The 2020 NFL Draft is about to get going in less than a week. Rumors are flying around the league’s water cooler at a near never-ending clip.
While trades during the draft might be impacted due to it being held remotely, we promise to see a few blockbusters go down. The rest of the NFL offseason could include a big trade or two.
From an All-Pro player in New Jersey to a former franchise quarterback out west, here’s a look at five NFL players who could still be traded with a specific look at where they might end up.
Jamal Adams to the Dallas Cowboys
The rumors seem to be at least credible at this point. Just recently, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones would not shoot down the idea that his team could make a renewed play for Jamal Adams. Meanwhile, the New York Jets have no plans to extend the All-Pro safety.
Could this lead to a blockbuster trade during next week’s NFL Draft? Stranger things have indeed happened. Dallas would have to give up its first-round pick (17th overall) and change. But the team has not been afraid to pull off that type of blockbuster trade under owner Jerry Jones.
As it relates to the Jets, they could look to use said selection to get more firepower for young quarterback Sam Darnold. It would not be shocking if Adams were moved either Thursday night or ahead of the start of the draft.
Yannick Ngakoue to the Seattle Seahawks
Here’s another rumor that simply hasn’t died down with time. By now, it’s already known that Ngakoue wants out of Jacksonville. The Jaguars placed the dreaded franchise tag on their Pro Bowl pass rushers with the sole purpose of trading him. Time is now running out on that front.
While Jacksonville is said to be demanding a first-round pick in exchange for the talented young defensive end, it might have to settle for less. Pure conjecture here, but Seattle could offer up both of its second-round picks (59th and 63rd overall) to the Jags. That’s the equivalent of the first overall selection in Round 2. In turn, the Hawks add an elite talent to replace current free agent Jadeveon Clowney.
Derek Carr to the New England Patriots
Here’s a trade that could very well go down on the second day of the draft next Friday. It could also happen after the 2020 NFL Draft altogether. The scenario makes too much sense. Having already signed Marcus Mariota to compete with Carr, the Las Vegas Raiders are also interested in at least one top-end quarterback in the draft. If Jon Gruden and Co. were to go in that direction, there’s no real reason to keep Carr on the roster.
New England obviously has a need at quarterback following Tom Brady’s shocking departure in free agency. It signed veteran journeyman Brian Hoyer to compete with the unproven Jarrett Stidham. Sure the finances might be difficult for a cash-strapped Pats squad, but we’ve seen Bill Belichick work wonders in the past.
New England offers up one of its third-round selections to the Raiders, adding a stopgap quarterback who has earned three Pro Bowl selections throughout his career.
A.J. Green to the Green Bay Packers
I am not 100% sure why the Cincinnati Bengals decided to place the franchise tag on this seven-time Pro Bowler. The team is in complete rebuild mode and will add quarterback Joe Burrow to the mix with the first pick in next’s week draft. Paying Green $17.87 million next season makes no sense.
It’s in this that the Green Bay Packers could make some sense. They are said to be looking receiver early in the 2020 NFL Draft. Why not add a proven Pro Bowler to go with Davante Adams as Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets?
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has been much more aggressive than his previous counterparts atop the team’s front office. Green Bay could offer up a second-round pick to steal Green from the rebuilding Bengals. It makes too much sense.
Odell Beckham Jr. to the San Francisco 49ers
I get it. Beckham Jr. is not on the trade block. The Browns have indicated as much at a near never-ending clip over the past few months. That’s fine and dandy. Buy remember, it was about this time last year that the New York Giants said the same thing. How did that turn out. A recent credible report also suggests that OBJ will indeed be traded.
If this is indeed the case, the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers make the most sense. It’s not a well-kept secret that head coach Kyle Shanahan has been chasing after him for the past couple years. San Francisco made a play for OBJ last year, but the Giants were unwilling to trade him to the NFC.
The 49ers can offer up their original first-round pick (31st overall) and a selection next year to nab OBJ from Cleveland. They can also afford to take on his contract by moving on from running back Tevin Coleman and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. It just makes too much sense.