We’ve made it; we’re halfway through 2020 and at the tail end of the NFL offseason. There are just under two weeks left for tagged players to sign long-term deals and just over three weeks until the scheduled start of training camp.
There has been no shortage of league-changing moves this offseason; the biggest was Tom Brady’s move from New England to Tampa Bay and most recently Cam Newton finding a new home, but there are still potential trades to be made.
A number of players have expressed interest in playing for another team in the upcoming season, here are three trades we’d like to see made this offseason.
Jamal Adams to the Dallas Cowboys
Jamal Adams wants out of New York. The Jets safety has expressed his interest in playing for another team in the 2020 season with eight in mind. The Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, and Seahawks are Adams’ top options, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers also made Adams’ shortlist, per ESPN’s Field Yates. Adams has often been linked to the Cowboys, who were reportedly going after the two-time Pro Bowl player last season.
The Cowboys were highly interested in Adams, who’s from Lewisville, Texas, prior to the trade deadline in October. Dallas was in communication with New York and Adams wanted a trade to happen. When it didn’t, and Adams finished the season with the Jets, he felt betrayed, according to the ESPN report. Now, Adams, fresh off an All-Pro season, can likely set his sights on a new home. The Jets have commented on his trade request but it’s hard to envision they’ll keep him around while nearly both of his feet are out the door.
Adams missed two games in 2019 with an ankle injury but still finished the season with a career-best 6.5 sacks and his first career pick-six. He has turned himself into a premier defensive back after getting selected sixth overall in the 2017 draft.
The only problem ahead of an Adams homecoming would be the Cowboys’ cap space. Dallas is trying to pay Dak Prescott and may not be able to pay a top-end contract to Adams, whose market value is $14.7 million annually, placing him above the Chicago Bears’ Eddie Jackson and Tennessee Titans’ Kevin Byard as the highest-paid safety. What can Dallas realistically give New York in a trade? It could start with mid-round draft picks—the Cowboys are projected to have two in each of the 2021 third and fourth rounds—and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Yannick Ngakoue to the Cleveland Browns
When will the Yannick Ngakoue saga end? The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end has been the talk of offseason trades, well, all offseason. There haven’t been any recent developments, but Ngakoue has made it clear his “time is up in” his “current situation.” The Jaguars are also not wanting to give Ngakoue up for “very little,” which has caused sort of a standstill as the offseason comes to a close.
With Ngakoue more than ready to leave, the Cleveland Browns would be the best destination. Ngakoue was given the franchise tag, which he said he will not play under, and Jacksonville has until July 15 to either sign him to a long-term contract—again, which won’t happen—or trade him. Ngakoue is coming off his most productive season yet and has recorded at least eight sacks every season since being selected by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2016 draft. He’s asking for more than $20 million per year, a price steeper than his $17.1 million average annual salary projection.
Teams that are interested would need to have 1) the need for an elite pass-rusher and 2) the cap space to pay for one. The Seattle Seahawks, barring re-signing Jadeveon Clowney, and Philadelphia Eagles come to mind; the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets and Giants also have a need and space, but the Browns also check both boxes and are also in a better position to win than the Dolphins or either New York team. What would the Jaguars get in this deal? The Browns can give a slew of draft picks as the Jaguars dive deeper into the rebuild.
Kenny Stills to the Green Bay Packers
If Kenny Stills is traded before play resumes, it’ll be his third team in as many seasons. If Stills finds the right home, it could be his last trade for a while. Enter the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers are closing in on their Super Bowl window with Aaron Rodgers under center and already have his successor in place after selecting Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft. For Green Bay’s 2020 season to be successful Rodgers needs to redeem himself and the team needs to make a Super Bowl appearance. Enter Stills, who would be a welcome addition to this receiving corps. The Packers didn’t address their need for another target outside of Davante Adams in the draft.
Stills is entering the last year of his contract before he becomes an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2021 season. He’s still waiting for a true breakout season after a two-year stint in New Orleans, four in Miami, and last season in Houston. Stills finished 2019 with 561 yards and four touchdowns through 13 games (with five starts) but should have a lot left in the tank after middling seasons following his near 1,000-yard campaign in 2014 with the Saints. The Texans obviously look a lot different now after trading DeAndre Hopkins and Stills could easily move up the depth chart becoming a top target for Deshaun Watson. However, if the Packers are—which they should be—in the market for a deeper wide receiver room, Stills should be on the top of their list and an aggressive move should be made.