The 2012 B/R NFL Trade Value Rankings

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The 2012 B/R NFL Trade Value Rankings
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The NFL trade deadline may not be as glamorous as it is in baseball, basketball or hockey, but it can still move some big name players (via SI.com).

The most important part of this year's trade deadline is its position later in the season. The deadline was moved back over the summer from after games in Week 6 to after games in Week 8 (via ESPN.com).

This move, along with the decision to designate one player to return from injured reserve during the season, was made to allow teams to have more options for roster moves due to injuries later than Week 6.

The trade value rankings will (bear with me here) rank players according to the prospective value of the return to their teams, were they to be traded at this year's deadline.

Now sometimes football trades can be confusing—as Brandon Marshall has been traded for two second-round draft picks in one trade and two third-round draft picks in another.

Last year, the Raiders thought Carson Palmer was worth a first- and second-round pick, so the actual "value" of trades are always questionable.

Here's how this list was created:

  • Making the cut: An original list of 101 current NFL players was trimmed down to 60. Those 60 players became the 50 ranked players, with 10 honorable mentions.
  • Injuries matter: Since this list is reflecting upon this season's trade deadline, players like Ladarius Webb and Darelle Revis will not be ranked.
  • Age matters: If players were comparable in skill level, the younger player was given an advantage.
  • Salaries* matter: If players were comparable in skill level, the cheaper player was given an advantage. Team salary caps were not consider in prospective trades.
  • Performance matters most: It doesn't matter if a player is younger and cheaper if the older and more expensive player is substantially better.
  • Positions matter: There are more quarterbacks on this list than any other position. Pass rushers dominate the defensive players. Offensive lineman, though valuable, are rarely going to be traded. No team wants to trade anything of value for a running back—just ask Jacksonville.
  • X for Y: Team X would not trade the player ranked No. 24 to Team Y for the player ranked at No. 42, but Team Y would make that trade. Team X might not necessarily trade player No. 24 to Team Y for player No. 23, but Team X would consider it longer than Team Y.
  • Trade value vs Actual value: A player's trade value is different from actual value on the field. This is not a 2012 MVP column. I wrote that last week.

*all salaries are according to spotrac.com. 2012 is included in all salary amounts and lengths listed in this article.

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