NFL Trade Analysis: Grading Every Trade of the 2011 Offseason

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NFL Trade Analysis: Grading Every Trade of the 2011 Offseason
In New England, Chad Ochocinco will have to focus more on catching balls, not inciting fines, if he wants to remain with the team. Are the Patriots winners of their high-profile trades in the 2011 offseason?

Great teams are built through the draft, but sometimes making a key trade is the decisive factor between a playoff team and a losing one. It’s early now, but at this time next season we will look back and reflect on which teams put themselves over the top with a crucial trade.

In 2010, the Seattle Seahawks sent the Baltimore Ravens their 2011 starting cornerback Josh Wilson—who then had a stellar 2010 season—for a mere fifth-round pick. Seattle could use Wilson now, and the Ravens paid a small price for the productivity they got from Wilson.

The Chargers acquired Patrick Crayton from the Cowboys for a seventh-round pick and the
receiver contributed over 500 yards despite playing only 279 snaps.

So which teams will regret their trades? Which have acquired potential starters for relative peanuts? Let’s take a look at each individual trade of the 2011 offseason and grade each one from both teams’ perspectives.

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