Adam Rank | Tags: Reggie Wayne, Brandon Marshall, Carson Palmer, Chris Johnson, Curtis Painter, Dallas Clark, Darren McFadden, Donovan McNabb, Dwayne Bowe, Felix Jones, Kenny Britt, Kerry Collins, Kyle Orton, Matt Hasselbeck, Peyton Hillis
The football trade deadline is just that, dead. There is little-to-no excitement. There is no intrigue. Teams out of the race don’t send picks to other teams for future consideration like in baseball. But they totally should.
I figure part of that is because fortunes in football change so quickly, this year’s dog (expletive) team could be division championships the following season. Another reason is the salary cap.
With that being said, here are some trades that I would love to see happen, if for no other reason than they would make fantasy football really intriguing going forward.
Colts clean house by sending Wayne to the Patriots, Clark to Chargers
If the Colts were operating like a baseball team, clearing these big names to contenders would make a lot of sense. In fact, Reggie Wayne should be the most coveted player as the deadline approaches, drawing feelers from the 49ers, Ravens, Titans and the Patriots.
Wayne would be awesome in the Patriots offense, and Dallas Clark has shown that he can perform with a top-flight quarterback (not Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins), so he would help make the Antonio Gates injury more manageable for fantasy enthusiasts. The Colts would get some much-needed picks, and a pair of contenders would improve their team.
Bowe to the Titans
The Titans offense suffered after Kenny Britt went down with a season-ending injury. But adding Dwayne Bowe to this offense would keep Matt Hasselbeck a solid fantasy option, and hopefully start opening things up for Chris Johnson. Bowe should be the second-most sought after receiver right after Wayne. Let’s be honest, the Chiefs aren’t winning this year.
Hillis goes to the Cowboys
Sure, Peyton Hillis would still be in the middle of a backfield committee — like his current one in Cleveland — but he would figure to get the majority of the work during Felix Jones’ injuries. And between Jones and Hillis, they should be able to make one healthy running back. The Browns would be rid of a headache, and the Cowboys would have another flashy player who would underachieve, too.
Orton to the Dolphins
This one nearly happened during the offseason, and there are rumors that this could actually be completed. But putting Kyle Orton and Brandon Marshall together again would be fantasy magic. Add in Danny Thomas, and we are looking at some pretty good fantasy production.
McNabb to the Raiders
If he played baseball, Donovan McNabb’s career arc would be of that guy who was sent to contenders each season after the starting quarterback went down. Although, McNabb’s career is already taking that path. Now, McNabb might not be the best quarterback available, but he would be enough of a stop-gap to keep Darren McFadden’s value from completely tanking. Sorry though, DHB, McNabb throwing you bounce passes would not help you out.
And if that didn’t work, Carson Palmer would be awesome, too.
But you know the odds of any of these deals happening? Yes, none of them.