Trade winds blowing hard in NFL. Stay tuned.
— Michael Lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) August 23, 2019
Michael Lombardi is well connected. If he says trades are about to go down it’s worth paying attention.
So which players and teams are involved?
The pre-season has highlighted a number of glaring needs on multiple teams.
Carolina’s O-line looks like a train-wreck and it wasn’t a surprise Cam Newton picked up an injury against New England. Several other teams have major needs on the O-line — including Houston and the LA Chargers. With Trent Williams’ future in Washington a serious doubt, a big move to acquire him could be imminent.
Tony Pauline is also reporting Laremy Tunsil could be dealt:
Sources from Laremy Tunsil's team have confirmed with our own @TonyPauline that he has been dangled around the league as trade bait.
This is in line with what we reported last night – the Miami #Dolphins are shopping a number of veterans on their roster, which includes Tunsil.
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) August 24, 2019
The other big name that has been touted in trade discussions is Jadeveon Clowney. Joel Corry highlights some of the stumbling blocks to a deal in this piece. The complexities are clear and there aren’t many teams capable of pulling it off. The Seahawks have the cap space, draft stock and ambition to make it happen. Yet the short-term possibility of the trade and the difficulty of finding a compromise on compensation makes it one of the trickier deals to calculate in recent memory.
One other name that has been mentioned is Everson Griffen. This one makes some sense for both the Seahawks and the Vikings. Minnesota’s in cap trouble and need to find some relief from somewhere. Griffen hasn’t had an easy 12 months and his contract is structured so that he’ll likely be a free agent in 2020. Pete Carroll coached Griffen at USC and the Seahawks are badly in need of an experienced pass rusher. John Clayton mentioned earlier in the week Seattle showed some interest in Griffen at the start of the off-season. The only issue could be price. Are the Vikings inclined to trade him to a possible NFC rival on the cheap? And how much are the Seahawks willing to sacrifice for a 31/32-year-old defensive end who might walk at the end of the season?
Finally there are a cluster of teams needing skill players. We’ve already seen Duke Johnson traded but it won’t be surprising to see modest moves elsewhere (eg John Ross).
It does feel like the Seahawks will be active before the regular season begins. They’re banged up and lack quality and depth at cornerback and the defensive line (pass rush). There are big question marks about Ziggy Ansah’s ability to stay healthy and Jarran Reed will miss the first six games.
They’ve made bold trades before, even at this time of the year. Whether it’s lower level manoeuvring or a splash — something feels inevitable.
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