NFL Trade Speculation: 11 Best Players Likely on the Block

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIMay 24, 2011

NFL Trade Speculation: 11 Best Players Likely on the Block

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    Some fans think that the free agency and trade aspects of football are actually the best parts of the game.

    This year the trade market is large for players at each position that could jump-start a team's chances at a postseason bid.

    With suitors choosing possible replacements in the draft, more players could be dealt than ever this offseason.

    Here's a look at the 11 best players on the market.

11. LB Nick Barnett

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    If Nick Barnett can stay healthy, then a team acquiring his services could receive a Pro Bowl talent at middle linebacker. He is a run stuffer and is fluid in coverage.

    The problem is Barnett is 29 and rarely ever finishes the season.

    The Packers defense went on without him and proved his existence on the team was not needed during their Super Bowl run.

10. DT Albert Haynesworth

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    Albert Haynesworth is the type of player who can make everyone playing around him better. He can transform an average defense into a very respectable defense.

    So why is he only number ten?

    Well, Haynesworth for the past couple of years has not played motivated for the Redskins. In fact, he refused to practice and was incensed over the switch to a 3-4. A change of scenery would be best for both parties.

    Any 4-3 teams should be calling the 'Skins non-stop once the lockout is over for the game-changing tackle.

9. RB Reggie Bush

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    To say Reggie Bush has been a disappointment since being drafted number two overall in the 2006 NFL draft would be an understatement.

    Bush turned out to be nothing more than a punt returning specialist and third-down back.

    With the recent draft selection of Mark Ingram, Bush's days are numbered in New Orleans.

8. QB Kyle Orton

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    Orton will probably never lead a team to the playoffs, but if a team needs to get back to respectability, Orton would be the way to go.

    With a decent, but accurate arm, Orton is not afraid to take chances.

    He brings leadership and is a solid quarterback throwing on the run.

7. RB Ryan Grant

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    Would anyone ever consider Ryan Grant to be an elite back? No, but he certainly gets the job done in the backfield.

    Grant suffered a season-ending injury last year and the Packers seem ready to make James Starks the featured back along with third-round pick Alex Green.

    Grant would provide a solid mainstay at running back and could put together a solid overall season behind a good offensive line.

6. QB Donovan McNabb

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    Can Donovan McNabb be any worse than he was in 2010 for the Redskins?

    He struggled with his accuracy, even though that has always been his major flaw. If a team is looking for a veteran quarterback, McNabb could be the way to go. He would also come cheap considering the 'Skins will not have him back and his age.

    With a team with weapons like Minnesota, McNabb could succeed and showcase his big arm.

5. QB Kevin Kolb

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    Kolb is arguably the hottest commodity this trading season.

    He may not have the strongest arm, but he is accurate and was a good decision maker in the pocket. Though he does not have Michael Vick elusiveness, Kolb showed he was a pretty mobile quarterback. With great weapons surrounding him, Kolb could be a top quarterback.

    The Arizona Cardinals are the team that is linked most to Kolb, and it would make sense. With Larry Fitzgerald, Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, the Cards could be a solid team in a horrid division.

4. WR Steve Smith

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    Steve Smith seems to have lost a step and the wear on his body is starting to take a toll.

    Smith wants to play for a contender and the Panthers want to see that happen also.

    On the field, Smith is as tough as they come, and refuses to be overlooked because of his size. For a team looking for leadership, Smith would be perfect.

3. CB Aqib Talib

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    The status of Talib will be uncertain next season after his recent run-in with the law.

    Talib though is an elite corner who is still getting better.

    The 25-year old had six interceptions last season, and 15 overall in his short three year career.

    Talib has unbelievable ball skills and is not afraid to stick his nose in the run game.

2. WR Chad Ochocinco

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    While Ochocinco has an attitude on and off the field, he can still be a play-maker as a result of his great speed.

    With great route-running ability, Ochocinco can technically dismantle a young cornerback.

    On the field, teams tend to shadow Ochocinco and for good reason; he still has the ability to run past everyone on the field.

1. WR Vincent Jackson

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    Jackson can do it all at receiver. He has developed deep speed and can be a big play option in the passing game.

    Standing 6-5 does not hurt either, as Jackson can catch many balls in traffic. With great leaping ability, Jackson is a red-zone threat as well.

    A team looking for an elite option at wide receiver should try to convince San Diego to trade him.