5 Trade Predictions for the 2012 NFL Season
The 2012 NFL season is now just days away as NFL fans prepare for yet another dynamite year.
With that being said, teams are currently in the process of cutting their rosters down to 53 men. The deadline for the 53-man rosters is August 31 as teams have tough decisions to make in the next couple of days.
Many teams may have players who are too talented to cut, but for some reason don't mesh with their coaches, teammates or schemes.
This means that they are prime targets for trade bait. The NFL may not be known for blockbuster trades, but there's no time like the present to mix things up and give the league some pizazz.
Why wait for the 2013 draft when a team can add a sure thing right now? Here are the players who should be on the move this season.
The current NFL trade deadline is Week 6
The Extra Point: The NFL Swapping Season Got Underway on August 26
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Who says non-draft day trades in the NFL are rather insignificant?
Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts:
On August 26 the Miami Dolphins traded cornerback Vontae Davis to the Indianapolis Colts for second- and sixth-round draft picks.
While this may be a head-scratcher for 'Phins fans at the moment, anyone who has peeped HBO's Hard Knocks saw that Davis struggles with maturity. Dolphins new head coach Joe Philbin is trying to set the tone overnight for the franchise he wants Miami to become.
In the end, a second-round pick will do the Dolphins better in the long run.
Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills:
The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly made a deal to send quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to the Buffalo Bills. While this is yet to be 100 percent official, this should be completed sooner than later. The two teams just have to iron out the details on the restructuring of Jackson's contract.
Now that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson looks like a winner, the Seahawks have found a new home for Jackson to Buffalo.
How does this alter the Bills?
It means that backup quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen may be on their way out and that the team now has insurance for starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, who hasn't necessarily impressed this preseason.
Fitzpatrick is just 21-for-43 this preseason with just one touchdown pass in three games. For a team that is supposed to be a playoff contender, bringing in Jackson, who is 17-17 as a starter in the NFL, to be the backup is a questionable decision.
Right now, Jackson will simply be the backup, but Bills fans should be crossing their fingers that Fitzpatrick does indeed become the franchise quarterback they paid him to be.
Who Says Matt Flynn Won't Be on His Way out of Seattle by Midseason?
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Matt Flynn won't be the Week 1 starter for the Seattle Seahawks in 2012.
After singing Flynn to a three-year, $19.5 million deal in the offseason, Flynn failed to win the job as the starter in Seattle.
There's no question that Flynn wants to be a starter in the NFL, and he may realize that he's better suited elsewhere.
It's evident that there's little method to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's madness, so who's to say that the Seahawks won't cut ties with Flynn this season?
Rookie Russell Wilson needs a veteran presence to show him the ropes, but the Seahawks can find that person elsewhere.
Flynn may have a high-dollar contract that doesn't guarantee positive results, but there are a handful of teams who may be willing to roll the dice on a potential starter for years to come.
With a Packed Backfield, Shane Vereen May Be on the Move in New England
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The New England Patriots have a good problem on their hands—they have too many quality running backs.
Stevan Ridley currently looks like the No. 1 back, Danny Woodhead is a solid No. 2, rookie Brandon Bolden may be too enticing to let go, and the Pats recently signed Olympian spark plug Jeff Demps to make things happen.
With Vereen leaving preseason Week 3 with an apparent foot injury, he may be on his way out of New England. He's only 23 years old but may be quickly labeled as "injury prone."
Regardless, there will be plenty of teams interested in the young man.
Kenny Britt Already Has a Tainted Image in Tennessee
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Right now, the only thing that Kenny Britt leads the NFL in is run-ins with the law.
It's more than bothersome when someone with so much potential like Britt doesn't get it.
The Titans clearly believe they need his skill set or they would have cut him already. If they were smart, they would trade him to the first team that calls with a decent offer.
List of potential suitors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers—maybe a reunion with college coach Greg Schiano can get Britt on the straight and narrow.
Michael Crabtree Will Be the Odd Man out in San Francisco
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The Niners deserve credit for bringing in plenty of talent to bolster their offense, but did they forget about Crabtree?
With so many hungry hands to feed the ball to, the Niners might be best off sending Crabtree packing.
He's 24 years old and could become a top-five possession receiver in the NFL soon. With plenty of upside, many teams will be inquiring about his services soon.
List of potential suitors: New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans
Mark Sanchez Is on Thin Ice in New York
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Through preseason Week 3, quarterback Mark Sanchez has yet to lead the New York Jets to the end zone.
With Tim Tebow behind nipping at his heels and possessing the ever-elusive "it factor," Sanchez's days are numbered in New York.
Yes, he has a contract worth $58.25 million over the next five seasons, but he has had success in his time in the NFL. What he needs now is a change of scenery.
The fact that the Jets traded for Tebow just weeks after extending Sanchez began a circus that can only end up with Tebow winning the job.
Although it makes for entertaining headlines, Sanchez will be traded for the Jets this season.
List of potential suitors: Arizona Cardinals—essentially trading Kevin Kolb's for Mark Sanchez's contract doesn't look so bad right now.