Assessing the Trade Value of Each NFL Team's Most-Likely-to-Be-Traded Player

Steven GerwelContributor IIIJune 16, 2011

Assessing the Trade Value of Each NFL Team's Most-Likely-to-Be-Traded Player

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    Some of these trades will almost certainly happen, while others are a long shot. 

    Trades are scarce in the NFL; it's not like baseball. In football, it's all about the draft and free agency, but regardless, there is at least one player from each team that doesn't quite fit.

    It could be that the player doesn't quite fit the scheme that the coaches are putting together, or it could be that the player has just worn out his welcome, but for whatever reason, the team could live without him. 

    So here is a list of 32 players, one from each team, who may be finding a new home as soon as the lockout ends. 

New England Patriots: Julian Edelman (Wide Receiver)

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    VALUE: Mid to late round draft pick

    Julian Edelman is not needed by the New England Patriots given their offensive arsenal that features Wes Welker, Brandon Tate, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and even Deion Branch. 

    Edelman showed some potential as a slot receiver in 2009 after the team lost Wes Welker to a knee injury, but Edelman's value is dropping, so they might as well get something if they can. 

    Edelman is likely only worth a late round pick, but his ability to return kicks might be enough to convince a team to give up a fourth or fifth round draft pick. 

New York Jets: Jerricho Cotchery (Wide Receiver)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    If the Jets want to stay competitive on offense, then they need to focus on signing their top two receivers, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards, who are both scheduled to become free agents as soon as the lockout ends. 

    But if the lockout ends, then the salary cap will return. Which means if they want to keep their top receivers, then they might need to dump some of their other veterans such as Jerricho Cotchery. 

    Before the arrival of Holmes and Edwards, Cotchery has had success in the past, such as his 1,130 receiving yards in 2007.

    Cotchery is still in his prime at the age of 29, so surely the Jets could get a fourth or fifth round pick for him.  

Miami Dolphins: Will Allen (Defensive Back)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    There have already been rumors of the Dolphins entertaining the idea of trading Will Allen, so it makes sense that he'd be an option. 

    The Dolphins already restructured his contract for 2011, so he won't make the $5.5 million he was due, which would make him affordable for another team. 

    He is old and not overly productive, but he's a capable starter. Given his age (32), the Dolphins could probably dump him for a late round pick. 

Buffalo Bills: Lee Evans (Wide Receiver)

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    VALUE: Early to mid round draft pick

    Lee Evans has been one of the few bright spots in Buffalo the past seven years, but Stevie Johnson is more than capable of assuming the role as the team's top receiver. 

    Given the overall futility of the team the past few years, it has been assumed that Evans was a player possibly on the trade block. 

    But since the team wants to turn things around as soon as possible, since they were the third worst team in the NFL in 2011, they might decide to keep as many offensive weapons as possible, which would include Evans.

    If the team opts to trade Evans, than they could expect compensation in the ballpark of a third round draft pick.  

Pittsburgh Steelers: Dennis Dixon (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    Dennis Dixon started two games for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2011, and the team won both of those games. 

    Dixon was not terrible, as he had a 79.4 quarterback rating, but he didn't throw for a single touchdown in either of those games. 

    Byron Leftwich is a more than capable backup for the Steelers, so the team may decide to send Dixon somewhere that would allow him to actually compete for playing time. 

    Having said that, the compensation would not be very rewarding. The best they can hope for is a late round pick. 

Baltimore Ravens: Willis McGahee (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Early to mid round draft pick

    Le'Ron McClain wants more carries, and Ray Rice is capable of carrying the workload, so that makes Willis McGahee expendable. 

    McGahee had only a 3.8 yards per carry average in 2010, which was a significant drop off from his 5.0 yards per carry average in 2009. 

    But despite the drop off in his average, he is still in his prime at 29 years old, and he's been playing a secondary role for a good portion of his career, which means he doesn't have a whole lot of mileage on the odometer. 

    The Ravens could maybe get a third round pick for McGahee if they can find a team desperate for a running back, but a fourth round pick (combined with another late round pick) seems more likely. 

Cleveland Browns: Jake Delhomme (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    Jake Delhomme wants to be a starting quarterback once again in the NFL, but the Cleveland Browns seem pretty committed to the young Colt McCoy, who had an impressive rookie season. 

    Delhomme may be forced to stick around as an insurance policy, but Seneca Wallace is a very capable backup, so they might decide to cut Delhomme loose in order to save money. 

    If the Browns can find a team in need of a starting quarterback, then they might be able to squeeze a third or fourth round pick out of that team. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Carson Palmer (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Early round draft pick

    Earlier this offseason, Carson Palmer threated to retire if the Bengals don't trade him, so the team will try to get something out of him while they still can.

    Other teams interested in Palmer will have all the leverage since they know that the Bengals have to get rid of him, or else he will retire and leave them with nothing.

    However, if several teams get into a bidding war for the quarterback, then it's possible that the Bengals could get an early draft pick for him.

    But the more likely scenario is that they'll just take whatever they can get. 

Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Gonzalez (Wide Receiver)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    The Colts have two very talented receivers in Austin Collie and Reggie Wayne, and tight end Dallas Clark can greatly contribute in the receiving game as well. 

    Also, quarterback Peyton Manning has the ability to make no-name receivers into stars. 

    This makes Anthony Gonzalez someone that they can afford to lose. 

    Gonzalez has only played in three games in the last two seasons combined due to injuries, so his value has almost completely evaporated. 

    They need to do something while they still can. 

    During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he showed that he is a capable receiver, and he could possibly be productive as some team's No.3 receiver. 

    It's possible that a team could get Gonzalez's talents for a late round draft pick. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: David Garrard (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    The team just drafted quarterback Blaine Gabbert as David Garrad's replacement, so it's possible that the Jacksonville Jaguars will want to keep Garrard around to serve as a mentor. 

    However, Garrard is being payed like a starting quarterback, which could be harmful to the team financially if he ends up as Gabbert's backup this upcoming season. 

    No team wants to pay any player starting caliber money to ride the bench, regardless of whether or not the player is a mentor. 

    There are plenty of veteran quarterbacks in the NFL that are capable of teaching Gabbert how the NFL works, and those other veterans won't have to be payed like starters. 

    On the other hand, there will probably be multiple teams looking for a possible starting quarterback, which may give the Jaguars a chance to dump Garrard for a draft pick. 

    The pick would not be much; it would probably be anywhere between a fourth and sixth round pick, but that's still pretty good value if the team is not even planning on starting Garrard. 

Houston Texans: Steve Slaton (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    Steve Slaton only had 19 carries in 2010, so it's pretty clear the team can live without him. 

    Adrian Foster is the new franchise running back for the team, so he can carry the load without any help. And between Ben Tate and Derrick Ward, the team should be able to come up with a suitable backup. 

    Slaton rushed for 1,282 yards in 2008, so he could possibly be a starting running back for a different team, despite having only 150 rushing yards between the last two seasons combined.

    The Houston Texans need to cash in his value while they still can.

    His value has really dropped due to the last two seasons, but if some team out there has enough faith in Slaton's ability to bounce back, then it's possible that the Texans could get a pick as high as a third rounder in exchange for Slaton.  

Tennessee Titans: Vince Young

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams did not do himself any favors by publicly announcing that Vince Young would not be a part of the 2011 roster. 

    Teams would've eventually figured it out after the Titans drafted quarterback Jake Locker in the first round last April, but still, the announcement hurt their chances at getting the best deal possible for Young. 

    Teams now know that the Titans will cut Young eventually, so that means they'll be less willing to cough up a draft pick for him. 

    But still, if a team doesn't want to risk losing Young in a bidding war with another team, then they might be willing to purchase Young's talents for a late round pick. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Thomas Jones (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    Thomas Jones rushed for 1,402 yards in 2009, but the 32-year-old finally showed some signs of aging last season with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

    He was still valuable to the offense, as he rushed for 896 yards and six touchdowns in a secondary role behind running back Jamaal Charles, but it's probably all downhill from here for Jones. 

    If the Chiefs were smart, they wouldn't risk Jones' age hurting the team. 

    They should try to get something out of him while they can, which could result in a nice mid round draft pick. 

San Diego Chargers: Vincent Jackson (Wide Receiver)

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    VALUE: Early round draft pick

    Vincent Jackson is due to become a free agent, but the team will likely use a franchise tag on him. 

    However, Jackson and the Chargers got into a contract dispute last season, which resulted in Jackson holding out until Week 12. 

    After the team places the tag on Jackson, they might decide that they have no hope of re-signing him, which could motivate them into trading him to another team.

    If it happened, the new team would have to be completely confident in their ability to re-sign Jackson to a longterm deal.

    It's not likely, as the interested team would probably wait and take their chances during 2012 free agency, but teams do desperate things when they're in a playoff hunt. 

    Any trade for Jackson would result in the Chargers receiving a high draft pick, possibly even a first round pick.  

Oakland Raiders: Bruce Gradkowski (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    The Raiders should be confident that they finally have a permanent quarterback in Jason Campbell. 

    There would be nothing wrong with keeping Gradkowski as a backup. He's not expensive, and he has starting experience. 

    And besides, if they lose Gradkowski, then their new backup would be Kyle Boller, which is never a good thing. 

    However, if they're completely confident in Campbell's playing abilities, as well as his ability to stay healthy, then they might decide to use Gradkowski in order to pick up an extra late round pick. 

Denver Broncos: Kyle Orton (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Early to mid round draft pick

    Tim Tebow looks to be the quarterback of the future in Denver, and if that's the case, then they should get rid of Kyle Orton as soon as possible while his value is at it's highest. 

    Orton just put together a fine season in 2010 with 20 touchdowns versus nine interceptions, as well as 3,653 passing yards. 

    His season may have been good enough to make the team forget about Tebow (for now) and go with the proven starter. 

    But if the team wants to start the Tebow era, then they could certainly get a high draft pick out of a team that's desperate for a quality starting quarterback, such as the Arizona Cardinals. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Kevin Kolb (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Early to mid round draft pick

    There is no doubt that Michael Vick is now the permanent starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, which means that the team will almost certainly trade Kevin Kolb

    Kolb has seven career starts, and he is ready to be given a chance to start. 

    Given his current value, the Eagles would much rather get draft picks as opposed to letting Kolb decompose on their bench. 

    Kolb has been one of the hot topics this offseason, so if competition heats up, then the Eagles could maybe get a draft pick as high as a second rounder for Kolb, and at the very least, a third or fourth round pick. 

    That value is too good to ignore, and no backup quarterback is worth keeping when teams are offering that kind of a price. 

New York Giants: Osi Umenyiora (Defensive End)

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    VALUE: Early round draft pick

    Defensive end Osi Umenyiora made it widely known during the 2009 season that he is unhappy as a member of the New York Giants.

    The Giants like to stockpile defensive linemen, so they would probably prefer to keep a dominate player like Osi, but they have Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul as well, and they are more than capable of being the starters.

    The team might decide to rid themselves of a disgruntled athlete in exchange for a decent draft pick.

    Osi probably wouldn't bring the Giants a first round pick (but it's possible), but a second round pick is very doable.   

Dallas Cowboys: Tashard Choice (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    The Dallas Cowboys have Felix Jones, as well as Marion Barber (who had a disappointing 2010 season), and now they also have DeMarco Murray, who they drafted last April in the third round out of Oklahoma. 

    Tashard Choice is a capable third-down back, but he is significantly underused in the Cowboy's offense.

    Choice had less than 70 carries and 20 receptions in both 2010 and 2009, so it's hard to believe that the team would miss him drastically if he left.

    There are always teams out there looking for a third-down running back, so the team should place Choice on the trading block.

    Given that Choice is in his prime at the age of 26, it is possible that the Cowboys could get a mid round pick for him.   

Washington Redskins: Donovan McNabb (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Early to mid round draft pick

    The 34-year-old Donovan McNabb is in the twilight of his career, so he wants to play for a team that will allow him to compete. 

    On top of that, the Washington Redskins benched McNabb for the final three games of the 2010 season in favor of Rex Grossman, so that should be a pretty big hint as to how they feel towards him. 

    The feeling is seemingly mutual, so why not let him go?

    Given the position he plays, and his past success, it's possible (although not likely) that a team would give a low second round pick for McNabb. 

    But his real value would probably equate to a third or fourth round pick, which is worth a lot more to the Redskins than a quarterback that they have sitting on the bench. 

Chicago Bears: Chester Taylor (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    The Chicago Bears thought they obtained a valuable backup running back to play behind Matt Forte after they acquired Chester Taylor prior to the 2010 season. 

    Unfortunately for the Bears, the 31-year-old Taylor showed significant signs of aging last season, as he averaged a disgustingly low 2.4 yards per carry. 

    Given Taylor's age and average yards per carry, he won't bring much more than a late round draft pick to Chicago if they were to trade him. 

    But still, a late round pick is worth more that a running back that averages 2.4 yards per carry. Any back that they draft in the seventh round could do the same, maybe even better. 

Green Bay Packers: Ryan Grant (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Early round draft pick

    The Green Bay Packers lost Ryan Grant to a season ending injury during the first game of the 2010 season. 

    It looked to be a major loss at first sight, but the team won the Super Bowl, which is a good indicator that Grant isn't as valuable as people thought. 

    But still, despite the injury, Grant had over 1,200 yards in both 2008 and 2009, so there are many teams out there that would like to obtain him as their starting running back. 

    If the Packers were to trade Grant, they could expect a draft pick as high as a second rounder, and at the very least, they would get a third round pick. 

Detroit Lions: Tony Scheffler (Tight End)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    The Detroit Lions picked up Tony Scheffler prior to the 2010 season, and he was a decent pass-catching target for their offense. 

    However, the team has Brandon Pettigrew, who is perfectly capable of being the starting tight end, and they also have Calvin Johnson, Nate Burleson and now Titus Young to contribute in the receiving game as well. 

    The team would be fine without Scheffler, and they could possibly exchange him for a fourth round draft pick.

    The team can find a younger and cheaper tight end capable of making similar contributions.  

Minnesota Vikings: Tarvaris Jackson (Quarterback)

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    VALUE: Mid to late round draft pick

    The Minnesota Vikings used their first round draft pick last April to obtain quarterback Christian Ponder, who was drafted to be the franchise quarterback of the future. 

    Tarvaris Jackson has been a decent backup, but surely the team can find a better veteran to mentor their young quarterback. 

    If the team can find a better veteran, then they might as well let Jackson go so that way, he can compete for a job somewhere. 

    If the team traded Jackson, then they would get nothing more that a late round pick. 

Atlanta Falcons: Michael Jenkins (Wide Receiver)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    Last April, the Atlanta Falcons traded their 2010 first, second and fourth round picks; as well as their 2011 first and fourth round picks in order to trade up 21 spots to the No. 6 overall slot to select wide receiver Julio Jones. 

    That move may have made Michael Jenkins expendable. 

    But why would they trade up to grab one playmaker (Jones) just to lose another (Jenkins)?

    Well, it's always possible that the team will begin to experience some buyer's remorse, and perhaps they'll try to get some of those draft picks back by trading Jenkins. 

    They'll most likely want to keep Jenkins, but if Julio really explodes onto the scene, then they might dump Jenkins for some picks. 

    A trade would probably result in the Falcons getting a mid round pick. 

New Orleans Saints: Reggie Bush (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Early to mid round draft pick

    The New Orleans Saints should be able to execute their run game just fine with Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Julius Jones. 

    There is no reason to put up with Bush's overblown ego and bad attitude. 

    The Saints should trade Bush away and be done with it. 

    He'll probably bring the team a third round draft pick, which is better than watching him leave for nothing after he's a free agent, because god knows the Saints won't pay him whatever ridiculous contract he thinks he's worth. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aqib Talib (Defensive Back)

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    VALUE: Mid-round draft pick

    Aqib Talib has been involved in multiple fights in the past few years, so the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should do their best to dump him.

    The guy is clearly a punk and a head case, but other teams realize that too, so it's unclear what his value would be.

    Talib has only been in the NFL for three seasons and he already has 15 interceptions. If he weren't a lunatic, then he'd be worth a second round pick.

    But unfortunately for the Bucs, he is what he is, and the best they can hope for is a mid-round pick, unless another team gets desperate. 

    If the Cincinnati Bengals lose Jonathan Joseph to free agency, then they'll always have a spot on their team for a felon.   

Carolina Panthers: Steve Smith (Wide Receiver)

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    VALUE: Mid round draft pick

    Steve Smith did not technically ask for a trade, but he asked to be put into a competitive situation, which is not Carolina. 

    This is one of the few trade scenarios that is expected to happen this season.

    Smith is a veteran, and he is one of the most competitive players in the league. He doesn't want to spend his last seasons running a daycare for the young; he wants to go back to the playoffs. 

    Given his age (32) and his generally unproductive 2010 season (554 yards, two touchdowns), teams won't value him as the premiere talent he was he in past. 

    However, some playoff team looking to add an extra offensive weapon could possibly offer up a third or fourth round pick for his services. 

St. Louis Rams: Daniel Fells (Tight End)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    The St. Louis Rams drafted two tight ends in 2010 (Mike Hoomanawanui, Fendi Onobun), and they used their 2011 second round pick on tight end Lance Kendircks. 

    That could indicate that the team is trying to stock pile tight ends, which would make this trade unlikely, or it could mean that they don't value some of their current tight ends, such as Daniel Fells. 

    Fells was productive at times for the Rams, and he could contribute as a No. 2 tight end for another team. 

    If the three young tight ends can carry the load, as well as veteran Billy Bajema, then Fells could be viewed as an expendable asset by the team. 

    They won't get much for him, probably just a sixth or seventh round pick, but general manager Billy Devaney likes to stockpile late round picks, so it's certainly possible that they'll shop Fells at some point. 

Seattle Seahawks: Marshawn Lynch (Running Back)

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    VALUE: Mid to late round draft pick

    Yes, Marshawn Lynch has had success in the past with the Buffalo Bills, such as his 1,000 yard seasons in 2007 and 2008. 

    He also had success with the Seattle Seahawks last season, the most memorable moment being his 67-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the playoffs. 

    However, Lynch is not known as a lunch pale type player that gives it his all. 

    He has also experienced some legal problems in the recent past, such as a sexual assault accusation in 2007 as well as a misdemeanor gun charge in stemming from an incident in 2009. 

    Do the Seahawks really want their run game to rely on a guy that could be sent to jail any given week from some new legal incident? 

    The guy had a nice season and rejuvenated his value. If the team was smart, they would trade Lynch and find another running back in free agency, regardless of what he did for the team last season.  

    Teams still remember his legal troubles, so a mid to late round pick is the best they can hope for.   

San Francisco: Nate Clements (Defensive Back)

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    VALUE: Late round draft pick

    Nate Clements needs to restructure his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, and until he does that, he will be impossible to trade. 

    Clements is due $7.25 million this year, and his actual value is not even close to that. 

    If Clements is willing to restructure, the team might place him on the trade block just because he's been such a disappointment for the team that they probably want their relationship with him to end. 

    If they don't restructure, then he'll eventually be cut. 

    There is really no way a team will ever trade for him. But if they did, it would be for a late round pick. 

Arizona Cardinals: Dominique Rogers-Cromartie (Defensive Back)

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    VALUE: Early round draft pick

    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been a key piece to a solid defensive backfield for the Arizona Cardinals. 

    He made the Pro Bowl in 2009, and at the age of 25, he is just now entering his prime, which makes his trade value very high. 

    So why would the Cardinals trade him? 

    The Cardinals just used the No. 5 overall pick of the 2011 NFL draft on cornerback Patrick Peterson, who was widely regarded as possibly the most talented player of the entire 2011 draft class. 

    If Peterson can live up to the hype as a shutdown corner, even as a rookie, then the team could see Rodger-Cromartie as expendable. 

    It's possible that they'd receive a first round pick for Rodgers-Cromartie, given that he's young and productive. However, a combination of a second and a third round pick sounds more realistic.