NFL Players Who Could Still Be Traded This Offseason
It may already be June, but as training camp approaches, there are still a few NFL players that could be traded before the end of this year's offseason.
Even after free agency and the NFL draft, there are several teams this offseason that still have glaring needs that could be fixed by trading for a player. At the same time, there are a couple of players that would probably be open to moving teams considering either their role on the team or the fact that they'd rather play for a contender.
With the being said, let's take a look at a few players that could still be traded this offseason.
With a healthy Tom Brady and his potential replacement down the road in Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan Mallett may be the odd man out on the New England Patriots depth chart.
Since being drafted by the Patriots in the third round of the 2011 draft, and after spending the past few seasons under Brady, Mallett has been involved in multiple trade rumors. The most recent came during the NFL draft, when the Houston Texans were reportedly trying to trade for him over the weekend.
According to NFL.com's Chris Wesseling, the Texans were reportedly still interested in Mallett after the draft, even after taking Tom Savage. The Texans may want a more established quarterback to take the reins to start the season and give Savage time to develop before putting him out on the field.
If Mallett does end up getting moved, we'll potentially finally get to see if he can prove himself as a starter in the NFL.
Since he hasn't been an extremely productive player through three seasons in the NFL, tight end Rob Housler might be ready for a change of scenery.
ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss confirmed reports that the Arizona Cardinals are interested in potentially trading Housler away, assuming the price is right.
Through three seasons, Housler has caught 96 passes for 1,004 yards and just one touchdown. However, he's still a young talent that could thrive in a different system. For a team like the New York Giants that still needs a tight end, Housler could be an intriguing addition.
It's been quite clear recently that veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson is not happy with the direction that the Texans are heading in, and if the situation doesn't get any better soon, the team may have to make the tough decision to trade him.
Earlier in May, Johnson openly vented his frustrations with the team, explaining why he wasn't attending voluntary workouts by saying, "I just kind of wonder sometimes: 'Is this still the place for me?'" Now, Johnson has not attended OTAs, according to ESPN.com's Tania Ganguli, which doesn't bode well for Houston.
Johnson caught 109 passes for 1,407 yards and five touchdowns last season, but his team finished 2-14 in an incredibly disappointing year. They may have a new head coach in Bill O'Brien, but the quarterback position is still a question.
While it would take a lot to trade away Johnson, it's still a possibility if the 32-year-old wide receiver no longer wants to stay in Houston.
After a rough 2013 season, it may be time for the Kansas City Chiefs to find someone that wants to take a chance on cornerback Brandon Flowers.
Before the NFL draft, Marc Sessler from NFL.com wrote that the Chiefs were willing to deal Flowers, who is currently entering the fourth year of a six-year deal worth over $49 million (h/t Spotrac). While no other rumors have popped up since, it makes sense for the Chiefs to part ways with Flowers.
It was quite clear last season that Flowers isn't fit for defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's scheme, as he had just one interception all season with just eight passes defended, which were both career-lows. During his first five years in the league, he had 16 interceptions, as he's definitely been a reliable corner before.
The problem with trading Flowers will be that huge contract, but if a team has the cap space and has a need at corner, Flowers might be an underrated option to push for.
The starting quarterback competition for the Minnesota Vikings is a two-horse race between Teddy Bridgewater and Matt Cassel, which means that Christian Ponder many need to find a new team if he wants to find an opportunity to prove himself.
The Vikings didn't pick up Ponder's option for 2015, meaning that he'll hit the open market after this season if he stays with the team for that long. Chris Wesseling from NFL.com had Ponder as his No. 1 trade candidate this summer due to the Vikings not picking up his option, saying:
So why are they prepared to waste first-team reps on a quarterback who has fallen out of their plans? The logical inference is an attempt to rebuild some semblance of trade value. Ponder still offers higher upside than the average NFL backup. Former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is now the Eagles quarterbacks coach. Former quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson is now the Giants running backs coach.
While it's not likely Ponder will have a chance to become a starter anywhere else, the best-case scenario for him is to be traded to a team with a shaky starter that could struggle and give him a chance to replace him. The more realistic scenario is that Ponder simply becomes a backup somewhere.