Well as we entered into the 2019 NFL off-season I don’t think any of us saw a couple of these amazing trades actually happening in reality, as much as we talked about it I never really believed it… Antonio Brown to the Raiders has to be the obvious place to start as we are getting into OTA’s and training camp, but there were so many more things that we have to absorb this off-season. Le’Veon Bell to the New York J.. E.. T.. S .. Jets I don’t even know where to start, though some of my more liked trades really flew under the radar like Tyrell Williams to the Raiders. I really liked the Raiders acquiring Williams pairing him along side Antonio Brown could prove very helpful for Tyrell’s career if he can capitalize off the wide open opportunities he is bound to see with Antonio Brown on the field. So how about the QB’s right? So Nick Foles to the Jaguars I think we all saw the writing on the wall that just made sense for both parties involved the Jags were moving on from Blake Bortles and Foles would be a great “bridge” QB to stay competitive now.
What else do we have that was worth mentioning maybe Golden Tate to the Giants … or Earl Thomas going to the Ravens… Oh fine OBJ to the Browns gonna take the cake not only do they get to pair him with an old buddy in Jarvis Landry, but they have stayed busy adding line help and tons of defense. Odell to the Browns seems to have caused a potential shift in power in the AFC North as the Browns came on strong in 2018 with rookies Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb starting to showcase some of their talents. To top all that off as sore of a subject as it may be adding Kareem Hunt, a supremely talented RB1 is just a cherry on top flyer that was for without question worth the risk. Kareem Hunt is a good guy who made a mistake and lied about it, but I strongly believe everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves talented NFL athlete or not.
Plenty of other players moved on to new teams this off-season as well and I will mention a hand full that really peaked my interest for one of many different reasons. CJ Mosley was a fantastic move the Jets are trying to rebuild now and they added another piece here on defense. Mosley is a stud though the Jets may have over spent slightly with his 5 year $85 million contract. Staying with the LB position Kwon Alexander to the 49ers is a great fit Alexander has great talent for making spectacular plays. The 49ers defense is constantly getting better and with some of the young talent this could be the sneaky defense to keep your eye on when streaming defenses in fantasy football this year. Tevin Coleman to the 49ers is another really great move by the 49ers front office having a relationship with the coach coming in with knowledge of the system gives him a huge leg up on the rest of the backs in San Fransico.
We also had a number of different defensive players like Ndamukong Suh signing in Tampa as they parted ways with Gerald McCoy which I don’t get, but moving on, the Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu goes to Kansas City he should add some needed help to the defense. Ziggy Ansah ended up signing with the Seahawks he will fit into this defense pretty flawlessly adding immediate edge presence to the depleted Seahawks Legion of Boom defense. How bout Terrell Suggs going to Arizona what is it about aging guys going to Arizona late in their careers, but honestly this makes perfect sense they need a leader like Suggs in a young rebuilding locker room and Suggs is no question an awesome motivating figure in the NFL.
Now obviously there are a ton of other moves that went down like Trey Flowers, Landon Collins, Adam Humphries, John Brown, Mark Ingram, and so many more that were good football moves. To conclude wow what a ride this off-season has been so far QB trades on draft day that we will cover in later posts and teams just moving on from star level talent. The draft it self was fun again with tons of talent dropping to teams that never dreamed of landing them, but there were also plenty of those head scratching moments that left you wondering what were they thinking.