There was a time when some hypothetical NFL trade ideas were too outlandish.
But the league has ended such a notion over the last few years as names like Jamal Adams went on the trade block and assets were exchanged. No big name seems safe, and that seems especially true heading into another offseason of league-altering scenarios, starting with a draft class again loaded at quarterback.
Some major trade candidates have had rumors around them in the past. Others make sense based on player and current team direction, monetary numbers and the likely number of suitors.
Here are predictions for the offseason's biggest trades, taking into account the name recognition of players and teams involved.
Eagles Send Zach Ertz to Steelers
The Philadelphia Eagles could be headed for an offseason of major change in a handful of ways, including dealing veteran tight end Zach Ertz.
Ertz was a point of trade speculation at the deadline, and Ed Kracz of Sports Illustrated reported two contenders had interest in making a move for him.
Ertz is only 30 years old and had 800-plus yards in each of his five seasons before 2020, scoring 28 touchdowns along the way. But he got hurt in October, so no trade materialized, and Dallas Goedert has surpassed him in a bad passing attack with a question mark under center.
Rather than use the out in Ertz's contract to cut him, though, the Eagles could look to flip him for assets. A contender like the Pittsburgh Steelers could have interest after gambling on veteran Eric Ebron in free agency, only for him to drop 8.4 percent of his targets.
The Steelers could release Ebron and flip the Eagles a middle-round pick, and Philadelphia wouldn't have to worry about dealing him to an NFC contender.