The NFL trade deadline is suddenly an actual thing and it’s really fun. Activity has picked up in recent years and players are on the move via trade like never before. More action is expected in advance of the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Oct. 30.
In this week’s 6-Pack, I am shifting from the normal course and offering 6 NFL players I believe teams should actively attempt to trade and offer a team or two I think should try to acquire them. I’m not claiming to have any inside information, these are just sensible ideas in my world.
I hope that this column has become a staple for you each week, but just in case you are new, 6-Pack Thursday is my weekly brain dump on six football-related things that involve the NFL, College Football or NFL Draft.
Let’s crack this thing open!
DE Dante Fowler, Jacksonville Jaguars
A first-round pick in 2015, Fowler has flashed on occasion but has largely been a disappointment as the No. 3 overall pick. He’s only started one game in this career and has had some off-field troubles.
A free agent at season’s end, Fowler is unlikely to be retained by the Jaguars. Given the abundance of rising stars and expensive veterans already on the roster, Jacksonville must be careful with its spending and committing more resources to Fowler doesn’t appear to be a wise move. Trading him now and getting some sort of draft capital does. Coming off an 8-sack season combined with his flashes should yield some sort of return.
The playoff-hopeful Steelers and Panthers could be logical destinations.
RB LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
The Bills offense is historically awful and a return visit to the playoffs this year seems impossible. McCoy is still an exciting runner but his ability to help THIS Buffalo offense is minimal. While I don’t expect his value to be high, Buffalo could get a mid-round pick and part with its 30-year-old running back who still has another year on his contract. McCoy’s been terrific for Buffalo but it honestly feels like the right move for both parties at this point in the game.
The Eagles and Vikings pop as sensible trade partners.
TE Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders
With 400 receiving yards and 2 TDs in 6 games this season, Cook is on pace for by far the best season of his career. At 32 years old with an expiring contract and Oakland in a clear rebuilding mode, Cook should be Gruden’s next piece to deal for draft capital.
For a team like Cincinnati or Dallas, bolstering its weaponry with a tight end like Cook for a modest price would make a ton of sense. He’s an x-factor type player that could make an offense more dynamic and bring it to the next level.
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
First things first – Arizona only trades Fitzgerald IF Fitzgerald agrees to it. He is a legend that has done so much for the Cardinals organization. They owe it to him to respect his wishes. With that said, the Cardinals are in shambles and in the early stages of an overhaul. Fitzgerald is nearing the end of his road and you know he is hungry to win a Championship that isn’t happening anytime soon in Arizona.
Could Fitzgerald be monumental as a leader in the rebuild? Without a doubt. Would the returns be minimal for Fitzgerald? Yes. But if something can be netted and Fitzgerald gets a chance to make a run at a Super Bowl, it’s something that should seriously be considered.
The Saints and Eagles should jump at the chance to acquire Fitzgerald if he were made available.
CB Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals
Yea, I know about this…
My statement. pic.twitter.com/FG8R7Fa0YA
— Patrick Peterson /P2 (@P2) October 24, 2018
But I also think the Cardinals should trade Peterson. As I mentioned with Fitzgerald, it’s highly unlikely to see Arizona seriously competing any time soon. At 28-years-old, Peterson’s in his prime and can still net Arizona some premium draft capital. With that said, Peterson could absolutely be part of the solution in Arizona but that may very well be after his peak.
If a first-round draft pick is on the table, I don’t think Arizona should hesitate to make the move. The Chiefs, Eagles and Steelers would be logical partners.
QB Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns
After trading a third-round pick to acquire Taylor, seeing what could be had for his services at this point is something Cleveland should do. The keys to the car have been rightfully handed to Baker Mayfield and even if the Browns trade Taylor, veteran Drew Stanton remains as a veteran presence still on the roster.
Taylor has an expiring contract and likely sees himself as a starter in the NFL and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him get that opportunity again soon given the current QB landscape that exists in the NFL.
The Jaguars and perhaps the Broncos would make a ton of sense to make a run at Taylor.