Providing depth and forming part of a quality rotation must provide scant consolation for those NFL backups who receive limited playing time. Especially those backups who could easily start on another team.
Trade speculation will only increase in the coming months and several NFL backups merit being the focus of the chatter. These are players who have the ability to be very productive if given starting opportunities.
The likes of Arizona Cardinals wideout Early Doucet and Atlanta Falcons running back Jason Snelling have been forced to bide their time behind more high-profile stars. While others, such as Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims, have seen their status diminished by their team's decisions in the 2012 draft.
Here are seven NFL backups who would make good trade targets and be productive starters elsewhere.