NFL Trade Scenarios: Reggie Bush and the 10 Biggest Speed Demons on the Block
NFL offenses are all about speed and there are many intriguing speedsters whose services will be available for the 2011 season.
The NFL lockout is seemingly coming to a close, so it's safe to begin talking about who will be on the league's trading block once the new collective bargaining agreement is signed.
These players are the highlight reels, the breakaway threats and the defensive coordinating nightmares of the entire league.
Here's a look at the 10 biggest speed demons on the NFL trading block for 2011.
10. Vince Young
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The Tennessee Titans will part ways with QB Vince Young once the lockout is lifted, making him the fastest quarterback available on the NFL trading block.
Young has had a roller coaster career in Tennessee, recording a 30-17 record as a starter with 1,308 rushing yards and 8,098 passing yards.
Young posted a 4.5 40-yard dash time when he was drafted, making him one of the fastest quarterbacks in the NFL today.
9. Pierre Garcon
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Pierre Garcon is a speedy slot receiver that could be available for a trade from the Indianapolis Colts.
Garcon took a step back from his breakout 2009 season, catching 67 passes for 784 yards and six touchdowns in 2010. He recovered slightly by having a solid playoff performance, but Colts fans were disappointed with his play for most of 2010.
This is mostly speculation, but the Colts are fantastic in the front office and could get something for Pierre Garcon.
He's a 4.48 40-yard dash player with a bright future.
8. Tashard Choice
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The Dallas Cowboys have a big roster decision to make at the running back position this year, and Georgia Tech product Tashard Choice could be the odd man out.
Choice has been Dallas' third-string running back for three seasons, tallying over 1,000 yards rushing and eight touchdowns during his career.
He's more quick than fast (despite a sub 4.5 40-yard dash) and could flourish in an expanded role on another NFL team.
7. Michael Crabtree
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Thanks to another offseason of calling out teammates, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree enters 2011 as one of the fastest wide receivers on the NFL trading block.
Crabtree is an uber-talented wideout who is slowly reaching his potential as an NFL player. He caught 55 passes for 741 yards and six touchdowns starting in all 16 games in 2010.
Despite Crabtree's obvious skills, he may prove to be too much of a head case for new head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Crabtree can do it all and is arguably the fastest player on the 49ers roster.
6. Steve Slaton
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Steve Slaton is no longer the man for the Houston Texans running game, so a trade for the speedster from West Virginia could be a welcome move for both Slaton and Houston.
Slaton had a sensational rookie season in 2008, running wild for 1,282 rushing yards and nine touchdowns. Since then its been a disaster for Steve Slaton as he plummeted to only 93 yards in 12 games last season.
That being said, Slaton wasn't given many opportunities last season and could revive his career in a new environment.
Don't forget that Slaton was one of the fastest players in the nation as a Mountaineer in college.
5. Felix Jones
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Clearly Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones is one of the team's fastest players, but his inability to find consistency and the end zone could warrant a trade out of the Lone Star state.
Jones led the team in rushing yards with 800 last season and has amassed 1,751 yards during his three-year career. He's known for his explosiveness and excellent front-line speed.
Team owner Jerry Jones is an Arkansas graduate and really likes Felix Jones, but he may get an offer the team can't refuse in 2011.
4. Aqib Talib
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib has some serious character issues, making him the fastest and most talented cornerback on the NFL trading block in 2011.
Talib is on the cusp of entering the game's elite cornerbacks. He's raked in 15 interceptions and 127 tackles in a Tampa Bay uniform.
He's facing some major legal issues going into this season and may end up on Roger Goodell's short list for a suspension.
If Tampa Bay decides to trade him, a lucky team would be getting a very fast player and a potential top-level cornerback.
3. Darren Sproles
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If there is a picture of pocket-sized blazing speed in the dictionary, Darren Sproles is front-and-center in the frame.
Sproles has served in a variety of roles for the San Diego Chargers. He's been excellent in the kick return game and provided big-time sparks in spot-duty as a running back.
Mike Tolbert's emergence and the drafting of Ryan Matthews in 2010 spell out the future for Darren Sproles in San Diego.
He'll be looking for a new team to use his lighting speed and return ability in 2011.
2. Steve Smith
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The Carolina Panthers are a rebuilding team and veteran speed demon Steve Smith may not be a part of their plans past this offseason.
Smith is one of the most accomplished wide receivers in the NFL, (four Pro-Bowls) and before 2010 had a string of five consecutive 1,000 yard receiving seasons.
He's at the tail end of his career, but a change of scenery could give Steve Smith the rebirth he needs.
Even at 32-years-old, he is still one of the fastest wide receivers in the game today.
1. Reggie Bush
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There's no doubt in my mind that the fastest player available on the NFL trading block is New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush.
Frankly, Bush has been mediocre during his NFL tenure, lacking a complete offensive game. But the USC star has tallied almost 5,000 all-purpose yards as a running back, receiver and return man for 33 touchdowns since he was drafted second overall in 2006.
Bush has electrifying speed and now finds himself in a logjam at the running back spot following the Saints' first-round selection of another Heisman Trophy-winning running back, Mark Ingram.
If the team cannot re-negotiate his salary for the 2011 season, Bush could be taking his immense talent to a new team and finally live up to the enormous hype he garnered coming out of college.