Aaron Curry and the Most Overrated Players in the Trade Winds
The October 18th trade deadline is right around the corner and Derrick Mason and Aaron Curry were the first players to wind up with new homes.
They were both dealt for late-round picks, however, there are some other players rumored to be available for more than what would be considered decent value.
This article looks at some players on the block that might not necessarily be worth the asking price.
Aaron Curry: Oakland Raiders
Aaron Curry was traded to the Oakland Raiders this past Wednesday.
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The Aaron Curry trade winds finally died when the Seattle Seahawks shipped the under-performing linebacker to the Oakland Raiders for a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a mid-round pick in 2013.
Giving up two draft picks for the former 2009 No. 4 overall pick is a bit much for an over-hyped pass-rushing specialist that has just 5.5 sacks in a little over two seasons.
Given how much the Raiders love to stash under-achieving first-round picks on their roster (Curry makes 12, seven not drafted by them), nobody is surprised they were the team that stepped up.
Brandon Lloyd: Denver Broncos
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On Tuesday of this week, Evan Silva of NBC Sports had tweeted how the Denver Broncos would be smart to trade Brandon Lloyd, who’s in the last year of his contract.
While he was merely presenting a hypothetical situation, there now seems to be some real legs to this.
Mile High Report has tweeted that the Broncos are indeed shopping Lloyd for a second-round pick.
While Lloyd would make a nice fit for a few teams out there, such as the St. Louis Rams, the second-round pick asking-price for a 30-year-old receiver that, until last year, never amassed more than 733 yards in a season is too much.
Peyton Hillis: Cleveland Browns
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After one productive season as a starter, running back Peyton Hillis is unhappy with how this contract talks are going.
According to Mark Miller of Yahoo Sports, Hillis is expected to request a trade before the October 18th deadline.
Hillis is making $600,000 this season, and although he should be making more money, he hasn’t proven over a consistent period of time that he’s worth elite running back money.
Nate Burleson: Detroit Lions
Burleson has 17 rec. for 187 yds. and no touchdowns.
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Pool would give the Lions the additional safety help they need to shore up their secondary, but an aging Burleson, who has underperformed this year opposite Calvin Johnson, is simply not enough in return.
The Jets have Jeremy Kerley, a rookie who’s emerging as a real threat coming out of the slot—the reason Rex Ryan dealt Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans.
Mike Tolbert: San Diego Chargers
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A trade possibility worth noting is the San Diego Chargers sending Mike Tolbert to the Detroit Lions for Tony Scheffler.
Dave Demeshek of NFL.com wrote that both teams would benefit from this trade—Tolbert giving the Lions a power run game to compliment Jahvid Best—and Scheffler giving the Bolts the pass-catching tight end they lack with the absence of Antonio Gates.
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