The NFL trade deadline has come and gone and we highlight the biggest moves in the NFL.
Philadelphia Eagles get Golden Tate
Philadelphia needed more weapons on their offense and they get just that with the acquisition of Golden Tate. This takes pressure off Carson Wentz who has played well since coming back from injury but needs help.
Golden Tate is one of the best receivers in the league in terms of YAC (yards after the catch) and will hopefully help the Philadelphia Eagles regain their Super Bowl form heading into the second half of the season.
From the Detroit Lions perspective, they get a 3rd round pick for a player that probably wasn’t going to be back. That’s great value for a 30 year old wide receiver.
Add to that the emergence of Kenny Golladay and Kerryon Johnson within the Lions scheme and you can see why the team decided to go this route.
Dante Fowler is the edge rusher the Rams need
The biggest weakness on the Los Angeles Rams defense is at the edge rusher position. They knew before the season started it would have to be addressed and they did just that by getting Dante Fowler from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 3rd round pick and a 2020 5th round pick.
That’s a lot to give up for a player you aren’t even sure will re-sign.
With the dominant Aaron Donald playing alongside Ndamukong Nsuh, Dante Fowler will have every opportunity to show his tremendous skill. He has had issue with consistency and the Rams will hope to get the best out of him.
The Jaguars did not trade Fowler because of lack of talent, they are just one of the deepest teams in the NFL in terms of defensive line personnel and they can afford to give up a player like Fowler and still be fine at that position.
Demaryius Thomas starts a new chapter in Houston
This is a good move for the Houston Texans and for Demaryius Thomas as well. The Texans needed to make a move after the injury to Will Fuller and with their division race wide open, they didn’t have to give up much for a talented receiver to pair opposite their number one DeAndre Hopkins.
Demaryius Thomas has slowed down a lot over the past few years but an argument can be made that he hasn’t had an above average quarterback during that time. He should love playing with DeSean Watson. Getting a player with his talent for a 4th round pick is worth the gamble for the Texans.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix goes from Green Bay to Washington
This has to be the most confusing move of the trade deadline. It’s not shocking that the Packers would be willing to trade Clinton-Dix for a few reasons.
The first is he isn’t having his best season. He hasn’t been bad and is still ranked as a top Safety in the NFL. He will be a free agent next year and the Green Bay Packers were not going to pay him the type of money he was looking for. So from their perspective they didn’t want to let him leave for nothing.
The thing is a 4th round pick for a top player at his position and a leader on your defense doesn’t seem like enough.
What’s even more confusing is how exactly does this make the Green Bay Packers better?
For the Packers to sell cheap on a team leader in a move that makes them worse is causing a lot of people in Wisconsin to question the Green Bay Packers management.