It may be playoff season for twelve franchises, but for the other twenty NFL franchises that didn’t qualify for the postseason, it is the offseason. The offseason features franchises closely monitoring draft prospects to further improve their respective teams. They evaluate their coaching personnel as to which pieces are vital and which pieces are obsolete. Franchises closely examining their front office to see where the strengths and weaknesses are.
The offseason also features teams manufacturing trades in order to acquire talents from other teams. Sometimes free agency or the draft aren’t the answer, but a player who a franchise likes is available via another team. The 2016 offseason will be no different from any other and will see its fair share of trades. Here, we take a look at fifteen players who will be traded in the 2016 offseason.
15. Teddy Bridgewater
Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating season-ending injury on August 30th, 2016 when he tore his ACL and dislocated his knee joint. Less than a week later, the Vikings traded for Sam Bradford as they gave up their 2017 first round selection and a conditional fourth round pick in 2018. Bradford made sure to not let the Vikings down as he led Minnesota to his sixth straight season… in missing the postseason. Despite this, Bradford had the best year of his career. He even eclipsed Drew Brees’ completion percentage record of 71.2 as he posted a 71.6 average for the season. Bradford also threw for a career high 3,877 yards and a career low 5 interceptions. Bradford’s career year along with Bridgewater coming off the injury will pave the way for the Vikings to trade the former Louisville QB.
Prediction: Teddy Bridgewater is traded to the San Francisco 49ers.
14. Josh Gordon
Josh Gordon has largely been out of the league since 2014 as a result of a number of off the field incidents, primarily related to his inability to say no to marijuana. Gordon dominated in the 2013 NFL season as he gained 1,646 receiving yards to go along with 87 receptions and 9 trips to the end zone. Unfortunately for both Gordon and the Cleveland Browns he has only seen the field five times since the 2013 season. Gordon hasn’t been able to stay on the field in Cleveland and checked himself into rehab in September of 2016, one week prior to when he was eligible to return from suspension. Gordon and the Browns both need a fresh start and the best way to do is by parting ways by facilitating a trade for the talented but troubled wideout.
Prediction: Josh Gordon is traded to the Tennessee Titans.
13. Colin Kaepernick
With Chip Kelly out as head coach and Trent Baalke out as GM, a new regime will be put in charge for the 2017 season for the San Francisco 49ers. Current QB, Colin Kaepernick is likely the most polarizing player in the NFL today due to his comments and beliefs regarding standing for the American flag. Baalke was responsible for drafting Kaepernick in 2012 and he negotiated a restructure of Kaepernick’s contract in October of 2016. Prior to the 2016 season commencing, the Niners were fielding offers for Kaepernick. Teams such as the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos showed interest in the former Nevada product. Kaepernick may not be a starter in 2017; but what is certain is that he won’t be a 49er in 2017.
Prediction: Colin Kaepernick is traded to the New York Jets.
12. Jay Cutler
The likelihood of finding a Chicago Bears fan who isn’t ready to move on from the Jay Cutler is about as good as seeing the Cleveland Browns play the Detroit Lions in next year’s Super Bowl. Cutler has been with the Bears for eight seasons and in those eight seasons he has led them to a lone playoff appearance. He’s also been prone to the injury bug as he missed six games in 2010, five games in 2013 and a career high eleven games in 2016. However, in years in which Cutler has played in at least fifteen games he has surpassed the 3,000 yard mark every year. Cutler is now thirty-three years old and his best days are well behind him. The Bears may indeed go with Matt Barkley next year or attempt to make a splash in free agency or the draft; but, Cutler will not be calling the Windy City home come the 2017 season.
Prediction: Jay Cutler is traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
11. Nick Foles
The former Arizona Wildcat Nick Foles began his career in Philadelphia as a rather promising QB. He especially thrived in the 2013 campaign when he made his first and up to date only Pro Bowl as he posted a spectacular 119.2 QB rating to go along with 2,891 yards thrown for, 27 TDs and perhaps most impressive, just 2 INT’s. Yet, after the 2014 season in which Foles season ended prematurely at the hands of a broken collarbone, Chip Kelly decided to move on from Foles. In eight starts in 2014, Foles had thrown for 2,163 yards, 13 TD’s and 10 picks. Granted, Foles numbers were nowhere near as good as they were in 2013, but he was still on pace to surpass 4,000 yards thrown for. In 2015, Foles struggled immensely with the St. Louis Rams; in fairness, Jeff Fisher was adamant about keeping his 7-9 record in tact, so Foles had to save face. In 2016, Foles was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs where he’s served as Alex Smith’s backup. Foles’ past success in Philadelphia will line up suitors for him.
Prediction: Nick Foles is traded to the Arizona Cardinals.