No trade is unrealistic in the NFL.
This rule used to apply to only mock drafts. The way the 2019 draft ended up unfolding would have been slammed by most onlookers if it was a simple mock draft before the event started.
Similar story for trade suggestions. Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders? Odell Beckham Jr. joining forces with Baker Mayfield on the Cleveland Browns? Top-tier pass rushers on tags like Dee Ford and Frank Clark getting immediately moved?
It all seemed too good to be true—at one point. If this offseason has taught fans anything, it is to not put anything past front offices desperate to win now at almost any price. And thanks to revamped rosters due to free agency and the draft, along with ever-evolving cap situations and needs, more trades are sure to unfold over the course of the summer.
While the Odell Beckham Jr. trade was for Jabrill Peppers and two picks, the other aforementioned trades this offseason were simply for picks. Antonio Brown was acquired for a third- and a fifth-rounder, Dee Ford for a 2020 second-rounder and Frank Clark for a first-rounder, a pick swap and a 2020 second-rounder. Disregarding the specifics, the following trades move undervalued players on shaky ground to organizations that can better utilize their talents—and might only need to sacrifice picks to do so. Whether by adding a necessary tool or subtracting a distraction, these trades can help teams improve in 2019.
RB Leonard Fournette to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Most teams are in a good place at running back via an accumulation of solid committees over the course of many years.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren't most teams.
Luckily for the Buccaneers, 2017's fourth overall pick might be available at a cheap price. The Jacksonville Jaguars might be a willing trade partner if a team hops on the phone with them about Leonard Fournette.
Fournette had an arrest in April over speeding, which doesn't seem like a huge deal until one recalls the Jaguars already canceled all the guarantees in his deal over a suspension from last year. The Jaguars would never say it, but he could probably be had for the right price.
The LSU product missed three games his rookie year, eight more as a sophomore in 2018 and averaged less than four yards per carry during that span. Jacksonville might just want more dependability at running back as they look to prop up Nick Foles and get into the playoffs.
As for Tampa Bay, the team should be willing to take a risk for higher potential at running back. They won five games last year and are now, with Ryan Fitzpatrick's offseason departure, fully rallying around Jameis Winston. Peyton Barber was a dud a season ago at 3.7 yards per carry and 2018 second-round pick Ronald Jones only attempted 23 rushes, averaging less than two yards per carry.
A change of scenery might create a boom for Fournette, who could sledgehammer next to Jones after the Buccaneers mostly ignored the position this offseason.
TE Jimmy Graham to New England Patriots
The Jimmy Graham experiment simply didn't work for the Green Bay Packers last year.
Graham came over from Seattle after a 10-touchdown campaign on 57 catches and caught just two touchdowns on 55 receptions with Aaron Rodgers. Different usage, a new team and all the other excuses apply—but it simply isn't what most expected from the 32-year-old tight end.
Especially the Packers, who went ahead and drafted Jace Sternberger in the third round. Maybe he won't get used like a tight end outright because of his wide receiver skillset and size, but Texas A&M's Offensive MVP will start to soak up a ton of targets alongside Davante Adams.
That could make Graham a valuable trade commodity, especially for a team like the New England Patriots.
Really, he just feels like a Patriots player. Tom Brady lost Rob Gronkowskito retirement so it would only seem fitting that the embarrassment of riches for the team in Foxboro continue.
Those Patriots did add Austin Seferian-Jenkins this offseason, but Graham would be much more of a sure thing. The front office has clearly aimed at getting Brady better weapons, hence selecting wide receiver N’Keal Harry in the first round.
For the Patriots, Graham would be a natural way to extend Brady's effectiveness and his contract has an out built in after this season if things don't work out.
RB Giovani Bernard to Atlanta Falcons
While trade ideas surrounding the Cincinnati Bengals might center on 2017's top-10 pick John Ross, the new coaching staff has been adamant he's sticking around and refused to use one of 10 draft picks on his position.
In reality, a likelier trade candidate is someone with value that should net a solid return: Giovani Bernard.