As the NFL trade deadline quickly approaches, and the rumors are in full swirl. Across the league, big names are being used in every other article, as possible trades. So, with that said, why not do another one? In the NFC East, the Philadelphia Eagles, have a game lead, going into this weekend matchup, with rival Dallas Cowboys. The argument could be made for all four teams to be buyers, as well as sellers, in the East, despite it being such a close race. I decided to look at one surprise player for every NFC East team, that could be traded away.
Philadelphia Eagles, DT Fletcher Cox
Let’s start with the current division leader. Now, let me make it clear, I personally think it would be a mistake, to trade a player of Cox’s skill level. So Eagles fans please take it a little light on me. It would be a surprise to see Cox moved, but this is Philly, and GM Howie Roseman, loves a good trade scenario. The Eagles defensive line depth, is by far the strength of this team, so if they did move on from Cox, they could afford it. That and the upcoming cap issues that await Philly next season, could make this move an actual thing. A player of Cox’s ability, could land the birds, a few higher draft picks, and possibly a young talented player to add.
Washington Football Team, DE Montez Sweat
To say the Washington football team, is stacked up front on the defensive line, would be an understatement. I honestly believe while Sweat, is a legit stud, the Football team, wouldn’t be hurt by his potential move. Sweat, could be a star on just about any roster, with his great pass rush ability, and capability to be a force in the run game. With that said, Washington, is buried in holes across the roster. The need for DB help, is apparent. The future at QB, is a giant question mark, as well as a need for another running back. Trading Sweat could end with Washington, landing a bevy of high picks. This could help in filling other holes.
Dallas Cowboys, RB Ezekiel Elliott
It wasn’t that long ago, that the media was blitzed with Elliott, talk, and his Cabo, hold out. Fast forward to now, and we have a giant contract, for arguably a top 3 runner, in the NFL. But, the Cowboys, are buried in giant contracts (except for QB Dak Prescott). The need to get out of one or two of these silly deals, is more apparent now. While Elliott, is a real monster on the field, the Cowboys have his replacement, in Tony Pollard. Moving Elliott would land the Cowboys, at least a late first, to a high second round pick. Or a load of picks. I personally don’t believe the talk that Dallas has given up the season, despite the talk, Elliott, could be on the move.
New York Giants, WR Sterling Shepard
The New York Giants, are a mess, and have been for years now. Gone are the days, of the top defense, and Super Bowl caliber, play. Now, we are in the Daniel Jones, era, on one hand he is a real talent, on the other, he has been worse then former first round pick, Jamarcus Russell, in his first career 20 games. With that being said, the need to add talent all over the field is a must. WR Sterling Shepard, could end up landing the Giants, some real draft capital, in which they could use to fill the needs. The Giants should be front runners, for one of the young QBs in the draft, so landing young WR talent, to go with him, would be huge.
I would love to hear you thoughts? Who are some surprise players, you could see on the trade block? @JonM_Salter