It seems crazy that the Lions would trade their captain and one of their best players. But Flowers isn’t as robust as he once was. Furthermore, his contract is outrageous and a drain on their cap space. At the very least, Detroit must restructure his deal. He has only played 14 games over the past couple of seasons. There was also a statistical decline over that period (via Detroit News).
Flowers won’t lose sleep over the Lions’ decision. The linebacker will find a good landing spot because there is always room for someone of his caliber. A team like the Saints or the Chiefs will benefit from his signing. Meanwhile, Detroit will gain $17 million in cap space. That’s a massive chunk of cash so a parting of the ways appears inevitable.
If any team can sign Watson it will shake up the entire league. Yes, he missed an entire season, but he’s still a blue-chip quarterback. On his day, he’s a top-five talent. But the problem is that his legal issues are rolling on and on. That’s why the Texans are struggling to find somebody to take him. It’s no surprise because a conviction will make him worthless to any franchise.
However, that doesn’t stop teams like Philadelphia from retaining interest. The Dolphins and the Panthers have abstained because of Watson’s legal situation. The Eagles may do a deal before Watson settles his civil suits. Another option is that the Texans simply cut him from their roster. They would lose his massive trade value but it may be worth it (via SBNation).
Ryan is a Falcons legend. The Atlanta quarterback won the NFL MVP award in 2016 and came close to a Super Bowl victory. However, he’s 37 and the Falcons are no longer in contention. The franchise needs a rebuild, and Ryan’s time as a starter is drawing to a close. They may retain him for another season or two because he provides a stable presence.
But that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t trade him if it made sense. Cleveland is a team that would benefit from somebody like Ryan. Everybody knows Baker Mayfield isn’t going to win them championships. If they could bring in Ryan they’d instantly shake up the team. He would bring maturity, quality, and a winning mentality to the Browns (via Sporting News).
On paper, Barkley is the Giants’ best player. Unfortunately, he’s as fragile as their hopes of winning a Super Bowl. The running back has had a terrible injury record over the past couple of years. This doesn’t mean that they want to lose him. After all, he’s still the face of the franchise. They would prefer to lose James Bradberry instead. In the end, money talks.
The Colts are one team that retains an interest in Barkley. A fourth-round pick with another couple thrown in could be enough to lure the Giants into a deal. Whoever can keep Barkley fit will gain an amazing player. After all, the Giants are a joke of a franchise with a bang-average quarterback. Nobody can prosper in that kind of situation (via New York Post).
It’s bizarre to imagine Wilson playing in another team’s colors. In reality, this is a distinct possibility in 2022. His trade would shake up the entire NFL because Wilson is a potential MVP contender. Seattle already declined Washington’s offer for the want-away quarterback. They’re not the only franchise who would love to sign one of the best of his generation (via Sportscasting).
Allegedly, the Commanders offered the Seahawks multiple first-round picks for Wilson. Other potential suitors include the Eagles and the Broncos. However, Pete Carroll is adamant that Seattle will keep their biggest star. This isn’t impossible. It did seem like the franchise would say goodbye to either their head coach or their quarterback in 2022. They may keep both.
All eyes are on Rodgers before the trade deadline. The Packers are desperate to retain his services. Meanwhile, everybody knows that Denver plans to test their resolve. But Rodgers may even retire and leave the game behind. He has several prime years left but perhaps his competitive spirit no longer remains. However, the Broncos want him and Davante Adams.
Denver is ready to offer a massive haul of draft picks for the star quarterback. These include a pair of first-rounders. It’s up to Green Bay if they’re willing to do business. It would shake up the NFL because the Broncos would become instant contenders. Many people question Rodgers’ playoff record but a fresh start could bring him to the next level. Only time will tell (via Sports Illustrated).