NFL Trade Rumors: 5 Trades We'd Love to See Go Down Before the Trade Deadline
Deshaun Watson to the Dolphins
The Texans are in the middle of a lost season. They're playing for nothing but the future, especially with the off-field concerns that surround what once was their franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson. So why not get out from under the 26-year-old's massive contract that doesn't kick in until next year?
If you're Houston, shed the salary, and in return, obtain a couple of early-round picks and potentially a top-10 corner in either Xavien Howard or Byron Jones. Either would be locked up on a contract that would help facilitate the trade all the same. If you're Miami, take a shot, and in trade for the media chaos that would ensue hope for a new franchise quarterback that has already been what they hoped Tua Tagovailoa would become.
Allen Robinson to the Browns
A lot of people are thinking that there's an outside chance at Robinson landing with the Ravens, but for all intents and purposes, they have a younger version of him in rookie Rashod Bateman. The Browns make just as much -- if not more -- sense because of their situation. Jarvis Landy and Odell Beckham were hurt to start the year, and now it appears Beckham could miss time again. Even Kareem Hunt – the team's top receiving back – has been sidelined for a period of time.
Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins aren't bad NFL receivers, but they aren't premier guys by any means. And because of the inconsistency on the outside, the Browns receive an even lower portion of their production from receivers – in terms of target share, yards, and passing touchdowns. They need more than that if they're going to make Baker Mayfield's life easier (after injury) and compete for a playoff spot and potential Super Bowl berth. The return for a soon-to-be free agent receiver? You'd think Chicago's second- or third-round pick would do the trick.
Fletcher Cox to the Packers
Green Bay has experienced a lot of problems on the defensive end this season. Dealing with injuries to their top pass-rusher and top cover corner, they are 24th in Football Outsiders' defense DVOA to this point. However, they are pretty equal in how much they struggle against the run (23rd) and pass (21st), so the solution is clear: bring someone in who can do both.
Fletcher Cox is a 10-year veteran with a handful of Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl to his resume. He, his experience, and his big frame are key to both stopping the run but also disruption in the pass game from the interior – something that is almost unheard of today. Cox would help to fix two issues at once, and given his big cap hit next year, it shouldn't take a haul to acquire him. A third-round pick seems like enough to make it happen.
Jamison Crowder to the Colts
It's very likely that the Ravens also have interest in Crowder and his slot-receiver skillset, but the Colts are even more desperate if you ask me. They are without the services of TY Hilton and Parris Campbell due to injuries, and if Carson Wentz is going to succeed and improve on the Colts' 3-4 record, he's going to need weapons -- or in this case, a safety valve to rely on.
At 28, Crowder has proven to be a player who can give you a number of catches and some touchdowns in and around the red zone. Over the last two seasons, he's averaged 4.9 receptions, 55.2 yards a game, and with 6 touchdowns in each campaign. Like Robinson, he too is on an expiring deal, so the Jets can't expect much to come back in a deadline deal.
Melvin Gordon to the Bills
This trade might be a bit more farfetched and unlikely to actually transpire, but again, as the title suggests, these are trades "we'd love to see." For the most part, this move – likely in exchange for a mid-to-late round pick -- wouldn't do much to shake up the balance of things in the AFC. Yet, it would provide a more experienced and standard back alongside Josh Allen if they ever need to slow things down or have a more balanced approach on a given week.
Beyond that, though, this makes even more sense to those in the fantasy football community. Gordon changing jerseys would open up time for rookie Javonte Williams to shine as a lead back for the Broncos. Seeing as he already has the league's highest forced missed tackle rate (34%), it would be a lot of fun to see the former North Carolina standout get a full workload down the stretch.