The trade deadline has now passed and bar players moving between IR and back, rosters are now more or less set for the rest of the league so let’s take a look back at the key trades made on deadline day:
Wide receiver Demaryious Thomas goes to the Texans from the Broncos for a 4th round pick plus swapping 7th round picks
The Texans offense was firing well as they ran off five straight wins but the latest of which, against the Dolphins ended with news that Will Fuller would be out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury. With the rest of the AFC South faltering, the Texans can see the road before them for a spot in the playoffs and want to keep their offense firing with two strong receiving options for quarterback Watson. Thomas has the experience of being a Superbowl winner and is still a good pair of hands. He’ll be the second option next to DeAndre Hopkins which could see him draw less coverage than he got in a Broncos uniform.
For the Broncos it made sense to get some value from a player that wasn’t performing to his previous standards. A fourth round pick for a 30 year old that if they kept on next year would be due to pay $14m next year is good value. In recent weeks we’ve also seen the emergence of rookie Courtland Sutton as a potential replacement.
Wide receiver Golden Tate goes to the Eagles from the Lions for a 3rd round pick
The Eagles needed to get more help for Carson Wentz who’s receivers have either struggled with injury or form since winning the Superbowl. It’s all very well having potential at tight end but they need a safe pair of hands on the perimeter. Alshon Jeffrey has had injuries and Nelson Agholor is good in patches but could be better utilised in the slot.
For the Lions, they get good value for a player that will be a pending free agent at the end of the year, and given his form, a potential expensive one. And whilst they do still have two good receivers in Harrison and Golladay, Tate was the go to man for Stafford. This is a potential big loss in terms of experience and leadership for the Lions.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix goes to the Redskins from the Packers for a fourth round pick
This is a great acquisition for the Redskins and pairing him with DJ Swearinger gives them one of the best safety tandems in the NFL and makes a good defense even better. The NFC East is very competitive this year and the Redskins, already top, are looking very good for a run into the playoffs.
For the Packers, this is a pending free agent which many thought they would lose at the end of the year. They’ve given Rodgers an awful lot of money and maybe that’s part of their decision to offload Clinton-Dix now and get some value for him.
Running back Ty Montgomery goes to the Ravens from the Packers for a seventh round pick
The Ravens are competitive in the AFC North and whilst their running game has been good behind Alex Collins there have been times it’s gone missing. They are though, missing that true receiving back out of the backfield and Montgomery could provide that safety blanket for Joe Flacco.
The Packers were angry with Montgomery after his controversial decision to run the ball out of the end zone, fumble it and subsequently hand the Rams the win in the game last week. Rodgers was visibly angry with him on the sideline. It wasn’t like he’d had much production this year and with other players available at the running back spot, getting a bit of value seems like a good deal for all.
Pass rusher Dante Fowler goes to the Rams from the Jaguars for a third round pick in 2019 and a fifth rounder in 2020
Fowler had a lot of promise when he came in to the league in 2016 but a year out injured meant that it was never really realised then, and hasn’t been in subsequent years. The Rams have a ferocious pass rush up the middle of the line but the edge rush has been lacking. If they can get the most out of Fowler he’ll be a valuable asset to a defense that has been good, but not as good as expected. It was a lot to pay for potential though.
The Jags have an abundance of defensive riches and per above, haven’t got the best out of him since he’s been fit. He’s not even a starter in and so getting as much as they can for him now is a good move.