Five NFL Quarterbacks Who Could Be Traded Before Training Camp
The 2010 NFL offseason has already seen a number of players signing with or being traded to new teams for the upcoming season.
After weeks of trade rumors, the Denver Broncos recently acquired Brady Quinn from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for running back Peyton Hillis, a sixth-round pick in 2011, and a conditional pick in 2012.
With the 2010 NFL Draft quickly approaching, the next couple of weeks could see a handful of other trades take place—especially at the quarterback position.
Here are five possible quarterbacks that could end up being traded before the start of training camp.
Remember not too long ago when St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger replaced Kurt Warner? Oh, how things have changed.
As effective of a quarterback as he may have been, the last time Bulger finished a season with more touchdowns than interceptions was 2006. Starting just eight games in 2009, he threw for just five touchdowns to go along with his six interceptions.
The Rams finished with just one win last season and face a number of issues this offseason when it comes to making changes for the 2010 season—including quarterback.
Not only did the Rams recently sign quarterback A.J. Feeley to compete with Bulger for the starting job next season, but there also seems to be strong interest in drafting Oklahoma's Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.
All signs seem to point to Bulger's time as the starting quarterback in St. Louis being over. If they do end up deciding to select Bradford with the No. 1 pick in April, it will be hard for the Rams to turn down a chance to trade Bulger if given the right offer.
Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles exercised their option on quarterback Michael Vick, which earned him a $1.5 million roster bonus. In 2010, he is due to make $5.25 in salary despite playing behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb.
With this in mind, it makes no sense for the Eagles to surrender this much money for a third-string quarterback—which is why a trade seems likely.
Vick has already declared his interest in competing for a starting job next season—whether it be with the Eagles or a different team.
There are a number of factors that will come into play as far as trading for Vick, such as his hefty salary and Philadelphia's asking price.
Numerous reports have indicated over the last few weeks that the Eagles are playing hardball when it comes to Vick by asking for nothing less than a second-round draft pick.
While this may seem like a smart move for Philadelphia if Vick is indeed capable of being a starter next season, not many teams seem willing to pay that type of price at the moment.
The Washington Redskins recently placed a first-round tender on quarterback Jason Campbell, but that doesn't mean trade rumors will come to an end.
Despite head coach Mike Shanahan expressing his interest to bring Campbell back for the 2010 season, the Redskins hold the No. 4 pick in the upcoming draft, which could draw a number of options for Washington.
The Redskins' main area of focus for the upcoming draft seems to be improving the offensive line, which means Washington would benefit from drafting Oklahoma State's Russell Okung if he's still available after the first three picks.
However, there is the slight chance of the Redskins taking a risk on a quarterback with the No. 4 pick. Not only has ESPN's Mel Kiper suggested Washington selecting Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen in his recent mock draft, but it will also be difficult for the Redskins to pass on Sam Bradford if he's still available.
With an improved offensive line and more weapons on offense, Campbell could very well be an effective quarterback for the Redskins in 2010. Unfortunately, his name will most likely be swirled around in trade talks over the next few weeks.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Troy Smith expressed his interest in seeking a trade during the team's playoff run in January due to a lack of playing time.
Considering Joe Flacco's job seems secure for at least a few years, it seems Smith won't receive his desired amount of playing time in Baltimore.
One of the teams Smith seemed to be interested in playing for next season was the Cleveland Browns, his hometown team. With the recent acquisitions of Seneca Wallace and Jake Delhomme, this deal seems highly unlikely to occur now.
The Ravens recently placed a fifth-round tender on Smith and seem to be leaning towards bringing him back for the 2010 season. Then again, if he continues to show his unhappiness in Baltimore, maybe a trade could be in the works over the next few weeks.
There have been more trade rumors involving Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb than talks surrounding whether or not Brett Favre will retire—which is impressive, to say the least.
As much as this writer still believes No. 5 will return as the starter for the Eagles in 2010, this is a Philadelphia franchise that has a "business first" reputation when it comes to the players.
It's no secret Kevin Kolb will take over the starting role once McNabb's time in Philadelphia comes to an end. With this in mind, there's always that small chance the Eagles receive an offer for McNabb they can't refuse to turn down.
With one year remaining on McNabb's contract, the Eagles may have to take into consideration what they could receive for him now and in 2011. If Philadelphia decides to part ways with him after next season, they most likely would have to just let him walk away without any compensation.
With this in mind, it would seem to make sense for the Eagles to trade McNabb this season if they receive a valuable offer from another team.
It may seem unlikely, but in the NFL, anything can happen—especially with the Philadelphia Eagles.