Randy Moss was surprisingly traded last Wednesday from New England to Minnesota.
Marshawn Lynch, one of the top candidates to be traded prior to the season, was finally traded from Buffalo to Seattle last week as well.
With the NFL trade deadline quickly approaching, it is time to take a look at the top five players who should be traded.
These are based on team situations and where a player would be best fit for this season and the future.
5. Brandon Jacobs, NYG
There may not be a player more upsetting to watch over the past two seasons than Brandon Jacobs.
For a man the size of Jacobs, with his power and speed, he should be dominating. However, Jacobs has not shown that he is willing to dominate since the Giants wrongfully rewarded him his hefty contract. This contract will prevent teams from trading for Jacobs, meaning the Giants are stuck with him.
I could only hope that Jacobs gets angry on the field again instead of crying on the sidelines. He has been a distraction the entire season. He has danced behind the line of scrimmage for over a year instead of putting his head down and powering through defenders. He is clearly afraid of getting hurt again.
It is tough to find a team who would actually trade for Jacobs. I do think his best fit could be in Tampa Bay, who needs the combination of a change of pace and short yardage back.
Although LeGarrett Blount is there, I think Tampa Bay would give Jacobs the best opportunity to try and capture a starting job. Cadillac Williams is not the definition of a workhorse back due to the unfortunate injuries he has suffered throughout his career.
4. Kevin Kolb, PHI
The saying goes: If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have a quarterback.
For the first time, Kevin Kolb showed some resemblance of a professional quarterback.
Michael Vick has shown that he can be the MVP of the league.
Michael Vick has excelled in Andy Reid’s offense. He has worked with three of the best receivers in his career (LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson, and Jeremy Maclin) and dominated.
The Eagles beat the 49ers Week 5, but I was not impressed with the victory.
The threat that Michael Vick presents over Kevin Kolb is too great in my eyes to keep Kolb over Vick.
Vick still has years left in him. He has looked more impressive than ever before throwing the football.
In my eyes, Vick is clearly the way to go.
Meaning, Kolb has to go.
Several teams need a quarterback presently and in the future. Buffalo, Seattle, Minnesota, and Arizona.
I don’t see ‘Clipboard Jesus’ Charlie Whitehurst as the future in Seattle. Kolb may do well with Pete Carroll’s enthusiasm and the tutelage of veteran Matt Hasselbeck.
3. Shawne Merriman, SD
When the Chargers drafted Larry English, many thought Shawne Merriman would be gone.
He stayed in San Diego but hasn’t been the same player he once was. In his first three seasons he had 39.5 sacks in 42 games.
He only played in one game three years ago, but only had four sacks in 14 games last season.
Merriman clearly needs a chance of scenery.
Merriman could be a deadly weapon in situational packages for either the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers or New York Jets.
It is tough to see San Diego trading a potential defensive threat to one of those three Super Bowl contenders.
Another fit could be in Arizona, who have had a lot of troubles on defense prior to Week 5’s victory over the New Orleans Saints.
The Cardinals defense on paper is actually good, but they have had difficulties putting it all together. ‘Lights Out’ could come in and help create a better pass rush than we’ve seen so far.
2. Vincent Jackson, SD
Ah, the obvious choice.
Everyone knows Vincent Jackson needs to be traded.
General Manager A.J. Smith once again show he doesn’t care about his players. Although I wouldn’t give Jackson the contract he is demanding, the Chargers do not have the rushing attack or receivers to make up for the defensive attention he demanded last season.
Malcolm Floyd finally turned in a big game Sunday to the tune of eight receptions for 213 yards and a touchdown. Antonio Gates added five receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown and has been an MVP candidate as far as I’m concerned.
Still, the Chargers lost to the Oakland Raiders for the first time in what seems to be forever. They lost the opener to Kansas City and are currently sitting at the bottom of the AFC West at 2-3.
If the Chargers refuse to pay Jackson, they have no reason not to trade him. Why not get something for him? They blew their chance when they had Minnesota desperately trying to acquire the disgruntled wide receiver. Well, Minnesota made off in the end when they traded a third round pick for Randy Moss, a top five receiver that Jackson is not even close to being.
Jackson could go to several teams.
One of the rumored teams were the Patriots. The Patriots are missing a deep threat with the loss of Randy Moss and Jackson would at least provide that. Still, I think Belichick realizes that Jackson is not as talented as he thinks he is and they certainly wouldn’t pay Jackson his demands.
One team I’m looking at, though, is the Chicago Bears.
When they traded for Jay Cutler two years ago, I thought they should have thrown the bank at getting Brandon Marshall too.
Chicago has lacked a quality receiver for ages. The receiving corps is mediocre at best. Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett and Devin Aromashodu?
Jackson would instantly be the best receiver on the team. He would provide Cutler the big target he has been desperately seeking for since coming to Chicago.
Chicago somehow beat Carolina despite Todd Collins throwing four interceptions starting in place of Jay Cutler.
Chicago still leads the North at 4-1, while Green Bay sits at 3-2.
Vincent Jackson coming in for the stretch run to close the season could put Chicago over the top.
With two receiving threats on the team (Matt Forte and Jackson) and their defense, they could be a scary team to face in the playoffs.
1. DeAngelo Williams, CAR
My top choice as the Carolina Panthers are clearly going nowhere this season.
Steve Smith is hurt.
Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen is starting and not doing a good job.
The bread and butter rushing attack has been rather abysmal. The offensive line has struggled mightily.
Williams is in a contract year and has run hard since the preseason. However, it hasn’t been enough.
We all know DeAngelo won’t be back next season with Jonathan Stewart waiting to take the starting reigns.
The Panthers are clearly in rebuilding mode and could be in for a complete overhaul in the offseason. The time is now to receive something in return before they lose Williams to free agency.
The only option I foresee Williams heading to is Green Bay.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy once said that he would be fine with Brandon Jackson as the starting tail back. However, his coaching has not reiterated that. Fullback John Kuhn has received a lot of touches since Ryan Grant went down. Jackson has not been as effective as McCarthy hoped. Although Jackson rushed for 115 yards, 71 yards came on one play.
The Packers already have one of the most explosive offenses, but the rushing game is lacking.
With DeAngelo Williams’ speed, power, vision and receiving abilities, he would put them well above and beyond. The offensive threats would be too much for most defenses to overcome. Williams would be one of the best compliments of Rodgers’ offensive.
After the Packers lost to the Washington Redskins, a team they should beat every time, they should make the move to acquire one of the best running backs in the league.
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Written by Brandon Galvin