As we prepare for the second half of the 2018 NFL regular season, the trade deadline, which comes and goes each year, is once again behind us. A number of teams, especially the NFC East, were extremely active in making sure they are ready for their stretch run. There were a few interesting trades, some winners, some losers, and some who were nowhere to be found.
Active NFC East
Three of the four teams in the NFC East were active prior to and at the trade deadline. Dallas started the division’s trade-fest by acquiring WR Amari Cooper from Oakland on Oct. 22. The Cowboys have lacked a true No. 1 receiver since not re-signing Dez Bryant. Dallas gave up a first-round pick to get Cooper who has just 22 catches for 280 yards this season.
Philadelphia followed suit by trading for former Detroit WR Golden Tate. When Mike Wallace went down with a broken leg, the Eagles began their search for a complement to Alshon Jeffery. For just a third-round pick, Tate is a steal giving Carson Wentz another legitimate weapon.
In response to the Cowboys and Eagles, the Redskins, who could also use a wide receiver, opted for a high-performing safety in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The former Green Bay first-round pick started 65 games and earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2016. Clinton-Dix, who has three interceptions this season, was obtained for a fourth-round draft choice next year.
Despite all the action in the NFC East, the 1-7 New York Giants sat this one out. Instead of addressing their quarterback situation, the Giants let the trade deadline pass as backup Kyle Lauletta was arrested after some bizarre traffic incident. Instead of getting involved, it appears the Giants will be happy competing for the 2019 NFL Draft’s first pick.
Winner, Winner Fowler Dinner
Dante Fowler Jr. was a big winner at the trade deadline when Jacksonville unloaded the former No. 3 overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams for two draft picks. An underachiever thus far, Fowler has two sacks this season but has only played in 33 percent of the Jags’ defensive snaps. Instead of finishing the season with a 3-5 drowning Jaguars, Fowler is off to the unbeaten 8-0 Rams who could be headed to a Super Bowl.
After his blatant miscue last week cost Green Bay a shot at upsetting New England, Ty Montgomery was essentially fired by Packers. Green Bay traded the running back/wide receiver to Baltimore for a seventh-round draft pick. The Ravens are looking for some way to spark the league’s No. 24 rushing attack.
When Will Fuller went down for the season with an ACL injury, the Texans got busy looking for a replacement. They found him in Denver. Houston sent a fourth- and seventh-round pick to the Broncos in exchange for WR Demaryius Thomas and a seventh-round draft pick. Thomas will complement DeAndre Hopkins very well. Ironically, Thomas’ first game as a Texan will be on Sunday against his former Denver Broncos.