Breaking Down the NFL Trade Deadline: Winners and Losers
The NFL trade deadline has come and gone, and it was a busy one this year. Several big names were on the move, and some teams made moves that could help them make a playoff run. Here are the winners and losers from the NFL trade deadline.
1. Los Angeles Rams – The Rams made the biggest splash of the trade deadline, acquiring All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ramsey is one of the best cornerbacks in the league, and he will help shore up the Rams’ defense.
2. Baltimore Ravens – The Ravens added some much-needed help to their defense by trading for Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters. Peters has had some off-the-field issues in the past, but he is still one of the best cornerbacks in the league.
3. San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers acquired wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from the Denver Broncos. Sanders is a proven veteran who will help the 49ers’ young receiving corps.
4. New England Patriots – The Patriots added some depth to their offensive line by trading for veteran offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers – The Steelers added some much-needed help to their defense by trading for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is a talented young player who will help the Steelers’ secondary.
1. Atlanta Falcons – The Falcons were rumored to be shopping Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones, but they ultimately decided to hold on to him. The Falcons are struggling this season, and trading Jones could have helped them rebuild.
2. Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals failed to trade Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Green, who is set to become a free agent after this season. The Bengals are in the middle of a rebuild, and trading Green could have helped them get some draft picks.
3. Cleveland Browns – The Browns failed to trade for offensive line help, which has been a major weakness for them this season. The Browns are still in playoff contention, but they will need to improve their offensive line if they want to make a run.
4. Miami Dolphins – The Dolphins traded away some of their best players, including Fitzpatrick and running back Kenyan Drake. The Dolphins are clearly in rebuilding mode, but it remains to be seen if they will be able to turn things around.
5. Washington Redskins – The Redskins failed to trade Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams, who has been holding out since the offseason. The Redskins are struggling this season, and trading Williams could have helped them get some draft picks and rebuild.