Trent Richardson clearly opened a door because the NFL trade market has kicked into overdrive. Already Eugene Monroe and Levi Brown are headed to the AFC North. Who else might go on the block before the deadline at the end of October?
New York Giants trade David Wilson
Tom Coughlin is off to the first 0-4 start of his New York Giants career and it has not looked good at all. Part of the problem has been an inability to get anything going on the ground. At the center of those frustrations is 2012 first round pick David Wilson who has already found himself in the Coughlin dog house twice for fumbling issues. The Giants have made changes to the backfield by cutting Da’Rel Scott. That makes Wilson the starter for the time being, but if he continues to struggle the Giants may look to get one what they can back for the second-year player in a deal. Given his explosive ability, it’s hard not seeing another team having interest if the price isn’t too high.
Oakland Raiders trade Denarius Moore
They haven’t looked completely lost but it’s clear the Oakland Raiders aren’t going to be a very good team in 2013. That could mean GM Reggie McKenzie might look to trade off his top veteran assets in order to acquire as many draft picks as he can for 2014. Among them is wide receiver Denarius Moore. While quarterback play has blunted his growth at times, injuries have also lent a hand. That said, he’s proven at time this season that he can still make impact plays and if the right team comes calling the Raiders could get a nice return for him at age 24.
Carolina Panthers trade Charles Johnson
This is purely a cost-cutting move for the Carolina Panthers. Charles Johnson is their most consistent pass rusher but also their most expensive defender. The team has loads of salary cap problems coming their way in 2014 and need breathing space if they want to re-sign others like Greg Hardy. Johnson is dependable, durable and can get into the backfield to harass quarterbacks regularly. Trading him for picks or perhaps help at wide receiver would not only help them elsewhere but gain them valuable breathing space on the NFL salary cap.
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