2017 NFL Trade (and Signing) Block





I've recently discussed possibilities for players to either sign or get traded to certain teams. This analysis has been all over the place, so I thought I'd move everything to one page.

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Saints shopping S Kenny Vaccaro. - Jason La Canfora
Kenny Vaccaro was a first-round pick in the historically awful 2013 NFL Draft. While Vaccaro hasn't been nearly as bad as some of the other first-rounders from that class, he has also been a disappointment. Vaccaro has played well at times, but has been incredibly inconsistent. He was awful in the season opener versus Minnesota.

Still, some teams might be interested in Vaccaro if all they have to surrender is a late-round pick. He's only 26 and still has some potential. Some teams that could be involved in a trade include the Chargers, who passed on Malik Hooker at No. 7 overall in the draft; Texans, who lost a safety to free agency during the offseason; the Bears, who have some horrid safety play; and the Redskins, who may have lost Su'a Cravens forever to personal issues.

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Patriots RB Dion Lewis drawing lots of interest.
The Patriots haven't made it known that they're willing to trade Dion Lewis, but teams have shown interest in him. Lewis is being criminally underused by the team, thanks to the massive amount of depth New England has at the position. Lewis is a very talented back who is a dynamic threat as a receiver out of the backfield. His downfall is his durability, but he would be a nice acquisition if his new team doesn't plan on using him as a primary runner.

It would make sense for the Patriots to trade Lewis. As mentioned, they're deep at running back, and they also have some major holes. They need a defensive end and a linebacker. Some trade partners who make sense are the Eagles (for linebacker Mychal Kendricks), 49ers (for linebacker NaVorro Bowman or defensive end Aaron Lynch), Bills (for linebacker Lorenzo Alexander) and Steelers (for linebackers Arthur Moats or Tyler Matakevich). Obviously, in some of these trades, draft picks would have to be thrown in.

Update: I'd like to add two new teams. The Ravens lost Danny Woodhead to an injury, so perhaps they're a possibility (for draft compensation). The Cardinals could be as well, depending on how long David Johnson is out (for Karlos Dansby or Josh Bynes).

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Bills have waived RB Jonathan Williams.
I've already posted something about the Bills' incompetence with waiving Jonathan Williams. Buffalo may not want a talented, young running back, but there will be teams in the market for him.

The Giants and Eagles stand out as two teams that should be interested in Williams. They have lackluster rushing attacks. Philadelphia is especially frustrated with LeGarrette Blount. The Packers and Steelers could add Williams as competition for the No. 2 running back spot. I'm also going to list the Jets as a possibility. If they trade Matt Forte, they'll need another running back to pair with Bilal Powell.

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Redskins have waived RB Matt Jones.
Matt Jones was picking up his personal items from his locker, but fumbled them while walking out the door. No one was surprised by this, based on Jones' penchant for coughing up the football. Jones, however, is talented as a former third-round pick. He's also still young (24). If he can get coached up and improve his ball security, he could be a starting running back somewhere in the future.

Some teams that make sense for him include the Giants, who have a lackluster rushing attack; the Steelers, who need a better No. 2 running back behind Le'Veon Bell; the Packers, who could find someone to compete with Jamaal Williams to be the team's top real running back on the roster; and the Eagles, who have been very disappointed with LeGarrette Blount thus far.

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Broncos have released S T.J. Ward.
Ward isn't coming off his best season, and he turns 31 in December. The Broncos tried to trade him, but couldn't find a suitor. Ward plays the run extremely well, but happens to be suspect in coverage. Some teams that make sense for him include the Rams (his connection with former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips), Browns (he played there previously, and they need someone next to Jabrill Peppers), Cowboys (would shore up a weakness at safety), Patriots (upgrading Patrick Chung is something New England should consider) and Texans (replacement for Quintin Demps).

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Seahawks are attempting to trade Ahtyba Rubin. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Ahtyba Rubin signed a 3-year, $12 million contract prior to the 2016 season, but proved to be a massive disappointment. He struggled in all regards, as he seemed too way fat and happy with his new deal. Now, Rubin could be on his way out.

Rubin still has potential to be a solid run-plugger, though at 31, he may never be the same player again. There might be teams interested in exchange for a late-round pick, however. I could see the Redskins pursuing Rubin, as they lost Phil Taylor to injury. The Bears could obtain insurance for Eddie Goldman, who always seems to be hurt. The Vikings could use a veteran defensive tackle if they don't believe Jaleel Johnson is ready. The Broncos are using Domata Peko at nose tackle and should be in the market for an upgrade. The Chargers also make sense, as they run a similar scheme and could use depth if Brandon Mebane gets hurt again.

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Seahawks are gauging the trade value of CB Jeremy Lane. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
It's odd that the Seahawks are thinking about trading one of their starting cornerbacks, but it could mean that they have a ton of faith in third-round rookie Shaq Griffin despite Griffin being torched in one of the preseason games.

Then again, Lane isn't very dependable. He has played a full 16-game slate just once in his career; he has missed 19 games in the past three years, and he performed poorly in 2016. Still, Lane has size (6-0, 190), youth (27) and some talent, so he could be appealing to teams in desperate need of a cornerback. Teams that could trade for Lane include the Chiefs, Packers and Raiders, as they are Super Bowl contenders who need to upgrade corner. I'd consider the Colts and Texans options as well; they're also weak at the position.

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Chargers have had trade discussions involving Dontrelle Inman. - Tom Pelissero, NFL Network
Dontrelle Inman is a talented, tall (6-3) receiver with upside. He caught 58 balls for 810 yards and four touchdowns last year. The Chargers could afford to deal him, as they have Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, plus Mike Williams whenever he comes back from injury. Inman could be obtained for a late-round pick, and I expect teams to be interested if that's the required compensation.

Several teams that stand out to me are the Bears, who just lost Cameron Meredith; the Panthers, to replace Devin Funchess, who has been poor this preseason; the 49ers, who don't have a viable No. 2 receiver; the Jets, who don't even have a viable No. 1 receiver; and the Chiefs, thought I don't know if the Chargers want to deal Inman within the division.

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Jets are seeking to trade running back Matt Forte. - Tom Pelissero, NFL Network
It makes sense to trade Forte, given that the Jets are in complete tank mode. The problem is that Forte is owed $4 million guaranteed this year as a declining, soon-to-be 32-year-old. However, Forte did look good in the third preseason game, so a team desperate for a running back might be interested. The Eagles, Packers, Ravens and Giants are competitive teams that need a boost at running back. The Chiefs could also be interested after losing Spencer Ware. Dallas makes sense as well, given Ezekiel Elliott's suspension. Another thing to consider is that the Jets could just wait for a team's starter to get hurt. For example, Le'Veon Bell has been known to miss time each season, so the Steelers may consider trading for Forte as a replacement for their Pro Bowl back if Bell gets hurt.

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The Dolphins are listening to trade offers for Jarvis Landry. - Mike Lombardi, The Ringer
Miami doesn't want to extend Landry, as the front office thinks he's just a slot-only receiver. DeVante Parker is much more talented anyway. Some possibilities for Landry include the Raiders, Chiefs, Broncos, Texans and 49ers. Oakland and Denver have no third wideout. The Chiefs and 49ers are lacking at receiver, while the Texans could add another young weapon for Deshaun Watson.

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Browns release Joe Haden.
The Browns were attempting to aggressively trade Joe Haden, but that didn't quite pan out because of the money he was owed ($33 million over three years). Now that teams won't have to dedicate a good chunk of their cap to Haden, there will be interest in signing him. Haden's production has dropped off considerably over the past couple of seasons because of injuries. Still, Haden is only 28 and could rebound. Four primary teams that make sense for Haden are the Chiefs, Steelers, Packers and Raiders, as they are Super Bowl contenders with major issues at corner. I'd include the Eagles in that category as well, but they just traded for Ronald Darby. Two other teams that make sense are the Colts and Rams.

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Browns are shopping OT/C Cameron Erving. - Mary Kay Cabot
At first thought, it sounds silly that the Browns think they can trade Cameron Erving. The former Seminole has been atrocious through two seasons, and he didn't look any better this preseason. Having an actual turnstile on the field would be more effective. However, Erving was a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has some natural talent. He hasn't tried very hard in the NFL, but perhaps a new city and a new coaching staff is exactly what he needs, much like Greg Robinson, who has made vast improvements in Detroit.

Erving can play both center and right tackle - supposedly - and there are enough teams with major offensive line issues that could have interest. The 49ers have holes at both spots, for example. The Texans are desperate for right tackle help, as are the Ravens. The Chargers, meanwhile, are hurting for center help. The Dolphins could also consider Erving, as they have no depth on the offensive line.

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49ers cut OLB Ahmad Brooks.
Ahmad Brooks was once a very talented linebacker for the 49ers, but his effectiveness has dropped off a cliff in recent years. Giving him two stars is probably very generous, but perhaps he can help a team as a two-down player adn a leader in the locker room. Some teams that make sense for him are the Redskins, Packers, Seahawks, Colts and Raiders.

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Browns cut DT Desmond Bryant.
Desmond Bryant once signed a $34 million contract, but injuries have derailed his career. He missed all of 2016 with a torn pectoral, and he's now 31. However, Bryant was solid in 2015, playing well versus the run and accumulating six sacks. Bryant can still be an effective rotational player, but the Browns had to cut him because he was making too much money. Some teams that make sense for Bryant include the Cowboys, Vikings, Saints, Patriots, Colts and Broncos.

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Eagles cut RB Ryan Mathews.
Doug Pederson hated Ryan Mathews, but was forced to use him last year because he didn't have an alternative. That's no longer the case with LeGarrette Blount on the team, so the Eagles were able to cut Mathews once he was medically cleared. Mathews averaged five yards per carry in 2015 and is still just 29, so he can be a strong No. 2 on a team right now. His durability is a strike against him, but that should be fine if he doesn't have to carry the workload. Some teams that make sense for him include the Packers, Giants, Cowboys, Bills (if they plan on trading LeSean McCoy), Ravens and Steelers.

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