The 2020 NFL trade deadline has come and gone, and teams were quieter than ever with their lack of moves.
Leading up to the deadline, the Dallas Cowboys traded veteran pass rusher Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions, while the Seattle Seahawks acquired another veteran pass rusher in Carlos Dunlap from the Cincinnati Bengals.
These moves could wind up making a difference, but they aren’t all that exciting. Let’s take a look at some blockbuster trades that we wish we saw at the 2020 NFL trade deadline.
5. Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz to Green Bay Packers
Even so, it always seemed more likely for the Packers to pull the trigger on this one as the Ravens already have Mark Andrews as the team’s starting tight end. Of course, more firepower would only help Baltimore, but adding to the team’s group of wide receivers was a more pertinent measure to take as the Ravens wound up signing veteran wideout Dez Bryant to the practice squad.
With Davante Adams already leading the way for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, Ertz to Green Bay would have been quite the splash in the NFL.
4. New England Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore to Tennessee Titans
With life after Tom Brady not looking too hot for Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots apparently shopped All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore ahead of the deadline. If the Patriots had sold at the deadline, it wouldn’t have been too surprising to see Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans on the other side of a deal with New England. Vrabel and the Titans have more than a few connections to the Patriots, and the AFC South franchise could’ve used the defensive upgrade to help its high-powered offense.
3. Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins to Dallas Cowboys
It is no secret that second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins hasn’t really received a proper opportunity in the nation’s capital. Haskins and the Washington Football Team simply don’t seem to be a match made in heaven.
Because there aren’t very many starting jobs available at this point in the season, Haskins only had a few options on the table if he’s going to remain on the field for a NFL team in 2020. In a move that would defy all the laws of physics and nature, Washington should have shipped Haskins to the rival Dallas Cowboys, who continue to need help under center in the absence of both Dak Prescott and Andy Dalton. Although a deal between these two teams was always highly unlikely considering Washington and Dallas are still vying for a NFC East crown, one can dream as this deal would’ve actually made sense for both sides.
2. New York Jets QB Sam Darnold to Jacksonville Jaguars
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase has turned this AFC East franchise into a three-ring circus — which may be putting it lightly at this point.
With the Jets the last winless team in the NFL, Gase and company should have been big sellers at the NFL trade deadline. This year will be a little more interesting, though, as the Jets have the chance to finish with the league’s worst record, something that could net them the No. 1 overall pick in 2021. With current Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence more than likely slated to become the top pick next year, the Jets could have been bold and moved on from the struggling Sam Darnold.
If the Jets were going to move Darnold, the Jacksonville Jaguars could’ve become a potential suitor. The AFC South franchise is once again struggling mightily with just one win on the ledger in 2020, and rumors of a potential Gardner Minshew benching have flared up in recent weeks.
Neither of these teams can get out of their own way, so why not get in each other’s way?
1. New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas to Indianapolis Colts
This is by far the most unlikely scenario of the bunch, but it would certainly have been an interesting one. With New Orleans Saints star wide receiver Michael Thomas currently in the midst of some strange behavior, it was quietly rumored that the heralded NFC South franchise could at least listen to some offers.
Although every single NFL franchise could use a player of Thomas’ caliber, the Indianapolis Colts are in desperate need of some help on offense. With an aging Philip Rivers under center and an impressive Tennessee Titans team in first place in the AFC South standings, the Colts adding a player like Thomas would have changed the landscape of the AFC. The return on such a deal would be astronomical, however, which would’ve made this move even more interesting as the Saints would surely have garnered a haul and a half in a potential trade involving Thomas.
While this is a fun one, it’s not a surprise it didn’t happen.