MANTI TE’O TO ARIZONA
The Cardinals have the most unsettled middle linebacker position in the NFL as of now with a competition between Scooby Wright III/Josh Bynes/Frank Ginda currently slated on the depth chart. Ideally, the Cardinals could sign a player like Na’Vorro Bowman (who is still a free agent) on a one-year deal and not give up any compensation. If they don’t think Bowman is a good fit, Manti Te’o would be a very savvy acquisition. The Saints just signed Demario Davis to start inside this offseason, and Te’o is in the final year of his deal with a $2.8 million cap hit in 2018 and only $300k dead cap. The Saints could cut Te’o during the preseason to scrape some pennies, but they would likely be very motivated to get some compensation for Te’o while they can.
Trade: ILB Manti Te’o -> AZ; 2020 6th Round Pick ->NO
DERRICK KINDRED TO DALLAS
The Cowboys have announced a full time switch from safety to cornerback for Byron Jones this offseason, but failed to add talent in the pipeline to account for this move. The early prognosis is that Kavon Frazier and Xavier Woods are penciled in as starters at safety, and that shouldn’t make Cowboys feel at ease. While there have been plenty of rumblings regarding the Cowboys trading for Seahawks FS Earl Thomas, a late day two/early day three draft pick for a player in the back nine of his career and a heavy contract may be a steep price to pay for the always-cap strapped Cowboys. Another option that may be worth consideration is asking about TJ McDonald from the Dolphins since they selected FS Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th pick, but similar to Thomas, McDonald has some heavy cap hits escalating in 2019 ($6 million/$6.5 million dead cap). That leads to a player like Derrick Kindred, who had a 82.1 PFF grade in 2017 and has become a buried player with the Browns moving of Jabrill Peppers to strong safety this upcoming season. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, the former 4th round pick from TCU is due a mere $844,839 this season and can audition for a reasonable long term deal after 2018. The Browns can acquire WR Terrance Williams who desperately needs a change of scenery and can re-unite with former Baylor teammate Josh Gordon to round out the Browns WR rotation. Of course, they can always sign Brownsville, TX native Kenny Vaccaro for no compensation but would have likely done so by now if that was an option.
Trade: SS Derrick Kindred -> DAL; WR Terrance Williams, 2019 6th Round Pick -> CLE
CEDRIC OGBUEHI TO HOUSTON
The Texans have taken steps to address their offensive line this offseason by selecting Mississippi State OL Martinas Rankin and signing oft-troubled Seantrel Henderson to compete at right tackle. However, with Jeff Allen recently being placed on physically unable list, Martinas Rankin may have to compete with Senio Kelemete at left guard early in camp and the Texans can use another tackle with experience playing on both the left and right side in the NFL. The Bengals seem to have soured on the former first rounder as indicated by their acquisition of Cordy Glenn from Buffalo and Ogbuehi can benefit from a change of scenery returning to his home state of Texas. Speaking of homecomings, the writing may be on the wall for former Ohio State Buckeye and Springfield, Ohio native Braxton Miller. The Texans invested a high draft pick in electric slot receiver in Keke Coutee and Miller could have trouble making the 53-man roster this year. This could be a win-win for both teams and Braxton Miller could compete for the final WR spot on the Bengals roster with a precedent already being set in QB->WR conversions a la Terrelle Pryor in Cincinnati. If Miller doesn’t make the final roster, the trade can evolve into a conditional 2020 7th rounder to make sure the Bengals come away with more than just clearing cap.
Trade: OT Cedric Ogbuehi -> HOU; WR Braxton Miller, 2020 Conditional 7th -> CIN
AMEER ABDULLAH TO BALTIMORE
Abdullah has been disappointing to say the least and seems to be the odd man out in Matt Patricia’s new-look power run offense that has wrangled in Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount this offseason. Although the Ravens have some intriguing runners in their stable with Alex Collins and Kenneth Dixon returning from injury, they need to add another player to the RB room and Abdullah can fill the role that Marty Mornhinweig had envisioned when the team signed Danny Woodhead. In terms of compensation, Matt Patricia could follow his former mentor’s approach of bringing in former first rounders who had little success early in their career in acquiring WR Breshad Perriman. The Ravens burned two draft picks on WRs in Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott after acquiring three free agent WRs in Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown, so from an outside perspective, it certainly seems like the team has grown frustrated with Perriman and is ready to move on. Beyond the starting trio of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, the Lions depth at WR is abysmal and Perriman could be a high-upside reclamation project for WR coach Robert Prince.
Trade: RB Ameer Abdullah -> BAL; WR Breshad Perriman -> DET
DERRICK MORGAN TO CAROLINA
The Panthers need to reload at the defensive end position after moving on from Charles Johnson in the offseason and Julius Peppers entering his sunset season. The Titans traded a good chunk of draft capital to get aggressive and move up for Harold Landry, who will likely be the future at OLB across from Brian Orakpo in Mike Vrabel’s re-tooled defense. Derrick Morgan is in the final year of his deal and although he has a $8.4 million cap hit scheduled for this upcoming season, the Panthers could re-structure his deal and give him an extension upon acquisition that would put him at a veteran minimum salary for 2018 and then transfer Peppers’ salary for 2019 and beyond. At age 32, Morgan is a good fit for the penetrating aggressive 4-3 system the Panthers play and will address at least one of the end spots for the immediate competitive window the Panthers are in. In return, the Titans could ask for sneaky-productive WR Damiere Byrd and a 5th round pick in 2019.
Trade: DE Derrick Morgan -> CAR; WR Damiere Byrd, 2019 5th -> TEN