NFL Trade Deadline
The trade deadline has come and gone yet again. Let’s look into all the transactions that occurred this year. To quickly recap, Jimmy Garappolo, the most prized quarterback asset available, goes to the Bay. Jay Ajayi, see ya later. He’s heading to one of the best teams in the league. Another move for a Panthers player to the Buffalo or as we call it Carolina North. Finally, don’t forget the deals of Duane Brown to the Seahawks for Jeremy Lane and a complimentary pick and Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars.
While all of these teams made moves to improve their rosters, one team fail miserably. You guessed it, the Browns. Cleveland had a deal in place and found a way to mess it up. The trade sent AJ McCarron to Cleveland for a 2nd and 3rd round pick. Both sides had agreed to the deal and all the Browns had to do was notify the league office. They didn’t by the time the deadline passed, no deal. Should we be surprised at this point? While the other winless team in the NFL secured their future at Quarterback, the Browns failed to pull the trigger, yet again.
Golden Boy to the Golden Gate
Let’s start with the Jimmy G deal. Out of all of these deals, the Patriots got the most value out of their player. A 2nd-round pick for a backup quarterback with only 600 yards passing to his name. The Patriots essentially always seem to come out on top of these trades, especially when it comes to Brady’s backups.
Begin by taking a look at Matt Cassell. Cassell was in a deal for a second-round pick in 2009. Sound familiar? Since then, Cassell has a career starting record of 28-40 and is back to being a backup again. Next, Brian Hoyer, who ironically enough now seems to be in line to regain his spot as Tom Brady’s back up. Teams highly coveted Hoyer when he left New England for free agency in 2009. However, injuries and inconsistent play have seen Hoyer become a journeyman and nothing more than a place-holder for a team’s next young QB. After Hoyer came Ryan Mallet. Mallet was traded to Houston for a seventh-round pick, but the troubled QB essentially did nothing in the league after, boasting a 3-5 record since the trade.
Yet to be determined: the fate of Jacoby Brissett. Sadly, Brissett may already have the best outlook of any former Brady backups. He was traded earlier this season for a 3rd round pick. The former NC State QB has yet to prove anything for a sustainable career in the league, but he also plays on one of the worst teams in the league. So if the future looks anything like the past, sorry Niner’s fans but you’re in for a bad go of it. At least you’re looking better than the Browns.
Ajayi Flys to Philly
The Dolphins have not been short for headlines this year. The latest, Jay Ajayi to the Eagle for a fourth-round pick. Let’s be serious, they essentially got the equivalent of a no-name, backup corner who will not see the field unless hell freezes over. Rumors have determined that Ajayi may have been a bit of a nuisance in the Dolphin’s locker room. To get rid of the 24-year-old running back for scraps, Ajayi must have hit Gase in the mouth after being called out by his head coach for being part of the issue with the offense. The Dolphins situation just seems to be a peculiar one this season. Tannehill gets hurt, they sign a rental QB for 10 million, coaches getting busted doing cocaine, trading away the running back of the next ten years for nothing. It makes you wonder what’s going on down there in Miami.
Carolina North Bills or Buffalo Panthers?
Another trade of particular curiosity is that of Kelvin Benjamin to the Bills. It almost seems the Panthers have become some kind of a farm system for the Bills to funnel in talent. The Panthers got modest value for the top wideout gaining a third and seventh-round selection in next years draft. Yet this still doesn’t seem to sit quite right seeing how the Panthers are right in the middle of a playoff hunt. On the other hand, this deal makes the Bills look like a serious contender with a now solid number one wideout at the helm to run wild with Tyrod and the boys.
Other Moves Around the League
Let’s not forget about the seemingly silent acquisitions that happened before the fire sale at the deadline. Marcell Darius will be a difference maker joining an already stout Jaguars defense. The corners are already elite. If there was a weakness, it was run defense. Now the Jags are in a good position to make a push to the playoffs. If Jacksonville can get anything going on offense, watch out for the Jacksonville the remainder of the season.
Lastly, the Seahawks finally get the offensive line help they need in Duane Brown. Another bold move for the Seahawks in letting Jeremey Lane go to the Texans. This seemingly is a quality trade value wise helping both teams without necessarily giving away too much. Look for both of these teams to be strong contenders in trying to secure an appearance in the postseason.
This has been one of the more aggressive trade deadlines in recent memory. Some of the trades were logical from a cap space or a needs standpoint. Others seem to leave their fans scratching their heads wondering what in the hell just happened here. All I know is the rest of the year shapes out to be a good one with so many teams battling for the playoffs. We at Quartermaster cannot wait to see how it unfolds.