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For many years, the NFL trade market was a yawn fest compared to the other major sports leagues’. There wasn’t the frenetic back-and-forth that happens annually in the NBA or in MLB.
In recent years, though, it’s been a different story. Since the collective bargaining agreement was signed in 2011, teams have been more willing to play Let’s Make a Dealespecially on draft day. The first round is now littered with teams looking to move up or slide backjust as the Baltimore Ravens did when they selected Lamar Jackson in 2018.
That worked out OK.
It’s not just rookies getting dealt, though. In 2019, there was quite a run on veteran edge-rushers. Three teams applied the franchise tag to talented pass-rushers only to send them packing. The Kansas City Chiefs were in on two of those deals, flipping Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers and acquiring Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks.
Again, that worked out OK.
Now, it’s all about looking toward 2020. Scoping out which teams are best-positioned to be movers and shakers over the next few months.
Lots of draft picks to use as bargaining chips are good. High draft picks are even better. Having veteran talent to dangle in trade talks is better still. And having a veteran quarterback?
Katy, bar the door.
That’s what this article is all about: ranking the assets each team might be willing to sell, from squads whose cupboards are nearly bare (at least in regard to what they’d be willing to part with) to those who can’t even get the cabinet door shut.