With the 2018 season now here, we are fully in the swing of things. Finally, Sundays will include a stacked football lineup, which is included with a lot of refreshments, food, and laying down for several hours every Sunday. It takes away the stigma for a few months of Sundays being a boring day, to Sundays being the most exciting day of the week. Soon, everyone will wish it was Sunday every day. The NFL is back in action, and it may be the most interesting season up to date. We saw so many acquisitions this offseason that dealt with a lot bigger stars than in most free agencies, and even players that signed with an unexpected team, or teams unexpectedly releasing their franchise player. But, the fun doesn’t stop there.
Now that the season's begun teams see what they have on the field. They begin to realize what adjustments need to be made to succeed, and many times, that includes making some roster changes. Yes, some teams wait it out because they may be losing a lot of games and figure it’s easier to let the season fall apart. But, for those teams who are in the run for the playoffs, which is usually most teams for most of the season, changes are made all the way up until the deadline, and occasionally after it, too.
Teams begin to prepare for their future, and they prepare for the playoffs that is to come. Teams know that making the playoffs and winning isn’t easy, so many teams make decisions that hopefully, would impact their team on a positive note.
32 Arizona Cardinals - Acquire Randall Cobb
Who knows if the Green Bay Packers will actually be shopping Randall Cobb, but if they do, the Arizona Cardinals look like an ideal location for him to land.
The Cardinals could use another wide receiver, especially with Larry Fitzgerald at the end of his career.
You can’t expect Fitzgerald to play any more than another two seasons, so there has to be a backup plan. Cobb is still young, and although he isn’t catching for 1,000 yard seasons every year, he is a reliable receiver.
31 Atlanta Falcons - Acquire Manti Te'o
Do the Falcons really need anyone else? Probably not. Ever since they signed Terrell McClain, that was probably their last notable move this offseason. If for whatever reason they believed their linebacker group needed some help, trading for Manti Te’o would be the way to go. It would be difficult because it’s a trade that would occur inside the same division, but if the price is right, the Saints are going to let him go. It could help the Falcons against the run too.
30 Baltimore Ravens - Trade Joe Flacco
Where will he go? Who knows. Joe Flacco has Lamar Jackson breathing down his neck, as the Ravens unexpectedly traded back into the first round to select the Louisville product. Jackson has impressed so far, and even though Flacco isn’t playing all that bad, the Ravens would love to eliminate his contract from the books.
Moving on from Flacco may be difficult because of his hefty contract, but if a playoff team is in desperate need of a quarterback, their hands may be tied and have no choice but to make the move.
29 Buffalo Bills - Sign Jeremy Maclin
It’s got to be surprising to some people that Jeremy Maclin is a free agent still. Yes, the past two seasons weren’t that great, but he still played much better than a lot of other free agents that were signed earlier in free agency.
Maclin had back to back 1,000 yard seasons in 2014 and 2015, and then struggled from there.
Well, the Bills may not care. A team will quite frankly, the worst wide receiver group in the NFL, could use some hands for their young quarterback, Josh Allen, or their stop-gap Nate Peterman.
28 Carolina Panthers: Trade For Deonte Thompson
From what it looks like in Dallas, Thompson will not be a long-term fixture at wide receiver. Thompson missed some time in camp, which allowed others to really take advantage. Because of that, don’t be surprised if the Panthers emerge as a landing spot for Thompson by the midway point of the season. The Cowboys are a little crowded on their receiving depth chart. The Panthers need receivers, and this would be a huge veteran addition.
27 Chicago Bears - Trade Kevin White
From what it seems like, Kevin White is not part of the Bears' long-term plans. The Bears needed to help Mitchell Trubisky out, so they did so by signing Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel, and drafting Anthony Miller. With the way it stands, White could end up being a no. 4 receiver throughout the season.
Considering he hasn’t played much throughout his career and is a former first round draft pick, it’s smart that the Bears trade him while he still has some value, to a team desperate for a receiver.
26 Cincinnati Bengals - Release Vincent Rey
With some players missing from the Bengals linebacker group last season, Vincent Rey had the opportunity to step in and do his job. For a backup linebacker, Rey came in and proved he should have the opportunity to get a lot of playing time in the league.
With Vontaze Burfict out the first four games, Rey obviously will have a huge impact on the team for now.
But once Burfict is back, the Bengals may decide that it’s time to move on from Rey with their star linebacker back in the lineup.
25 Cleveland Browns - Sign Eric Reid
Eric Reid, talent wise should probably be signed by now. Reid was arguably the best free agent safety available, and could be signed for cheap at this point in the season. The Titans were going to bring him in for a visit after their safety Jonathan Cyprien went down for the season. But due to Reid's flight being delayed, he couldn't work out for Tennessee, so they signed Kenny Vaccaro. But Reid is still more than talented enough to play in the NFL. The Cleveland Browns have a spot calling for him, who will eventually make the courageous decision to sign him.
24 Dallas Cowboys - Acquire Earl Thomas
Since last December, rumors of Earl Thomas getting traded to the Dallas Cowboys have been never ending. And until Thomas steps foot on the field with the Seahawks, the rumors won’t end. Bad blood exists between Thomas and the Seahawks, which make it difficult to believe that the two sides will eventually be able to come up with some sort of solution.
The Cowboys have been very vocal about being interested, and Thomas has been very vocal about wanting to play in Dallas. It only makes sense that it were to happen.
23 Denver Broncos - Trade Emmanuel Sanders
There comes a time where teams have to make hard decisions that fan bases will hate, and this may be one of them. Emmanuel Sanders missed four games last season, and catching a career low, 51.1% of his targets last season.
With Sanders to have nearly a $13 million cap hit in 2019, the Broncos may decide to move him earlier.
If Courtland Sutton can have a big impact on this offense, you may not see Sanders in an orange and blue uniform all year.
22 Detroit Lions - Trade Golden Tate
Our third star receiver hits the list, with the possibility of Golden Tate getting traded. Marvin Jones surprised the league last season, and should be the new no. 1 receiver moving forward. Tate has played really well throughout his career as a Lion, and would be due for a big contract next year. With Jones playing as well as he did, the Lions don’t necessarily need to two star receivers, yet would they be able to afford them. Expect the Lions to move on.
21 Green Bay Packers - Sign Eddie Lacy
Will Aaron Rodgers ever have an elite running back? It doesn’t seem like that. The Packers are banking on Ty Montgomery, who was originally a wide receiver, to carry this run game. So far it hasn’t worked out, and nothing will change in 2018. A friend from the past is sitting in free agent hoping his old team signs him. Eddie Lacy rushed for over 1,000 yards his first two seasons, and then got hurt in 2016, ending his time in Green Bay. But from what it looks like right now, the Packers need the Lacy of old more than ever.
20 Houston Texans - Sign Dez Bryant
The most prolific free agent still available, turns out to be a wide receiver who was once classified as one of the best in the league.
Dez Bryant claims that he could be on a team right now if he wanted to, but wants to make sure that he makes the right decision.
A team that would be perfect that could come in, likely get him for cheaper and make him happy, is the Houston Texans. Bryant stays in Texas, and plays for a team with a chance to win, and has the spotlight on him.
19 Indianapolis Colts - Sign Bashaud Breeland
The Colts are in a lot of trouble all over the field, so there’s so many different acquisitions that could help them. A cheaper signing that they wouldn’t have to give up anything, would be signing Bashaud Breeland. The Colts secondary has been horrific, and adding Breeland you get a cornerback with experience who could step right up to the plate and start. With it being this late in free agency, Breeland could come for cheap too if the Colts displayed interest.
18 Jacksonville Jaguars - Trade Dante Fowler Jr.
It’s been talked about; will it happen though? The Jacksonville Jaguars declined to exercise Dante Fowler Jr.’s fifth-year option. With recent reports, the Jaguars and Jets have been in contact about sending Fowler to New York.
The Jets would make sense considering they wanted Khalil Mack when he was available.
Even if things don’t work out with the Jets, the Jaguars are clearly interested in shipping Fowler.
There’s so much talent on the Jaguars defensive line, that they could get some draft picks and save money to help this team compete for years to come.
17 Kansas City Chiefs - Cut De'Anthony Thomas
When the extra money was on the table, De’Anthony Thomas declined it. But now with a full receiver room, Thomas could see himself jobless in the coming weeks, or into the season. With Sammy Watkins, Chris Conley, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs may decide there’s not much of a need for Thomas on the roster. It’s unlikely but if this team were to make a decision, that would be it. They recently released Charchandrick West, who would have made more sense than Thomas, considering he actually was released.
16 Los Angeles Chargers - Cut Geno Smith
Many were surprised that Geno Smith managed to win the backup job for the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers' hopes of contending for the AFC West crown and possibly the Super Bowl, rest with Philip Rivers and the Chargers may look for some better insurance at QB than Smith. As the season progresses, the Chargers may have other options on the QB market and could easily move on from Smith. Hopefully for the Chargers' sake, Rivers stays healthy.
15 Los Angeles Rams - Release Michael Brockers
No team is paying at the defensive tackle position like the Los Angeles Rams. Michael Brockers is set to make $10 million this season, Ndamukong Suh signed a one-year deal worth $14 million, and the Rams eventually should work things out with Aaron Donald, giving him an extension.
There’s no way they cut Suh considering they just signed him, and Donald is the foundation of this defense.
Only one guy makes sense, Michael Brockers. Brockers is set to have a cap hit of nearly $11 million in 2019, and the Rams have Aaron Donald's massive extension kicking in next season.
14 Miami Dolphins - Sign Johnathan Hankins
With the loss of Ndamukong Suh, the Miami Dolphins really could use an upgrade at the defensive tackle position. Suh was the heart of that defensive line, and without him, the defense is going to see the struggles. With Johnathan Hankins as a free agent, it’s an easy way for the Dolphins to not only patch the hole, but legitimately improve at the position. Hankins is no Suh, but he’s one of the better defensive tackles in the league when he's healthy. It’s too easy of a decision.
13 Minnesota Vikings - Trade Anthony Barr
It may not be what the Vikings want to do, but they may have no choice but to trade Anthony Barr. The team has some important decisions to make next offseason, including Stefon Diggs being a free agent. The Vikings defense has been great, but this would be a huge piece to lose. At least if the Vikings trade him ahead of time, the team can get a few draft picks to maybe go and draft a linebacker in next year’s draft.
12 New England Patriots - Trade Julian Edelman
Julian Edelman won't be back on the field until October, but by then will be over a year removed from meaningful football action. The Patriots have never been hesitant to move on from players they feel are past their peak contribution. The Patriots already lost a lot of talent over the offseason but we've all seen how Belichick can quickly sour on a player. Following Edelman's suspension, if his game isn't up to his usual stats, Belichick can find a trade partner for Edelman and instead look to upgrade at receiver in the offseason.
11 New Orleans Saints - Trade Mark Ingram
It will be more surprising to see Mark Ingram still on the Saints at the end of the year, than it would to see him elsewhere.
With Alvin Kamara playing at such a high level last season, it doesn’t make sense for the Saints to extend Ingram next season.s
Together they create the best running back duo in the NFL, but it’s simply not feasible to have two stars at the position. Following Ingram’s suspension, he will get traded after New Orleans sees that Kamara can keep the offense going.
10 New York Giants - Cut Ereck Flowers
How much more of Ereck Flowers can the Giants deal with? The former first round draft pick has been arguably one of the worst offensive tackles in the league, and Eli Manning’s worst enemy. Flowers will likely move over to right tackle this season to get some work over there, but it may be best to part ways. If the Giants do keep him on the roster, it would simply be as a backup, to keep some depth on the offensive line.
9 New York Jets - Acquire Dante Fowler
The New York Jets were the team most heavily rumored as a landing spot for Khalil Mack, but the Bears ultimately offered the Raiders more than anyone else did. The Jets will now turn their attention to other pass rushers who may be available and one of those names has been Dante Fowler in Jacksonville.
The Jags have built a loaded defense, particularly their front seven, and Fowler has been deemed expendable.
While he's no Khalil Mack, he'll obviously come at a much cheaper price tag for New York.
8 Oakland Raiders - Release Seth Roberts
Jon Gruden did it. He traded the team's franchise player. The Raiders also released Martavis Bryant after giving up a third round pick for him in April. But their receiving corps has struggled quite a bit, Seth Roberts being one of those guys. The Raiders made it a priority to improve this receiver corps, and they did by signing Jordy Nelson. If you include Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts is penciled in at no.3, but he shouldn't be for long.
7 Philadelphia Eagles - Trade Nick Foles
Once Carson Wentz is fully healthy, if he’s ever fully healthy, that is when you will see the Eagles really look to trade Nick Foles. Right now, it makes sense considering Wentz has yet to show he's at the level he was last year.
But if the team sees that Wentz is good to go, they’re going to make some phone calls before the trade deadline to send Foles elsewhere.
Plus, they will probably take care of him and make sure to send him somewhere he can get paid good money, and succeed.
6 Pittsburgh Steelers - Trade Le'Veon Bell
It may not be very likely, but considering Le’Veon Bell denied a monstrous contract from the Steelers, there’s a chance they may just trade him. Bell wants an absurd amount of money, that could prevent the Steelers from spending much elsewhere in free agency. Bell’s agent came out and implied that he wouldn’t be back in 2019 if things don’t get taken care of. So, the Steelers very well may stick with their price, and look for teams interested in the star running back.
5 San Francisco 49ers - Cut Reuben Foster
It didn’t take long for Reuben Foster to get involved with some drama in his career. Foster received a lot of negative publicity this offseason. Foster was also suspended the first two games of the 2018 season without pay.
No one knows what the truth is except Foster, but the 49ers may decide to keep their name out of this mess, and fully move on and cut him. Foster will really have to deliver the goods on the field to stay in San Fran.
4 Seattle Seahawks - Trade Earl Thomas
Even if things don’t work out with Earl Thomas and the Cowboys, it almost seems certain that the Seahawks are willing to trade him. Thomas has not made it out to camp, and has yet to see the field in the preseason. It really doesn’t help either side that he’s sitting out, but eventually the Seahawks are going to have to give in. Will they really want to play without Thomas and not get anything in return? It’s only a matter of time.
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Trade DeSean Jackson
It may be a slight stretch, but there’s that possibility that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers try to trade DeSean Jackson, or maybe even release him.
Jackson played well last year, but was making no. 1 receiver money, even if he isn’t one.
Expectations were through the roof last season for the Bucs, and now they are as minimal as the Browns expectations each year. If this team can’t win, why not get some draft picks out of a player who probably won’t be a part of your future?
2 Tennessee Titans - Acquire Julian Edelman
The Tennessee Titans targeted several former Patriots players in the offseason, signing Malcom Butler and Dion Lewis, and even hiring longtime Patriot Mike Vrabel as head coach. If Edelman were to be shopped around, the Titans would be interested in him, as they have been looking for some veteran help at receiver since Eric Decker didn't work out for them last year. Adding Edelman to a core of Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis makes the Titans a far more reliable receiving corps for Marcus Mariota.
1 Washington Redskins - Sign Lawrence Timmons
Power and speed is what describes the NFC East offenses, with some really good running backs. What needs to come with those running backs, are fast and stronger linebackers. The Eagles and Cowboys both have good groups, while the Giants could be in that conversation, but could also be really bad. One team in need of a linebacker, are the Redskins.
They lost Derrius Guice, and they may be the only team who will struggle milking the clock. To prevent this from happening, signing Lawrence Timmons adds experience and depth to a defense who needs a linebacker.