By Tyler Leli @jetleli on March 28, 2014
With the 2014 NFL Draft quickly approaching, it is clear that many intriguing trade options are opening up with teams looking to open up cap room, stack up draft picks or just get a star player. This in turn makes for somewhat of a silly season in football, and I have kept this time of year in mind by identifying the 15 ridiculous trades that everyone wants to see that will unfortunately never happen.
Philip Rivers and Tony Romo have both tried and failed to crack the class of elite quarterbacks in recent years, which in part has come down to continued failures in the playoffs. Still, at 32 and 33 both have a few years of great play ahead of them, and the Chargers and Cowboys both seem to be stuck in situations of mediocrity. It would be great to see these two trade places if only to see who is more a victim of their current situation.
Luke Kuechly and Vontaze Burfict are both incredibly young, physical and fast ball-hawk linebackers who rack up tackles and turnovers like its nobody's business. Still, they also seem to both be at least partial beneficiaries of playing amongst defensive units in Carolina and Cincinnati that are talented in nearly every position. This trade would serve to prove who is really the better player and would be even on paper for all sides involved.
Both Robert Quinn and Matt Ryan are great football players, albeit on opposite sides of the football. The one thing that they both have in common is playing or teams that underwhelmed in 2013, and they would both be perfect fits for their counterparts. It would certainly be interesting to see Quinn lining up alongside the likes of Osi Umenyiora and for Ryan to throw the ball to Tavon Austin and Jared Cook.
Rob Gronkowski and Dez Bryant have both been problem cases for their respective teams, and the Patriots and Cowboys likely wouldn't mind them trading places. After all, the prospect of Tom Brady throwing to Dez Bryant would likely result in ground breaking statistical output, much like when Randy Moss was in New England. Likewise, Tony Romo certainly wouldn't mind having a two-headed tight end monster in the form of Gronkowski and Jason Witten.
In this instance, Mario Williams is already an established star defensive lineman while Cameron Jordan still has room to develop at defensive end. This would make the move a little bit better for the Buffalo Bills in the long term, but it would also allow Williams his first genuine opportunity to win a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints.
Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are both similar players in that they are big, physical wide receivers who have great hands. Add on to this they are 32 and 30 years old and this would be a very even trade, especially since Fitzgerald has long been rumored for a move from the Arizona Cardinals. Few would bet he would have the Houston Texans as his first choice, but Johnson would be something to watch on the up-and-coming Arizona team.
This trade would be a swap of two styles of running backs, as Adrian Peterson will run over and then by you while LeSean McCoy will run circles around you then juke you on the way out. McCoy would be a good fit for the Minnesota Vikings as they rebuild because of his youth while Peterson would be great to watch in the high tempo Philadelphia Eagles offense. Plus, it would be great to see Peterson get a genuine shot at winning the Super Bowl.
Both Trent Richardson and Ray Rice are quietly becoming unwanted men in Indianapolis and Baltimore, albeit for different reasons. For Richardson it comes down to general ineffectiveness since being acquired while Rice is in legal trouble that could end in prison time. This trade would be intriguing for so many reasons, including the lingering hatred Baltimore feels for the Colts.
Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick have developed a bit of a feud during the past year, which has been aided in becoming news by the rise of the Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers. It is safe to say that Newton is a little bit better of a quarterback, but both players are helped out at this point by powerful defenses. This trade of places would test out the theories of Kaepernick being a system quarterback and Newton not being clutch.
Marshawn Lynch and Alfred Morris are both physically imposing running backs, and both are coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Still, at 27 and having racked up 1,753 rushing attempts in the NFL, it must be doubted how much longer Lynch can be successful. Meanwhile, after only two years in the league, Morris likely has at least five years left of top notch production. Nevertheless, it would be great to see two stars trade places.
Josh Gordon is the new up-and-coming wide receiver in football while Calvin Johnson is the clear top dog at the position. Still, both are a part of teams that aren't Super Bowl contenders by any stretch of the imagination, making this a great trade to watch. After all, imagine Gordon receiving passes from Matthew Stafford while Johnson continues to put up mind numbing stats alongside a below average core of teammates.
The San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans are polar opposites in terms of overall success, yet Aldon Smith and J.J. Watt are both behemoths on the defensive side of the ball. This would make the trade even on paper, and it would have football fans salivating thinking of Watt playing for Jim Harbaugh. For Smith the move wouldn't be quite so enviable, but this is a business after all.
Richard Sherman for Michael Crabtree wouldn't be even on paper, but it would be great for television. After all, everyone knows what the two guys think about each other, and this feud has really seemed to equate into bad feelings throughout the Seattle and San Francisco locker rooms. This move would test loyalties and really just blow the minds of people everywhere.
The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers are two of the best teams in the NFL, and Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh have played a big reason why. Sure swapping head coaches is almost unprecedented in the NFL, but this would test out what coach can pick up their philosophy and be successful anywhere. Plus it would only intensify the rivalry to levels that haven't been seen in the NFL for a long time.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are two of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game of football, and they are certainly the best of the last 20 years. At 38 and 36 they are also approaching their last days, although this still has so many angles that it would send every sports fan into insanity. The most intriguing of all is seeing Manning and Bill Belichick team up as well as testing whether Brady can be great outside of New England.
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