Patriots 3rd Round Pick to the Bengals for Chad Ochocinco
Why it makes sense: Even if the Jets lose several of their playmakers, the Patriots don’t have a big play receiver like Brandon Marshall, Santonio Holmes or Steve Johnson for any division shootouts and they haven’t had the success replenishing the corps in the draft the way the Steelers and Colts have.
Who wins: I give a slight edge to the Patriots. Ochocinco is getting old but – then again – so are many on the Patriots offense and they could use him as a 2-3 year rental and have him locked in across from Branch with Welker in the slot, developing back-ups Brandon Tate and Julian Endelman each season. If Ochocinco really caused discord in the locker room, then the Bengals win for getting a 3rd rounder for him as they charge forward with a youth movement. Ultimately, though, the Pats have more than one 3rd round pick, so it doesn’t mess up their draft if Ochocinco gets hurt.
Eagles 2012 4th round pick to the Redskins for Albert Haynesworth
Why it makes sense: Albert hates playing nose in the 3-4 and has exchanged words through the media with his defensive coordinator. He always played hard for Jim Washburn, Haynesworth’s former defensive line coach who wants him “badly” to be an Eagle like he is now.
Who wins: The Eagles. I’m firm believer that players only ruin locker rooms if there are no leaders, so Philly would gain more than the Redskins would.
Chargers 2012 4th round pick to the Panthers for Steve Smith
Why it makes sense: This would be a sweetheart deal, like when the Eagles let McNabb have input on where he would be traded, or when the Chiefs sent Gonzalez to the Falcons so he would have an opportunity to win a title or when Roger Goodell stepped in to try to make the Packers trade good ‘ol #4. Steve Smith is one of those great players who did a lot for an organization and one could argue he deserves a better fate than spending the end of his career on a team that will be a project. The Chargers have franchised Vincent Jackson but I don’t think they feel confident in Malcolm Floyd as a #2. A spectacular aerial display could bring fans into Qualcomm Stadium and prevent a move to LA.
Who wins: The Chargers. It’s clear from how much Cam Newton desires him to stay that he can still be a great number 1 receiver.
The Raiders’ Stanford Routt for the Cowboys’ Terence Newman
Why it makes sense: Newman is likely to be cut, Routt just slammed his team’s defense.
Who wins: The Cowboys. Newman’s skills have gone down hill. This trade is unlikely, but I don’t know how new head coach Hue Jackson will deal with the criticism.
Dolphins 2012 1st round pick for the Eagles’ Kevin Kolb
Why it makes sense: The Eagles don’t need three good quarterbacks, and – since it appears they believe in Mike Kafka – Kolb would fetch them at least a second round pick. The Dolphins are desperate not to let their 2010 acquisitions and stout, young defense go to waste with Chad Henne making bad throws.
Who wins: The Dolphins, and Marshall and Bess fantasy owners. Also, – while the Cowboys getting Rob Ryan, the Redskins getting Atogwe and great rookies and the Bucs upgrading their pass rush will effect those respective fantasy defenses – fantasy defenses will be most affected by the wide receivers mentioned earlier, Plaxico Burress, and Kevin Kolb. Kolb to the Dolphins would have incredible ripple effects in fantasy football.
I gave the team receiving the vet the edge but it’s not based on the fact that you never know for sure what you have in a draft pick, even after you draft the player. I simply feel that – in each case – the team getting the vet is getting a great deal, other than the Miami trade. That one was really close. You gotta feel good if you are Philadelphia if they even get a 2nd-round pick for a player they don’t intend on playing.
Of all the trades, I think the Patriots one would be the most lopsided. A 3rd round pick is a big cost for most teams, a little more than what Baltimore gave up for Anquan Boldin. But, it would be so much harder for the Patriots to draft a guy or move a guy up on the depth chart and get the same level of moves, route-running and work ethic that Chad Ochocinco has. The Pats have so many picks in the upcoming draft that they can still get guys they want and trade for Ochocinco.