NFL Trade Scenarios: The Big-Name Player Each NFL Team Is Most Likely to Trade
The NFL preseason kicked off last night with tons of exciting NFL action. One of the main parts of every teams' preseason agenda is to determine who fits where on the depth chart.
Sometimes there are good players who don't get playing time because they are behind a better player, and sometimes there are good players who don't get playing time because they are behind a player whose name is bigger than his ability.
In both cases, the backup with talent needs more field-time. Productive players should play, not rot away on the bench.
That scenario gives the team a decision: trade the star, trade the backup, or let the backup sit unused for another season.
Another situation that can result in a trade is when a great player is on a horrific team and he doesn't fit into that teams' future plans. Imagine a highly-paid veteran on a perennial loser. It might be more effective to ship off the superstar while he still has value in order to accumulate high draft picks and/or young talent.
With all of this in mind, let's take a look at all 32 NFL teams and try and decipher the biggest name player each team could trade.
*All contract details taken from Rotoworld.com
Arizona Cardinals, Joey Porter, Outside Linebacker
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Joey Porter's game isn't nearly as big as his mouth.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins standout was disappointing for the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, and given his age (34) and his sack regression the last three years, I think it would be silly for Cards fans to expect much out of No. 55 this season.
He recently restructured his contract with Arizona according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
This is definitely the right direction for the all-talk, no-walk linebacker, but shipping him off before he becomes totally valueless would be in the Cards' best interest. Also, I would like to see Bradley Stewart, recently acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles, get a chance for some playing time.
Atlanta Falcons, Kroy Biermann, Defensive End
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I love Kroy Biermann, I really, really do. However, he has no place on the Atlanta Falcons' defensive line.
John Abraham is a sack-machine, and despite his impending free agency and age, should remain a disruptive force for at least two more seasons. Ray Edwards, the recently signed pass-rushing stud from the Minnesota Vikings, is only 26. He will be a staple of the Falcons D-Line for the next half-decade.
Back to Biermann. The kid's got a whole hell of a lot of talent, but he is almost sure to walk in free agency, assuming Atlanta doesn't break the bank for another pass-rusher (Edwards this year, and Abraham next year). It would be cool to keep him as a sub-rusher, someone who could really attack the quarterback, but he is just too good for that.
He should be traded for linebacker help or draft picks. If there is no value on the market, keep him and enjoy the five to seven sacks this season.
Baltimore Ravens, Chris Carr, Cornerback
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Chris Carr is an OK defender who is overrated because he plays for the stellar Baltimore Ravens defense.
With Ed Reed patrolling center field, and Ray Lewis and Haloti Ngata in the middle, there isn't much need for superstar talent in other positions. If you play on the Ravens defense, your numbers will come. That's why Dawan Landry just got a huge contract to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Baltimore's defense can make anyone look good.
That's why I think they should dump Carr for whatever they can get, and put exciting rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith into the starting lineup.
Along with Lardarius Webb, they could form a feisty cornerback combo. I love Webb, and I'm totally sold on Smith.
Carr? Not so much.
Buffalo Bills, Lee Evans, Wide Receiver
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This one was too easy. Lee Evans and the Buffalo Bills are expected to part ways sometime in the next 48 hours.
Here's the latest, via ProFootballTalk.com:
Bills G.M. Buddy Nix’s silence on a possible Lee Evans deal on Thursday was telling.
The 30–year-old receiver is very available, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that a deal could be completed within 48 hours. Schefter seemed fairly confident something would get done.
It’s unclear who is interested in Evans. The former first-round pick was tied to Arizona. He would make a nice fit in Baltimore, but we haven’t heard anything tying the Ravens to Evans.
I love when someone else does my research for me!
Carolina Panthers, Chris Gamble, Cornerback
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Chris Gamble is not as good as you may think.
After the Carolina Panthers selected him with the 28th pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, he went on to have two superb seasons in '04 and '05 that saw him record 13 interceptions (for two touchdowns), 151 tackles, and two forced fumbles.
Extremely impressive for a young corner.
But two years and only four interceptions later, it was clear that Gamble had regressed. That's why it was so mind-boggling when the Panthers rewarded him with a huge six-year, $53.5 million contract.
With three years and over $30 million left on that awful contract, Gamble is nowhere near the amount he is being paid. It might be hard to deal him considering the inflated salary, but teams are desperate for young (he's still only 28), moderately talented cornerbacks.
The Panthers aren't going to be winning any time soon anyway, so they might as well try and continue to build through the draft. Gamble is killing their salary cap right now.
Also, according to FootballOutsiders.com, Gamble was tied for the second-worst success rates out of all cornerbacks in 2010. Not good.
Chicago Bears, Johnny Knox, Wide Receiver
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This one was also too easy.
Williams, who was recently signed to a one-year deal by the Bears, is a player that head coach Mike Martz absolutely loves, and is expected to play as the No. 1 receiver this season. He is complemented very nicely by the smaller and speedier Devin Hester.
So where does that leave Knox?
Apparently, it leaves him on the outside looking in.
The Bears have Earl Bennett and Sam Hurd on their bench as replacements. Hurd is a guy who I have always liked, and I think he could do a nice job filling the slot in the case of a Knox trade.
However, Knox is young and talented, and he is remarkably cheap (is expecting approximately $1 million over the next two seasons), so keeping him wouldn't be a terrible idea either.
Cincinnati Bengals, Reggie Nelson, Safety
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Reggie Nelson was highly regarded coming out of the University of Florida in 2007.
He was considered the whole package. Unfortunately, he hasn't demonstrated a consistent ability to dominate on the field.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who initially drafted Nelson in 2007, cut their losses before the 2010 season. They traded him to the Cincinnati Bengals for a guy named David Jones (?).
Nelson didn't improve much on the Bengals, and he is expected to be a free agent next season.
Cincy should dangle him and see if they could get a fourth-rounder for him. He has talent, but it definitely isn't going to come out on the horrid Bengals in 2011. Trade him for a draft pick, or lose him for nothing. Either way, he isn't going to help them make the playoffs.
Cleveland Browns, Seneca Wallace, Quarterback
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Unless the Cleveland Browns plan on moving him to wide receiver, Seneca Wallace is a detriment to the team.
Not because he isn't a good player. In fact, I think he is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL. But there is one simple reason:
Colt McCoy's confidence.
The kid needs the assurance that the job is his no matter what. He played well enough last year to earn the starting gig, and he should know that the front office is behind him rain or shine.
Obviously, it would be helpful to have a backup quarterback to replace him, but those guys can be found in free agency (Brett Favre? Kerry Collins? Y.A. Tittle?).
McCoy could be a star in Cleveland. With Greg Little coming in at receiver and looking like a Terrell Owens-clone, and the returns of Benjamin Watson, Peyton Hillis, and Mohamed Massequoi, the Browns offense might not be putrid this season.
Colt is the future, and he should know it.
Dallas Cowboys, Terence Newman, Cornerback
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This picture says it all.
Terence Newman should be on one knee in front of Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, at all times. After all, Jones is the one who is paying him $29 million over the next four seasons.
At first glance, Newman looks like a great corner. Five interceptions, 79 tackles, 16 games played.
No. Wrong. Newman was atrocious last season.
One of the main reasons the Cowboys wildly underachieved, Newman was the sixth-worse cornerback in the terms of FootballOutsiders.com's statistic, "success rate."
Who was tied for third-worst? That's right, his Cowboys running mate, Mike Jenkins.
The difference between them is that Jenkins isn't getting paid the value of a small country. There were whispers* that Newman would be cut this offseason, but those rumors have since subsided.
If the Boys' could have reeled in free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, then Newman would probably be gone. Instead, we get to watch what is sure to be another horrific season from No. 41.
Trade him. Cut him. Whatever. Just get him off of America's Team.
*Second question in the chat*
Denver Broncos, Kyle Orton, Quarterback
"Hey, pass it to me!!"
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Kyle Orton should not be traded because of Tim Tebow. I am not listing him here because he is the easiest option, I am listing him here because he is the most logical option.
The Denver Broncos are terrible. Kyle Orton is not a superstar quarterback.
Those are both fact. With those facts comes a truth: the Broncos must rebuild, and the first position they need fix is their quarterback position.
The NFL is very quickly becoming a quarterback's league. Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Michael Vick...the list goes on. Those are the guys whose teams are competing for the Super Bowl every year.
This isn't the early 2000's where Elvis Grbac can lead you to a title. This is 2011, and it is the all-new, spread-em-out and let-em-fly NFL.
Orton can let it fly, but he just isn't that good. Despite having some ridiculous games last year (476 yards!?), Orton finished in the worse half of all starting quarterbacks in almost ever important statistical category. Keep in mind, he was throwing the ball close to 40 times per start—an outrageously high number.
The Broncos should be looking towards the future, and Orton isn't a part of it. Trade him to the Miami Dolphins for a few draft picks, and pick a quarterback in the first round next season. That's the new way to win in the NFL.
Don't believe me? Look at the first 12 picks of this year's NFL Draft.
Detroit Lions, Corey Williams, Defensive Tackle
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This one was a no-brainer. Corey Williams was very, very effective for the Detroit Lions last season. He used his gigantic body, plus his bull-rushing skills to collect 37 tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and even an interception.
However, once the Lions drafted Auburn University standout Nick Fairley, it was only a matter of time before Williams got replaced.
Big No. 99 still has the job for now, and he can probably thank the lockout for that, but don't expect him to keep it for long.
Ndamukong Suh is the defensive line's future, and Fairley will be his sidekick.
After watching Aubrayo Franklin, one of the most talented nose tackles in the NFL, fall to the New Orleans Saints with little fanfare, it is possible that the market for the soon-to-be 31-year-old Williams will be slim. It would be a waste to see him or Fairley on the bench though, so deals should be sought.
Let the Suh and Fairley reign begin in Detroit. Boy, are they going to be fun/terrorizing to watch.
Green Bay Packers, James Starks, Running Back
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James Stark's isn't such a big name, I apologize. To be honest, the Green Bay Packers' depth chart was so beautiful that I didn't really want to mess with it.
That being said, Starks could draw some pretty solid interest. With the return of Ryan Grant, and the emergence of John Kuhn, I believe Starks becomes expendable.
And if no one can step in? Who cares. The Packers just won the Super Bowl without a running back, I'm sure they could do it again.
Starks had his breakout game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round during last season's playoffs, and many people took notice. Even though he didn't play as well throughout the rest of the playoffs, he is remembered because of that one fantastic game.
Unless Grant gets injured, Starks' value will probably never be higher than it is right now.
Trade him for a fifth rounder, and keep that draft machine pumping in Green Bay.
Houston Texans, Joel Dreessen, Tight End
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Owen Daniels, the Houston Texans' best tight end, is back to full health this season. That means a lot of bench-riding for talented backup Joel Dreessen.
You know where I'm going with this by now.
The Texans aren't going to trade Daniels, a guy expected to have a monster breakout-season this year, so Dreessen is the odd-man out.
He is a proven pass-catcher (over 500 receiving yards and four touchdowns last season), and he is a solid red zone target with his big 6'4" frame.
Considering this is a market where New York Giants' tight end Kevin Boss just received a $16 million deal from the Oakland Raiders, I think we can find someone willing to take on Dreessen and his $910,000 salary. If put on the right team, in the right situation, I think Dreessen could be a nice catch for very cheap.
The Texans have a ridiculously deep stable of pass-catching options, so they have no use whatsoever for the 29-year-old tight end.
My best idea? Trade him for some depth in the dreadful secondary.
Indianapolis Colts, Anthony Gonzalez, Wide Receiver
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Anthony Gonzalez was picked with the Indianapolis Colts' first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft. His energy and athleticism brought lots of excitement to training camp that year as Gonzalez was tabbed the No. 3 target of quarterback Peyton Manning after Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.
Gonzalez was OK in his first two seasons as a Colt, but his last two have been decimated by injuries.
The resilient receiver has fought hard to come back with immense focus in 2011, and believes he is primed for a breakout season.
However, since his injuries started in 2009, the Colts have looked elsewhere for production. They have found what they were looking for with wide receivers Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon. Collie was one of Manning's favorite targets last season before suffering another devastating concussion, and Garcon has been a deep-threat special for Manning since his 2009 breakout season.
Either way, Gonzalez is no longer that No. 3 option. He is probably the fifth or sixth option on what will be one of the NFL's best offenses in 2011.
Gonzalez has shown flashes of tremendous talent, and his potential alone could net the Colts a decent draft pick/some defensive help. Either way, it's better than a sixth receiver.
Jacksonville Jaguars, Rashean Mathis, Cornerback
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That isn't a ghost, it's Rashean Mathis, supposed lock-down cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Last season, however, Mathis would have been better off as a ghost; he had another terrible year. In 2009, everyone jumped back on the Mathis-bandwagon. He had four interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown against the rival Indianapolis Colts, and one returned for a touchdown against the always-great Pittsburgh Steelers.
Unfortunately, it's been all smoke and mirrors with Mathis since then. He has unfortunately relied on his name more than his game in recent seasons, and his statistics prove it.
He had only one interception last year, and is coming into a walk-year this season where he is getting paid over $4 million.
Mathis was ranked the sixth-worst cornerback last season in yards per catch by FootballOutsiders.com. That's pretty awful for a guy many regard as a shutdown corner.
He would have tremendous value on the trade market, and the team is still about a year or two away from competing. They should flip him for a high draft pick or a top wide receiver.
Kansas City Chiefs, Dwayne Bowe, Wide Receiver
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Two words: dropped passes. Dwayne Bowe was incredible last season for the Kansas City Chiefs...if you were playing fantasy football.
His number speak for themselves, and I'm not talking about the 15 touchdowns. I'm talking about FootballOutsiders.com awarding him with an awful 54 percent catch-rate. To give you an idea of how bad that is, out of the top 26 wideouts listed, only Brandon Lloyd has a worse number than Bowe's 54.
The thing those numbers don't take into account is how many dropped touchdowns Bowe had last season. If he had a decent set of hands, he probably could have hauled in 18 or 20 touchdowns.
But it wasn't meant to be.
I'm not suggesting that the Chiefs simply dump Bowe. On the contrary, I think that they should set a sky-high value on his head and see if anyone bites.
If they can get a first-rounder and a solid player, I think they do it in a heart-beat. After the acquisition of Steve Breaston, the Chiefs receiving corps isn't as dead as last year. There are other options.
Plus, everyone knows they are a ground-and-pound football team. Bowe's dropped passes kill too many drives, see if a playoff hopeful will overpay for the stat-packed receiver.
Miami Dolphins, Brandon Marshall, Wide Receiver
The Miami Dolphins, unfortunately, signed him to a five-year, nearly $50 million deal before last season with the idea that they were going to be contenders.
The premise seems laughable now, but at the time it was hailed as a great move.
Things didn't work out however, and the Miami Dolphins are once again in "rebuilding" mode. They have a awful quarterback situation with Chad Henne, and they lost both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in free agency.
Adding Reggie Bush helps, but in the overall scheme of things, his signing will barely make a dent. The only thing the Dolphins are going to be competing for right now is Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
They should move Marshall and his enormous salary, and pick up some young talent and draft picks. I have no doubt in my mind that the Fins' could move him in a second if they wanted. Marshall's the type of talent that doesn't come along often.
Sadly, Miami has no one to get him the ball.
Minnesota Vikings, Bernard Berrian, Wide Receiver
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Bernard Berrian is still considered a good wide receiver, and I have no idea why.
His two best seasons, 2007 and 2008, were good, but they weren't that good. One year he had 71 catches for 951 yards and five touchdowns, and the next he had 48 catches for 964 yards and seven touchdowns.
That's it. That's basically Bernard Berrian's entire career. Yet he is still mentioned as a legitimate threat.
The Minnesota Vikings just re-signed him to a one-year, $1.9 million contract, so they must see something that I'm not. I see a guy who could easily be replaced by a combination of Greg Camarillo and Michael Jenkins.
Donovan McNabb is the new quarterback in town, and we all know how he likes to throw almost exclusively to his top receivers. In Philadelphia, Terrell Owens and Brian Westbrook almost always had the ball, and after Owens' departure, it was basically Westbrook or bust.
This year in Minnesota, McNabb should be plenty satisfied with Adrian "All Day" Peterson as his running back, Percy Harvin at receiver, and Visanthe Shiancoe playing tight end. Berrian shouldn't be seeing much action anyway, and even if he does play, he stinks.
Football Outsiders.com ranks him as one of the worst wide receivers in 2010—sounds about right.
For Minnesota, this is a win-win. No more Berrian, and a whole lot more Greg Camarillo.
New England Patriots, Julian Edelman, Wide Receiver
Julian Edelman. Once a wide receiver filled with hope and Wes Welker comparisons, now a receiver filled with disappointment.
Edelman came on really strong for the Pats in 2009 after Welker went down with that infamous ACL/MCL tear. He had 10 catches for 103 yards in the season finale versus the Houston Texans, and pulled in two touchdown grabs in the Wild Card playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Things were looking up.
Until the New England Patriots selected Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in the 2010 NFL Draft. Then things started going south very quickly.
He basically fell completely out of the lineup, with the Patriots electing to go with the three-receiver, two-tight-end look in any spread formations. Edelman did get in on special teams, and he made a few huge plays as the teams' punt returner, but there are plenty of options to fill that role.
After Taylor Price's big game in last night's preseason opener versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, I think it's safe to say that Edelman has fallen off the wide receiver depth chart completely.
His herky-jerky quickness will be missed, but all of his dropped passes will not.
New Orleans Saints, Devery Henderson, Wide Receiver
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This one was between Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem, both extremely productive wide receivers for the New Orleans Saints offense.
It's not that hard to be good when you have Drew Brees throwing you the ball, but at the same time, he only has so many guys he can throw it to.
With the emergence of tight end Jimmy Graham, the drafting of running back sensation Mark Ingram, and the plethora of wide receiving options, I think the Saints would be wise to let one of these guys go. Because Henderson was twice as expensive (he's getting paid $2.25 million this season) and three years older (29), I picked him.
Really, it could go either way. However, with Meachem's high ceiling, and with his talent, I would be surprised if they didn't give him one more season to prove himself worthy.
Like Dante Stallworth before him, Henderson should have no problem being desired by other teams. GM's around the league will be infatuated with his breakaway speed and game-changing ability.
Henderson for a sixth round pick, unless he gets cut first. Book it.
*Author's note: The run on wide receiver's was not intentional, I picked teams by division at first, and am now listing them in alphabetical order. Just luck of the draw I guess.
New York Giants, Osi Umenyiora, Defensive End
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Osi Umenyiora was almost the biggest story of the preseason.
The New York Giants were dangling him for a first-round pick, and then removed their offer after receiving calls from many teams. The defensive end was angry that the front office had been unwilling to renegotiate the terms of his contract.
All is good though, for now.
Here is the latest via ProFootballTalk:
The good news for the Giants? Disgruntled defensive end Osi Umenyiora received clearance to return to practice from a doctor in Georgia, despite a balky knee.
The bad news? The situation remains vague and ominous, with Umenyiora leaving plenty of wiggle room in his less-than-unequivocal willingness to practice and play.
“Probably,” is all agent Tony Agnone would tell Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News regarding the question of whether Umenyiora will practice Monday. “We’ll see how things go from here.”
And even though Osi has a green light to practice, the possibility of a problem remains.
“The doctor said ‘You don’t need the surgery right away,’ which is nice,” Agnone said.
Sounds like there is still more left to be done, doesn't it?
By the way, I don't think the Giants should deal Osi. He is one of the best in the game, and he is still relatively young. But he definitely has the highest potential of being dealt on that team now that wide receiver Steve Smith has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.
New York Jets, Bart Scott, Linebacker
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Does anyone, and I mean anyone, talk as big of a game as New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott?
His now legendary, "Can't wait!" speech is the epitome of everything he stands for. A lot of talk, a lot of screaming, but not a whole lot of production.
In that game against the New England Patriots, Scott totaled just two tackles. Not too impressive.
What's also not too impressive are Scott's numbers across the board since his career year with the Baltimore Ravens back in 2006. He really just hasn't been that good since then. Sure, his tackling numbers are nice, but what happened to the sacks?
He had 9.5 sacks in 2006, and has 4.5 sacks since then.
Considering he plays a ton of snaps in Rex Ryan's notoriously blitz-heavy package, that number is pretty pathetic.
Before the rest of the league realizes that he is tremendously overrated, the Jets should trade him for whatever they can. Especially since he's due to get paid almost $25 million in the next four seasons.
Trade him to a non-contender for a fifth round pick. Poetic justice.
Oakland Raiders, John Henderson, Defensive End
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John Henderson is a gigantic man from Nashville, Tennessee. The 6'7", 335 lbs. (yeah right) behemoth is stuck behind Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour this season for the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders liked him enough as a backup this past season to reward him with a two-year, $8 million contract. I have no idea why, though.
There is no reason for him to be in Oakland whatsoever.
Sure, his size makes him a prime defensive tackle in third and short situations, but the Raiders already employ Kelly and Seymour. Both are 6'6" and upwards of 300 lbs., I think they can hold their own against the run.
Make sure you don't forget this: the Raiders are not even close to competing for the playoffs yet. A 32-year-old who is limited exclusively to running plays is probably not the best guy to spend your money on.
I'm not saying they shouldn't have veterans, but they should have veterans who can be on the field for the majority of the snaps.
Henderson is a gigantic man and a talented athlete; his career should be finished in a place better than Oakland. Let him chase a ring with a contender.
Philadelphia Eagles, Brent Celek, Tight End
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I know, I know, he caught a touchdown pass last night. Big deal. Brent Celek was one of the breakout performers for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2009 NFL Season.
Unfortunately, once Michael Vick took over the offense in 2010, Celek was basically relegated to third offensive tackle. The same guy who 76 passes for nearly 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns, caught only 42 passes for 511 yards and four touchdowns.
That's what I call a regression.
But regressions don't usually happen to players who are right in the middle of their prime, 26 years old. It definitely doesn't happen to pass-catching tight ends. Those guys usually outlast everyone (just ask Tony Gonzalez). That type of regression happens when instead of going out for the pass, you rank fifth overall out of all tight ends in the amount of plays you pass-blocked (according to profootballfocus.com)
Celek deserves better.
The Eagles offense is so ridiculously loaded that they honestly don't even need his contributions. They should send him packing and collect a hefty reward in return. They should seek a linebacker in return, their linebacking group is looking very weak heading into the season.
Pittsburgh Steelers, Ziggy Hood, Defensive End
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Ziggy Hood was stellar last season for the Pittsburgh Steelers covering for Aaron Smith who missed all year with a torn triceps injury.
Including the playoffs, Hood had five sacks in his last seven games, including one in the Super Bowl.
Pittsburgh's 2009 first overall pick (32nd overall), Hood definitely has talent. Unfortunately, he is stuck behind one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the NFL, Smith.
Hood is a stunningly cheap option, owed less than $3 million over the next three years, but he could have immense trade value in a pass-rushing loving market. Ray Edwards, Charles Johnson, and Jason Babin all were rewarded handsomely for their pass-rushing efforts in 2010.
Barely 24 years old, I would imagine that teams would be willing to give up a ton for the stud defensive end.
I don't think that this deal is that likely, but on a team with so many veterans, no deal is really likely. Aaron Smith should be back at full health now, so Hood will remain underutilized. If Pitt can find a loose spender, why not deal him?
San Diego Chargers, Vincent Jackson, WR
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Vincent Jackson is going to want a boat load of money next offseason. I say, deal him now.
Philip Rivers, the San Diego Chargers' fantastic starting quarterback, has shown how capable he is with nearly any set of receivers. Jackson is a great talent, sure, but didn't Rivers make Legedu Naanee look like an All-Pro last season?
After signing his one year, $11.33 million tender, Jackson will not be holding out this season. However, last year was a different story. The star receiver held out until Week 14 of the NFL Season, making his point very clear: if you don't pay, I won't play.
Despite not getting the extension he wanted this offseason, the nearly $12 million tender was enough to keep him around.
Next season? Mortgage the house, because he is going to be one of the most expensive players on the market.
San Diego should deal him now to help out the defense. With Rivers running the offense, there is no need to worry anyways. He always produces.
San Francisco 49ers, Alex Smith, Quarterback
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This slide shouldn't even have to be written, because Alex Smith shouldn't even be on the San Francisco 49ers right now.
The much maligned quarterback was surprisingly re-signed to a one-year deal. For $5 million no less.
Actually, scratch that. Dumb move. Colin Kaepernick should be given the reins in San Francisco, because this team has no chance at competing anyway. That's saying something, too, considering they play in possibly the worst division in NFL history, the NFC West.
Last year, the Seattle Seahawks emerged as division winners despite winning just seven games. To put that in perspective, the 2008 New England Patriots won 11 games and were left out of the playoffs.
That tells you just how bad Alex Smith really is.
Trade him. Dump him. Do something to get his behind out of San Francisco—it's Kaepernick's time now.
Seattle Seahawks, John Carlson, Tight End
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John Carlson is the man behind one of the strangest signings of this free agency period.
When the Seattle Seahawks swooped in to sign tight end Zach Miller away from the Oakland Raiders, my first thought was, "What about Carlson?"
The answer is clear.
First of all, he is a free agent after this season, and they clearly wanted to have security. Miller provides that and more. Second of all, Carlson could be dealt in a package deal for Osi Umenyiora.
The fascinating deal was brought up by ESPN's John Clayton:
ESPN's John Clayton thinks the addition of Miller might give the Seahawks a better chance at landing disgruntled Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora in a trade with the Giants.
Umenyiora was given permission Monday to seek a trade from the Giants, and Clayton thinks New York may back off of demands for a first-round pick—possibly coming down to a second or third—if the Seahawks were to offer Carlson, who may now be expendable in Seattle.
So while the Seahawks could decide to keep both tight ends in an attempt to mimic the New England Patriots' success with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in 2010, they could also be looking to deal Carlson in a big move for Osi Umenyiora. Very, very intriguing.
St. Louis Rams, James Butler, Safety
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James Butler is currently listed as the starting free safety for the St. Louis Rams according to Yahoo Sports' depth chart.
However, don't expect that to last.
Craig Dahl, the undrafted rookie out of North Dakota State, should be moving over to claim that top spot as part of a sneaky good safety tandem of Dahl and veteran pick-up Quintin Mikell.
Dahl is totally unheralded, but his numbers speak for themselves:
98 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble (only 15 games played)
Nothing too spectacular, but definitely enough to unseat Butler. In limited playing time last season, over the course of 14 games, Butler collected 20 tackles and two interceptions.
St. Louis, do you think this guy is going to be your starting free safety? Didn't think so.
He may not be dealt, but he is a prime candidate to be moved out of the lineup.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Aqib Talib, Cornerback
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As a football player, Aqib Talib has everything you look for: size, speed, athleticism, play-making skills, awareness, etc. The list goes on, because Talib has it all.
Unfortunately, Aqib Talib the human being doesn't run in the right circles. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon based on an incident which occurred on March 21st, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were thought to be considering dumping the talented corner.
Here is the latest via Jason La Canfora at NFL.com:
Talented but troubled cornerback Aqib Talib is prepared to attend training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the end of the NFL lockout and is expected to remain with the team for the immediate future -- and most likely throughout the 2011 season.
Soon after Talib's arrest, reports emerged that the Bucs would release him. But according to sources, team hasn't made a decision on the cornerback's future and hasn't set a timetable to do so. There's every expectation that he'll be with the team whenever the 2011 league year begins.
As you can see, Canfora doesn't really expect Talib to be going anywhere, and really, neither do I. But on a team that looks as good as the Buccaneers, his name was the only one that stuck out as a potential trading chip. He's young, productive and cheap.
Tennessee Titans, Chris Johnson, Running Back
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Chris Johnson is one of the most physically gifted running backs in the NFL, and he has the stats to back that up. Johnson rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2009, and was looking for another monster year in 2010. He was looking for "2,500" yards to be specific.
But along with the rest of the Tennessee Titans, 2010 just wasn't their year.
Johnson rushed for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns, and his yards per carry average dropped from 5.6 to 4.3.
Of course, it would have been unfair of us to expect him to keep his nonhuman-like pace of 2009. Now, it seems, that Johnson expects to be rewarded for all of his hard work. He is holding out from camp, and he wants a gigantic payday to satisfy his demands or else he will sit. For as long as it takes.
Luckily for Titans fans, the GM Mike Reinfeldt is looking to lockup the young stud.
ProFootballTalk with all the latest:
The Tennessee Titans say they don’t want to talk contract with Chris Johnson until the holdout running back shows up for work. But they’re willing to talk about his contract with the media now.
And Titans G.M. Mike Reinfeldt said today that the deal the Titans are willing to make Johnson — once he shows up — is the most lucrative in NFL history for a running back.
“Even though he has two years left on his contract, we’d like him to go in,” Reinfeldt said. “He could go to meetings, get to know the new coaches, he can learn the scheme. He doesn’t have to practice, but it’s something we want to get done. Again, we’re willing to make him the highest paid running back in the history of the NFL. That’s kind of where we are.”
Risky move. The Titans don't look to be going anywhere fast, and locking up all of this money in player just doesn't make sense to me. If he was a quarterback, I would understand. But running backs are way too fragile in today's NFL.
I say trade him for all he's worth. And he is worth a LOT.
Washington Redskins, Phillip Buchanon, Cornerback
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All I can ask Dan Snyder is "WHY?"
Why does he do this to his teams? Phillip Buchanon hasn't been a good cornerback in the NFL since 2003, and he definitely didn't play well enough last season to deserve a new contract.
Signing Josh Wilson was one of Snyder's best deals, but it is almost cancelled out by the fact that he is bringing this stiff back for 2011.
Aside from Buchanon's rookie season, he has never played on a team with more than nine wins.
Coincidence? I think not.
Trade his lazy behind for whatever you can get. A seventh round pick? Great, take it. Cash considerations? Done deal. Just make sure that he doesn't take the field in 2011.
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