10 Disgruntled NFL Vets Who Could Request a Trade Before 2012 Regular Season
The stories of players skipping mandatory minicamps are a-buzzing, as they are every year. And, as we all know, after holding out comes trade requests.
Now, these trade requests aren't usually met, but oh my, the drama that ensues! Trade requests usually make fans nervous, create a ton of media hype, and every now and then, they even result in a trade. More often, it's a new contract.
Whether it's the desire for a new contract, the loss of a starting job or some other type of disrespect, players are in a constant state of unhappiness.
What veterans will take their issues to the next level by requesting, or maybe even demanding, a trade?
Mike Jenkins, CB, Dallas Cowboys
After the Cowboys drafted Morris Claiborne No. 6 overall, the Mike Jenkins trade rumors started. It appears that Dallas has tried to trade Jenkins, but it hasn't happened yet.
If there isn't progress on a deal soon, Jenkins could push the issue by demanding a trade. If there isn't a change, Jenkins could be Dallas' No. 4 cornerback, and that simply isn't acceptable.
Colt McCoy, QB, Cleveland Browns
Brandon Weeden has all but been named Cleveland's starter, and Colt McCoy appears to be under the delusion that he is still the team's starter. When he realizes otherwise, things may not go well.
McCoy had issues with the Browns last year after suffering a concussion and being put back in the game. More importantly, McCoy thinks he can start, and he may not be content as a backup, or possibly even third-stringer behind Seneca Wallace.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Prior to the draft, LeGarrette Blount made it clear he wouldn't be happy with the Buccaneers drafting Trent Richardson in the first round, and he may feel similarly about Doug Martin's presence. If Blount does feel this way, the soon-to-be-backup may wish to find a new team.
Head coach Greg Schiano criticized Blount's ball security, and the running back isn't known for his high character. Doug Martin is the team's new running back, and Blount might not be okay with that.
Early Doucet, WR, Arizona Cardinals
With Michael Floyd now in the picture, Early Doucet is Arizona's No. 4 wide receiver. Doucet caught 54 passes for 689 yards last year, and he probably isn't happy about how much his playing time will decrease in 2012.
So, Doucet just might request a trade. He wants to establish himself as a high-quality player before hitting free agency in 2012, and he won't be able to do so behind Arizona's top three wideouts.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Arizona Cardinals
No, Kevin Kolb hasn't played well for the Cardinals, but the fans there have treated him horribly. Kolb is locked in a competition with John Skelton, and if he loses, Kolb will certainly be upset.
Things haven't gone well for Kolb in Arizona, and he may simply wish to put the experience behind him, even if it means going elsewhere as a backup.
Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears
Okay, Matt Forte isn't going to be traded, but he is admittedly upset with the Bears, and he could easily request a trade. Chicago's franchise player tweeted his frustration when the team signed Michael Bush, and the situation hasn't improved in the meantime.
The two parties have until July 15 to reach a deal, and if they don't, the situation will further escalate. At this point, Forte may realize he has no chance at a new contract in Chicago and request a way out.
Chris Clemons, DE, Seattle Seahawks
It was a surprise to Pete Carroll when Chris Clemons didn't show up to minicamp, but it shouldn't have been. Clemons has 11 sacks each of the past two seasons, and he is entering a contract year.
The Seahawks drafted several pass-rushers, including Bruce Irvin in the first round. If Clemons doesn't see a future in Seattle, he might just ask for a way out now.
Matt Moore, QB, Miami Dolphins
As of now, Matt Moore is in the midst of a competition with David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill.
Moore probably still sees himself as Miami's starter, and if that proves not to be true, he may not be content as the team's backup.
In fact, if Moore doesn't win, he may not even be the team's backup, and he definitely wouldn't be happy with that.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Like Matt Forte, Maurice Jones-Drew may request a trade, but he won't be traded. Jones-Drew wants a new contract, and he may see asking for a trade as a means of getting a new deal.
To Jones-Drew, requesting a trade is simply part of the process. He doesn't want to leave Jacksonville, and he won't, but he will ask for it anyway.
Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
As a restricted free agent, Mike Wallace isn't making nearly as much money as he deserves. Wallace is skipping minicamps, and he really wants a new contract before his contract season.
The Pittsburgh star will take a new deal any way he can get it, and it may have to be with another team. Until Wallace's conflict with the Steelers is resolved, he will consider a trade as an option.