The NFL deadline date, as usual, has arrived and gone on Tuesday with more trouble than heat. A few big names were kicking around, but not much of a late movement and not many were surprised.
This year is more than ever, with COVID-19 test requirements delaying the availability of new player acquisitions and concerns about next year’s salary limits diminishing desire to take on contracts. Large teams, the inertia has dominated the day. If you feel like your team was absent on Tuesday morning, you can still do it.
That said, there’s been a lot of activity in the past week and that counts as the movement of a trade deadline. So, as we want to do when we hit these types of milestones on the NFL calendar, we̵7;re going to break down some winners and losers.
This guy just got 15 games on the standings, having been swapped from 0-8 New York Jets to 7-0 Steelers, who is looking for the depth of midfield and likes Williamson’s veteran pedigree.
You could pose the case that anyone handled by the Jets – Williamson, outside full-back Jordan Willis, spearhead Steve McLendon – is a winner, as they’ll all have more chances to compete with more. they will be there with Jets. But none of the others ended up with the unbeaten team.
Williamson is the biggest deadline winner, as his situation improves the most of any player or team.
The Raven family passed their deadlines last week and acquired Yannick Ngakoue, a hurdler from Minnesota Vikings, just months after the Vikings bought him from Jacksonville Jaguars.
Minnesota did not have the season as expected and decided to buy something back for Ngakoue before he left as a free agent. Raven is happy to send his pick in the 3rd round of 2021 and the 5th round of 2022 for a still-fledged runner who makes their defense more intimidating in the long run and maybe is in their long-term plan.
Carlos Dunlap isn’t the perfect solution to Seattle’s hasty landing woes, but no team will get Khalil Mack by the trade deadline. Acquisitions in early November should be diverse, and Cincinnati veteran Bengals can at least be able to help.
Plus, when he sent back the backup strike squad of BJ Finney, Seattle was able to offset Dunlap’s paycheck and keep its pay-limit influence to a minimum.
The NFL rumor mill was buzzing all day about the possibility of Packers’ Will Fuller receiver landing in Houston Texans – or really any receiver. Ultimately, the Packers don’t want to pay Houston’s price, so they’ve stayed in their place since last year in the recipient position.
Those who were against the Packers for taking the Rodgers successor in the first round of a multi-recipient draft in April had free ammunition for their argument. But Rodgers is a professional Packer, and he knows how organization works. They draft and develop. They usually don’t spend huge sums of money on signing guys contracts and they also very rarely spend valuable draft options to get those in deals. They also reached the knockout stages almost every year. Packer will Packer.
The idea of them giving up a tall option for Fuller, who will take up most of their entire 2020 limited space and prevent them from adopting it for 2021, always feels distant.
The flip side of the Rodgers item here is that the Texans could actually have improved with a deal or two. They have appreciated their players, which is fair. Fuller was a former first-round player who had a stellar year and shouldn’t let go. But between him, Kenny Stills, Brandin Cooks able to trade perpetually and the widespread need for receiver help across the tournament, it seems Houston could have been. some agree.
As a result of previous transactions, Texans have no choice in the first or second round of the 2021 draft NFL. They have an extra quarter and a sixth, but they’ll need some help from the season. and could have used more draft funds.
According to all accounts, Gilmore liked it well in New England and was not eager to trade. But he will also want (and certainly deserve) a new contract at some point. He is expected to only make $ 7 million next year, which is the final year on his contract with the Patriots.
If New England exchanged him with a team willing to give him that extension, Gilmore could have been the Catch deadlines for some teams. Now he has to skip this year of rebuilding at Foxborough and hopefully patriots will get it right with him on the way – with an extension or an out-of-season commercial.
Washington’s sophomore needs to be on the same team that believes in him and is willing to work hard to develop him. Basically, he needs to be in a situation where Daniel Jones is equally erratic with the New York Giants. He doesn’t have that in Washington and will benefit from a change of landscape.
Let’s settle one of the only deals that have really come down to the deadline – the Miami Dolphins trades Ford for the Patriots – the division’s rival – but I can’t figure out who it helps and if it does. is a good thing for players or not. On the one hand, he should be prepared to take tons of passes, as the Patriots’ wide reception situation can be described as “barren”. Dolphins prefers Ford out of the training camp as a position taker, and the Patriots recently lost slot recipient Julian Edelman due to a knee injury. He should be suitable.
But on the other hand – and it’s hard to believe we’re saying this – going from Miami to New England isn’t a great thing right now. The Dolphins are second to New England who are third on the AFC East standings, their defense fits the Rams and they have an interesting young defender in Tua Tagovailoa. The Patriots have lost four in a row and it looks pretty obvious in a rebuilding year. The crazy period in which we live, when trading from Dolphins to Patriots can be a downgrade.