NFL Trade Rumors: The 20 Guys Who Aren't Worth Trading For

Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2010

NFL Trade Rumors: The 20 Guys Who Aren't Worth Trading For

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    ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Wide receiver Sam Hurd #17 of the Dallas Cowboys runs for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at Cowboys Stadium on November 1, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    With the start of the NFL regular season less than two weeks away, teams' rosters are beginning to take shape. 

    Injuries and potential cuts have opened the door for numerous teams to become buyers and sellers in the next few days.

    With so many big names who could shift teams, I'm looking at the useless ones. The guys who aren't worth trading for. Maybe they stink, maybe you can get them off waivers in a few days, maybe they're just more trouble than they're worth. 

    But, every name being bandied about is on this list, ranked in order of usefulness and likelihood of a trade. Let's start at the bottom, or the most useful player to get traded. 

20. Vincent Jackson, WR

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the San Diego Chargers makes a pass reception against Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty I
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    At this point, San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson's story is well known to those who follow football. He's holding out, demanding a trade or a new contract, blah, blah, blah.

    Here's the deal: with Sidney Rice out at least eight games, and Percy Harvin still suffering from migraines, the Vikings are looking to upgrade their wideout pool.

    That means Jackson would be a welcome addition to last year's NFC runners-up. He's big, rangy, and has good hands.

    He's got some money issues that could make him a hassle, but otherwise, he's worth the trouble. 

19. Greg Olsen, TE

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    BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 20:  Greg Olsen #82 of the Chicago Bears runs the ball during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bears 31-7. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Imag
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    Olsen is a big target, with good hands in the Bears attack. Last year, he became a valuable commodity as one of Jay Cutler's favorite targets. 

    But Olsen has underwhelmed this preseason, and in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system, the tight end is a blocker more than a receiver. 

    This makes Olsen expendable. But it's going to be tough to deal him, considering what the Bears want (a second- or third-round pick), and the fact that most teams in the NFL have an established tight end.

    But for a team who needs one, like, say Carolina, Arizona, or Denver, he could be worth the pick. 

18. Darren Sharper, S

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:   Austin Collie #17 of the Indianapolis Colts is tacked after making a catch by Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints during Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo
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    Darren Sharper found new life as a safety for the New Orleans Saints. But he's 34, and recovering from a serious knee injury.

    The Saints seem unsure of what to do with him, but he could have some trade value, going to a team like Detroit, who lack a veteran presence in the secondary.

    He's still talented, but has slowed some with age, which could lead to teams staying away. But with his leadership, he'd make a good investment for a couple of years.

17. Reggie Wells, OL

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 03:  Guard Reggie Wells #74 of the Arizona Cardinals awaits action on the sidelines against the Denver Broncos during NFL preseason action at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the
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    Wells is a strong right guard, who has some upside left to him. He's come onto the trading block, to be sold to the highest bidder, and a team like Pittsburgh, who lack a true right guard, could use him. 

    But Wells' price tag of $2.4 million this season makes him a pricey pickup for most teams, and he's not at a level quite yet where he'd be worth trading for, unless a team needs him. 

16. Kevin Smith, RB

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    BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 13:  Kevin Smith #34 of the Detroit Lions runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Lions 48-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Smith is a talented third-year back, who has become expendable in Detroit. With Jahvid Best running rampant, Smith is at best a second option in the Motor City. 

    With his upside, a team like Houston, who could use running back depth, would be a logical choice. But Smith comes with a price: he's recovering from a serious knee injury, and for a back, that's a big red flag. 

    If a team takes a chance on him, though, he could prove useful, hence his low position on the list. 

15. Matt Leinart, QB

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    GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 14:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals drops back to pass during preseason NFL game against the Houston Texans at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 14, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated t
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    Leinart appears to have worn out his welcome in the desert in 2010. He's got a solid arm and okay accuracy, but he hasn't made many long throws in his career. 

    He'd be a good trade for a team like Buffalo, but his price tag and lack of experience might scare a lot of teams away and make him not worth the risk. 

14. Troy Smith, QB

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    BALTIMORE - AUGUST 28:  Troy Smith #10 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the New York Giants in a preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Giants 24-10. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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    Smith hasn't really been given a fair shake in Baltimore. He's a mobile quarterback with a good arm, and better-than-you-think accuracy.

    But, he's trapped behind budding star Joe Flacco, and seems to be destined to make his fortune elsewhere. 

    He's unproven, and he's still a work in progress as a pocket passer, but he could be a good backup for a team like Seattle, who need a quarterback of the future. 

13. Albert Haynesworth, DT

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - AUGUST 27:  Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins  in action against the New York Jets during their preseason game on August 27, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium  in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Get
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    Haynesworth will not, in all likelihood, be traded this preseason.

    But his name was bounced around all off-season, and he brings a big body capable of rushing the passer or stopping the run in the middle. 

    His price tag is extremely hefty, and the Redskins are sure to ask a bit for him, making him not worth the risk. 

12. Alphonso Smith, CB

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 03:  Alphonso Smith #33 of the Denver Broncos returns the opening kick off for thirty yards during the NFL preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals at Invesco Field at Mile High on September 3, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos
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    Smith is an undersized corner who relies on his speed more than anything else. According to the Denver Post, Smith has had a falling out in Denver, and could be on his way out. 

    He's got some upside as a raw corner, but he's this high because when a team gives up on a player as quickly as the Broncos seem to be giving up on Smith, that raises red flags.

    He could be more trouble than he's worth. 

11. Pat White, QB

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins looks to throw a pass against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 3, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Dolphins defeated the Saints 10-7.  (Photo by C
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    He's basically Troy Smith. But he can be had for less than Smith, and might be available via waivers by next week. So he's a bit higher on the list. 

10. Josh Reed, WR

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    SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 14:   Wide receiver Josh Reed #82 of the San Diego Chargers carries the ball against the Chicago Bears on August 14, 2010 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Reed's speed has diminished somewhat in recent years, but he's still a good slot receiver with solid hands. 

    The Chargers don't seem to want him, so he's on the block, if not available outright.

    But he's not going to necessarily be worth what the Chargers would probably want for him, particularly if they end up cutting him. 

9. Jarrad Page, CB

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    OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Jarrad Page #44 of the Kansas City Chiefs breaks up a pass to Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game on November 30, 2008 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/
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    Page is a big, strong safety, who has found himself playing with the second team as he recovers from injury. 

    He's not too happy about that, and has asked to be traded. The Chiefs have not yet, and Page says the team is intentionally blocking reasonable offers. 

    He has some upside, but isn't worth the drama he's creating by demanding to start. There's not a big safety market, and Page isn't the best of the bunch.

    He'll want to start, which might not be a good idea at this point, making him more trouble than he's worth. 

8. Willis McGahee, RB

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Ravens won 33-14.  (Phot
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    McGahee has reinvented himself from an explosive back to a punishing one, but it's unclear what role he would serve on most teams.

    I don't think he's quite starter material, and the Ravens are asking a lot for a guy who would be mostly a short-yardage back. 

    He's a good back, but not good enough to merit trading for him. 

7. Lito Sheppard, CB

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    TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 13:  Running back Derrick Ward #28 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs through the arm tackle of defensive back Lito Sheppard #26 of the New York Jets during the game at Raymond James Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Pho
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    Sheppard, now with the Vikings, isn't the player he was in Philadelphia. But he wants to be played like he is.

    He'd be more trouble on the roster than he'd be worth, and the pick you give up to get him could be used to get a corner with upside. 

6. Sabby Piscitelli, S

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 29:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons breaks a tackle by Sabby Piscitelli #21 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Georgia Dome on November 29, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Piscitelli was not terribly pleased at losing his starting spot this season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been shopping him around. 

    But while Sabby's excellent against the run, he lacks lateral quickness to stay with a receiver in man coverage. He doesn't have a great vertical leap, but he's a smart player. 

    Unfortunately, the Bucs know this, and would try to get more than he's worth for him. 

5. Laurence Maroney, RB

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 27:  Laurence Maroney #39 of the New England Patriots gains yards against Derek Cox #21 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first quarter at Gillette Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty
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    Does Maroney have upside? Undoubtedly. But he's injury prone and it remains to be seen whether he actually can handle the every-game grind of being the team's top starter.

    He's a bit hesitant with the ball, and it costs him a lot. He's a sub-par pass blocker. 

    All-in-all, there are too many question marks on the 25-year-old Maroney to make him worth trading to get.

4. Marshawn Lynch, RB

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 20: Marshawn Lynch #23  of the Buffalo Bills runs against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 20, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. The Patriots won 17-10. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Lynch was once a highly drafted back with strong upside. But injuries have made him the third option in Buffalo, behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson. 

    Lynch still has explosiveness, but has struggled with consistency in the past two seasons. It remains to be seen whether still he has the skills to be a starting back, which is what he'd want to be.

3. Kellen Clemens, QB

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    TORONTO - DECEMBER 3:  Quarterback Kellen Clemens #11 of the New York Jets looks to make a pass play during their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills on December 3, 2009  at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Jets defeated the Bills 19-13. (Pho
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    This has less to do with Clemens himself, and more to do with the fact that it seems like he could be had off of waivers in a week or two, depending on how things go in New York.

    He's a good quarterback, and worthy of a starting spot, but why give the Jets a draft pick if you can have him off waivers? 

2. Sam Hurd, WR

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    SAN DIEGO - AUGUST 21:  Wide receiver Sam Hurd #17 of the Dallas Cowboys during the pre-season NFL football game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 21, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    Hurd is the fourth or fifth receiver in Dallas right now, and his value comes from special teams.

    He's an effort guy, who could be a good backup wideout. 

    Like Clemens, why trade for him when you could have him off waivers?

1. Sage Rosenfels, QB

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    ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 14: Sage Rosenfels #2 of the Minnesota Vikings gets sacked by Chris Long #72 of the St. Louis Rams during the preseason game at Edward Jones Dome on August 14, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    I don't get this. Why are teams willing to trade for Sage "career backup" Rosenfels? Don't they know there are dozens of quarterbacks on the market who you don't have to give up a pick to get? 

    If your team is gunning for Sage, just tell them no.