With the trade deadline less than a week away, trade rumors and speculative ideas are starting to circulate around the Internet, so we decided to collect a few of them for your consumption.
An NFL general manager tells Garber that this idea “makes too much sense.”
“Absolutely,” the unnamed GM said. “It actually makes too much sense. The players in the Patriots’ locker room know that their days are numbered. That’s just the way it is in New England.“
Garber spoke to one general manager who mentioned this move would allow the Lions to at least secure some value in return for Suh before he departs in free agency.
“There’s a feeling he won’t be back,” the GM said. “This is one way for the Lions to get something substantial for him.”
Garber mentions that this move would like give the Eagles an opportunity to draft Oregon QB Marcus Mariota next year.
Garber points out that this trade would have been much more plausible before Seattle traded away WR Percy Harvin last week. The Chargers would have to figure out how they could taken on Lynch given that they don’t have a ton of cap space to work with, but Garber believes this would make San Diego a Super Bowl contender.
The Around the NFL staff at NFL.com posted six trades they would like to see happen before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
1. Jets trade their 2015 second-round pick to the Browns for rookie QB Johnny Manziel.
Dan Hanzus mentions this move would allow the Browns to recoup some value for Manziel after they used the No. 22 overall pick on him back in May. It would also clear the way for a Brian Hoyer contract extension. Hanzus doesn’t believe Geno Smith is the answer for the Jets.
2. Saints trade RB Mark Ingram to the Cowboys for a mind-round draft pick.
Conor Orr mentions that Ingram could be a force behind the Cowboys solid offensive line and could spell DeMarco Murray at times.
3. Buccaneers trade WR Vincent Jackson to the Chiefs for a “couple of picks.”
This idea comes from Kevin Patra who mentions that Jackson would give the Chiefs a huge upgrade at position where they have gotten little production thus far. Patra writes that the Bucs’ season “is lost” and they should consider adding future assets.
4. Texans trade WR Andre Johnson to the Seahawks for draft picks.
Marc Sessler writes that the Texans could use some more draft picks to continue building their roster while the Seahawks would get a huge weapon to add to their offense.
5. Cardinals trade WR Larry Fitzgerald to the Patriots.
This is an idea that came up several months ago as reports mentioned that the Patriots had previously spoken to the Cardinals about trading Fitzgerald. However, the idea was later refuted as Fitzgerald’s contract is seen as an impediment to a deal.
Gregg Rosenthal points out that McCown had better numbers in the Bears’ offense than Cutler last year. Rosenthal also mentions that there is a chance that Chicago could already have some buyer’s remorse regarding the contract they signed Cutler to. Glennon at least gives them a young quarterback to work with, although there is no guarantee that Cutler would be an upgrade for Tampa Bay given that they have plenty of issues right now.
Barnwell didn’t offer specific trade scenarios that could happen before Tuesday, but instead offered up a list of players that could be discussed in the coming days.
Titans G Andy Levitre
None of Levitre’s base salaries are guaranteed and he has yet to live up to expectations for the Titans. They could consider moving him in a similar type of trade as the Percy Harvin deal, according to Barnwell.
Both Brown and Gerhart wound up signing the top contracts for running backs during the offseason, but both moves have been regrettable thus far. Barnwell mentions that they could consider moving on if a team offered a draft pick in return for either player. Barnwell suggests the Broncos for the Gerhart and the Bills for Brown as speculative options.
Dolphins WR Mike Wallace
Barnwell writes that Miami “will have to consider getting out of Wallace’s contract as early as 2015.” However, he admits that a Wallace move would probably have to wait until the offseason due to his 2014 base salary.
Rams TE Jared Cook
According to Barnwell, trading Cook would make the most sense for the Rams as it would reduce the amount of dead money from his contract in 2015 from $5 million to $3 million.
Buccaneers S Dashon Goldson
Goldson has very little guarantee money remaining on his contract, so the Buccaneers could consider offers for him in the coming days. However, Barnwell writes that “it would be awfully brave to try to buy low on Goldson right now.“
Patriots CB Brandon Browner
Barnwell mentions that the Patriots could consider parting ways with Browner even though they just signed him to a contract during the offseason. Barnwell mentions that the Seahawks could make sense given that they could slot Browner back into his starting position opposite of Richard Sherman.