The NFL season is still a few months away. The NFL Draft is in a few weeks. There have been multiple players that could be moved still. Here are 5 trades that we could see before the start of the 2019 season,
1. RB Duke Johnson traded from Cleveland Browns to Philadelphia Eagles.
The Cleveland Browns have had a very busy off season. Trading for All-Pro Wide Receiver Odell Beckham Jr. , adding Running Back Kareem Hunt, who was released by Kansas City due to domestic violence, and traded for DE Oliver Vernon. When Kareem Hunt returns from suspension, Duke Johnson would be the 3rd RB on the depth chart. There are definitely teams out there who would give him a larger role. He even reportedly requested a trade out of Cleveland. The Browns could likely receive a mid- round pick in exchange for the pass-catching back. There are multiple teams I could see being interested in Johnson. He could develop a solid market. Eagles being at the top.
The Eagles are likely to lose All-purpose back Darren Sproles to retirement. Who was a very reliable receiver out of the backfield. Duke Johnson could fill that void perfectly. Johnson and recently-acquired Jordan Howard could make a very solid duo, along with Corey Clement rotating in. Eagles would likely have to give up a mid-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Maybe a future late pick as well.
2. QB Josh Rosen traded from Arizona Cardinals to Washington Redskins.
The Arizona Cardinals, under new head coach Kliff Klingsbury, clearly have a ton of interest in Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray. A lot of reports indicate they are leaning towards taking him with the number 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Basically that would mean is they are giving up on their first-round pick from last year, QB Josh Rosen. If the Cardinals do indeed select Murray, teams would immediately be calling for a trade involving Rosen. The Redskins make a lot of sense in this situation.
Redskins currently have Case Keenum slated to be the starting QB for 2019. They pick in the middle of the first round of the draft so it will be hard to get a QB that they are comfortable with for the future. They had a very solid guy in Alex Smith, but a gruesome leg injury will sideline him for a long time, plus he is already 34. You can probably bet he never takes a snap for the Redskins again. Josh Rosen showed flashes in his rookie season behind a very suspect offense. He did not have great coaching or a good group of players around him, but he was still able to have some solid games, and show flashes of potential. His overall season numbers were not great. With better coaching, and some development, Rosen could be a future starter in the NFL. The Redskins currently have no future at QB and Rosen could help with that. He would give the Redskins a QB for many years to come after they made the decision last off season that Kirk Cousins was not that guy. A potential trade could look like a second-round pick in this year’s draft, and maybe another future mid-round pick in exchange for Josh Rosen.
3. DE Frank Clark traded from Seattle Seahawks to Oakland Raiders
Frank Clark, 25, has yet to sign his extension with the Seahawks and is currently scheduled to play the 2019 season under the franchise tag. Reports indicate that he is unhappy to play under the franchise tag and wants a long-term deal whether that be with Seattle or somewhere else. Rumors were swirling that trade talks are still ongoing with multiple teams. The team that makes the most sense is the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders have been busy the last 2 offseasons. The Raiders traded away All-Pro Khalil Mack last offseason to the Chicago Bears. Also traded Pro-Bowler Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys. This year they acquired All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown. They clearly are not afraid to make trades to upgrade their roster. The Raiders have 4 picks in the top 35 in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. They have the compensation to trade for Frank Clark. Raiders also have the cap space to take on Clark’s big price tag. Per overthecap.com, the Raiders still have $28 million in cap space this season, and $64 million next season. They have the money to give him a new deal. He would fit well in a defense that was dead last at getting after the QB last season. The Raiders defense was downright terrible, especially their pass rush. Clark would give a big boost to their front seven. A trade for Clark could look similar to the Dee Ford trade. Which was a 2020 2nd Round pick. My guess it would be a 2019 4th Round pick, 2020 3rd Round pick, in exchange for Clark. Raiders have no 3rd in 2019. Also traded away their 2020 2nd in the Mack trade. I don’t think they would give up their 2nd this year, then they would not pick again until round 4. Frank Clark going to Oakland would be huge for that struggling defense.
4. WR AJ Green traded from Cincinnati Bengals to Tennessee Titans
This one might be a surprise. This has not been talked about at all, but an AJ Green trade would make a lot of sense for the Bengals. He is going into a contract year and the Bengals are clearly rebuilding and Green could likely want to leave the Bengals. They probably could get a decent package for him. There are multiple teams who will be interested if Green becomes available. Titans would be at the top of that list.
The Titans WR core last year was nothing special. They had 2nd year WR Corey Davis, who improved, but it is yet to be seen if or when he will make that big jump to be a true number 1. They added Adam Humphries in Free Agency who is a really good slot. Having someone like Green could make their wide-outs very good in 2019. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is entering a contract year and is hoping to have a big 2019 season to secure a nice contract extension. Having AJ Green alongside Davis and Humphries could really benefit Mariota in 2019. They could maximize the production from Mariota and help him improve to secure a big contract extension. There have not been many rumors or reports about a possible Green trade, but it is something to look into. If a trade does come up, I would not be surprised in the slightest if he is dealt to Tennessee. A possible trade could be a second-round in 2019, and maybe another mid-round pick.
5. DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney traded from Houston Texans to New York Jets
It has been no secret that Clowney is not happy about playing under franchise tag and that he wants a long term deal before he takes the field. If the Texans feel they can not get a long term deal done, a trade is definitely a possibility. Clowney has had a lot of injury problems in his career. Which could make the Texans hesitate on giving him a deal that he is looking for. Which could lead to a trade. The Jets would make a lot of sense.
The New York Jets have been extremely busy this offseason. It is clear they want to surround Darnold with the as much talent as they can. They signed RB LeVeon Bell, RB Ty Montgomery. LB C.J. Moseley, traded for OG Kelechi Osemele, and ALMOST signed LB Anthony Barr before he changed his mind to return to Vikings. So it would not be surprising if they were aggressive in a trade for Jadeveon Clowney if he became available. Clowney would add a pass rusher to a young and talented defense that could use some help off the edge. They have solid interior defenders like Leonard Williams, Henry Anderson, and Steve McLendon. Adding Clowney would really help out this defense and take this front 7 to the next level. They want to be aggresive as possible with Darnold still on a rookie deal for 3 more seasons, I can really seeing them pursuing Clowney if he becomes available through trade. A possible trade offer could look like Jets giving up a Day 2 pick in 2019, and Day 2 pick in 2020, and another mid-late round pick in either 2019 or 2020. I could see them also shipping of LB Daron Lee in the deal as they have looked for suitors for him too. A possible trade would like, Jets send a 2019 third-round pick, 2020 second-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick. Jets have reportedly expressed interest as well in trading down from their number 3 spot. They could acquire some more picks from a trade down and use those as well to pursue Clowney.