In recent years, the NFL trade deadline has been more like the NBA trade deadline in terms of the sheer amount of trades. The trades are less of the blockbuster variety and more of mid-round picks swapping hands for teams fighting for the playoffs trying to fill a need that can’t be filled in free agency. And with the Tuesday 4 PM ET deadline passed, it’s time to explore the moves that have been made.
Demaryius Thomas to the Texans
Thomas had been the source of trade rumors since the beginning of the season and now he finally has found a new home. The Texans gave up a fourth-round pick to the Broncos and the two teams swapped seventh-round picks, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
This trade is a win for both sides. Thomas was expendable for the Broncos as their top two receivers are now Emmanuel Sanders and rookie standout Courtland Sutton. The Texans meanwhile made the move to accommodate for the loss of speedster Will Fuller who found himself on injured reserve. Thomas will now play alongside DeAndre Hopkins down the stretch.
Golden Tate to the Eagles
The rumors about Tate had surfaced just before the deadline and the Eagles made the move for the former Lion in exchange for a 2019 third round pick and a 2020 fifth round pick.
This trade seems fairly inconsequential on the Eagles end. They already have Alshon Jeffery and Zach Ertz as the primary pass-catchers as well as Nelson Agholor as a compliment to them. Tate just seems to add another arsenal to the Eagles skill position group. For those that own Tate in a fantasy league, trading him to someone who thinks this helps him may be the best option. As for the Lions, this trade opens the door for Kenny Golladay who has had a productive season this year and Marvin Jones who had complimented Tate in his time in Detroit.
Ty Montgomery to the Ravens
Montgomery had been falling out of favor thanks to Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones this season and after last week when he fumbled the game away, the Packers traded him to the Ravens for a 2020 seventh round pick.
The Ravens acquired Montgomery for the literal lowest price they could and that helps them. He adds a nice compliment to Alex Collins who had been struggling this season and may usurp Javorius Allen, the pass-catching back who had also deal with his own troubles. Montgomery can run and receive fairly well and adds a new dimension to the Ravens offense.
On the other hand, the Packers hold onto Williams and opens the door for their best back, Jones, to get more carries. Hopefully, this trade opens the door for him and the Packers run game.
Dante Fowler to the Rams
The Rams pass rush had been struggling outside of Aaron Donald. Donald has 10 of the Rams 22 sacks on the season and as the Eagles showed a season ago, having too much of a pass-rush is never a problem. So logically, the Jaguars traded Fowler to the Rams in exchange for a 2019 third round pick and a 2020 fifth round pick 30 minutes before the 4 PM deadline.
In this trade, the Jaguars replace a mistake they made in the draft a few years back after taking Fowler in the first round while the Rams attempt to solve their problems at pass rusher as they float to 16-0.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins
In the best trade of the afternoon, star safety Clinton-Dix landed in Washington D.C. The Packers received a fourth-round pick in return.
This trade adds Clinton-Dix with DJ Swearinger who has been a huge factor in the Redskins secondary, pairing the two should help Washington push for the playoffs. It should be noted that Clinton-Dix is in the final year of his contract and will have to be paid after this season ends. Whether or not he is paid with the Redskins will only become clear with time.