NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Players Rumored To Be Moved
With the NFL trade deadline quickly approaching (less than 24 hours now), it's time to take a look at players who could be moved.
Nnamdi Asomugha, a cornerback for the Oakland Raiders headlines a list that includes a lot of star power. Asomugha has been a shutdown corner for the past few years in Oakland, and there are several teams who could use his help.
Also on the list of players who could be traded are Willis McGahee, DeAngelo Williams, Lee Evans, and Champ Bailey.
Let's take a look at likely landing spots for these five players, should their teams decide to trade them before tomorrow.
Champ Bailey, CB
Champ Bailey used to be the best cornerback in the NFL.
Now, he's certainly lost a step or two, but he could still be very valuable to a team in need of a solid corner.
It makes sense for the Broncos to trade him, as they are a young team that isn't going to win the AFC West for at least two or three years, if not more.
Therefore, it would be wise for Denver to move some of their older players for draft picks.
For Bailey, the Broncos could probably get a fourth round pick.
Possible landing spots: Patriots, Colts, Packers, Vikings
Lee Evans, WR
Let's face it: The Buffalo Bills aren't going anywhere until they draft a quarterback. They passed on several opportunities to grab a QB in the 2010 NFL Draft, and now they are 0-5.
Without a decent QB, wide receivers are pointless, especially a big play threat like Lee Evans. Evans can run deep all day, but if he doesn't get the ball thrown to him, he's not effective.
Evans is a guy who could be the missing piece for a couple playoff contenders. All it takes is an offer and the Bills would probably part ways with Evans for a fifth or sixth round draft pick.
Possible landing spots: Bears, Redskins, Patriots, Chiefs
DeAngelo Williams, RB
Williams has only one year left on his contract and is going to get more money on his new deal than the disappointing Panthers are likely to give him.
Williams still has plenty of juice left in the tank, so it's perplexing as to why the Panthers would trade him, especially since backup Jonathan Stewart has a history of injuries.
But, if Carolina was to trade Williams, they could probably ask for a pretty high draft pick in return. The question is, which team wants to trade a first or second round draft pick for Williams?
The most obvious landing spot for Williams would be the Green Bay Packers, but general manager Ted Thompson wasn't willing to part with a fourth round pick for Marshawn Lynch. Therefore, he probably would scoff at giving up such a high draft pick for Williams.
Possible landing spots: Packers, Patriots, Redskins, Saints
Willis McGahee, RB
Ray Rice can handle the Baltimore Ravens running game, making Willis McGahee expendable.
McGahee didn't play at all in last week's overtime loss to the New England Patriots, possibly indicative of a potential trade.
It makes sense for the Ravens to get what they can for McGahee and move on. They have Rice and Le'Ron McClain to handle the running game, and they can get a fifth or sixth round pick for McGahee.
The Green Bay Packers are the most likely landing spot for McGahee, and if Ted Thompson passes on chances to acquire Marshawn Lynch, DeAngelo Williams, and McGahee to replace the injured Ryan Grant, he might have a mutiny on his hands in the Green Bay locker room.
Possible landing spots: Packers, Redskins, Patriots, Saints
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB
Nnamdi Asomugha is the best cornerback in the NFL not named Darrelle Revis or Charles Woodson.
But, he has been toiling away for his entire career in Oakland, so no one knows who he is.
Maybe it's time for that to change at this year's trade deadline. With the Raiders going nowhere yet again, it makes sense for the Raiders to trade him to a contender.
Plus, the price would be high. Oakland could reasonably ask for a first round pick next year and a fourth or fifth round pick in 2012.
Any contender willing to pay that price could potentially land this shutdown corner.
Possible landing spots: Patriots, Colts, Vikings, Rams