NFL Trade Rumors: Brandon Lloyd and 5 Stars Who Simply Must Be Dealt
This list contains a few too many Broncos. Denver has mishandled more player relation issues than any team in the NFL over the past five years. There are none quite on par with the Jay Cutler debacle this year, but Denver has some that need to be moved.
This era of NFL football includes far more player movement mid-season than ever before. There are a few teams who could actually make a playoff push with the right acquisition. This isn't baseball, so the fit has to be right even more than the talent.
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The Broncos are seemingly cleaning house. The Fox regime will probably begin to take shape with this year's draft and the young DeMaryius Thomas and Eric Decker.
I'm not sure if Tim Tebow will be the guy under center, but it's clear the Broncos want two new starting wideouts.
Royal should bring a fifth-round selection.
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Brandon Lloyd must be moved because he offers the highest possible return of all the Broncos WR available. He is a pro-bowler and a veteran who may be attractive to teams as an immediate contributor and tutor for young receivers.
This would be a great get for the Chicago Bears.
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Orton has been jerked around in every NFL spot. He really did nothing to warrant a trade in Chicago and he certainly hasn't been set up to succeed in Denver.
Orton can be a winning quarterback in the right situation. There is no way Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson are better than Orton, just to name two who have been Super Bowl winners.
Matching Orton with a solid defense and running game as a smart and accurate game manager is the best place for Orton. Miami could be building a team that fits Orton.
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If this former second round pick is to ever get another shot at starting, he needs to move on. Cam Newton has the starting job in Carolina sewed up for the next 10 years if he wants it and continues on this pace.
Clausen didn't get a long time to develop, and he does deserve at least another look as a starter. The Washington Redskins or Denver Broncos could be a possibility. Eddie Royal to Carolina for Clausen and a sixth-round pick would be a good deal.
Tebow doesn't have the type of hold on the position Newton has, obviously.
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Though it is painful for some Bears fans to admit, it is about time to think about the replacements for their perennial pro-bowl linebackers.
Briggs wants out and seems intent upon going elsewhere. The Bears are not an elite team, and the entire organization seems headed for transition with the coaching staff and management at the end of their contracts.
Briggs could possibly bring a deal in the range of a second or third-round selection. The Bears have multiple holes and need picks to fill them.