NFL News and Rumors:
The NFL’s trade deadline for 2015 came and went yesterday, and while the Broncos and 49erscompleted a deal on Monday, no moves were finalized on Tuesday. It’s no secret that the NFL’s trade deadline isn’t as exciting as deadline day for the NBA or MLB, with most teams reluctant to try to get players acclimated to a new system or scheme halfway through the season.
Still, while no trades happened on Tuesday, teams around the league made plenty of deals over the course of the last eight months. Since the 2015 league year began back in March, NFL teams have completed a total of 68 trades, by our count (if we missed any, please let us know).
Here are a few observations on those 68 deals:
Of the NFL’s 32 teams, 31 made at least one trade, and 30 made at least two.
The Bengals, who typically don’t splash around much in free agency, also didn’t dive into the trade market in 2015, becoming the only team in the NFL not to complete at least one deal. The Packers, another team that generally stands pat in free agency, made just one trade. The NFL’s other 30 teams all made multiple deals.
Here’s a breakdown of the number of trades completed by team:
- New England Patriots: 9
- Detroit Lions: 8
- San Francisco 49ers: 8
- Houston Texans: 7
- Minnesota Vikings: 7
- New Orleans Saints: 6
- Philadelphia Eagles: 6
- Seattle Seahawks: 6
- Chicago Bears: 5
- Cleveland Browns: 5
- New York Jets: 5
- St. Louis Rams: 5
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 5
- Baltimore Ravens: 4
- Carolina Panthers: 4
- Dallas Cowboys: 4
- Denver Broncos: 4
- Indianapolis Colts: 4
- Oakland Raiders: 4
- Washington: 4
- Arizona Cardinals: 3
- Buffalo Bills: 3
- Kansas City Chiefs: 3
- Miami Dolphins: 3
- Pittsburgh Steelers: 3
- Atlanta Falcons: 2
- Jacksonville Jaguars: 2
- New York Giants: 2
- San Diego Chargers: 2
- Tennessee Titans: 2
- Green Bay Packers: 1
- Cincinnati Bengals: 0
Of the 68 trades completed this year, 63 included at least one draft pick.
Draft pick compensation is crucial for getting deals done, with all but five of this year’s trades featuring at least one pick, whether it was for the 2015, 2016, 2017, or even the 2018 draft. Of those five deals that were purely player-for-player swaps, the Patriots were involved in three of them, but they didn’t play a part in the most notable one — the Eagles sending LeSean McCoy to the Bills for Kiko Alonso back in March.
Of course, many of those draft-pick trades occurred during the draft itself. By our count, 24 deals were completed during this year’s draft, with a few picks changing hands more than once over the course of the three-day event.
In total, 142 draft picks were included in this year’s 68 trades.
As noted above, a few picks have been dealt multiple times over the course of the year, and some of those picks are conditional, so they won’t all change hands. But overall, an incredible 142 draft picks were included in this year’s trades. Here’s the breakdown by draft year:
- 2015: 96
- 2016: 35
- 2017: 8
- 2018: 2
- Unspecified year: 1
And here’s the breakdown by round:
- 1st: 5
- 2nd: 12
- 3rd: 13
- 4th: 20
- 5th: 29
- 6th: 24
- 7th: 23
- Conditional: 16
Ten trades were completed after the regular season got underway.
As I noted in the intro, in-season deals aren’t too common in the NFL, with most teams not wanting to upset chemistry, or teach a player a new system on the fly. But since the Patriots and Steelers kicked off on September 10, teams have completed 10 trades. Most notably, the Cowboys acquired Matt Cassel, the Panthers landed Jared Allen, and the Broncos traded for Vernon Davis.
Here are Tuesday’s minor signings, cuts, and other non-trade transactions from around the NFL:
- The Raiders cut wide receiver/kick returner Walter Powell, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets.
- The Saints signed wide receiver T.J. Graham while cutting fullback Austin Johnson and safety Akeem Davis, according to Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune (Twitter links).
- The Chargers, once again dealing with a banged-up offensive line, are re-signing veteran center J.D. Walton, per Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Chris Watt, who had seen some time at center, was among San Diego’s offensive linemen who left Sunday’s game against the Ravens due to an injury.
- With Keenan Allen headed to the injured reserve list, the Chargers will also be signing wide receiver Javontee Herndon, who had been on the club’s practice squad, per Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune (Twitter link). Herndon certainly won’t be counted on to emulate Allen’s production, but he’ll provide some depth for San Diego’s receiving corps.
- The Texans are signing former Chiefs sixth-round pick Eric Kush to their 53-man roster, a source tells Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). The 26-year-old interior offensive lineman will join the Houston roster in the wake of a knee injury to C/G Greg Mancz, who has been placed on IR, Wilson observes (via Twitter).
- Former Jaguars linebacker James-Michael Johnson is signing with the Lions, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. While Johnson didn’t see much action for either the Jags or Bucs this season, he earned 18 starts for the Browns and Chiefs from 2012 to 2014.
This season has not gone as planned for the Colts, who are the defacto No. 1 team in the AFC South. Locked at 3-5 with the Texans for first place, the Colts are looking to shake things up and save their season. Chudzinski, who previously held the title of associate head coach in Indianapolis, drew interest from multiple teams with offensive coordinator vacancies over the offseason. The Colts did not allow him to pursue those jobs and that was probably because they viewed him as a safety net for Hamilton.
Hamilton has garnered some head coaching buzz in the past but the Colts’ offensive performance this season hasn’t done him any favors in that regard. Of course, Hamilton has built up a strong reputation as an offensive mind over the years and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him get back into the OC mix this spring.
The latest workouts from around the NFL:
- The Titans worked out quarterback Christian Ponder, according to Terry McCormick of TitanInsider (Twitter links). The team also auditioned linebacker Yannik Cudjoe Virgil plus tight ends Michael Egnew, Kevin Greene, Connor Hamlett, and Ryan Taylor.
- The Patriots worked out tight end Cameron Clear, kicker Garrett Hartley, fullback Will Johnson, punter Cody Mandell, long snapper Tyler Ott, cornerback Garry Peters, kicker Matt Wile, and long snapper Christian Yount, Wilson tweets.
- The Texans worked out running back Cyrus Gray, center Josh Allen, center Dalton Freeman, center Eric Kush, guard Jacques McClendon, and center Daniel Munyer, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle tweets.
- The Chargers are working out former Eastern Washington offensive tackle Jake Rodgerstoday, according to a source who spoke with Wilson (on Twitter).
- Slot wide receiver Damaris Johnson is working out for the Jets today, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com tweets. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter) adds Jarrett Boykin, Aldrick Robinson, and Greg Salas to that list. The Jets also worked out tight end David Ausberry, a source tells ESPNNewYork.com’s Rich Cimini (on Twitter).
- The Bills worked out running back Mike Gillislee and defensive backs Jocquel Skinnerand Robert Steeples, Wilson tweets.
- The 49ers also worked out Gillislee, Wilson tweets.
- The 49ers worked out former Texans linebacker Lynden Trail and ex-Chargers cornerChris Davis, Wilson tweets. Davis, 24, signed with the Bolts in 2014 as a UDFA out of Auburn. The Chargers cut Davis on September 1st.
- The Colts worked out offensive guards Ben Heenan and Donald Thomas on Saturday, Wilson tweets. Indianapolis also brought in linebacker Josh Martin for a visit, Wilson adds.
- Tight ends James Casey and Adrien Robinson worked out for the Giants on Tuesday, sources tell Jordan Raanan of the Star-Ledger (via Twitter).
- The Ravens worked out wide receivers Joe Morgan and Chuck Jacobs along with quarterback Chase Rettig, as Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com tweets.
In today’s mailbag, a reader asked Troy Renck of The Denver Post if he thinks that the newly-acquired Vernon Davis will have a similar impact to Julius Thomas at tight end. Renck writes that Davis will not have the same impact because the offense is not the same. However, he can be a tantalizing weapon for an offense that is starting to turn the corner. Denver didn’t give up much to land Davis, and Renck feels that was a flyer worth taking for the Broncos.
Here’s more out of Denver..
- A potential deal that would have sent Joe Thomas from the Browns to the Broncos broke down over a holdup on converting his remaining salary for 2016 and 2017 into guarantees for security, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The Browns and Broncos agreed on the deal including a Broncos first-round pick in 2017, Mike Klis of 9NEWS tweets. However, in 2016, the Browns wanted to orchestrate a high-round pick swap and Denver declined.
- Klis (link) supports the Broncos’ refusal to part with that much. If Manning were to retire after the season and Denver were to tank in 2016, they might be unable to get a top QB if they finished worst than the Browns and had the picks swapped.
- On the surface, the Broncos’ play for Joe Thomas looks like an effort to replace left tackleTy Sambrailo, who is done for the year with a shoulder injury. On a deeper level, Mike Florio of PFT writes, the talks can be interpreted as a bad sign for left tackle Ryan Clady, who has suffered two season-long injuries in three years and is earning major money. Clady is set to earn $9.5MM in 2016 and $10MM in 2017.
SOURCE: Pro Football Rumors