Often, trade rumors in the NFL are just that: rumors. However with these 5 players, a trade is either very likely or makes a lot of sense for all parties.
Late June is a notoriously boring part of the NFL calendar. The draft is over, OTAs and minicamp have just wrapped up, and there’s still a month to go for training camp.
The only thing fans can really look forward to are blockbuster trades. We saw one earlier this month, when the Falcons sent Julio Jones to Tennessee, forming a dangerous passing attack with Ryan Tannehill and AJ Brown.
The rumors are looming, so let’s see which NFL players are likely to be on the trading block.
Top 5 NFL Players Who Could Get Traded
#1. Aaron Rodgers
This one’s pretty obvious, so let’s get it out of the way first. The situation has been building for a while, and things are looking grim in Green Bay.
In a nutshell, the league MVP is unhappy with the front office, and judging by everything that’s been said in the media, the issue is unlikely to be resolved. Rodgers hasn’t showed up to any team activities so far.
While there are a number of possible outcomes, a trade might be the closest thing to a happy ending for both parties. The Denver Broncos have been heavily linked with Rodgers, hoping to find Drew Lock’s replacement.
#2. Zach Ertz
The Eagles TE is high on this list purely for the fact that a trade has been expected for months. The 3-time Pro-Bowler was slated to be sent to the Bills during the draft but obviously that deal didn’t go through.
Like Rodgers, Ertz has been holding out of team activities, and Philly is determined to get something of substance in return for the veteran. At the moment, they are opposed to releasing him and will find a trade partner instead.
#3. Stephon Gilmore
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year has been the talk of the rumor mills recently. In relation to a contract dispute, the 31 year old has skipped mandatory minicamp.
There is hope that the matter will be resolved, most likely by a contract extension, but a trade certainly wouldn’t be surprising. Belichick has made it a habit of moving on from players when they get older and more expensive.
#4. Gardner Minshew
In a series of events that have been really unfortunate for Gardner Minshew, the Jags selected Trevor Lawrence with the first overall pick in April.
It’s clear that Lawrence is the franchise QB, and keeping Minshew around as a backup doesn’t make a lot of sense. Minshew, who’s only 25, has proven he deserves a chance to be a starting QB.
And for Jacksonville, although he’s a solid backup, bringing in a veteran who can mentor Lawrence is much more reasonable than keeping Gardner trapped on the bench.
#5. Deshaun Watson
The Deshaun Watson drama has been a major talking point this offseason. Soon after requesting a trade, the QB was hit with over 20 civil lawsuits claiming sexual harassment.
Whatever the outcome is, it surely won’t be settled soon. The lawsuits need to be sorted and the league will probably investigate him too. There are a lot of possibilities in Watson’s case, so we’ll just have to wait and see.