NFL Trade Deadline: A game of Deal or No Deal was the theme
Every sport as a trade deadline. In recent history, the NFL trade deadline has been relatively quiet. However, the past couple of seasons have seen more and more activity. Tuesday was the trade deadline for the 2017-18 season. Deadlines spur deals. Some of the most talked about deals were deadline deals. There were several deals made before the deadline. Will we talk about any of them making an impact? Let us look at some of the deals and their impact.
Miami Dolphins trade RB Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2018 4th round pick.
Many say that this trade was more of an example. Others, in Miami, see this as Adam Gase wanting to get his players in the game. I see this as the Dolphins possibly giving up on the season. Yes, Kenyan Drake is probably capable of leading the ground game. Additionally, Ajayi was not having a spectacular season. However, what does getting rid of your best RB suggest? We will see how well the Dolphins offense progresses after this trade.
For the Philadelphia Eagles, this adds another weapon to the Carson Wentz arsenal. He already had LeGarrette Blount and Wendell Smallwood. While they were both doing their job, neither was really strong in the passing game. Adding Ajayi to this offense put another weapon in the air attack of the Eagles.
Houston Texans trade LT Duane Brown and a 2018 5th round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for 2018 3rd round pick and 2019 2nd round pick.
The Seattle Seahawks have been pondering for weeks about getting offensive line help. There had many rumors that they were trying to move TE Jimmy Graham in a trade for either Duane Brown or Buffalo Bills LT Cordy Glenn. While Graham was not involved they did get one of the two tackles they were targeting.
This trade changed late yesterday. The original trade included CB Jeremy Lane. However, Lane failed his physical with the Texans and returned to the Seahawks.
This trade helps secure the o-line of the Seahawks. Maybe we will see less of Russell Wilson running for his life. They should also be able to run the ball better. The interesting thing will be if the Seahawks are just renting Brown or will they get him a new contract. Something he was requesting from the Texans.
New England Patriots trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers for a 2018 2nd round pick.
This trade will now stop all the Kirk Cousins to San Francisco trade talk. Many view Garoppolo as a franchise QB waiting in the wings. He now gets his chance to show off his stuff as the full-time starter with the 49ers.
The trade will give, basically, the Patriots two picks in the top 35. You can expect that, with the recent trades of Jacoby Brissett and now Garoppolo, the Patriots should soon looking for the heir to Tom Brady in the 2018 draft. Maybe with this pick.
Carolina Panthers trade WR Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills for a 2018 3rd round and 7th round picks.
This trade came in the final minutes of the day. The two teams sent the papers for the deal to the league at 3:57 pm EST. The deadline was at 4 pm.
This trade takes away Cam Newton’s top target. It also sends a big WR to the Bills who needed a target in the passing game. Panther’s interim GM Marty Hurney is not as keen on bigger WRs. He would rather have speed guys. That is certainly not what Benjamin is all about.
The key to this deal is Bills head coach Sean McDermott is very familiar with Kelvin Benjamin. He was the defensive coordinator for several years prior to becoming the current head coach of the Bills.
The Bills now have outside weapons for Tyrod Taylor. Adding Benjamin along with Jordan Mathews increases the passing game of the Bills and makes them a legit AC East title contender.
The one that got away: The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals agreed to trade for QB AJ McCarron.
Yes, this was going in as a last-minute deal. The two teams agreed to the deal and the Bengals had their paperwork into the league at 3:55 pm. In fact, that is when the fun began. The Cleveland Browns began to celebrate. Did they finally get their franchise QB? McCarron is along the lines of the aforementioned Jimmy Garoppolo.
Unfortunately, the celebration took over and the Browns forgot one thing. Specifically, their side of the paperwork. They did not send their side of the agreement to the league in time and the deal was null. The Cleveland Browns have had such a run of bad luck as a franchise since their return to the NFL. Consequently, this is just another rung in that streak. #HowClevelandofyou.
How will these NFL deals play out for the rest of this season and beyond? Only time will tell.
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