With the week 8 trade deadline approaching for NFL teams tomorrow, The Sideline Report takes a look at the top 5 likely (and unlikely) trades we’d like to see happen before tomorrow’s trade deadline.
5. NYG CB Dominic Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia
The Eagles have quickly become one of the favourites in the NFC during the first half of season 2017, however there are still some deficiencies on this roster, particularly in the secondary. Despite the quality play of late round pick Jalen Mills, DRC would be a welcomed addition to a banged up secondary that has played above themselves lately, particularly in the slot. DRC has proven to be a headache in 2017 for the Giants, with reports of infighting with both team mates and coaching staff. The Giants may be reluctant to trade within the division, but 2017 is a wright-off, do getting what they can for Rodgers-Cromartie would be a good idea going forward.
4. Pittsburgh WR Martavis Bryant to San Francisco
Despite Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin insisting Bryant is not for sale, there is sure to be a WR-needy team somewhere in the league who will offer the Steelers a draft pick they can’t ignore, particularly with the emergence of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster. After acquiring QB Jimmy Garoppalo from the Patriots, imagine what Head Coach Kyle Shanahan could do with what we believe to be a capable QB in Garoppalo and a wideout like Bryant, who is both a burner and a monster in the Red zone. Look out!
3. Detroit TE Eric Ebron to New England
There aren’t too many players more maligned in the NFL than Ebron. Having been plagued by both injuries and drops during his time in Detroit, Ebron looks to have played his last game in the Motor City. The Patriots have built there name on acquiring reclamation projects that have flamed out elsewhere, and parting with a mid to late round pick for a TE with some upside to learn behind one of the great Tight ends in history in Rob Gronkowski wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Others teams such as Denver, Chicago, Carolina and the LA Rams would be suitors.
The Chiefs have built one of the most well-rounded rosters in the league, but there’s still some concerns at the Cornerback position opposite All-pro Marcus Peters. Despite already trading away CB Jeremy Lane (to Houston) and being in the thick of a playoff run, Seattle may be tempted to part ways with their high maintenance CB if the Chiefs offer up somebody like Running back Charcandrick West plus a mid round pick. Sherman feels like a player who could be expendable at seasons end if the Seahawks season ends prematurely, so moving him on for quality compensation may be a wise decision for the Seahawks. As far as the Chiefs are concerned, this move could see them go from a capable defense to an out and out contender in the AFC in a hurry.
1. NYG QB Eli Manning to Jacksonville
Perhaps the most unlikely on this list, though there’s no telling what a trade like this would do for a team that hasn’t had a wining season for what feels like a lifetime. Reuniting Manning and Jacksonville’s Head of Football Operations Tom Coughlan feels like a match made in heaven, and Manning playing behind a much better offensive line, a million times better run game and (arguably) a better defense could catapult this down trodden franchise to not just the AFC South summit, but a real contender to the Patriots and the Steelers of the AFC world. As mentioned above, New York’s season is a right-off, but they wouldn’t let their favourite son go cheaply. Though only having a season or 2 of quality football left in him, the Giants would understandably demand a high price for the 2-time Super Bowl winning QB.
Other names that may be worth keeping an eye on as deadline day approaches:
New Orleans Linebacker Hau’li Kikaha, San Francisco RB Carlos Hyde and Defensive End Aaron Lynch, Washington WR Terrell Pryor, Cincinnati RB Jeremy Hill, Indianapolis CB Vontae Davis, Tennessee WR Eric Decker, Tampa Bay S TJ Ward