This offseason is teeming with trades and player moves before teams are even allowed to do so. From Kansas City shipping off Marcus Peters and Alex Smith to Miami trading for Robert Quinn, teams are more willing than ever to ship off players than ever before.
These moves have excited some and enraged others throughout the league. (I can’t imagine the league is very happy about so many trades before the league allows trades but who cares? This is good stuff! Am I the only one ready to see Marcus Peters make Pat Mahomes look silly next season?) These are some of the trades that I think will make the league more exciting for everyone this coming year.
Jacoby Brissett to the Cleveland Browns for HB Duke Johnson Jr and a 4th round pick.
In recent news, analysts have suggested wild scenarios where the Colts trade Andrew Luck after two years of shoulder injuries have left the team without him. However, teams do not trade a generational player like Andrew Luck for picks. The Colts picking up Duke Johnson will allow them to fill the void left by Frank Gore’s departure. Those hoping for Saquon Barkley to fall to three should understand that he will not pass the Giants at number two. (After his otherworldly combine, I would be willing to say Barkley is the number one overall pick.) This gives the Browns two picks in the top four to upgrade their team with blue chip prospects.
Jarvis Landry to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2nd round pick and T.J. Yeldon
Landry’s camp was given the ability to search for a trade by the Dolphins and if he wants to stay in the sunshine state, the Jaguars are the number one destination. With Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee set to leave in free agency, Landry could step in and be Blake Bortes’ new favorite target for years. In a deep receiver draft, the Jaguars could find a new receiver to play third fiddle to the duo of Hurns and Landry. For the Dolphins, this helps them fill Ajayi’s old roster spot while adding another valuable draft pick in one of the deepest drafts in years.
Tyrann Mathieu to the New England Patriots for a 1st round pick
This feels like a very New England move. With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, Bill Belichick will need a new defensive cornerstone piece to fly around and disrupt NFL offenses. Mathieu is a hard-hitting energetic, versatile player that can come in and flex his skills at safety and slot cornerback. Arizona has been hinted as potentially letting the safety leave and open a spot for the young Budda Baker to take over the starting role. Arizona is entering a period of transition and an extra first round pick will allow them to add another piece to the team while saving money and bringing a younger option to the lineup.
Martavis Bryant and a 5th round pick to the Houston Texans for the next two years of Houston 3rd rounders
Granted, there’s a lot to unpack in this trade. Martavis Bryant has all the skills to be a number one wide receiver but finds himself in the shadow of arguably the best young receiver in the game in DeAndre Hopkins. However, as seen in his time in Pittsburgh, he functions as a great 1B receiver. As seen in last year’s draft, Houston Texans GM Brain Gaine is not afraid to trade future picks away. His pick shuffling in last year’s draft has left the Texans without a 1st or 2nd round selection but with an enviable franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Giving him weapons like Bryant to pair with Hopkins play will allow for the Texans to challenge the 2017 division champion Jaguars and try and make their return to the playoffs. From Pittsburgh’s side of things, Bryant is a malcontent who wants to leave behind the aging Roethlisberger and inconsistency that has plagued the Steelers. (In this sense, I am more speaking on the lack of consistency for playing time for Bryant.) Removing the attitude problems that plague Bryant and securing two years of picks should be an exciting proposition for the Steelers.
(Side note: This trade may seem more unrealistic than the others on this list.)
Odell Beckham Jr. to the Chicago Bears for the next 2 years of 1st round choices and Cody Whitehair
As a Bears fan, I can honestly say that I don’t know how I would feel if this happened. Here’s the facts though. Odell Beckham Jr. wants 20 million dollars a year for his new deal. With multiple expensive deals on the books in New York, projections show they should have about 24 million dollars in cap space, a huge deal like this is simply not in the team’s best interest. Chicago wants to aggressively pursue options too for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and the options simply do not get better than Beckham. While the compensation might seem low, consider the following: Odell Beckham is coming off a lost season and heading directly into a contract year which might make any team slightly hesitant to sell the future. Cody Whitehair is a young offensive lineman capable of playing guard or center at a Pro Bowl level and will help the entire Giants line. This trade is quite far out there but it does stand as an option for both of these teams to consider.
What kind of trades do you think will happen this offseason? Make sure to comment your ideas below and share this to see what kind of ideas your friends have to!