Three NFL Trades That Should Happen Before the Deadline

Angel NavedoSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2008

With the Oct. 14 trade deadline rapidly approaching, a lot of teams should be looking to make the right personnel moves that could re-define their seasons. It's an opportunity to make a last-ditch effort of desperation, to distinguish yourself as a contender or a pretender.

It's also an opportunity to rid your squad of any potential poisons. Teams that need to ship that player whose attitude is detrimental to the goals an organization hopes to accomplish have that chance.

Unfortunately, the NFL is not a game of EA Sports' Madden NFL, nor is it as simple as adding and dropping players in a fantasy league. The trades have to make sense for both parties, and the compensation has to be reasonable—unless you're the Chicago Bears.


OLB Terrell Suggs (BAL) to the Denver Broncos

While this is definitely the most unlikely of the three trade scenarios, it's a move that definitely deserves thorough consideration.

Baltimore's unwillingness to negotiate a long-term deal with Terrell Suggs shows they've contemplated a life without the pass-rushing specialist. Already boasting the stingiest defense in the NFL, the Ravens have room to maneuver their talent.

Suggs is one of the most talented players on that defense, but can they afford to be greedy with their defense when rookie quarterback Joe Flacco needs offensive help? Listening to a trade for Suggs can allow the Ravens to build a successful offense around their new franchise quarterback.

More importantly, the Broncos' defense needs to get on the same page as their offense, and fast. Jay Cutler and his receivers are the core for the team's offensive future. Their ability to score from anywhere on the field is a positive, but a weak defense forces them to take shots more often than necessary.

Bringing in Suggs, a six-year veteran at the very young age of 25 will give the Broncos' defense an anchor for at least six more seasons. He's versatile, strong, dangerous, and everything the Broncos need to stay out of shootouts in games that should easily be won.

Giving Baltimore the two first-round draft picks mandated by the NFL for the services of a player with the franchise tag shouldn't cripple Denver's growth. Mike Shanahan and friends have been consistent in executing strong personnel moves over the years, and somehow manage to secure seemingly expensive talent with minimal salary-cap room.


WR Roy Williams (DET) to the San Francisco 49ers

Why Williams still suits up in a Detroit Lions uniform should be a mystery to all. With as vocal as he's been regarding his anti-Detroit sentiment, it's surprising that he hasn't replaced his helmet with the infamous paper bag.

The San Francisco 49ers are in need of a quality WR to play opposite of veteran Isaac Bruce. Adding Williams will provide that complement immediately.

His transition to the 49ers should be an easy one as he has familiarity with Mike Martz' playbook and with J.T. O'Sullivan, from their brief time in Detroit. Of course, Williams would still need to adjust to his new teammates and surroundings, but with two familiar faces, he could succeed fairly quickly.

Williams is a competitor by nature with a strong desire to play for a contender. San Francisco is one offensive playmaker away from closing the gap with the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.

At this point, Detroit's hands are tied. Roy Williams hates being there and the team can't even win a game by accident. And with Matt Millen gone, a trade for draft picks won't go to waste in 2009.

Williams can be had for a conditional second-round pick, or straight-up for a third or fourth-round selection. With the Lions looking at a top-five draft choice, a trade for picks would allow them to maneuver in the early rounds to acquire more talent.

Let's just hope it's not another wide receiver.


WR Chad Johnson (CIN) to the Miami Dolphins

Raise your hands if you believe Chad Johnson will return to Cincinnati in 2009.

Good. I didn't want to take my hands off my mouse and keyboard either.

Ocho Cinco is going to be wearing a different jersey in 2009, and the Bengals should be looking to get those wheels in motion before Oct. 14. With T.J. Houshmandzadeh on the final year of his contract, the Bengals should be looking to lock him up long-term while freeing up precious cap space. 

But this isn't really about the Bengals' need to part ways with Johnson as much as it's about Miami's need for a real wide receiver. A surprisingly dangerous Dolphins' offense instantly becomes more dynamic with Johnson.

Miami's passing game has seen the most success through the tight ends. And with Ronnie Brown exploding as an army of one, adding an All-Pro receiver to the mix will force defenses to play them with a lot more honesty.

Surprising the NFL with two impressive victories over 2007's best AFC teams has opened everyone's eyes. But one has to believe that their success with an unorthodox offensive scheme will eventually run its course.

As their opponents look to neutralize the element of surprise, the Dolphins will need to find a way to remain legitimate in a tight race for the AFC East crown. Lining up Chad Johnson at receiver will instantly provide that legitimacy.

Johnson may be off to a slow-start in 2008, but when he's at the top of his game, he's worth a conditional first-round pick. Bill Parcells hates parting with high draft picks though, so if a deal were to happen, fans shouldn't expect anything more than a second or third-round choice.


In all honesty, the chances for NFL teams to change so drastically before the deadline are slim. Blockbuster trades rarely happen in the middle of the season.

The NFL is the only sport where so much is on the line in such little time, and teams can't afford to gamble with the chemistry they've been building. Developing a successful rapport with teammates takes a lot of time that organizations on the cusp of success shouldn't neglect.

There are many maneuvers that make sense for multiple parties, but the NFL isn't baseball where a new player can be traded one night, and step in the next.

One game can make the difference between being a division champion, a wild card team, or watching from home.

However, the teams and players mentioned all have little to lose and plenty more to gain with changes in scenery. If the compensation is sufficient, there should be some explosive triggers pulled before its too late.


Angel Navedo is the Head Writer at, boasting Jet Fuel Radio, frequently updated news and opinions, and a premier fan community. He is also the Community Leader for the New York Jets on Bleacher Report.