Usually after Memorial Day, NFL teams want to finalize their rosters before heading to training camps. They will make inquiries on players who could be the missing pieces for Super Bowl wins. This offseason has brought indecision and a lack of player movement due to the lockout.
Let’s take a look at five trades that could go down immediately after the lockout is lifted:
1) Denver Broncos Trade QB Kyle Orton to Miami Dolphins for 2012 Second-Round Draft Choice
The Denver Broncos have an abundance of talent at quarterback, and teams are patiently waiting for the lockout to end before making a trade offer for Kyle Orton. Team President John Elway wants him to start next season in the Mile High City, but he would be hard pressed to retain Orton if the right deal came along.
The Miami Dolphins have every intention of acquiring a veteran signal-caller before the start of the season; Chad Henne recently noted that he expects to compete for his job this season. The front office wants to bring in competition for Chad Henne and originally thought it would only take a third or fourth-round draft choice to get a deal done. Now, the Broncos have re-evaluated Orton’s talents and are demanding a second-round draft pick.
2) Cincinnati Bengals Trade QB Carson Palmer to Seattle Seahawks for Undisclosed Draft Choices
This has the makings of a classic showdown with each side waiting for the other to make the first move. Carson Palmer has made it clear that he will not play football again in Cincinnati, and team owner Mike Brown has stated that he will not accept any trade offers for the disgruntled quarterback.
The Seattle Seahawks' quarterback dilemma has been a daily topic this offseason in the Northwest. They seem to be the perfect trade partner for the Bengals to acquire Palmer’s services due to his past relationship with Pete Carroll at USC. The Seahawks are focused on advancing further in the playoffs, and to do that they will need better decision making from the quarterback position.
3) Philadelphia Eagles Trade QB Kevin Kolb to Arizona Cardinals for 2012 Second-Round Draft Choice and 2013 Third-Round Draft Choice
The Philadelphia Eagles have repeatedly admitted that Kevin Kolb is ready to start in the NFL, and they will explore the trade market for him once the lockout is over. Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported a rumor that the Eagles have a 2012 first-round pick on the table for Kolb, but Andy Reid said in a philly.com piece that no specifics were discussed with teams prior to the lockout.
Everyone in the league fully expects Kolb to be dealt to Arizona, as they desperately need stability at the quarterback position after using three players (Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton) last season. Cardinals star WR Larry Fitzgerald has publicly endorsed Kolb becoming his QB next season. Enough said, get the deal done.
4) Carolina Panthers Trade WR Steve Smith to San Diego Chargers for 2012 Second-Round Draft Choice
Steve Smith has reiterated through the press that he never demanded a trade from the Carolina Panthers, but requested to play next season in a “competitive situation.” It looks as though the Panthers will trade him, but don't expect it to be for next to nothing.
The San Diego Chargers would love for him to catch Philip Rivers’ passes on a weekly basis. The front office feels the more offensive weapons you have on the field, the better chance for you to win the game. No one knows what to expect once the lockout ends, but Smith hopes to be playing for a Super Bowl once again.
5) Washington Redskins Trade QB Donovan McNabb to Minnesota Vikings for a 2012 Fourth-Round Draft Choice
The Donovan McNabb trade rumors are everywhere and will continue to surface until the Washington Redskins confirm that he will compete for the starting quarterback position during training camp. The Minnesota Vikings seem to be the perfect fit for him to resume his career. Their receiving corp could potentially be the best that McNabb has ever played with.
Obviously, no deal can be completed until a new CBA is worked out, but the Vikings had been linked as a team interested in McNabb as recently as April 18, according to The Washington Post. He is still a good quarterback that will keep the Vikings in contention for NFC North title for at least a few more seasons.