NFL Trade Deadline 2013: Five Guys that Should be Traded
The NFL trade deadline is nearly upon us. At 4 PM this afternoon, the deadline will come and go. As we all know, there are rumors floating around about different trades. Normally, it is all fluff and no substance, as normally it’s a trade or two that happens, if any at all.
That being said, here are some guys that I believe should end the day on other teams
Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Fozzy Whittaker (35) celebrates with wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) after scoring a touchdown against Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won the game 23-17. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
JOSH GORDON: Here would be a classic case of selling high. Josh Gordon is the most dynamic player the Browns have right now, including Trent Richardson. He’s only 22 years old, and is only going to get better. In six games, he has recorded 32 receptions for 582 yards and three touchdowns, putting him on a pace for well over 1,000 yards.
The Browns are clearly rebuilding. Brandon Weeden has not yet become what they hoped he would, Brian Hoyer got hurt, so now the reigns have been turned over to the mighty Jason Campbell. I think we can all agree that nobody is building around Jason Campbell. The Browns need a quarterback, and not to build around a wide receiver.
There are offers out there, if you listen to the experts around the dial. The question is whether or not anyone will take a chance on a guy with a lot of potential, but great character issues. They started while he was in school, and he was suspended for the first two games of the current season. If people think he is worth the risk, the high reward potential is there.
Oct 27, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) carries the ball during the third quarter of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The New York Giants won the game 15-7. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
HAKEEM NICKS: Yes, the Giants have won their last two, after starting the season 0-6. Does anyone really think the Giants are back in the playoff race? If they record any more than one loss the rest of the way, they are finished. It happens, the Giants have had a great run, but they are in the midst of a bad season. They’ll be back.
That being said, Hakeem Nicks is in the final year of his contract. When he has been healthy, he has been a consistent, 1,000 yard performer, which Hakeem is on the pace to be in 2013. However, they have already paid Victor Cruz a ton of money. Obviously, Eli makes a big chunk of change. Can the Giants pay two wide receivers big money?
There must be a suitor out there for a 25-year-old wide receiver somewhere?
Sep 22, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt (18) catches a pass against the San Diego Chargers during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
KENNY BRITT: Here is a guy that has fallen out of favor with his team, clearly, and has a pretty decent shot of moving on, if anyone is willing to take him.
Kenny Britt runs a 4.5 forty yard dash, and is only 25 years old. However, he has underperformed for much of his career, brought down by injuries and multiple encounters with the police. The Titans obviously have no intention of using him, as he has only recorded eight catches for 67 yards so far in 2013. In the right scenario, a change of scene, he could become a deadly weapon for a team.
The question with Britt, as it was with Gordon, is will anyone be willing to take him? He is a guy with character issues, and guys like that can bring locker rooms down.
Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA;Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew (32) runs in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Jaguars 35-19. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
MAURICE JONES-DREW: Here is a guy who, if I was a GM that was very close, a running back away, I would make a move on.
Yes, he is 28 years old, which is not the youngest when talking about a running back. But, he has not been a full-time starter for his entire career. MJD didn’t become the full-time starter until 2009. 2009 started a run of three straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons, along with 28 TDs over that period.
His performance has been well down in 2013, barely averaging over three yards per carry. A lot of that, however, can be attributed to the Jaguars only having one guy anyone is afraid of, MJD. Teams are keying on him every week, and until the offense gets better, they will key on MJD.
Someone should pry this guy loose, finally get him somewhere he will have a chance to win something.
Jul 27, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis (83) catches the ball in front of Redskins strong safety Phillip Thomas (41) during 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
FRED DAVIS: Thanks to the play of Jordan Reed at tight end, the Redskins are aggressively trying to move Fred Davis.
If a team brings him in, they will be bringing in an athletic player at 6’4″, 247 pounds. Over a span of three years from 2009-2011, Davis posted 12 touchdowns. He is quick, and a potent target in the red zone. With only three catches in 2013, he is no longer in the Redskins’ plans.