Since the beginning of training camp this week, there has already been a flutter of trades between NFL franchises. It's rarely talked about, but this is a time of the year when some significant moves are made to help structure the regular season and playoffs. Even though there are rarely blockbuster deals in the NFL like there is in the NBA, the significance of trades can still be very palpable.
Last year's AFC Championship was decided by a failed training camp trade. Even though the New England Patriots had two failed training camp deals, for Chad Johnson (formerly Ochocinco) and Albert Haynesworth, it was the Ravens' trade for Lee Evans that ultimately decided the game in Foxboro. In the dying moments of the game, Evans dropped a sure touchdown pass that would have sent the Ravens to the Super Bowl.
This is the best time of the year for teams to analyze their strengths and weaknesses because they spent extensive time with their players in camp. The Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Carolina Panthers have already set about addressing weaknesses after each team completed a trade this week. Right tackle Jeff Otah became a Jet, receiver Louis Murphy is now a Panther and Brian Price is now with the Bears.
Each of those trades made a lot of sense, here are a few more that do too.