10 NFL Players Who Need to Switch Teams Before the Season Begins
Conflicts occur between coaches and players. Conflicts occur between owners and players. Conflicts occur between one player and another player.
The list goes on as to why a player may want to move off their current team. It could as simple as the Barry Sanders situation. He was just tired of losing.
The following contains some a smattering of all the above, plus players who probably won't move but could do with the change.
Here are 10 players in need of a change of scenery before the 2010 NFL regular season gets under way.
Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams
Being the only offensive weapon on a consistently losing team can exhaust even the greatest players.
As I mentioned in the introductory slide, just ask Barry Sanders.
Steven Jackson deserves the chance to play for a team that could realistically make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.
Unfortunately, it would take a real work of genius by another owner to get the Rams to part with their best player.
Certainly Jackson would be welcomed with open arms by a potential contender such as the Houston Texans.
The possible Hall of Famer deserves his Super Bowl bid. And it seems unlikely to happen in St. Louis.
Josh Johnson, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Johnson started four games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season before being supplanted by rookie Josh Freeman.
In his short tenure as the starter, Johnson failed to bring any victories, but he showcased his athleticism in his ability to pull down the ball and take off, gaining yards on the ground.
There are a few teams out there that could benefit from a change at quarterback, namely the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills have the most bland quarterback situation in the NFL. Adding Johnson would provide the third year player with a chance to start and prove he belongs.
It also would add a unique threat for the Bills in a scrambling quarterback. It's certainly unconventional, but it could be a spark to supplement for the sour receiving corps up north.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Buffalo Bills
After clearing the 1,000-yard mark in his first two seasons, Marshawn Lynch was supplanted at starter by speedster Fred Jackson.
Now, there is internal conflict that seems to have puttered out a little. However, certainly Lynch would appreciate a chance to enter the limelight once again.
He still has the talent, but he just needs a team capable of handling his ego.
How about the Bengals? They are champions of discarded players due to ego/off-the-field issues.
He and Cedric Benson could provide an exceptional one-two punch at the running back position, much like DeAngelo Williams and Jonathon Stewart in Carolina.
Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers
This situation highlights the conflict between administration and player.
Vincent Jackson wants a big contract that the men upstairs are not ready to dish out to him.
So, the best thing to do at this point would be to part ways. And it is likely to happen in the near future.
The Seattle Seahawks have expressed interest, with the Washington Redskins being involved in the conversation as well.
V-Jax wants to play for a team that will give him the money and the glory. It won't happen in San Diego, so he's going to pout until he gets out.
Brandon Jacobs, RB, New York Giants
The Giant amongst Giants seems poised to lose his starting role to Ahmad Bradshaw.
Even Tom Coughlin's claim to return to a more conservative offensive scheme seems half-hearted. Considering how well Eli Manning has been playing, there is no reason for Coughlin to hold back on distributing to his emerging group of young, talented receivers.
Jacobs may quickly become an afterthought as a goal-line back who could easily be replaced.
So, what team would benefit from his presence?
The Seattle Seahawks are having trouble locking down a No. 1 rusher, which is a role that Jacobs could fill on a team looking to regain the stature it had a few years ago when it made a Super Bowl run.
A Jacobs/Justin Forsett backfield would take a load off of aging Matt Hasselbeck and provide the LenDale White replacement that head coach Pete Carroll may want.
Albert Haynesworth, DT, Washington Redskins
There is certainly a monumental "duh" factor here.
Albert Haynesworth has been at intense odds with the Redskins staff for a while now.
There is no way that the dispute will be resolved and a permanent rift is all but a given.
Haynesworth needs a team willing to take on his ego and his contract, though the latter will certainly be alleviated by a trade that causes the Redskins to eat the worst of the financial obligation.
There are plenty of teams who would benefit from a healthy, willing-to-play Haynesworth. However, he needs to respect his coaches and team.
He may find just that in moving back to the Titans or lining up in the middle for the Patriots. Both are unlikely, but both would provide the big man with a real chance to compete.
Tashard Choice, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Tashard Choice is an extremely talented running back stuck behind two other extremely talented running backs.
If he is going to get his chance to shine, it will be for a team that needs a complimentary back to their questionable featured rusher.
The Detroit Lions now have Jahvid Best, but acquiring Tashard Choice as their No. 2 runner would provide them with an excellent backup option.
Another team that could use Choice's talent would be the Oakland Raiders, who could replace any of their possible need for Darren McFadden.
Sage Rosenfels, QB, Minnesota Vikings
Playing third fiddle to Brett Favre and Tavaris Jackson was probably not what Rosenfels wanted when he was brought on by the Vikings.
He has proven himself a very competent backup who is even capable of shining in the starting role.
The Texans used him to great effect and he could take over the starting role of a suffering offense, such as that of the Buffalo Bills.
He could even shine in the right system and provide excellent competition for the starting job. The Jaguars, in need of someone to push incumbent starter David Garrard, would benefit from Rosenfels' presence.
The Chiefs may want to consider him for the same role opposite the overpaid Matt Cassel. It would give them a safety net against their larger investment.
Mewelde Moore, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mewelde Moore is certainly an unheralded running back. However, he can be an excellent situational back who can fill the pass-catching role out of the backfield very well.
He would be an excellent Chester Taylor type for a team with an established feature back.
The third-down back role or change-of-pace back position could take the greatest advantage of Moore's set of talents.
The Jaguars, Packers, Falcons, and Rams could all use the underutilized talent of Moore, who has simply had the misfortune of playing on teams that had bigger name featured backs ahead of him on the roster.
Greg Olsen, TE, Chicago Bears
It is well known that the Bears' new offensive coordinator, Mike Martz, rarely takes advantage of the tight end position.
It is also recognized that Greg Olsen is an excellent pass-catcher who would benefit from being in an offense that features his talent.
Olsen will likely feel suffocated if he is stuck in the blocking role after producing such strong numbers last season.
The Miami Dolphins could give young quarterback Chad Henne another weapon by acquiring Greg Olsen. It would replace the inconsistent efforts of Anthony Fasano and Joey Haynos.
Another potential taker of Olsen's talents could be the Arizona Cardinals, who will likely be taking a more conservative approach to their offense. Matt Leinart would certainly benefit from the check-down comfort provided by Olsen.
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