Usually the NFL and in-season trading are polar opposites. This season already felt differently considering a notable player and future Hall-of-Famer, Adrian Peterson was traded to Arizona from New Orleans three weeks ago. Then Monday and Tuesday brought us some big surprises before the league’s trade deadline. A quick thought on each of the notable trades from the last few days:
DT Marcell Dareus from Buffalo to Jacksonville
Nice deal for the Jaguars who seriously upgraded their run-stopping capability on the defensive line while only surrendering a late round draft pick.
LT Duane Brown from Houston to Seattle
Brown held out until last week where ironically his first game in 2017 was in Seattle as a member of the Texans. The Seahawks had to solidify their offensive line and arguably this move puts them in great position come playoff time.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo from New England to San Francisco
The 49ers get their quarterback of the future for only a high-second round pick? Nicely done by SF GM John Lynch. The one problem is…when is the last time a New England QB succeeded elsewhere?
RB Jay Ajayi from Miami to Philadelphia
The Dolphins only got a 4th round pick by trading their best offensive player to the NFL’s top team? For Philly it’s a low risk deal with VERY HIGH rewards.
WR Kelvin Benjamin from Carolina to Buffalo
Baffling. The Panthers are still in contention, yet traded their #1 WR? For Buffalo, 3rd and 7th round picks in 2018 were a small price to pay for acquiring a top receiving target.