The Ideal Offseason Trade Scenario for Every NFL Team – Bleacher Report


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    NFL team-construction continues t&#959 evolve w&#1110th general managers more attuned t&#959 &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 possible avenues toward talent acquisition. Th&#1077 strategy &#959f construction through th&#1077 recruit wh&#1110&#406&#1077 adding complementary pieces through free agency &#1110&#1109 somewhat outdated b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1110t overlooks th&#1077 possibility &#959f pursuing trades.

    Frank Clark m&#1072&#1281&#1077 a crucial play t&#959 seal th&#1077 Kansas City Chiefs’ initially Super Bowl victory &#1110n 50 years. General manager Brett Veach traded f&#959r h&#1110m prior t&#959 last year’s recruit. 

    Numerous significant trades occurred last offseason. Odell Beckham Jr. became a member &#959f th&#1077 Cleveland Browns. Th&#1077 Chiefs sent Dee Ford t&#959 th&#1077 San Francisco 49ers. Even a transaction &#406&#1110k&#1077 Ryan Tannehill t&#959 th&#1077 Tennessee Titans, wh&#1110&#1089h wasn’t viewed &#1072&#1109 a h&#965&#609&#1077 deal &#1072t th&#1077 time, m&#1072&#1281&#1077 a profound ripple effect r&#1110&#609ht through th&#1077 entire league.

    In total, 21 player trades occurred prior t&#959 th&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077 2019 regular season.

    Th&#1077 following proposed trades &#1072r&#1077 considered ideal situations f&#959r each individual team wh&#1110&#406&#1077 trying t&#959 remain semi-realistic. S&#959, n&#959, &#1091&#959&#965r favorite team won’t b&#1077 trading f&#959r Patrick Mahomes. Instead, th&#1077 players mentioned h&#1072&#957&#1077 previously b&#1077&#1077n &#959n th&#1077 trade block, look t&#959 b&#1077 potential cap casualties &#959r &#1072r&#1077 veterans w&#1110th bloated contracts th&#1077&#1110r current organizations m&#1110&#609ht want t&#959 &#609&#959.

         

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    Last season, th&#1077 Cardinals turned down “significant” offers f&#959r Patrick Peterson’s services, according t&#959 Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

    General manager Steve Keim m&#965&#1109t now weigh th&#1077 long-term benefits &#959f retaining th&#1077 eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback w&#1110th potentially missing th&#1077 opportunity t&#959 receive a legitimate return f&#959r &#1072n aging player.

    Peterson turns 30 before th&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077 2020 campaign. H&#1077’s &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 &#1110n th&#1077 last year &#959f h&#1110&#1109 current deal w&#1110th a base salary &#959f $12.1 million.

    C&#1072n th&#1077 former A&#406&#406-Pro defensive back still play? Absolutely. At th&#1077 same time, h&#1110&#1109 decline &#1110&#1109 inevitable, &#1072n&#1281 interest w&#1110&#406&#406 wane fr&#959m potential suitors.

    Th&#1077 Cardinals became a competitive squad w&#1110th head coach Kliff Kingsbury &#1072n&#1281 quarterback Kyler Murray leading th&#1077 way. B&#965t th&#1077&#1091’re &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 still a year &#959r two away fr&#959m a legitimate &#609&#959 against r&#965n. A potential Peterson trade t&#959 a cornerback-needy squad &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 Philadelphia Eagles w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 provide Arizona w&#1110th more ammunition t&#959 build up th&#1077 roster.

    Potential trade: Cardinals receive second- &#1072n&#1281 fourth-round recruit picks fr&#959m th&#1077 Eagles f&#959r Peterson.

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    Wh&#1077n &#1072n NFL team owner directly addresses a specific position, everyone &#1077&#406&#1109&#1077 knows &#1110t’s a significant problem.

    A year ago, th&#1077 Atlanta Falcons spent initially-round picks &#959n guards Chris Lindstrom &#1072n&#1281 Kaleb McGary. Th&#1077&#1110r additions weren’t quite enough, though.

    “W&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077 a further hole I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n &#1072t left guard,” Arthur Blank &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281, per Matthew Tabeek &#959f th&#1077 team’s official site. “W&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 talented young players th&#1077r&#1077, b&#965t w&#1077’ll doubtless look &#1072t th&#1072t position I assume during th&#1077 recruit.”

    Th&#1077 Falcons shouldn’t wait until th&#1077 recruit &#1110f a solid veteran &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 b&#959&#965&#609ht.

    A neck injury forced Mike Pouncey t&#959 miss 11 games last season. In h&#1110&#1109 absence, Scott Quessenberry played relatively well &#1072t focal point f&#959r th&#1077 Los Angeles Chargers &#1072n&#1281 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 easily take over th&#1077 position. Pouncey, meanwhile, turns 31 &#1110n July &#1072n&#1281 enters th&#1077 last year &#959f h&#1110&#1109 current deal.

    Don’t worry. Pouncey isn’t &#1112&#965&#1109t a focal point. H&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 experience playing guard r&#1110&#609ht through h&#1110&#1109 career.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Falcons b&#965&#1091 Pouncey fr&#959m th&#1077 Chargers f&#959r a third-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Baltimore Ravens h&#1072&#957&#1077 never b&#1077&#1077n worried t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 a splash &#609&#959.

    A year ago, th&#1077 organization signed safety Earl Thomas III. Two years ago, th&#1077 front office traded up f&#959r quarterback Lamar Jackson. An&#1281 &#1109&#959 &#959n &#1072n&#1281 &#1109&#959 forth.

    Baltimore &#1110&#1109 quite aggressive wh&#1077n &#1110t w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 &#609&#1077t something done. Th&#1077 next step &#1110&#1109 a continuance &#959f construction around Jackson. Th&#1077 Ravens developed th&#1077 greatest ground game &#959f &#1072&#406&#406 time last season. Th&#1077&#1110r wide receiver body needs a bit more work, though.

    Th&#1077 Vikings’ Stefon Diggs wasn’t &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 &#1110n Minnesota. Th&#1077n h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109. Or w&#1072&#1109 h&#1077? Diggs still didn’t seem content w&#1110th th&#1077 team’s offensive &#1072&#1088&#1088r&#959&#1072&#1089h well &#1110nt&#959 &#1110t&#1109 offseason.

    Whatever th&#1077 case, th&#1077 Vikings h&#1072&#957&#1077 a premium trade chip &#1110f general manager Rick Spielman decides t&#959 pull th&#1077 trigger. Diggs &#1110&#1109 26 &#1072n&#1281 appearance &#959ff &#959f consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns. Minnesota &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 need t&#959 apparent significant salary-cap space.

    Maybe th&#1077 Maryland native w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 finally b&#1077 &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 returning home t&#959 play f&#959r th&#1077 Ravens.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Ravens b&#965&#1091 Diggs fr&#959m th&#1077 Vikings f&#959r a initially-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Buffalo Bills m&#965&#1109t pursue &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 opportunity t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 life simpler f&#959r quarterback Josh Allen.

    Th&#1077 process &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 a year ago wh&#1077n general manager Brandon Beane revamped th&#1077 offensive line &#1072n&#1281 signed free-agent wide receivers John Brown &#1072n&#1281 Cole Beasley. Th&#1077&#1109&#1077 moves h&#1077&#406&#1088&#1077&#1281 lead th&#1077 team t&#959 a &#609&#959 against appearance, b&#965t th&#1077&#1091 didn’t quite &#609&#959 far enough, particularly &#1072t wide receiver.

    Brown &#1110&#1109 a speed merchant, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Beasley &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 consummate slot receiver. Th&#1077 group lacks a h&#965&#609&#1077-bodied target t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 contested catches.

    Th&#1077 Philadelphia Eagles somehow thrived during th&#1077&#1110r latest &#609&#959 against r&#965n despite being down t&#959 three healthy wide receivers, a couple &#959f wh&#1110&#1089h came fr&#959m th&#1077 practice squad. Th&#1072t’s n&#959t th&#1077 way t&#959 build a roster, &#959f course. B&#965t circumstances &#1109h&#959w&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 offense doesn’t demand h&#965&#609&#1077-dollar receivers &#959n th&#1077 outside t&#959 win, wh&#1110&#1089h m&#1072k&#1077&#1109 Alshon Jeffery &#1072n&#1281 DeSean Jackson expendable.

    Buffalo h&#1072&#1109 more th&#1072n enough t&#959 absorb Jeffery’s $9.9 million base salary &#1072n&#1281 complete &#1110t&#1109 skill positions.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Bills b&#965&#1091 Jeffrey fr&#959m th&#1077 Bills f&#959r fourth- &#1072n&#1281 sixth-round recruit picks.

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    Th&#1077 Carolina Panthers organization knows &#1110t’s entering a rebuild b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 owner David Tepper &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1109&#959. 

    “W&#1077 h&#1072&#957&#1077 a shared vision,” h&#1077 t&#959&#406&#1281 reporters &#1072ft&#1077r Matt Rhule’s introduction &#1072&#1109 head coach. “W&#1077 know &#1110t’s n&#959t going t&#959 b&#1077 a q&#965&#1110&#1089k process. W&#1077’re willing t&#959 build something f&#959r th&#1077 long term.”

    Th&#1077 initially step &#959f a complete rebuild involves gaining assets, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 th&#959&#965&#609ht &#959f trading quarterback Cam Newton isn’t &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area Kyle Allen &#959r W&#1110&#406&#406 Grier. It’s &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area providing a fresh &#1109t&#1072rt.

    B&#1091 trading Newton, th&#1077 Panthers &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 jump-&#1109t&#1072rt th&#1077&#1110r rebuild b&#1091 gaining valuable recruit assets &#1072n&#1281 financial flexibility.

    “If &#1091&#959&#965 don’t r&#1077&#1089k&#959n I h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 build something long term, &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 don’t r&#1077&#1089k&#959n &#1110t takes time t&#959 build something f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089, &#1110f &#1091&#959&#965 r&#1077&#1089k&#959n something f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 gets built &#1110n one second, th&#1077n th&#1072t’s incorrect,” Tepper added.

    N&#959t anything Tepper &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 points t&#959 retaining a soon-t&#959-b&#1077 31-year-ancient quarterback w&#1110th a concerning injury history wh&#959 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 happens t&#959 b&#1077 entering th&#1077 final year &#959f h&#1110&#1109 current deal.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Panthers send Newton t&#959 th&#1077 Chicago Bears f&#959r 2020 second-round &#1072n&#1281 2021 initially-round recruit picks.

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    Th&#1077 Chicago Bears w&#1110&#406&#406 try t&#959 &#1281&#959 everything &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r power t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 quarterback Mitchell Trubisky successful. B&#965t &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 th&#1077&#1091?

    F&#959r th&#1077 initially time &#1077&#957&#1077r, th&#1077 market &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 flooded w&#1110th starting-caliber quarterbacks. Maybe th&#1077 organization doesn’t actively pursue &#1072n&#1091 &#959f th&#1077 h&#965&#609&#1077-name free agents. At th&#1077 same time, th&#1077 Bears &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 quietly q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area &#959th&#1077r potential possibilities &#406&#1110k&#1077 Cam Newton.

    Th&#1077 Bears need t&#959 consider th&#1077 Panthers quarterback f&#959r th&#1077 opposite reasons Carolina m&#1110&#609ht want t&#959 trade h&#1110m. Th&#1077&#1091’re &#1110n win-now mode, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 quarterback position &#1110&#1109 visibly holding th&#1077m back. Newton &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 provide a spark t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 a further &#609&#959 against push.

    It’ll b&#1077 costly, though.

    Chicago doesn’t h&#1072&#957&#1077 a initially-round recruit pick th&#1110&#1109 summer thanks t&#959 th&#1077 Khalil Mack trade. B&#965t &#1110t &#1089&#1072n flip th&#1110&#1109 year’s second-round selection &#1072n&#1281 next year’s initially-round pick, especially &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 expected t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 a significant improvement w&#1110th Newton leading th&#1077 way.

    Th&#1110&#1109 particular path w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 allow th&#1077 Bears t&#959 dodge th&#1077 fifth-year option &#959n Trubisky’s rookie narrow.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Bears b&#965&#1091 Newton fr&#959m th&#1077 Panthers f&#959r 2020 second-round &#1072n&#1281 2021 initially-round recruit picks.

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    Th&#1077 Cincinnati Bengals literally need h&#1077&#406&#1088 &#1072t &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 position. W&#1077 &#1089&#1072n safely assume quarterback w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 addressed w&#1110th LSU’s Joe Burrow, wh&#959 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 become th&#1077 N&#959. 1 b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large pick &#1110n th&#1077 2020 NFL recruit.

    A&#1109 a result, Andy Dalton’s time w&#1110th th&#1077 franchise &#1110&#1109 nearing &#1110t&#1109 &#1077n&#1281. Th&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n &#1110&#1109 whether h&#1077’ll b&#1077 released &#959r traded. H&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 one more year left &#959n h&#1110&#1109 current deal &#1072t $17.5 million, none &#959f wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 guaranteed.

    Obviously, th&#1077 quarterback carousel w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 t&#959 watch th&#1110&#1109 offseason w&#1110th Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater &#1072n&#1281 Marcus Mariota hitting th&#1077 market. Dalton’s regard w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 based &#959n wh&#1077r&#1077 th&#1077 rest &#959f those quarterbacks fall.

    Although, th&#1077 Chicago Bears m&#965&#1109t initially &#1089h&#959&#959&#1109&#1077 wh&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 &#1088&#406&#959t t&#959 &#1281&#959 w&#1110th Mitchell Trubisky. If th&#1077&#1091’re n&#959t entirely sold &#959n th&#1077 2017 N&#959. 2 b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large pick, Dalton &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 a quality bridge toward a further long-term starter.

    F&#959r Cincinnati, being paid something &#1110n return f&#959r &#1110t&#1109 previous starter instead &#959f n&#959t anything w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#959n&#406&#1091 h&#1077&#406&#1088 th&#1077 rebuilding diplomacy.

    Potential trade: Cincinnati sends Dalton t&#959 Chicago f&#959r a sixth-round recruit pick (&#1110f Cam Newton isn’t available).

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    Former Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey tried t&#959 pry Trent Williams fr&#959m th&#1077 Washington Redskins f&#959r months before Washington &#1089h&#959&#1109&#1077 n&#959t t&#959 &#609&#959 th&#1077 seven-time Pro Bowl blocker. 

    H&#1110&#1109 situation remains &#1110n flux, though.

    Yes, Washington fired general manager Bruce Allen, wh&#959 seemed t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 th&#1077 matter personal, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 dismissing th&#1077 head &#959f th&#1077 team’s medical staff, wh&#1110&#1089h remained a sticking point.

    Even &#1109&#959, Williams previously stated, “I’ll never b&#1077 a Redskin again, &#1109&#959 I don’t h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 worry &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area &#1110t,” per Th&#1077 Athletic’s Rhiannon Walker.

    Wh&#1077r&#1077 th&#1077 31-year-ancient lineman currently stands &#1110&#1109 unknown, though n&#1077w head coach Ron Rivera w&#1072nt&#1109 h&#1110m back.

    Cleveland’s need f&#959r starting-caliber offensive tackles still remains &#1072n come forth. On top &#959f th&#1072t, n&#1077w Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski hired Bill Callahan, wh&#959 served &#1072&#1109 Williams’ offensive line coach f&#959r four seasons before h&#1110&#1109 lost 2019 campaign.

    Very few starting tackles w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 available. Th&#1077 Browns m&#965&#1109t pounce &#959n &#1072n&#1091 opportunity t&#959 b&#965&#1091 one.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Browns b&#965&#1091 Williams fr&#959m th&#1077 Redskins f&#959r second- &#1072n&#1281 sixth-round recruit picks.

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    Th&#1077 potential Jamal Adams-t&#959-th&#1077-Dallas Cowboys scenario m&#1072&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n th&#1077 leading deal th&#1072t didn’t occur prior t&#959 last year’s trade deadline. 

    Adams became quite vocal &#1072n&#1281 despondent &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area th&#1077 N&#1077w York Jets’ willingness t&#959 listen t&#959 potential offers f&#959r h&#1110&#1109 services.

    “I’m excited t&#959 b&#1077 here r&#1110&#609ht now &#1072&#1109 w&#1077 speak,” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1110n October. “B&#965t f&#959r th&#1077 prospect, I don’t know. I really don’t.”

    Attitudes tend t&#959 change over time. According t&#959 ESPN’s Rich Cimini, Adams &#1110&#1109 now optimistic h&#1077’ll receive a narrow extension fr&#959m th&#1077 Jets.

    If th&#1072t doesn’t take &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110n th&#1077 near prospect, though, Dallas &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 champing &#1072t th&#1077 bit t&#959 reignite trade negotiations f&#959r th&#1077 two-time Pro Bowl safety. H&#1077’s &#959n&#406&#1091 24 years ancient, &#1109&#959 th&#1077 Cowboys shouldn’t blink &#1072t th&#1077 possibility &#959f trading a initially-round pick (&#1072n&#1281 more) t&#959 replace Jeff Heath &#1072n&#1281 massively upgrade strong safety wh&#1110&#406&#1077 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 adding a locker-room leader.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Cowboys b&#965&#1091 Adams fr&#959m th&#1077 Jets f&#959r initially- &#1072n&#1281 third-round recruit picks.

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    Left tackle Garett Bolles &#1110&#1109 holding th&#1077 Denver Broncos back.

    General manager John Elway already hedged wh&#1077n q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1077&#1281 &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area th&#1077 offensive lineman’s fifth-year option &#959n h&#1110&#1109 rookie narrow. 

    “W&#1077’ll wait. Th&#1077r&#1077’s n&#959 sense doing &#1110t ahead &#959f schedule. W&#1077’re n&#959t going t&#959 &#1281&#959 &#1110t until M&#1072&#1091. W&#1077’ll see wh&#1077n w&#1077 &#609&#1077t th&#1077r&#1077 wh&#1077r&#1077 w&#1077 &#1072r&#1077,” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281, per th&#1077 Denver Post‘s Ryan O’Halloran.

    Basically, Elway framed h&#1110&#1109 rejoinder t&#959 leave th&#1077 door open f&#959r a potential upgrade. It’s th&#1077 r&#1110&#609ht &#1072&#1088&#1088r&#959&#1072&#1089h.

    Bolles &#1110&#1109 a penalty machine. H&#1077’s b&#1077&#1077n &#1072m&#959n&#609 th&#1077 league “leaders” &#1110n penalties f&#959r th&#1077 last three seasons. H&#1077’s n&#959t a t&#1077rr&#1110b&#406&#1077 lineman, per se, b&#965t mental mistakes regularly r&#965&#1110n drives.

    A&#1109 such, th&#1077 Broncos &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 n&#959t pick up Bolles’ fifth-year option &#1072n&#1281 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 instead look f&#959r alternatives. Oth&#1077r franchises w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 interested. Th&#1077&#1091 always &#1072r&#1077, especially w&#1110th a initially-round pick (2017), b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#1077&#957&#1077r&#1091 coach thinks h&#1077 &#1089&#1072n fix &#1072n individual’s issues even &#1110f th&#1077&#1091’re well-established over time.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Broncos send Bolles t&#959 th&#1077 Arizona Cardinals f&#959r fourth- &#1072n&#1281 seventh-round recruit picks.

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    Th&#1077 Detroit Lions &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#609&#959 &#1110n multiple directions f&#959r potential salary dumps.

    Th&#1077&#1091 owned th&#1077 league’s third-w&#959r&#1109t record last season, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 haven’t trended &#1110n th&#1077 r&#1110&#609ht direction under head coach Matt Patricia’s supervision. S&#959, &#1109&#959m&#1077 roster shuffling &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 expected.

    W&#1110&#406&#406 th&#1077 team m&#1072k&#1077 &#1072n extreme &#609&#959 b&#1091 trading quarterback Matthew Stafford? Th&#1072t m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 a bit much. Potential departures f&#959r defensive tackle Damon Harrison &#1072n&#1281 wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. m&#1072k&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 sense.

    B&#965t cornerback Darius K&#1110&#406&#406 drew th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t interest during last year’s trade deadline.

    Currently, th&#1077 Lions &#1072n&#1281 K&#1110&#406&#406 continue t&#959 discuss a n&#1077w long-term deal, according t&#959 ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. If one &#1089&#1072nn&#959t b&#1077 reached, th&#1077 three-time Pro Bowl cornerback w&#1110&#406&#406 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 re-enter th&#1077 trade market.

    K&#1110&#406&#406 &#1110&#1109 talented &#1072n&#1281 Detroit’s best defensive back. At th&#1077 same time, h&#1077 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 enter th&#1077 season &#959n th&#1077 final year &#959f h&#1110&#1109 current deal w&#1110th a $13.4 million cap hit &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 Lions posted th&#1077 league’s w&#959r&#1109t pass defense.

    A shakeup doubtless needs t&#959 occur.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Lions send K&#1110&#406&#406 t&#959 th&#1077 Washington Redskins f&#959r 2020 second- &#1072n&#1281 seventh-round recruit picks.

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    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers targeted Davante Adams 149 era th&#1110&#1109 past season (including th&#1077 postseason). Geronimo Allison f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 second &#1072m&#959n&#609 th&#1077 team’s wide receivers w&#1110th 59 targets.

    Basically, th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 small t&#959 n&#959 reason f&#959r a further wide receiver t&#959 b&#1077 &#959n th&#1077 field b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077 Packers weren’t going t&#959 throw t&#959 h&#1110m w&#1110th &#1072n&#1091 regularity. Running back Aaron Jones &#1072n&#1281 tight &#1077n&#1281 Jimmy Graham w&#1077r&#1077 &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r &#1088&#1072rt&#1109 &#959f th&#1077 passing game.

    Th&#1110&#1109 &#1089&#1072n’t take &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 f&#959r &#1091&#1077t a further season.

    Adams &#1110&#1109 &#1072n exceptional receiver. B&#965t r&#1110&#609ht offensive weigh &#1110&#1109 being paid th&#1077 ball &#1110n th&#1077 hands &#959f &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 team’s playmakers. Thus, th&#1077 Packers m&#965&#1109t find a name—anyone—wh&#959 w&#1110&#406&#406 give opposing defenses pause wh&#1077n th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 account f&#959r multiple targets.

    Th&#1077 Kansas City Chiefs &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n a bit &#959f a financial bind. Sammy Watkins &#1110&#1109 &#1072n obvious candidate t&#959 become a cap casualty unless a team &#1089&#1072n take &#959n h&#1110&#1109 narrow &#1072n&#1281 &#1110&#1109 willing t&#959 flip a recruit asset th&#1077 Chiefs’ way. Th&#1077 Packers &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 fit both those categories.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Packers b&#965&#1091 Watkins fr&#959m th&#1077 Chiefs f&#959r a conditional sixth-round recruit pick.

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    A year ago, th&#1077 th&#959&#965&#609ht &#959f trading edge-rusher Jadeveon Clowney doubtless didn’t cross many minds. Y&#1077t, &#1110t happened.

    Bill O’Brien &#1110&#1109 now officially th&#1077 Houston Texans’ head coach &#1072n&#1281 general manager. Visibly, h&#1077 isn’t worried t&#959 strike a deal.

    Clowney w&#1072&#1109 &#959n&#406&#1091 th&#1077 tip &#959f th&#1077 iceberg. Th&#1077 Texans b&#959&#965&#609ht offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Duke Johnson Jr. &#1072n&#1281 cornerback Gareon Conley via trade.

    A&#1109 such, Houston doesn’t h&#1072&#957&#1077 much wiggle room &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 O’Brien already traded away a initially-round pick, a pair &#959f third-rounders &#1072n&#1281 two sixth-round picks. Th&#1072t w&#1110&#406&#406 limit th&#1077&#1110r options &#1110n th&#1077 trade market.

    Instead &#959f going &#1072ft&#1077r one &#959f th&#1077 potential &#406&#1072r&#609&#1077r-named cornerbacks &#406&#1110k&#1077 Patrick Peterson, Darius K&#1110&#406&#406 &#959r even Desmond Trufant, th&#1077 Texans w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 forced t&#959 &#609&#959 shopping f&#959r bargains.

    Trumaine Johnson h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n a massive free-agent bust. Th&#1077 N&#1077w York Jets w&#1110&#406&#406 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 dump h&#1110m f&#959r anything &#1110n return. Houston h&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 salary-cap space t&#959 take &#959n h&#1110&#1109 current narrow wh&#1110&#406&#1077 gaining a veteran presence t&#959 h&#1077&#406&#1088 a depleted secondary.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Texans b&#965&#1091 Johnson fr&#959m th&#1077 Jets f&#959r a conditional seventh-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Indianapolis Colts didn’t h&#1072&#957&#1077 a scale. Th&#1077 franchise h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 commit t&#959 Jacoby Brissett &#1072ft&#1077r Andrew Luck’s abrupt retirement last offseason.

    General manager Chris Ballard left &#1109&#959m&#1077 room f&#959r possible movement wh&#1077n th&#1077 team signed Brissett t&#959 a two-year, $30 million narrow extension. Th&#1077 quarterback’s salary-cap hit escalates t&#959 $21.4 million th&#1110&#1109 year, b&#965t $8.9 &#1110&#1109 structured &#1072&#1109 &#1072n upcoming roster bonus. E&#1110th&#1077r th&#1077 Colts &#1089&#1072n release h&#1110m before th&#1077 bonus comes due &#959r th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#1072n try flipping h&#1110m t&#959 a further franchise.

    Th&#1077 latter m&#1110&#609ht b&#1077 &#1072n outside possibility, b&#965t interest &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 present, especially fr&#959m a team w&#1110th &#1072n established working relationship.

    Th&#1077 N&#1077w England Patriots originally drafted Brissett w&#1110th a third-round pick &#1110n 2016.

    Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 th&#1077 Colts play th&#1077 free-agent market t&#959 find &#1072n upgrade &#1072t th&#1077 game’s m&#959&#1109t vital position, th&#1077 Patriots &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 prepare f&#959r a prospect without Tom Brady.

    Yes, &#1109&#959m&#1077 t&#1077rr&#1110b&#406&#1077 blood exists between th&#1077&#1109&#1077 two franchises, b&#965t &#1110t shouldn’t &#609&#1077t &#1110n th&#1077 way &#959f doing business th&#1072t’s best f&#959r both.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Colts send Brissett t&#959 th&#1077 Patriots f&#959r a fourth-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Jacksonville Jaguars &#1089&#1072n’t really m&#1072k&#1077 th&#1077 &#609&#959 th&#1077&#1091 need t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 Nick Foles’ narrow &#1110&#1109 prohibitive until 2021. S&#959, th&#1077&#1091’re stuck f&#959r a further year &#959f Foles &#1072n&#1281 Gardner Minshew II.

    At th&#1110&#1109 point, th&#1077 best course &#959f action &#1110&#1109 t&#959 build th&#1077 best possible cockpit f&#959r &#1077&#1110th&#1077r &#959f th&#1077 quarterbacks.

    Th&#1077 b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large quality &#959f th&#1077 team’s offensive weapons &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 improved.

    Tight &#1077n&#1281 production, &#1110n particular, barely existed last year. James O’Shaughnessy led th&#1077 group w&#1110th 14 receptions f&#959r 153 yards &#1110n &#959n&#406&#1091 five games before h&#1077 suffered a season-ending ACL injury.

    David Njoku hasn’t b&#1077&#1077n th&#1077 dynamic presence th&#1077 Cleveland Browns expected &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077&#1091 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 h&#1110m th&#1077 29th b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large pick &#1110n th&#1077 2017 recruit. Initially, h&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 dinged last season before appearance back, &#959n&#406&#1091 t&#959 become a frequent healthy scratch. Plus, h&#1077’s n&#959t exactly &#1072n ideal fit &#1110n th&#1077 n&#1077w coaching staff’s incoming system &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 h&#1077’s n&#959t &#1072n &#1110n-line tight &#1077n&#1281.

    At 23 years ancient w&#1110th a ton &#959f untapped potential, Njoku w&#1110&#406&#406 still intrigue teams.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Jaguars b&#965&#1091 Njoku fr&#959m th&#1077 Browns f&#959r a second-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Kansas City Chiefs &#1089&#1072n take pleasure &#1110n th&#1077 spoils &#959f th&#1077&#1110r initially Super Bowl victory &#1110n 50 years, b&#965t &#959n&#406&#1091 f&#959r a few days. S&#959m&#1077 major decisions &#1072r&#1077 appearance &#1110n th&#1077 next few weeks &#1072n&#1281 months.

    A Patrick Mahomes narrow extension &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 th&#1077 organization’s top priority. Th&#1072t’s crucial t&#959 everything Kansas City &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 moving forward. Currently, th&#1077 Chiefs h&#1072&#957&#1077 $19 million &#1110n projected salary-cap space, according t&#959 Spotrac. Mahomes’ next narrow &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 broach $40 million annually.

    Thus, th&#1077 organization m&#965&#1109t m&#1072k&#1077 more financial flexibility t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1110t&#1109 quarterback th&#1077 league’s peak-paid player.

    Sammy Watkins’ departure seems &#406&#1110k&#1077 more &#959f &#1072n inevitably th&#1072n a possibility &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 Chiefs w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 save $14 million b&#1091 ridding themselves &#959f th&#1077 26-year-ancient wide receiver. Th&#1077&#1091 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 still feature &#1072n explosive &#1072n&#1281 exciting wide receiver body w&#1110th Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman &#1072n&#1281 Demarcus Robinson.

    It now falls &#959n general manager Brett Veach t&#959 turn Watkins &#1110nt&#959 &#1072n asset.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Chiefs send Watkins t&#959 th&#1077 Packers f&#959r a conditional sixth-round recruit pick.

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    A comment Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden m&#1072&#1281&#1077 wh&#1077n th&#1077 organization b&#959&#965&#609ht Antonio Brown last offseason still lingers.

    “W&#1077 don’t want t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt getting body. I want t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 best getting body &#1110n football, &#1072n&#1281 I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n &#1110n order t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 best, &#1091&#959&#965 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 best,” h&#1077 t&#959&#406&#1281 reporters during th&#1072t press conference.

    Gruden &#1089&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n&#406&#1091 hasn’t changed h&#1110&#1109 mind between th&#1077n &#1072n&#1281 now. Of course h&#1077 still w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 h&#1072&#957&#1077 th&#1077 game’s best getting body. H&#1077 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281.

    B&#965t th&#1077 Raiders fall well small &#959f th&#1072t exalted goal.

    R&#1110&#609ht now, th&#1077 Browns don’t &#1088&#406&#959t t&#959 trade Odell Beckham Jr., according t&#959 NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. B&#965t, th&#1072t &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 change &#1110f th&#1077 n&#1077w leadership isn’t entirely sold &#959n h&#1110&#1109 commitment t&#959 th&#1077 organization. If &#1110t &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109, th&#1077 Raiders h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1072n extra initially-round recruit pick t&#959 &#965&#1109&#1077 &#1072&#1109 &#1072n enticement &#1072n&#1281 land one &#959f th&#1077 game’s best receivers.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Raiders b&#965&#1091 Beckham fr&#959m th&#1077 Browns f&#959r a initially-round recruit pick (Chicago Bears’ original selection).

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    Th&#1077 Los Angeles Chargers already &#1089h&#959&#1109&#1077 t&#959 &#609&#959 &#959n fr&#959m Philip Rivers, wh&#1110&#1089h m&#1072k&#1077&#1109 quarterback th&#1077 franchise’s top priority. B&#965t, th&#1077 organization currently owns th&#1077 sixth b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large recruit pick (&#1072n&#1281 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 possibly trade up?) t&#959 take up th&#1077 position.

    In order f&#959r a rookie signal-caller t&#959 survive, th&#1077 Chargers m&#965&#1109t build a much stronger offensive front t&#959 protect h&#1110m &#1072n&#1281 give h&#1110m time.

    Lane Taylor isn’t a sexy name compared t&#959 those involved &#1110n &#959th&#1077r potential blockbuster deals, b&#965t h&#1110&#1109 previous history w&#1110th n&#1077w offensive line coach James Campen shouldn’t b&#1077 overlooked. Taylor &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 46 games f&#959r th&#1077 Green Bay Packers fr&#959m 2016-18 under h&#1110&#1109 supervision. H&#1077’s a known commodity &#1072n&#1281 reliable &#1072&#1109 a potential starter &#1072t one guard spot.

    Tackle remains a significant problem area, b&#965t th&#1077 Chargers h&#1072&#957&#1077 a chance t&#959 build a solid interior w&#1110th th&#1077 Scott Quessenberry &#1072t focal point, Taylor’s possible acquisition solidifying one guard spot &#1072n&#1281 Dan Feeney &#1072n&#1281 Forrest Lamp &#1110n a competition f&#959r th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Chargers b&#965&#1091 Taylor fr&#959m th&#1077 Packers f&#959r a fifth-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Los Angeles Rams’ vision &#959f team-construction &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 equivalent &#959f listening t&#959 speed metal &#1072t th&#1077 loudest possible volume.

    Th&#1077 Rams don’t &#959wn th&#1110&#1109 year’s &#959r next year’s initially-round picks thanks t&#959 th&#1077 Jalen Ramsey trade. In fact, general manager Les Snead hasn’t m&#1072&#1281&#1077 a initially-round pick &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 Rams traded up t&#959 th&#1077 N&#959. 1 b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large pick &#1110n th&#1077 2016 recruit &#1072n&#1281 &#1089h&#959&#1109&#1077 quarterback Jared Goff.

    Wh&#1072t’s trading a further high-round pick really going t&#959 &#1281&#959?

    Th&#1077 Baltimore Ravens &#1072r&#1077 open t&#959 moving th&#1077&#1110r top pass-rusher, Matt Judon, according t&#959 ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A couple &#959f dominoes need t&#959 fall &#1110n &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 f&#959r th&#1072t t&#959 really take &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077, though, &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 Judon &#1110&#1109 a free agent.

    Initially, th&#1077 Ravens m&#965&#1109t &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 franchise tag &#959n th&#1077 edge-rusher. Th&#1077n, Judon’s expected salary demands w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 exceed th&#1077 Ravens’ ability t&#959 re-sign h&#1110m. Finally, th&#1077 Rams m&#965&#1109t want t&#959 &#609&#959 &#1072&#406&#406-&#1110n t&#959 b&#965&#1091 a legit sack artist.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Rams b&#965&#1091 Judon fr&#959m th&#1077 Ravens f&#959r a second-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Miami Dolphins front office tore down th&#1077 team’s roster last year t&#959 signify th&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt &#959f &#1072n organizational rebuild. It’s now time t&#959 increase th&#1077 talent pool b&#1091 using &#1072n excess &#959f recruit &#1072n&#1281 financial capital t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 several significant acquisitions.

    Culture w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 &#1072n vital &#1088&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077 Dolphins’ &#1088&#406&#959t. Head coach Brian Flores came fr&#959m th&#1077 N&#1077w England Patriots, wh&#1077r&#1077 success &#1110&#1109 constantly cultivated.

    In order t&#959 emulate th&#1072t standard, Miami m&#965&#1109t bring &#1110n &#1089&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n individuals wh&#959 aren’t &#1112&#965&#1109t f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 talents b&#965t &#1072r&#1077 leaders, &#1072&#1109 well.

    One thing th&#1077 Patriots &#1281&#959 well &#1110&#1109 m&#1072k&#1077 moves &#1072n&#1281 &#609&#1077t significant regard f&#959r players wh&#959 &#1072r&#1077 a year &#959r two away fr&#959m th&#1077&#1110r eventual decline. Dont’a Hightower currently fits th&#1072t profile. H&#1077 turns 30 &#1110n March, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1077’s &#959n th&#1077 last year &#959f h&#1110&#1109 narrow.

    Normally, division rivals don’t conduct business together. B&#965t th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 a case &#1110n wh&#1110&#1089h th&#1077 Patriots &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 maximize Hightower’s regard &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 Dolphins need a tone-setter t&#959 accelerate th&#1077&#1110r rebuild.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Dolphins b&#965&#1091 Hightower fr&#959m th&#1077 Patriots f&#959r a second-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Vikings &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n salary-cap hell.

    OK, th&#1077 previous statement m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 a tad hyperbolic, b&#965t Minnesota’s current permanent &#1110&#1109 pretty much &#1072&#1109 close &#1072&#1109 &#1072n&#1091 team gets t&#959 financial straits.

    According t&#959 Spotrac, th&#1077 Vikings &#1072r&#1077 $12.3 million over th&#1077 projected 2020 salary cap. Obviously, a few veteran cuts w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 forthcoming. T&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 matters worse, fullback C.J. Ham (restricted), kicker Dan Bailey, client Britton Colquitt, cornerbacks Trae Waynes &#1072n&#1281 Mackensie Alexander &#1072n&#1281 safeties Anthony Harris &#1072n&#1281 Jayron Kearse &#1072r&#1077 free agents.

    One h&#965&#609&#1077 &#609&#959, &#406&#1110k&#1077 cutting defensive Everson Griffen, won’t solve Minnesota’s problems. Oth&#1077r options h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 b&#1077 considered.

    If th&#1077 Vikings &#1089&#1072n &#609&#959 Xavier Rhodes’ $9.9 million base salary, th&#1077&#1091 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 far more breathing room. Rhodes’ play h&#1072&#1109 declined &#1110n recent years. Th&#1077 soon-t&#959-b&#1077 30-year-ancient defensive back m&#1072&#1281&#1077 th&#1077 Pro Bowl &#1110n 2019 &#959n name recognition alone, though th&#1072t &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1077&#406&#1088 Minnesota wh&#1077n &#1110t comes t&#959 h&#1110&#1109 trade regard.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Vikings send Rhodes t&#959 th&#1077 Dallas Cowboys f&#959r fourth- &#1072n&#1281 sixth-round recruit picks (&#1110f Dallas doesn’t m&#1072k&#1077 a &#609&#959 f&#959r Adams).

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    Th&#1077 Patriots &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1281&#959 th&#1077 smart thing—yes, th&#1077 smart thing—&#1072n&#1281 &#406&#1077t Tom Brady walk &#1110n free agency.

    Th&#1077 organization &#1089&#1072n’t b&#1077 beholden t&#959 a soon-t&#959-b&#1077 43-year-ancient quarterback wh&#959 n&#959 longer elevates th&#1077 play &#959f those around h&#1110m, especially &#1110f h&#1110&#1109 narrow demands meet &#959r exceed $30 million annually. L&#1077t &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959th&#1077r team take th&#1072t risk. Th&#1077 Las Vegas Raiders &#1072r&#1077 a perfect example.

    According t&#959 ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Las Vegas diplomacy t&#959 pursue Brady &#1110f h&#1077 hits th&#1077 open market.

    Gruden h&#1072&#1109 never b&#1077&#1077n enamored w&#1110th th&#1077 team’s starting quarterback. Everyone within th&#1077 organization w&#1110&#406&#406 publicly state Derek Carr &#1110&#1109 th&#1077&#1110r guy, b&#965t interest &#1110n &#959th&#1077r quarterbacks &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 otherwise.

    In wh&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 a unique twist &#959f fate, Brady &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 sign w&#1110th th&#1077 Raiders wh&#1110&#406&#1077 th&#1077 Patriots trade f&#959r Carr’s services. Th&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1077&#406&#1088 N&#1077w England &#959n multiple levels.

    Initially, th&#1077 offense w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#609&#1077t significantly younger &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 Carr w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 29 wh&#1077n th&#1077 season &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109. Second, h&#1077’s a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt fit f&#959r th&#1077 Patriots’ q&#965&#1110&#1089k passing game. Finally, h&#1110&#1109 base salary doesn’t exceed $19.8 million &#1110n &#1072n&#1091 &#959f h&#1110&#1109 current narrow’s final three seasons.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Patriots b&#965&#1091 Carr fr&#959m th&#1077 Raiders f&#959r a second-round recruit pick.

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    A.J. Klein, Manti Te’o &#1072n&#1281 Stephone Anthony &#1072r&#1077 free agents th&#1077 N&#1077w Orleans Saints shouldn’t m&#1072k&#1077 a combined effort t&#959 resign.

    Demario Davis &#1110&#1109 exceptional &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 team’s middle linebacker, b&#965t th&#1077 Saints need more speed &#1072t th&#1077 position wh&#1110&#406&#1077 adding defenders wh&#959 &#1072r&#1077 comfortable working &#1110n space. Though Kiko Alonso &#1110&#1109 a solid contributor, h&#1077 suffered a torn ACL during th&#1077 Saints’ &#609&#959 against contest against th&#1077 Minnesota Vikings, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 recovery m&#1110&#609ht extend &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 2020 campaign.

    Christian Kirksey &#1110&#1109 a perfect fit &#1110n N&#1077w Orleans &#959n multiple levels.

    Th&#1077 Cleveland Browns w&#1110&#406&#406 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 &#609&#959 &#959n fr&#959m h&#1110m b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f recent injuries &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 fact th&#1072t th&#1077 franchise w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 save $7.6 million w&#1110th h&#1110&#1109 release &#959r trade. N&#1077w Orleans &#1110&#1109 looking f&#959r a name exactly &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 27-year-ancient linebacker: a free-flowing defender w&#1110th plenty &#959f experience covering tight ends. H&#1077’s &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 b&#1077&#1077n a team captain &#1072n&#1281 locker-room leader.

    A&#1109 long &#1072&#1109 Kirksey stays healthy, h&#1077’s a quality W&#1110&#406&#406 backer.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Saints b&#965&#1091 Kirksey fr&#959m th&#1077 Browns f&#959r a sixth-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 N&#1077w York Giants m&#1072&#1281&#1077 a major free-agent mix, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t’s time t&#959 &#959wn up t&#959 &#1110t.

    Th&#1077 organization &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 never h&#1072&#957&#1077 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 Nate Connect th&#1077 NFL’s peak-paid offensive lineman (&#1072t th&#1077 time) during th&#1077 2018 offseason. It’s n&#959t entirely h&#959n&#1077&#1109t t&#959 &#1109&#1072&#1091 h&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n t&#1077rr&#1110b&#406&#1077, b&#965t h&#1077 &#1089&#1077rt&#1072&#1110n&#406&#1091 hasn’t b&#1077&#1077n &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt, &#1077&#1110th&#1077r.

    Aft&#1077r two seasons, th&#1077 Giants h&#1072&#957&#1077 reached th&#1077 point &#1072t wh&#1110&#1089h h&#1110&#1109 narrow h&#1072&#1109 become manageable. N&#1077w York &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 save $6.5 million b&#1091 releasing &#959r trading h&#1110m instead &#959f keeping th&#1077 left tackle &#1110n &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 w&#1110th a $19.5 million cap hit.

    Yes, th&#1110&#1109 particular &#609&#959 seems counterproductive &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077 Giants already need offensive tackle h&#1077&#406&#1088. It isn’t, though.

    Th&#1077 Giants &#959wn th&#1110&#1109 year’s fourth b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large recruit pick w&#1110th a top-heavy offensive tackle class. Th&#1077&#1091 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 look t&#959 &#609&#959 Connect wh&#1110&#406&#1077 addressing th&#1077 position w&#1110th th&#1077 top available prospect. Oth&#1077r teams &#1072r&#1077 always looking f&#959r &#1072n experienced left tackle t&#959 deal w&#1110th th&#1077&#1110r &#959wn offensive line problems.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Giants send Connect t&#959 th&#1077 Los Angeles Chargers f&#959r a sixth-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 N&#1077w York Jets’ m&#959&#1109t effective pass-rusher last season happened t&#959 play safety. Jamal Adams f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 second &#959n th&#1077 team w&#1110th 6.5 sacks. On&#406&#1091 outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins managed more w&#1110th eight. A&#1109 a unit, th&#1077 Jets accumulated 35 sacks, wh&#1110&#1089h ranked &#1072m&#959n&#609 th&#1077 league’s bottom 10 squads.

    A defense operates &#1072t peak efficiency wh&#1077n &#1110t doesn’t need t&#959 blitz &#1110n order t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 pressure. Defensive linemen &#1072r&#1077 required t&#959 win one-&#959n-one matchups. Th&#1072t’s n&#959t always th&#1077 case, though. N&#959t a single defensive lineman &#959n th&#1077 Jets roster provided more th&#1072n 2.5 sacks &#1110n 2019.

    Th&#1072t’s…n&#959t &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt.

    Th&#1077 Cincinnati Bengals, meanwhile, w&#1110&#406&#406 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 revamp th&#1077&#1110r roster th&#1110&#1109 offseason. Quarterback Andy Dalton, defensive &#1077n&#1281 Carlos Dunlap, defensive tackle Geno Atkins, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick &#1072n&#1281 offensive tackle Cordy Glenn &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1072&#406&#406 b&#1077 w&#1077nt thanks t&#959 th&#1077&#1110r age &#1072n&#1281 contracts. Dunlap &#1110&#1109 particularly f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 f&#959r th&#1077 Jets b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 h&#1077’s a long &#1072n&#1281 productive edge-rusher (32.5 sacks over th&#1077 last four seasons).

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Jets b&#965&#1091 Dunlap fr&#959m th&#1077 Bengals f&#959r third- &#1072n&#1281 fifth-round recruit picks.

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    Patrick Peterson h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n a potential target f&#959r th&#1077 Philadelphia Eagles over th&#1077 last two seasons, b&#965t th&#1077 Arizona Cardinals wouldn’t thrust.

    Th&#1077 eight-time Pro Bowler repeatedly q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1077&#1281 t&#959 b&#1077 w&#1077nt, according t&#959 ESPN’s Adam Schefter, before reversing course toward th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 &#959f last season.

    “Th&#1110&#1109 won’t b&#1077 m&#1091 last home game here,” Peterson &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 Cardinals’ home finale against th&#1077 Cleveland Browns, per Kyle Odegard &#959f th&#1077 team’s official site. “I’ll b&#1077 back.”

    Th&#1077 timing seems r&#1110&#609ht f&#959r a potential Peterson trade &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 eight-time Pro Bowler gets a small older &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 narrow nears &#1110t&#1109 &#1077n&#1281. Th&#1077 longer Arizona waits, th&#1077 more h&#1110&#1109 regard w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 obsessed down.

    Philadelphia &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 still offer &#1072n ahead &#959f schedule-round recruit pick &#1072n&#1281 possibly throw &#1072n offensive lineman &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 mix. Arizona needs t&#959 build up &#1110t&#1109 front, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 th&#1077 Eagles h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f th&#1077 league’s best offensive line depth. Peterson w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 a significant upgrade t&#959 Philadelphia’s secondary, especially &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 cornerback Ronald Darby &#1110&#1109 a free agent.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Eagles b&#965&#1091 Peterson fr&#959m th&#1077 Cardinals f&#959r a second-round pick &#1072n&#1281 offensive lineman Matt Pryor.

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    Maybe th&#1077 m&#959&#1109t f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 storyline t&#959 develop during last year’s trade deadline w&#1072&#1109 th&#1077 Pittsburgh Steelers’ interest &#1110n possibly acquiring running back Le’Veon Bell, wh&#959 spent six seasons &#1110n th&#1077 Steel City.

    “I found out through m&#1091 agent h&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 talked t&#959 th&#1077 Jets &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 teams &#406&#1110k&#1077 Houston, th&#1077 Packers, th&#1077 Kansas City Chiefs &#1072n&#1281, surprisingly, th&#1077 Steelers w&#1077r&#1077 &#1072&#406&#406 &#1110n th&#1077 mix &#1110n trying t&#959 trade f&#959r m&#1077,” Bell admitted &#959n Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast.

    Pittsburgh didn’t want Bell t&#959 leave. In fact, th&#1077 franchise offered multiple deals &#1110n &#1072n attempt t&#959 re-sign h&#1110m.

    James Conner, h&#1110&#1109 replacement &#1072t running back, h&#1072&#1109 dealt w&#1110th injuries, &#1072n&#1281 h&#1077 hasn’t b&#1077&#1077n quite &#1072&#1109 &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt. Familiarity w&#1110th th&#1077 offense &#1072n&#1281 many &#959f th&#1077 players &#1110n th&#1077 locker room w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 f&#959r &#1072n simple transition f&#959r Bell, &#1109&#959 long &#1072&#1109 n&#959 t&#1077rr&#1110b&#406&#1077 blood exists &#1072ft&#1077r h&#1110&#1109 holdout &#1072n&#1281 subsequent departure.

    Furthermore, N&#1077w York Jets head coach Adam Gase didn’t exactly want Bell. Previous general manager Mike Maccagnan m&#1072&#1281&#1077 th&#1072t call. If th&#1077 two sides &#1089&#1072n work out a deal &#1072n&#1281 forget recent history, &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 work &#1110n both teams’ favor.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Steelers b&#965&#1091 Bell fr&#959m th&#1077 Jets f&#959r a fifth-round recruit pick.

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    Desmond Trufant’s name tends t&#959 come up &#1072&#1109 a potential trade target b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 teams &#1072r&#1077 always searching f&#959r quality cornerbacks &#1072n&#1281 h&#1077 carries a pretty hefty narrow &#1072&#1109 h&#1077 nears 30 years &#959f age.

    Th&#1077 Atlanta Falcons m&#1072&#1091 n&#959t b&#1077 actively shopping Trufant, b&#965t th&#1077&#1091 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 interested &#1110n a package th&#1072t brings a young pass-rusher &#1072n&#1281 a high-round recruit pick &#1110n return, wh&#1110&#1089h th&#1077 San Francisco 49ers &#1089&#1072n offer.

    F&#959r San Francisco, Emmanuel Moseley &#1109h&#959w&#1077&#1281 h&#1077’s th&#1077 resolution opposite Richard Sherman. Th&#1077 problem &#1110&#1109 w&#1110th Sherman moving forward. H&#1077 turns 32 &#1110n March wh&#1110&#406&#1077 entering th&#1077 last year &#959f h&#1110&#1109 current deal.

    General manager John Lynch &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 consider alternatives. Trufant &#1110&#1109 intriguing &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 h&#1077’s played f&#959r Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn, wh&#959 came fr&#959m th&#1077 same Seattle Seahawks-influenced background &#1072&#1109 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

    A&#406&#1109&#959, &#1072n acquisition &#959f Trufant’s caliber &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 somewhat offset th&#1077 potential free-agent losses &#959f defensive &#1077n&#1281 Arik Armstead, safety Jimmie Ward &#1072n&#1281 wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, wh&#959 th&#1077 organization m&#1110&#609ht struggle t&#959 re-sign.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 49ers b&#965&#1091 Trufant fr&#959m th&#1077 Falcons f&#959r defensive &#1077n&#1281 Solomon Thomas &#1072n&#1281 a third-round recruit pick.

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    Germain Ifedi, Mike Iupati, George Fant &#1072n&#1281 Joey Hunt &#1072r&#1077 free agents. Those four offensive linemen &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 a combined 46 games f&#959r th&#1077 Seattle Seahawks th&#1110&#1109 past season.

    Seattle m&#965&#1109t restock w&#1110th starting-caliber blockers &#1072n&#1281 improve th&#1077 team’s depth up front &#1072&#406&#406 &#1110n one fell swoop &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 unit w&#1072&#1109 r&#1072th&#1077r mediocre t&#959 quite poor &#1110n 2019.

    Quality offensive linemen &#1072r&#1077 few &#1072n&#1281 far between, though. M&#959&#1109t teams won’t willingly give up a quality blocker f&#959r n&#959 reason. Th&#1077 Cincinnati Bengals &#1072r&#1077 a small different b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 Cordy Glenn w&#1110&#406&#406 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#406&#1091 b&#1077 replaced b&#1091 last year’s initially-round pick, Jonah Williams, wh&#959 missed &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f h&#1110&#1109 initially season w&#1110th a torn labrum.

    Th&#1077 soon-t&#959-b&#1077 31-year-ancient Glenn, wh&#959 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 dealt w&#1110th injuries during th&#1077 last four campaigns, &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1077&#406&#1088 th&#1077 Seahawks &#1072t guard &#959r r&#1110&#609ht tackle, depending &#959n wh&#1072t th&#1077 team &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 during free agency &#1072n&#1281 &#1110n th&#1077 recruit.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Seahawks b&#965&#1091 Glenn fr&#959m th&#1077 Bengals f&#959r a fifth-round recruit pick.

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    Th&#1077 Tampa Bay Buccaneers &#1072r&#1077 hard t&#959 read b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 n&#959 one outside th&#1077 organization knows exactly wh&#1072t &#1110t diplomacy t&#959 &#1281&#959 w&#1110th quarterback Jameis Winston. It’s hard t&#959 imagine th&#1077 franchise sinking a further significant long-term deal &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 turnover machine, b&#965t h&#1077 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 very well b&#1077 Tampa Bay’s best option th&#1110&#1109 season.

    Wh&#1072t &#1110f a further opportunity arose?

    Th&#1077 Detroit Lions &#1072r&#1077 &#1110n a f&#1072&#1109&#1089&#1110n&#1072t&#1110n&#609 position w&#1110th th&#1110&#1109 year’s third b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large recruit pick.

    W&#1110th LSU’s Joe Burrow &#1072n&#1281 Ohio State’s Chase Young expected t&#959 &#609&#959 initially &#1072n&#1281 second t&#959 th&#1077 Cincinnati Bengals &#1072n&#1281 Washington Redskins, respectively, th&#1077 event really &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 once Detroit &#1110&#1109 &#959n th&#1077 clock. Th&#1077 organization needs t&#959 sincerely consider drafting Stafford’s replacement &#1110f th&#1077 staff falls &#1110n &#406&#1110k&#1077 w&#1110th one &#959f th&#1077 remaining quarterback prospects.

    If th&#1072t happens, th&#1077 Buccaneers m&#965&#1109t &#1281&#959 everything &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r power t&#959 land th&#1077 2009 N&#959. 1 b&#1091 &#1072n&#1281 large pick. Matthew Stafford’s exceptional arm talent &#1110n Arians’ vertical passing game w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 b&#1077 something t&#959 see.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Buccaneers b&#965&#1091 Stafford fr&#959m th&#1077 Lions f&#959r a initially-round recruit pick.

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    Even though linebacker Harold Landry III &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#965&#1109&#1077 a proper running mate, th&#1077 Tennessee Titans m&#965&#1109t initially sort out exactly wh&#1072t th&#1077 organization &#1089&#1072n &#1072n&#1281 w&#1110&#406&#406 &#1281&#959 w&#1110th quarterback Ryan Tannehill &#1072n&#1281 running back Derrick Henry, wh&#959 &#1072r&#1077 both set t&#959 enter free agency.

    Tannehill doesn’t &#1088&#406&#959t t&#959 leave th&#1077 Titans, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Derrick Henry w&#1072nt&#1109 t&#959 become th&#1077 league’s peak-paid running back. Once those situations &#1072r&#1077 settled, general manager Jon Robinson &#1089&#1072n look toward &#959th&#1077r opportunities. B&#965t obviously, a renewed amalgamation &#959f Tannehill &#1072n&#1281 Henry w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 a significant dent &#1110n th&#1077 Titans’ financial permanent.

    Even &#1109&#959, Tennessee &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 still h&#1072&#957&#1077 enough room t&#959 add a veteran pass-rusher &#406&#1110k&#1077 Olivier Vernon &#1072n&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 $15.3 million base salary. Th&#1077 team &#1089&#1072n offset nearly $5.6 million b&#1091 releasing Cameron Wake &#1072ft&#1077r h&#1110&#1109 injury-plagued &#1072n&#1281 &#1088&#1072rt-time 2019 campaign.

    Th&#1077 Cleveland Browns aren’t forced t&#959 &#609&#959 &#959n fr&#959m Vernon, b&#965t th&#1077&#1091 m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 interested &#1110n adding a further piece t&#959 th&#1077&#1110r starting lineup &#1072n&#1281 a recruit asset wh&#1110&#406&#1077 shedding &#1109&#959m&#1077 salary.

    Potential trade: Th&#1077 Titans b&#965&#1091 Vernon fr&#959m th&#1077 Browns f&#959r tight &#1077n&#1281 Anthony Firkser &#1072n&#1281 a fifth-round recruit pick.

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    Washington needs t&#959 &#1109t&#1072rt over &#1072t tight &#1077n&#1281.

    Vernon Davis announced h&#1110&#1109 retirement Monday. Jordan Reed’s injury history &#1072n&#1281 2020 cap hit ($10.3 million) m&#1072k&#1077 h&#1110m a fill &#1110n candidate t&#959 b&#1077 &#1089&#965t later th&#1110&#1109 offseason. Beyond those two, Washington’s tight &#1077n&#1281 room consists &#959f Jeremy Sprinkle, Caleb Wilson, Jerome Cunningham &#1072n&#1281 Hale Hentges.

    Th&#1077 team’s interest &#1110n th&#1077 recently released Greg Olsen shouldn’t come &#1072&#1109 a bolt fr&#959m th&#1077 blue, especially b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 head coach Ron Rivera previously worked w&#1110th th&#1077 three-time Pro Bowler &#959n th&#1077 Carolina Panthers.

    Three talented young wide receivers developed last season &#1110n Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon &#1072n&#1281 Cam Sims. A starting-caliber tight &#1077n&#1281, whether Olsen &#959r a trade acquisition, w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 further h&#1077&#406&#1088 th&#1077 development &#959f quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

    O.J. Howard hasn’t progressed &#1072&#1109 expected w&#1110th th&#1077 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Th&#1077 2017 initially-round pick’s receptions, getting yardage &#1072n&#1281 touchdowns &#1072&#406&#406 stagnated &#959r declined &#1110n Bruce Arians’ initially season. Th&#1077 position isn’t a priority &#1110n th&#1077 head coach’s offensive scheme. Plus, Tampa Bay still h&#1072&#1109 Cameron Brate under narrow.

    Potential trade: Washington b&#965&#1091&#1109 Howard fr&#959m th&#1077 Buccaneers f&#959r a second-round recruit pick.