Trades don't happen often, but here are some that should
Trades in the NFL happen about as often as a Bill Belichick smile. But just because they don't happen doesn't mean they shouldn't. Here are some trades that could help both teams.
Trades in the NFL happen about as often as Bill Belichick smiles. But just because they don't happen doesn't always mean they shouldn't. There are always plenty of obstacles and reasons why teams won't make trades, but here are some that could help both teams.
Kansas City RB Larry Johnson to the N.Y. Jets for a second-round draft pick that could escalate into a No. 1 based on performance and the team's success
Why it works for New York: Thomas Jones is a good back, but I'm not sure he's a true No. 1 any more. Imagine adding Johnson to this mix with Jones and Leon Washington spelling him to keep him hungry and fresh. No team has taken more of a win-now approach to their roster, and this could put the Jets over the top. Giving up a second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder based on production and the Jets' success could make sense.
Detroit WR Roy Williams to Dallas for a second-round pick
Why it works for Dallas: What do the Cowboys need? More star-power players with some selfishness to them! In all honesty, this could further complicate the situation in Dallas, but the former University of Texas product could also really thrive in Big D. This marriage just seems too intriguing not to mention, but there are plenty of teams that could be in the market for a wideout. Heading to San Francisco and being reunited with former Lions coach and current 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz also would be beneficial for both.
Cincinnati WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh to Philadelphia for a second-round pick
Why it works for Philadelphia: Although he isn't a home-run threat, Houshmandzadeh is a very precise route runner with great hands who excels in moving the chains and scoring points in the red zone. That's something the Eagles could really use. Donovan McNabb needs a primary target, and the Eagles acquired extra picks in the 2009 draft during last year's draft. Don't count out Tennessee in this or any of the wide-receiver possibilities, either.
Kansas City TE Tony Gonzalez to Buffalo for a third-round pick
Why it works for Buffalo: Plenty of teams (Giants, Vikings, Cardinals) come to mind when thinking about where Gonzalez would fit in, and that could drive up his price tag. However, Buffalo is a very young football team and still only has one legitimate receiving option in Lee Evans. Having Gonzalez near the goal line and in the middle of the field would be a tremendous asset. It would also move Robert Royal down to the second-string tight end, which is where he belongs.
St. Louis WR Torry Holt to San Francisco for a third-round pick
Why it works for San Francisco: Surely Martz and WR Isaac Bruce would welcome back their old pal, even though the arrow is beginning to point down on Holt at this stage of his career. It would help an offense that is already much improved, and adding another solid pass catcher could make this a top-10 offense. Once again, Tennessee could make a lot of sense here as well.
Cincinnati WR Chad Johnson to Tampa Bay for a third-round pick that could escalate based on performance
Why it works for Tampa Bay: Bucs coach Jon Gruden has been known to overlook players with questionable personality issues who are long on talent. Matching that with the fact that Joey Galloway has been sorely missed, and the verticality that he provided has yet to be replaced and this might just be a match made in heaven or a very combustible situation. Still, it would be worth the gamble.
Oakland RB Justin Fargas to Indianapolis for a fourth-round pick
Why it works for Indianapolis: Joseph Addai just suffered a hamstring injury (although coach Tony Dungy said he didn't expect it to be serious) and Mike Hart suffered a severe knee injury. While only losing Hart would not be a huge problem, spelling Addai and Dominic Rhodes with an aggressive zone runner like Fargas would be good insurance, especially if Addai's injury lingers. And if Addai's healthy, it would help keep him fresh for the long haul. Running backs are not worth much on the open market, so the price might be right, and Addai's ability to be a true bell cow runner is questionable.
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