By: Steven Tauro
October 22, 2020
We are almost at the midseason point in the NFL and the trade deadline is approaching quicker than we think! November 3rd is right around the corner and we NEED to discuss some players that will be on the move. Last week we went over some fantasy guys to TRADE FOR and TRADE AWAY, but this week we will be be going over REAL NFL trade scenarios!
A.J. Green to the Green Bay Packers or Indianapolis Colts
Trade scenarios have rumored around A.J. Green for multiple years, but now with the young core in Cincinnati, I would believe the Bengals intentions of finding a trade partner for the Wide Receiver a little more realistic. With Tyler Boyd, the emergence of Tee Higgins, and Joe Mixon agreeing to a contract extension, this is the Bengals offensive core for the immediate future. After this year I do not see Green wanting to sign back even if the money was there, so where are some potential destinations to send the Veteran Wide Receiver?
The 3 teams I can view as a realistic trade destination are the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, and a less likely option Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are less likely due to being in the division, but a team like the Colts or Green Bay can definitely benefit from the WR depth. Having a leader and a guy with experience in Indy would work wonders and be a great compliment to TY Hilton. Green Bay can use the Veteran talent to add a playmaker, to make the offense a little more complicated for opposing defenses. Can you imagine trying to cover Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, A.J. Green, and Robert Tonyan?
Dwayne Haskins to the Atlanta Falcons or Pittsburgh Steelers
There always seems to be some 1st round Quarterbacks that just end up in horrible scenarios, cough, cough Sam Darnold. Now I’m not saying that Dwayne Haskins is a star or would have been, but most 1st round selections in the NFL draft would be great players if the proper scenario was presented. Since Haskins has been drafted by the Washington Football Team he has gotten a new coach, a new team name, the Trent Williams scenario, multiple alarming front office allegations, and to add to it all COVID. Shifting some fault on Haskins, I don’t believe he has done the best as an athlete to prepare, study, and carry himself as a leader. Moving on together does not seem like an option, so I expect the Quarterback to have his name involved in trade talks. I have two possible locations I think Dwayne can go and save his NFL career.
Both teams have their respective starting QB’s for this year, but after that nothing is guaranteed. I don’t believe that Washington is expecting an early round draft pick in return, so why not express the option if you’re a team like Pittsburgh or Atlanta? I think Pitt would be a great scenario especially for a guy like Haskins due to the coaching and front office stability, along with the winning culture. Sitting behind Big Ben to finish the year would be better for Dwayne’s career then being “sick” for Washington.
As far as everything with the Falcons go, we know that Matt Ryan’s days are limited in Atlanta. It has been a great run and many believed that this team would eventually win a Super Bowl, but fell short. Before the overhaul of the roster, why not explore the possibility of getting a cornerstone guy. Even if you have one of the top picks in the upcoming draft you can never have to many Quarterbacks, ask Jon Gruden. There already is a young WR core in ATL and having Haskins get a head start with those guys could be beneficial.
Zach Ertz to the New Orleans Saints or Indianapolis Colts
One of the top Tight Eds over the past couple of years is finding himself in an awkward situation. Usually we know Zach Ertz as a top 5 tight end, near 10 TD’s, close to 100 catches, and right around 1,000 yards, but Philly hasn’t been the same this year. Being in the NFC East the Eagles are still competing for 1st place and it might honestly only take 8 wins to be on top of that division, but Philly’s struggles start at the Quarterback position. Injuries are a big problem for this team losing Zach Ertz, Miles Sanders, Jalen Raegor, Desean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Dallas Godert to injury, all within the first 6 weeks of the season. Throughout the offseason Ertz tried to lock up an extension and it just hasn’t materialized. The team had intentions on trying to lock up Ertz and Godert, but I’m assuming the price tag will be cheaper for Goedert. If Philly decided to entertain trade talks for Ertz, I could see the team drafting a tight end next year with the pick they got in return.
I have two teams that would be perfect fits for Zach Ertz. First, let’s try WHO DAT Nation! The Saints haven’t had a difference making Tight End since Jimmy Graham has been in town and this trade can immediately help recreate that production. It’s all or nothing for the Saints and it doesn’t get more all in than this. The other team I could see trying to acquire the Eagles Tight End is Indy. The team has a young offense with the exception of Phillip Rivers and TY Hilton, so adding another Veteran to the mix will be extremely beneficial. Rivers loves targeting the TE, and I believe will allow one of the younger slot receivers to step up.
Julian Edelman to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’m sure you New England fans would love to hang on to your pride and joy but the days of Edelman being a No. 1 Wide Receiver have been over for some time now. Nobody will be able to question the type of player Julian was with the Patriots and his Playoff resume speaks for itself. The Pats are looking to get younger and why not get a draft pick for him. Let’s be realistic, we may never see 1,000 yards and 10 TD’s from Edelman through the rest of his career, forget about this season. I think there is one trade partner that would be the perfect fit!
YES! Send Julian Edelman to Tampa to rejoin his core with Brady and Gronk for a mid-round pick. As much as Patriot fans would never encourage this trade, there has been continuous success for Bill with mid-round draft picks, Chase Winovich for a great example. This trade also makes sense for the Bucs who are dealing with lingering injuries to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Leonard Fournette, while already losing O.J. Howard for the year. In Tampa it is Super Bowl or bust
Evan Engram to the Buffalo Bills or Chicago Bears
This one hurts as a Giants fan. Evan Engram just never developed to be the receiving weapon we expected him to be. With Engram’s speed and athleticism, I believe that he had Top 5 TE expectations, but injuries hampered those. Now is the time we need him to step up and be consistent and he disappeared. Looking at a deal the Falcons last year for Hayden Hurst, I believe the Giants can try and exercise their interest to try and get a similar return for the player. The Giants can use those draft picks to help improve that offense that is depleted without Sterling Shepard and Saquon Barkley. Darius Slayton has certainly been serviceable, but we need a lot more help.
There are a lot of teams that can benefit from a playmaker on the inside of the field to Engrams caliber. I believe a team like Green Bay, Buffalo Bills, Pittsburg Steelers, or Chicago Bears could be interested if the player became available.
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