Now that the hysteria has begun that is the 2011 NFL offseason, trade rumors will begin to run wild. But not every trade you'll hear is actually all that realistic, though. Because of the short turnaround between free agency and training camp, teams could sign and trade a bit more like a fan on Madden than a well-thought-out game plan that they have most years.
I've targeted 10 players that could be moved in the next few days, and while Kevin Kolb is the most notable, I'd be shocked if at least seven to eight of these players aren't moved.
Evans has been the feature receiver for the Bills ever since he became a starter for the team, until this season. Stevie Johnson seemed to take over that role this season, and with the team rebuilding on both sides of the ball, Evans could be seen as an older, not worthwhile No. 2 receiver.
Teams losing receivers in free agency or trade—like the Jets, Ravens, or Panthers—could see Evans as worth a trade if the Bills are willing to take a sub-third-round pick.
In trade rumors seemingly since he got to Washington, Haynesworth could be given a chance with a new organization this could be the offseason by a team feels desperate enough. Haynesworth never really fit in nor tried all that hard to work in the 3-4 defense, so the match was doomed as soon as Mike Shanahan took over.
A team like the Broncos, who really need defensive line help and didn't add any in the draft, make a lot of sense and could consider trading a player lower on this list. Also, the Vikings and Titans make sense as well, and he could be gotten for a third or fourth rounder.
Ryan Williams was drafted by the team in the second round. With that great of a value and getting the second best running back in the draft, the Cardinals don't seem to need to give the former first-round pick—who has yet to wow—another chance. Also, Tim Hightower could be relatively easy to lock-up for an extended period of time.
Wells has been thrown out there in the Kevin Kolb rumors with the Cardinals, but teams like the Dolphins and Colts could be interested, especially for a third or lower-round pick.
Now a staple when it comes to comparing draft prospects under 5'10" to an NFL player, Steve Smith has proven through his career that despite his 5'8" stature, he can be explosive, reliable and consistent as a go-to receiver. While he's older now and likely not as deadly as a go-to target, he still has value as a No. 2 receiver and moved around the offensive sets.
As of now, San Diego and Baltimore have shown the most interest, and both need a speedy target for their strong-armed quarterbacks. I'd take Baltimore mostly because it is now quite young at receiver and two receivers it drafted (Torrey Smith and Tandon Doss) both need help from a veteran receiver.
Jackson became well known at the end of the collective bargaining agreement discussions because of his demands, but he has decided to sign his franchise tender for this year and as of now seems ready to play for the Chargers this year. But thanks to his lack of long-term contract and character issues he's had recently, the Chargers are hoping a great offer comes their way.
St. Louis and Carolina both are in need of a big-bodied, go-to receiver this year, but with young quarterbacks, neither may be willing to cough up enough to get him. Also, Washington seems ready to spend big this offseason, and if it can't get Santonio Holmes in free agency, it could make a play for Jackson. Somewhere in the realm of two second-round picks should do the trick.
A supplemental draft pick for the Ravens a few years back and their left tackle last year, Gaither is reportedly up for trade with the Ravens potentially moving Michael Oher to left tackle. Gaither was good, not great as far as left tackles were concerned, and if the team is willing to part with him, then either it feels strongly about Oher or Gaither isn't in its long-term plans at left tackle.
Teams likely will be lining up and making their best offer for a potential Pro Bowl tackle, and the Eagles, Giants, 49ers and Vikings all make sense in my eyes.
I know that Mike Brown has made it "clear" that the team won't be trading Palmer and that he'll either expect Palmer to be the starter opening day or let him retire (as he said he might) and start Andy Dalton. However, when it comes down to getting some value out of Palmer, especially if teams start throwing out good offers, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Bengals move on from Palmer.
As of now, I'd say that the Redskins, Dolphins and Seahawks all will/already have given the Bengals some form of an offer for Palmer, but likely all three are waiting on Kyle Orton and Kevin Kolb. As of now, I'll say that the Bengals are too stubborn and let him retire, but after that, the Dolphins could be begging for a quarterback and throw a second-round pick out there as an offer.
I think ideally, the Broncos wouldn't want to trade Orton simply because they realize how talented he is and what his true value is. And now that the media has finally realized that Orton's stats with Josh McDaniels weren't just playing in a great system. Orton is now leaning towards being the most valuable, potentially available quarterback on the market.
His value isn't as high as Kevin Kolb simply because he's not as young, but I think many teams have him viewed higher and are willing to throw out a second-rounder and more for Orton to be a great developer of a young quarterback. Miami and Washington make sense to be the day one starter and lead a talented team to the playoffs, but Tennessee and Minnesota also make sense to help develop Jake Locker and Christian Ponder, respectively.
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I recently wrote about the true value of Kevin Kolb HERE (at www.OptimumScouting.com), but in short, he's to me a slightly lesser version of Matt Schaub, which is an average quarterback who needs a great offense to be productive.
Kolb to Arizona has been out there since the draft and from what I've heard, it's all but a done deal, but don't rule out the Seahawks or Dolphins making a last stitch effort. His value is someplace in the two second round/first round area as far as draft compensation.