Tuck: NFL Is The No-Trade League
I find it difficult to do any trading in fantasy football leagues. I probably average 1-2 deals per league, per season. That would be a significant upgrade on what we see from real NFL teams during the season.
I really enjoy drafting fantasy football teams, but the season itself is pretty boring on days that aren’t Thursday, Sunday, or Monday. The one thing I love about fantasy baseball and basketball is that games are happening everyday and trades happen all the time. I probably make 10-15 trades per team per season in those sports. And the same can be said about the real leagues. Trades are plentiful. It’s a big part of what makes those sports go. Constant tinkering with teams to improve them for either the present or the future, depending on their standing.
I enjoy that entertainment. I enjoy the speculation and breakdowns. I am sad that isn’t a part of football.
It’s difficult to even think of trades that have happened. Jacksonville trading WR Mike Thomas to Detroit may end up not just as the headliner, but the only deal to even happen. That says quite a bit.
Last year the Bengals dealt QB Carson Palmer to the Raiders. Oakland finished 8-8, and don’t look any closer to a Super Bowl today.
Remember these doozies?
Braylon Edwards from the Browns to the Jets in 2009.
Roy Williams from the Lions to the Cowboys in 2008.
Chris Chambers from the Dolphins to the Chargers in 2007.
Booger McFarland from the Bucs to the Colts in 2006.
Keenan McCardell from the Bucs to the Chargers in 2004.
Browns trade Quincy Morgan to Cowboys for Antonio Bryant in 2004. The RARE player for player deal.
Raiders trade Jerry Rice to Seahawks for a 7th round pick in 2004. My God man.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar traded from Dolphins to Browns in 1999.
And then there is Hershel Walker. 1989. The Vikings gave up 6 conditional draft picks and a #1 pick to the Cowboys for Walker and 4 picks in the largest player trade in league history.
In 1987 a mega three team deal went down that sent Eric Dickerson to Indy, Cornelius Bennett to Buffalo, and Greg Bell and picks to the LA Rams.
That summarizes trading in the NFL right there. The team getting picks always wins. ALWAYS. I think that is why no team ever wants to do it. Teams trade good players, past their prime, and never regret it. And the salary cap prevents more player for player deals. That’s a shame because those would really be fun to analyze. So with the deadline approaching tomorrow, don’t expect much talk, and expect zero movement. And if your team is the one adding the player, don’t expect it to work out to well.