Trade Notes: Browns, Broncos, Eagles, Patriots, Saints, Lions

The Patriots and 49ers strengthened their aerial groups Tuesday, and the Saints are exploring the idea of doing the same. New Orleans is pursuing pass catchers, according to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora (on Twitter). The Saints made a late-season addition of Dez Bryant last year but saw the longtime Cowboy go down before playing in a 2018 game. This Saints iteration has surprised many by going 5-0 with Teddy Bridgewater at the controls, firmly placing the team in the contention picture. This offense has long funneled through Michael Thomas, with a steep drop existing between New Orleans’ No. 1 target and its other receiving targets. A.J. Green could be available, but the Bengals wideout may not be healthy by the deadline. Robby Anderson could also be a trade candidate, as could Demaryius Thomas (again).

Here is the latest from the trade market. Seven days remain until this year’s deadline.

  • Cornerback dominoes have fallen as well, with the Rams, Ravens and Texans making plays for key cogs. The Eagles‘ shaky pass defense features a notable need at corner, and the team has contacted the Broncos about Chris Harris, Troy Renck of Denver7 tweets. The Eagles were ready to send first- and second-round picks to the Jaguars for Jalen Ramsey. Harris is five years older and in a contract year, but it will likely take a Day 2 pick to pry him from Denver. The Texans tried to acquire the 30-year-old standout as well but evidently were not amenable to the Broncos’ asking price.
  • It does not look like a Trent Williams-to-Cleveland scenario will transpire. The Browns have repeatedly inquired about the Redskins tackle, but Jeremy Fowler of notes (via Twitter) they have accepted the fact Washington will stick to its guns and hold onto him. Washington has Williams signed through 2020 but has not seen him budge on his holdout. The Redskins are believed to prefer waiting until the offseason to trade him, in order to learn where every team’s draft capital resides.
  • The Patriots paid up to acquire Mohamed Sanu from the Falcons, parting ways with a second-round pick for the eighth-year wideout. But they were also in talks with the Broncos about Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Klis of 9News notes. The Pats signed Sanders to an RFA offer sheet in 2013, but the Steelers matched. This marked the second straight year the Patriots wanted one of the Broncos’ starting wideouts, having tried to acquire Demaryius Thomas before the 2018 deadline. San Francisco landed Sanders for third- and fourth-round picks.
  • The Lions surprised many by dealing starting safety Quandre Diggs to the Seahawks, doing so despite Diggs being signed through 2021. Lions brass viewed Diggs’ play as having fallen off, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press (Twitter link), and called multiple teams about moving him. The Lions landed a 2020 fifth-round pick for Diggs, who is now a Seahawk. The play of young safeties Tracy Walker and Will Harris helped induce the Lions to pull the trigger, Birkett adds. Walker and Harris grade as top-40 safeties, per PFF, which has Diggs slotted outside the top 60. Diggs is only 26, however. This trade gives the Seahawks access to a key part of his prime.
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7 comments on “Trade Notes: Browns, Broncos, Eagles, Patriots, Saints, Lions

  1. JJB0811

    Those Skins are stubborn SOB’s! They’ed really prefer to eat another season with hopes of the offseason trophy rather than just cutting bait.

    Why didn’t JKC pass the team down in his family????????

    • bigjonliljon

      I applaud the Skins handling of the Williams situation. They have no where to go this year. Playoff possibilities are slim to none. And Slim is getting on his horse and leaving town.
      Setting a precedent with these players whom are holding out and getting what they want is not a good plan for any teams future. Let them sit without a pay check and do what’s best for the team. A smart Vulcan once said “ the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”.

      • JJB0811

        I hear what you’re saying, but Williams will still get what he wants; a trade. Whether that happens in Oct or Feb, does it really matter? Add in the misspelling of Fletcher’s name and its just an ugly season all the way around.

      • The Browns are willing to pay a high price for a guy who isn’t worth much to the Skins any more and could be injured and out of the game any time (injury history). Take the draft picks and run.

        The Browns pick will be high enough next year to represent decent value.

  2. TheBlueMeanie

    I’m sorry to see Diggs leave town. He was one of the few consistent players in an average Lions secondary. Hopefully, Walker and Harris pan out.

  3. The Lions have like 2018, given up on their season. My guess is 3-7 for the balance of the year.

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