By: Josh Shippen
The midseason trades are one of the funnest parts of the year, especially when we get a bombshell trade out of left field. One of the even more fun aspects is predicting these trades, and even if the teams don’t pull the trigger it would be fun to think how these teams might have ended up by making the deal. With the season started and getting a look at the players, let’s dive in and explore some wild trades that teams could pull off.
WR James Washington to Baltimore
James Washington hasn’t necessarily been a bust, but I think it’s fair to say that Washington has at least been mildly disappointing for Pittsburgh who looked to him as a future WR2. Washington has however shown flashes of talent over his two years of play, and has started the season with a couple of strong plays. Cut to Baltimore who are using Willie Snead and Miles Boykin as their WR2 and 3. Washington would be a perfect option for Lamar, and he probably would not be an overly pricey option, maybe a 4th or a 5th round pick at the worst. Look for James Washington’s next jersey to be a Baltimore jersey.
WR Odell Beckham Jr to Denver
For whatever reason the Odell Beckham experience has not been good in Cleveland, Baker and Odell either are not on the same page, or Odell isn’t good anymore. I refuse to believe the latter, therefore I believe Odell should be traded somewhere where he has a chance. That location is Denver. The Beckham Sutton pairing would be one of the best in the league and would give Drew Lock a better chance at succeeding on the Broncos. The price would probably be high, but if he is the last piece that really brings that offense together I believe it would be worth it.
LB Leighton Vander-Esch to Carolina
This one is crazy I get it but hear me out for a second. The Panthers are a Shaq Thompson injury away from being one of the worst defenses in the league. The Cowboys have had injury concerns with Vander-Esch, and you have plenty of other pieces on that defense now that Aldon Smith is playing at a high level. The Cowboys could probably get really decent value for Vander-Esch, and it would fill a great need for the Panthers, so why can’t this sneaky good trade happen
CB Marshon Lattimore to Atlanta
Lattimore is close to becoming very expensive for the Saints, who are already struggling in cap room. The Falcons do not have an established #1 CB yet, and we don’t know how AJ Terrell is about to turn out. The Falcons defense is historically awful since that dreaded Super Bowl (you all know the one) and Marshon would be an awesome addition to that defense. The Saints are also covered at CB with CJ Garder Johnson, and Janoris “Jackrabbit” Jenkins, so losing Lattimore would be a loss, but it would not be devastating.
WR DJ Chark to Philadelphia
This last one really depends on whether the Jaguars are actually trying to tank or whether they really do believe in Gardner Minshew. In this scenario, let’s assume they are not, the Eagles would probably be ready to give an arm and a leg (and maybe a few other limbs or organs) to get their hands on a really good WR1. Chark’s performance last year was top 10, even with all of the praise he received he was still underrated. Chark will also be a high price, but the Eagles are pretty close to having a team that can make a run in the Super Bowl, and this would be the perfect piece to the puzzle. Also keep in mind this, the Jaguars have a really bad front office, and bad front offices do not keep their good players. Look for Chark to move for Philly in at least the near future.