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NFL Trade Deadline: 10 Trades That Need to Happen

Wes Welker to the Carolina Panthers

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Welker has been completely phased out of the Denver offense, posting just 5 receiving yards last game and only 191 receiving yards total on the year.  He no longer is the weapon that Tom Brady made him, and he is no longer worth the massive contract he received just to be a number four option for Manning.

That is not saying that he isn’t worth the money somewhere else. How about a return to his prime role as slot receiver in Carolina? They already have their redzone target in Kelvin Benjamin and a few outside targets in Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, as well as a top 5 tight end in Greg Olsen, but they need an absolute go-to target.

A late round pick and maybe a small contract guy would do the trick for Denver to shed Welker’s deal, because they need the money to resign both Julius and DeMaryius Thomas this offseason.

Toby Gerhart to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Doug Martin is officially useless now, and Bobby Rainey isn’t a starting caliber back. Toby Gerhart was signed in Jacksonville to be the everydown back. While that didn’t work out due to both injuries and the emergence of Denard Robinson and Storm Johnson, the bruiser from Stanford still has a lot left in the tank.

The Bucs need this type of weapon on offense to try and provide some kind of assistance to the lowly offense. Mike Glennon is running on fumes with no weapons to turn to now, so Tampa would be more than willing to make this deal for a 5th round draft pick.

Vincent Jackson to the Kansas City Chiefs

I have to agree with staff here. They said it perfectly:

Alex Smith has had an underrated season thus far, and he’s pretty much doing it with zero help at the receiver spot.

With Dwayne Bowe, the only pass catcher on this offense, performing poorly (to noone’s surprise), the Chiefs need immediate assistance. They will get Donnie Avery back from injury soon, and a three pronged attack of Vincent Jackson, Jamaal Charles and Donnie Avery would be just enough to make some dents in their opponents as they march into the playoff picture.

The Chiefs have the cap space to pull the trigger on this deal. Don’t be surprised if this happens soon.

Pierre Thomas to the Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens are the most underrated team in the NFL. Despite losing their franchise cornerstone Ray Rice earlier this year, they have performed admirably. Rice’s replacements – Lorenzo Taliaferro and Justin Forsett – have been studs both in the real world and fantasy football. But they both have their faults as speed backs, and that is where Pierre Thomas comes in.

Thomas, as it stands, is in the most crowded backfield in the NFL in New Orleans, where four different backs are competing for touches. New Orleans has long been loyal to Pierre Thomas, but they must realize it is time to clear up some running room for the likes of Khiry Robinson, Mark Ingram, and Travaris Cadet.

Thomas’ power combined with Forsett’s speed make Baltimore even more versatile on offense. Joe Flacco is playing some very Super Bowl-esque football right now, and Baltimore is the team to watch out for in the AFC. New Orleans would probably take back a small price of a draft pick for Thomas, so this is a very possible deal.

Tavon Austin to the Seattle Seahawks

Austin can come into Seattle and be exactly what they wanted from Percy Harvin – an all purpose weapon. Austin can be effective in the return game, a target for Russell Wilson, or a speedster in the run game. He also comes cheap.

With St. Louis already having Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Britt, and Chris Givens, Austin hasn’t been much of a factor in the pass game anyway, being relegated to a return man only.

Putting Austin alongside Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin would revamp Seattle’s offense. It may take a higher draft pick than they would like to give up because of Austin’s massive potential, but Seattle would ultimately do this deal.

Mike Williams to the Pittsburgh Steelers For LeGarrette Blount

The first player for player trade here, this one makes too much sense.

The Steelers are a legit playoff contender, but they are starving for targets for Ben Roethlisberger to throw to. Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, and Martavis Bryant are good players, but they aren’t the number two option to drag attention away from Pro Bowl Antonio Brown.

Mike Williams is a great receiver that can do exactly that. His combination of size and speed make him the perfect guy for Pittsburgh to trade for.

On the other hand, Buffalo gives up a guy who they couldn’t be happier to get rid of for a power back that fills a giant hole in their offense.

With the recent injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, the Bills are left with just Anthony Dixon and Bryce Brown to shoulder the load. Blount has proven to be a solid running back this season, even as a number two in Pitt. The Bills could plug him right into the number one and watch him run wild.

Nate Washington to the Chicago Bears

Washington’s name has been floated around in trade rumors several times before, and this may be the first time that a deal is actually struck for the versatile return man.

Chicago is lacking a special teams weapon as well as an effective third receiver. While the offense has lots of weapons already (Forte, Marshall, Jeffery, Bennett), it has been ineffective recently. Trading for some help may fix that, or at least point them in the right direction.

Tennessee has nothing to play for this season, so trading their older veterans for draft picks is a logical decision. This trade is a small one, but it is very realistic.

Kirk Cousins to the Buffalo Bills

The Bills seem confident in their current starter Kyle Orton, but the entire organization has to know that the veteran is not in their long term plans.

Now that Colt McCoy has taken over the job in Washington until Robert Griffin III returns, Cousins is expendable.

His trade value is also at an all time low, so the Bills would be looking to capitalize on that. The Bills need a quarterback of the future, and the Redskins need to cash in on Cousins now before his value falls off completely.

The Bills could give up a third  round pick for the Michigan State product, and both sides would be happy. Whats not to like?

Doug Martin to the Tennessee Titans

As mentioned previously, Doug Martin is useless in Tampa Bay. They need to ship off the injury prone speedster for some kind of value while he can still net them such. Tampa would be content with a third rounder for Martin.

There are plenty of teams that have holes at running back, and the Titans are one of those teams. The Bishop Sankey experiment has failed somewhat horribly, and with Shonn Greene’s recent arrest, things are bleak in Memphis. Trading for the still-young Martin may infuse some life into this bland, empty offensive attack.

Neither of these teams are going anywhere this season, but this deal may help them both in the long term.


Zac Stacy to the Denver Broncos for CB Tony Carter

Ronnie Hillman has performed admirably in Montee Ball’s absence, but he isn’t a starting caliber running back in this league.

Zac Stacy has completely fallen out of favor in St. Louis, but he is a starting caliber player and can be a huge asset for some other teams in this league. Getting Peyton Manning a real bruiser in the running game would make a huge difference for Denver when trying to fool defenses. The addition of a real running game, like they had last year, will make their march to the Super Bowl a lot easier.

In return for a player that doesn’t even play, the Rams get a very capable cornerback in Tony Carter to play alongside Janoris Jenkins in what remains a strong defensive unit.


Comment what other trades you believe may happen before the NFL trade deadline.


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