NFL Trade Rumors: Recapping Possible Scenarios Going into the Season
Folks, we're nearly one week from the 2012 NFL season, and the trade block is only getting warmed up.
In other good news, the trade deadline has been pushed back to Week 8. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network:
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have reached agreement on a later trade deadline and an injured reserve exception.
Beginning with the 2012 season, the official trade deadline will be moved from the Tuesday following Week 6 of the regular season to Week 8.
So, it's reasonable to anticipate any sort of trade rumors rising with every passing week.
Here we take a look at what's potentially brewing for the start of the regular season.
Lions for a Running Back
Kevin Smith needs some help at running back, and the Detroit Lions are trying to make something happen.
Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports earlier this week:
Lions traded for CB Kevin Barnes Mon and may not be deal dealing. Teams say Detroit GM Martin Mayhew making calls looking for a RB— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) August 28, 2012
To that end, Detroit simply needs depth in the backfield, because Mikel Leshoure is a great short-yard option and Smith is the complete dual-threat.
The best options worthy of consideration are Brandon Jacobs of the San Francisco 49ers and Chris Ivory of the New Orleans Saints. Jacobs may be old, but he can be efficient and the 49ers won't utilize him as much as Detroit.
Ivory is in a similar position with the Saints—meaning a crowded backfield—and his contributions will be significantly limited. Both help between the tackles and only give more balance to Detroit's explosive offense.
Trade Scenario: Jacobs for a 2013 fifth-round pick or Ivory for a 2013 sixth-round pick.
Rams Receivers Bubbling
The St. Louis Rams have some solid depth at receiver, and that's only provided more optimism heading into the 2012 season.
Additionally, the Rams have so much that this may—at the very least—turn toward entertaining other teams.
From an article by Brian McIntyre of NFL.com, Rams' General Manager Les Snead stated in an interview with NFL Network's Steve Wyche on NFL AM:
"What you do with a receiving corps, I think any offense has to go into the battle for that week against an opponent and give the weapons a role," Snead said. "And I think we have a complement of receivers, I think we have enough receivers that some teams have even called about a few of them that they think are on the bubble.
With so much youth at the receiver position, it's hard to decipher those possessing the most potential.
Chris Givens and Brian Quick are rookies, Austin Pettis and Greg Salas are only second-year players and the three veterans Danny Amendola (four years), Brandon Gibson (four years) and Steve Smith (six years) are still rather young as well.
Quick easily has the most potential and Amedola and Pettis each had strong preseasons.
Gibson is the most talented right now and his presence will be needed for depth. If St. Louis considers parting ways with anyone, it should be Smith and Salas as both are less presentable threats than the other Rams' receivers their size.
Trade Scenario: Smith for a 2013 fifth-round pick and/or Salas for a 2013 sixth-round pick.
Maurice Jones-Drew on Double Hiatus
The first hiatus comes from Maurice Jones-Drew remaining in his holdout.
When Smith was asked by the Times-Union before the team's annual Kickoff Luncheon if there was any chance of a trade if he doesn't show up for the regular season, he said, "Maurice is a Jaguar.''
Smith was then asked, "So you are not considering trading him?" He replied, "No.''
It's certainly a tough situation for the Jacksonville Jaguars, because MJD is their best player and with the 2012 offseason upgrades, he only helps in the push for the postseason. At some point, though, the Jaguars have to move on if Jones-Drew remains holding out.
After all, he's not young (27 years old), but Jones-Drew isn't old yet either. Still, time is of the essence with NFL running backs and if something doesn't happen then both parties enter a lose-lose situation.
MJD's lose-lose situation would be obviously aging, and the impact of having sat out for so long would affect his re-establishment as a complete ball-carrier. Jacksonville's comes in the form of playing without its best player and the declining trade value in the future.
If a trade were to occur, though, MJD remains a top player and the Jags could stock up some draft picks regardless of the trading partner.
Trade Scenario (may vary from team-to-team): 2013 first and second-round draft picks, 2014 second-round pick.
Philly Busy Being Popular
Simply put, the Philadelphia Eagles are busy.
“The phones are ringing, so everybody’s talking all the time here. That’s the best way I can put it,” said Reid, when asked specifically about the quarterbacks. “Every position you’re talking about things; that’s just how it works right now. But to pick a specific position, I can’t do that. But just know that there are calls that are being made, and calls taken.”
Well, the deep positions where the Eagles can draw some attention are along the defensive line and the running back positions.
Of the backup ball-carriers, Dion Lewis is the most experienced, whereas Chris Polk and Bryce Brown are rookies. Lewis may not have produced much offensively in 2011, but he can contribute on special teams so he's obviously more valuable to anyone of interest.
Plus, Lewis won't see much on special teams this year with Brandon Boykin getting drafted and Polk and Brown having performed well in the preseason.
Defensively, veteran Darryl Tapp is the most expendable. And in an article from Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Times, Tapp stated:
“There’s going to be a job somewhere,” Tapp said with a grin. “We’re all focused on getting better right here.”
Presenting so much talent in the trenches, Tapp has decently produced for Philly and is an appealing player to anyone needing depth along the defensive line.
Trade Scenario: Lewis for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick and/or Tapp for a 2013 fourth-round draft pick.
James Jones and Joe Philbin to Reunite?
The Miami Dolphins desperately need a veteran wide receiver, and James Jones is on the radar.
According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
Miami has been actively pursing receivers in a trade, and Green Bay's James Jones is one of the players being targeted. Earlier this week Ireland said the second-round pick Miami got for cornerback Vontae Davis and the third-round pick the Dolphins acquired for trading Brandon Marshall to Chicago this offseason is "ammunition" to make make something happen.
Brian Hartline is the veteran with 2012 being only his fourth year, while James Jones enters his sixth.
Also, Jones to Miami would reunite him with Joe Philbin, who was the Green Bay Packers' offensive coordinator from 2007-2011 (each year Jones has been in Titletown). So, it is a great fit, and Jones' presence out wide just helps the development of Ryan Tannehill as well.
While with the cheese, Jones is coming off his two best seasons in 2010 and 2011. During this two-year span he combined for 1,314 yards, 12 scores and converted 60 first downs.
The Dolphins have to get more experience at the position, because the potential of B.J. Cunningham, Rishard Matthews and Jeff Fuller only enhances with Jones present. And we can't forget about Davone Bess, who is one of the NFL's more underrated slot receivers.
Trade Scenario: 2013 Third-Round draft pick for Jones.
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