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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Texans cut DE J.J. Watt
Leave it to the Texans to get nothing for yet another one of their franchise players. They cut Watt when they could have obtained something for him. The soon-to-be 32-year-old is no longer the player he once was, but he's still a terrific force. He can help a team on the brink of the Super Bowl get over the top with his talent and leadership.

Here are some teams that could sign Watt:

Tennessee Titans: This makes so much sense. The Titans have a huge need for a pass rusher, and Watt played for Mike Vrabel in Houston. Watt could go to a divisional rival of the Texans to stick it to his former team.

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs are the favorite to win the Super Bowl, and they could use another pass rusher. After losing to Patrick Mahomes so often, Watt may want to play for the winning side for once. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Watt may also want to play with Tom Brady. The Buccaneers could be interested in Watt if they lose Shaq Barrett in free agency.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers don't have a need for a defensive lineman, but I'm sure Watt would like to play with his brother in pursuit of a Super Bowl.

Buffalo Bills: The AFC runner-up needs a pass rusher. I'm sure Watt understands that the Bills are one of the top contenders for the Super Bowl in 2021.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns need a replacement for Olivier Vernon across from Myles Garrett. Given that the Browns nearly beat the Chiefs, Watt may find them appealing.

Indianapolis Colts: The other contending AFC South team works as well for the same reason, but I imagine Watt would want to go to a team with an established quarterback.

Other: The Bears and Steelers have been discussed as potential trade partners, but they're deep in the red as far as cap space is concerned, so it would be difficult for them to construct a trade for Watson.

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Eagles QB Carson Wentz close to being traded
Carson Wentz is getting closer to being traded, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. It's an odd circumstance for the Eagles and their trade partner because Wentz has a horrible contract. The Eagles have the least cap space in the NFL if the Saints are excluded (Drew Brees is coming off the books if he retires), and they'll have $33 million in dead money if they move their current starting quarterback. Still, the Eagles want to get out of this deal, which will help them build a stronger roster in the future.

Here are some teams that could trade for Wentz:

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have tons of cap space, so they might be willing to take on Wentz's hideous contract. With Philip Rivers retired, Indianapolis needs a replacement, and Frank Reich coached Wentz during his near-MVP 2017 campaign.

New England Patriots: The Patriots have the fourth-most cap space in the NFL. They're also out of range for any of the top three quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick is desperate for an upgrade at quarterback.

Chicago Bears: The Bears likely would have selected Wentz had they owned the second-overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft rather than the 2017 NFL Draft. Mitchell Trubisky is an impending free agent, but an upgrade was needed anyway. Chicago doesn't have cap room, but the team could get creative in some manner.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos, armed with $15 million in cap room, tried to trade for Matthew Stafford, so they could have similar interest in Wentz.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are looking to upgrade their quarterback situation, much like the rival Rams. They have just $9.5 million in cap space, but they can free up some room by making some changes.

New York Jets: You can't count out the Jets for Wentz even though they're in position to land the top quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft not named Trevor Lawrence. The Jets may not like either Justin Fields or Zach Wilson, and they have the cap space to take on Wentz's contract.

Jacksonville Jaguars: This may not make any sense at first glance because Trevor Lawrence will be Jacksonville's quarterback in 2021. However, the Jaguars have the most cap space in the NFL, so they might be willing to take on Wentz's horrible contract in exchange for some draft capital to help build around Lawrence.

Other: The Bears and Steelers have been discussed as potential trade partners, but they're deep in the red as far as cap space is concerned, so it would be difficult for them to construct a trade for Watson.

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Texans QB Deshaun Watson "wants out"
Multiple sources have indicated that Deshaun Watson wants out of Houston. In fact, Adam Schefter reported that Watson has played his last snap for the team. Watson is frustrated with Houston's inept front office and ownership, and it's easy to understand why he's so angry. Watson has also complained about SJW nonsense, which makes him a bit of a headache. However, his talent makes up for it, even when considering his contract. He's a top-five NFL quarterback, so several teams will be interested in trading for him.

Here are some teams that could trade for Watson:

New York Jets: Charlie Campbell posted a video on the Texans trading Deshaun Watson, and he opined that the Jets were the favorites to land Watson. I would agree with that assessment. The Jets have two first-round picks this year, and they have the third-most cap space in the NFL, so they can handle Watson's contract.

Miami Dolphins: Charlie also mentioned the Dolphins as a top option, and I would concur with that as well. Like the Jets, Miami has two first-round picks. It also has plenty of cap space, though not as much as the Jets (eighth-most in the NFL.) Also, like the Jets, the Dolphins have a young quarterback they can throw in as part of the package, and Tua Tagovailoa comes with far less baggage than Sam Darnold.

Detroit Lions: If the Texans are set on trading Watson out of the conference, the Lions would make the most sense. They have just $3 million in cap space, but that would change if Matthew Stafford is unloaded. The Lions have a top-10 pick, so they could trade that, their 2022 first-rounder, Stafford, some other picks, and even Jeff Okudah, as Charlie speculated.

Washington Redskins: The Redskins are in desperate need of a quarterback, and Daniel Snyder is never afraid to make a big splash. The Redskins also have the fifth-most cap space in the NFL. The problem is that they have just one first-round pick and no young quarterback to trade. In that case, perhaps they'd include Montez Sweat as part of the package.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have been rumored as a trade partner for Watson. They don't have much cap space, but they'd clear some of it by trading Teddy Bridgewater in addition to multiple first-round picks and a young defensive player, whether it's Derrick Brown or Brian Burns.

New England Patriots: The Patriots are the third AFC East team that could trade for Watson. They have a huge need at quarterback, and they have the fourth-most cap space in the NFL. The problem is that they don't have much to trade. They have just one first-round pick and no young quarterback of note.

Other: The Bears and Steelers have been discussed as potential trade partners, but they're deep in the red as far as cap space is concerned, so it would be difficult for them to construct a trade for Watson.

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Colts QB Philip Rivers announces retirement
Congratulations to Philip Rivers on a phenomenal career! Rivers announced his retirement on Jan. 20 after 17 seasons in the NFL. Rivers never won a Super Bowl, but often was surrounded by mediocre or pedestrian supporting casts. Had he played for the Giants, the team that drafted him in 2004, he would have at least matched Eli Manning's Super Bowl count. In fact, Rivers might even have three or four Lombardis in his trophy case, given the talent he would have been paired with in New York. Ranked fifth in all-time passing yardage, Rivers will be in the Hall of Fame one day.

With Rivers gone, the Colts need to go back to the drawing board. Jacoby Brissett is an impending free agent, but they may decide that they want an upgrade rather than going back to Brissett for at least one more year.

Here are some quarterbacks the Colts could obtain to replace Rivers if they don't just re-sign Brissett:

Matthew Stafford, Lions: The Lions have a new front office and coaching staff. New regimes mean new quarterbacks, and there are already indications that the Lions will move on from Stafford. When asked about Stafford's future with the team, general manager Brad Holmes praised the quarterback but said he wants to "evaluate the entire roster." It sounds like there could be a trade in the coming months.

Matt Ryan, Falcons: I wouldn't count out the Falcons moving Matt Ryan either. Like the Lions, the Falcons have a new regime. They possess the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, so they could target either Justin Fields or Zach Wilson with that selection. If so, they'll obviously want to trade Ryan.

Mitchell Trubisky, Free Agent: Indianapolis fans may hate this, and I wouldn't blame them. However, Trubisky is just 27 and has loads of upside. His greatest problem is that he can't read defenses, but Frank Reich may believe that he could teach Trubisky to do that.

Sam Darnold, Jets: Reich could like Darnold's potential as well. Darnold, after all, is still quite young (24 in June). It wouldn't cost much to get Darnold, so the Colts could pull the trigger if they don't like any of the quarterbacks in the 2021 class beyond the top three.

Jameis Winston, Free Agent: Winston has loads of potential, and Reich may think he could get the most out of the former No. 1 overall pick. He could sign Winston to a short-term deal and then spend a second-day pick on a quarterback.

Cam Newton, Free Agent: The Colts could sign Newton to a 1-year deal and then draft a quarterback in the first two rounds.

Carson Wentz, Eagles: Wentz would be the No. 1 player on this list if he didn't have a mammoth contract. Wentz had success playing for Reich when the two were together for the Eagles' Super Bowl run. The problem with the two reuniting is that the Colts won't want to pay Wentz his ridiculous salary.

Rookie: I don't see the Colts going into 2021 with just a rookie quarterback as the plan. They could, however, sign a veteran and then draft one of Trey Lance, Kyle Trask, Mac Jones, Jamie Newman or Kellen Mond.

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