Shield Talk: Discussing the NFL trade deadline

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Shield Talk: Discussing the NFL trade deadline

Brent Jansen, Columnist

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A lot happened at the midway point of the NFL season, and none of it was on the field. The NFL’s trade deadline was Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. and many teams took advantage of the players on the market. Here are some of the notable trades from the past week:

Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers:

The Patriots traded away their backup quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round draft pick. It is hard to believe that the Patriots, and Bill Belichick, misplayed something, but they misplayed this trade.

The Patriots were at a crossroads in their quarterback situation: Garoppolo had proven himself as a worthy quarterback after Brady’s suspension last season, meaning Garoppolo was a target in the quarterback market. The Patriots also need to be prepared for the quarterback of the future, seeing that Brady is 40 years old.

It seemed like an obvious fit. Patriots would hold on to Garoppolo until Brady retired, then let the younger Jimmy take the reins. The only problem was that Garoppolo was in a contract year and would most likely seek a larger contract than the Patriots could offer after 2017.

Knowing this, the Patriots should have traded Garoppolo in the beginning of the season, when teams were willing to give up first-round draft picks. But sometimes even the great Bill Belichick makes mistakes.

Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills:

The Panthers traded wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills for a third and seventh-round draft pick. This is a pretty even trade in the long-run.

In the short-run, the Bills won this trade. They now have a threat at wide receiver after the departure of Sammy Watkins. In the short-run, the Panthers are left with only Devin Funchess at wide receiver, but there is a lot of potential in a third and seventh-round pick.

As long as the Panthers draft right, this trade is a fair deal.

Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles:

LeGarrette Blount is a good running back for short yardage situations, but Jay Ajayi gives the Eagles a good first and second-down back. For a fourth-round pick too, the Eagles made a steal.

The Eagles were already a scary team with their passing offense, but with a real threat at running back, the Eagles are almost a lock to win the NFC.

Brown and Bengals trade that didn’t happen:

The Browns attempted to trade for Cincinnati backup quarterback A.J. McCarron. But in very Cleveland-esque fashion, the trade didn’t happen.

This was because the Browns did not notify the league in time. The Browns and Bengals came to an agreement at 3:55 p.m., five minutes before the deadline.

While the Bengals called to notify the league, the Browns were celebrating the trade and forgot to call in time, according to the Washington Post. It was an embarrassing moment for an organization that has made some embarrassing mistakes over the past few years, and the mistakes only continue.

In Other News:

In other news, Texans star and rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL during practice on Thursday in a non-contact drill and is expected to miss the entire rest of the season.

It’s unfortunate not only for the Texans but the entire NFL. Successful rookie quarterbacks always grab popularity because they are fun to watch. People think they are watching the future.

When tragedies like Watson’s take place, it is a hit on the popularity of the NFL.

Columnist Brent Jansen can be found on Twitter@brentjans. Any tips or suggestions should be forwarded via email to uncwseahawksports@gmail.com. For video updates from The Seahawk, subscribe to our YouTube channel.