The trades are coming fast and furious with the NFL’s trading deadline rapidly approaching. This year’s trading period ends Tuesday at 4 pm ET. Trades can’t be executed again until the 2019 league year begins March 13.
The ball got rolling last week with running back Carlos Hyde going from the Cleveland Browns to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 fifth round pick. Things picked up stream on Monday. Surprisingly, the Dallas Cowboys gave up a first-round pick for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper. The New Orleans Saints landed cornerback Eli Apple from the New York Giants for a 2019 fourth round pick and a 2020 seventh round pick on Tuesday. The Giants picked up more up draft capital yesterday by dealing defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions in exchange for a 2019 fifth round pick. These trades should be the tip of the iceberg for what many are expecting to produce a flurry of activity before the deadline.
Below are five moves that NFL teams should make prior to the trading period closing. A team acquiring a player must have enough salary cap room to absorb the remainder of his current salary. With a trade occurring after Week Eight’s games, the acquiring team will be responsible for 9/17th of a player’s 2018 base salary and any other applicable salary components in his contract. A trade wasn’t proposed unless the acquiring team had the requisite cap room to complete the transaction.
Trades involving Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson aren’t among my proposals.
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