NFL Trade Speculation: Which Players Will Find New Homes Next Season?
The NFL Lockout is a plague upon NFL fans, so we will ignore it for the time being and focus on some transactions that could happen once the lockout is lifted.
Once the league year begins, there will be a flurry of activity around the league as each team scrambles to sign free agents and make a few trades in the limited amount of time they will have before the season starts.
The interesting thing about this year is the amount of big name quarterbacks on the trading block that are unhappy and need a change of scenery. Donovan McNabb, Vince Young, Carson Palmer and Kevin Kolb are the quarterbacks everyone will have their eyes on.
So here is a look at where the disgruntled star quarterbacks and some other players will be playing next season.
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Kevin Kolb only is technically disgruntled. He likes the Eagles but he wants to be a starter. Unfortunately, Michael Vick claimed ownership of that role last season and Kolb now has to sit on the bench if he remains in Philadelphia.
Since he is more valuable to the Eagles at this point as a trade commodity, expect him to be moved within 72 hours of the league year beginning, and that only is because the Eagles will have to sift through the piles of trade offers.
At this point, I expect Kolb to end up in Arizona or Seattle, but he will not be in Philadelphia in 2011.
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McNabb has been dogged by allegations his work ethic is not what it used to be, and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan even threw McNabb under the bus for not being in top condition.
All I know is McNabb is one of the game's greatest choke artists who most likely has seen his best days and will not be getting any better in 2011.
So where do the Redskins send McNabb and his new contract they foolishly negotiated with him after his first benching?
The Dolphins did not draft a quarterback even though they need one and McNabb makes the most sense. They can take on his contract for the 2011 and possibly 2012 season and under-perform until the quarterback they draft next year is ready to take over.
Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers)
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Steve Smith came on the radio this week to say he is not disgruntled and that most of the stories about what he has said and done are false.
This is a good thing from a character standpoint, but it still does not change the fact his agent has been trying to shop him around and noted Smith wants to play for a team who has a real chance at winning the Super Bowl this year.
Carolina is in transition and the team could get some good draft picks for him, so look for Smith to end up in places like Washington, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland or the New York Jets if they can not re-sign everyone.
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No one is more disgruntled than Carson Palmer, to the point where he is threatening retirement.
The Bengals, run by the stubborn, idiotic, short-sighted Mike Brown, probably are willing to let Palmer retire before trading him and reaping a huge payday out of it.
Supposing the Bengals have a flash of sanity, Palmer could go to the Redskins, the Seahawks due to the Pete Carroll connection, or possibly Arizona if Ken Whisenhunt fails to land Marc Bulger or Kevin Kolb.
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What do you do with Vince Young?
The guy is talented, but he is a bit of a headcase.
Miami or Washington are the only two destinations that make any sense at this point. No team that just drafted a rookie quarterback high is going to want the still-youthful Vince Young.
Although Young may end up on either team after clearing waivers, as his trade value is in the tank and the Titans have no intention of bringing him back.
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The Ocho has been in a war of words with his coach, Marvin Lewis, the Bengals drafted A.J. Green and they have a core of young wide receivers who were doing just fine at the end of last year after Ochocinco got injured.
This is a long way of saying Ochocinco is expendable and may only be kept around as insurance against a Green holdout during training camp.
Still, Green will sign and Ochocinco can be traded afterward.
Ochocinco has talked about New England, but he easily could be traded to the Browns, who need a wide receiver. That kind of in-division transaction is a longshot at best, though, so look to an NFC team as a possible destination.
The Carolina Panthers show up as having a "need," especially if they trade Steve Smith, but if the Panthers are going younger, it's hard to see them wanting Ochocinco.
The St. Louis Rams are a possibility, and do not rule out the Chicago Bears.
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Reggie Bush apparently already has checked out of New Orleans after they drafted Mark Ingram.
However, he has this albatross of a contract around his neck that is overvalued for a running back only useful in third down situations and punt and kick returns.
The 49ers could use a backup to Frank Gore, so that is a possible destination. Bush could also end up in St. Louis as a way of taking some of the pressure off of Steven Jackson.
He will not be in New Orleans, of that you can be almost 100 percent sure of.