As we enter Week 8 of the NFL season, the teams destined to make a run for the Super Bowl and the teams looking to fight for draft slotting have begun to take place. With the trade deadline creeping up in a few short days, we’ve decided to take a look at which players should be shopped. Generally, teams who’re struggling will look to offload veteran players on expiring contracts to teams who’re looking for the “final piece” that could help get them over the hump.
Miami Dolphins - RB Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake has yet to truly receive a bulk amount of work in the NFL, though he’s always flashed a lot of potential as an all-around running back. Drake averages 4.6 yards-per-carry over his career, while also reeling in 116 receptions for an average of 8.1 yards-per-reception. Drake is slated to become a free agent in March, but could be an interesting add for a team who’s looking to bolster their running back group. The Dolphins should be selling all of their assets.
Denver Broncos - CB Chris Harris Jr.
Harris is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, offering the versatility to excel on the boundary and in the nickel spot. Harris – a four-time pro bowler and Super Bowl champion – is also due to become a free agent in March, and just like Emmanuel Sanders (who was just traded), he plays for a bad team with basically no hope of making any noise as the season continues. Harris is a beloved player in Denver, and would certainly be hard to part with, though Elway should be shopping him as there is a never-ending need for stud cornerbacks in the NFL. Teams like the Philadelphia Eagles should be all over a potential trade for a player like Harris.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green
Green is one of the most dominant players in the league regardless of position, but it’s time for the Bengals to rebuild. Green is a 31-year-old with an expiring contract that’ll render him a free agent in March, though he has yet to play in 2019 as a foot injury has sidelined him through the first seven weeks. Green is a seven-time pro bowler and two-time second team All-Pro, and would instantly provide a lethal weapon for any offense looking to boost its skill positions. The Bengals are one of the worst teams in the league with a current record of 0-7. It’d be nice to see them do Green a favor and send him off to a place where he can compete for a Super Bowl.
Atlanta Falcons - CB Desmond Trufant
The Falcons are arguably the most disappointing team in the league, with their efforts leading to a 1-6 record thus far. Trufant is a very good cornerback who’s struggled mightily in 2019, though he’s put together enough good football to earn the benefit of the doubt. Trufant is a former pro bowler who is just in the beginning of a 5-year $68.75m extension, making him a long-term solution for a team looking to bolster its backend on defense. Trufant is still only 29-years-old, entrusting his suitors with the potential to play at a high level for majority of the contract.
Skimming the remainder of the league poses more opportunities for veterans to be moved, though teams tend to be conservative in the NFL. The tide has begun to turn with teams in superior positions making splash moves recently, but it always takes two to tango. Keep your eyes open as the NFL trade deadline nears and teams look to bolster their rosters, helping put them in a position to compete for the ultimate goal.
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