington Redskins: Chris Cooley
Cooley may not be that old at age 29, but after a multitude of injuries over the past few seasons, it may be time to let him be someone else's headache.
However, he is still young enough to be used to fetch a draft pick.
With Fred Davis under contract with the franchise tag, the Redskins are set at the position for at least another season.
New Orleans Saints: Chris Ivory
The Saints backfield is quite crowded with Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles and Ivory.
Ivory has done a lot of good things for the Saints, but he is the least talented of the group. Unless there is an injury—to two players—Ivory will have a hard time getting on the field.
Ivory was an undrafted free agent, so anything they can get for him would be viewed as success.
Seattle Seahawks: Leon Washington
After adding Robert Turbin in the draft, the runner and return man Leon Washington becomes expendable.
It will, however, be a tough sell on the Seahawks' part. Washington will be 30 by the time the season starts, so they may have to wait until a team get really desperate for a back until they are able to move him.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Brett Kiesel
Keisel has been through rumors of being released, but he survived the first wave of veteran cuts.
However, with younger guys like Cameron Heyward waiting in the wings, it makes sense to give them as much playing time as possible. Keisel is still a productive player that will attract some teams in need of a quick fix as s 5-technique defensive end.
Houston Texans: Ben Tate
Like the Ravens, I don't think the Texans should be in the business of trading away players. However, if they were to trade someone, Ben Tate makes the most sense.
Tate played well in Arian Foster's absence early in the season. He is still a very cheap young player and could command a very high draft pick.
Still, if the Texans were going to move Tate, they would have done so before the draft.
Tennessee Titans: Michael Griffin
After getting the franchise tag, Griffin has yet to sign it and is still holding out in hope of getting a long-term extension.
If you ask me, Griffin is not nearly consistent enough to warrant the franchise tag. If he wants a long-term extension, the Titans should try to ship him to a team that will give it to him and get some draft picks in return.
Minnesota Vikings: Antoine Winfield
The Vikings are not going to be competing for championships for quite some time. Therefore, it makes little sense to keep a 34-year-old corner on a rebuilding team.
However, just because Winfield is 34 does not mean he cannot play at a high level. When healthy, he is one of the better cover men in the league.
There are plenty other contending teams that would love to have Winfield's experience and leadership on their team. At the same time, I would assume that Winfield also wants little to do with a bottom-feeder at this stage of his career.
San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Williams
The 49ers added a glut of receivers to their roster, including Mario Manningham, Randy Moss and their first-round selection, A.J. Jenkins.
This means the odd man out is Williams, who did an admirable job opposite Michael Crabtree. Williams is still a young player with some upside who could be a valuable player in the right situation.
The Niners would be wise to cash before Williams' value deflates after a significant drop in playing time.
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