What a solid final 2.5 hours of the NFL Trade Deadline. It always seems like the NFL season starts and the NFL deadline is here already, the deadline comes so quick it catches fans(probably just me) off guard a little. At such an odd time to, 12PM on a Tuesday in October usually only the die-hard fans are streaming this from their cubicle during the season. Anyways during these final hours of the trade deadline their were five pretty big trades that occurred!
1. Philadelphia Eagles acquire WR Golden Tate for a 3rd round draft pick; Grade: A
This is a great deal for the Eagles as their offense/wide outs have not been great this year it adds a great dimension to the offense. Tate can play the slot receiver and the outside receiver position equally as well. Tate has 44 receptions 517 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season thus far. In his career he has totaled 581 receptions, 6,936 receiving yards and 37 touchdowns. The Eagles get him to add to already a versatile Nelson Agholor, deep threat Alshon Jeffrey and top performing tight end Zach Ertz only bolsters their offense. After a week 8 win over Jacksonville and now bye week 9, the Eagles will have two weeks to get Tate adjusted to the Philadelphia ways.
2. Houston Texans acquire Demaryius Thomas & 7th round pick from Broncos for a 4th and 7th round pick;Grade: B+
The only reason this gets a B+ is because Thomas has been near nothing over the last two years. Sure the situation in Denver has not been great but Emmanuel Sanders did not seem to struggle even when Chad Kelly, Trevor Siemian or whoever was called upon was throwing him the ball. Thomas has taken a dip in numbers since the Broncos Super Bowl. In 2016 Thomas had 90 receptions for 1,083 yards, in 2017 Thomas had 83 receptions for 949 yards. This season Thomas has 36 receptions for 302 yards, and 0 touchdowns. This is a huge addition to the Texans offense though due to Will Fuller going down for the year they needed to add a solid WR back to their line up. While Thomas may be no Fuller he fills the void quite well and his first game back will be vs Denver week nine. Thomas has 665 receptions, 9,055 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns.
3. Ty Montgomery to Baltimore Ravens for 7th round pick from Green Bay Packers; Grade B+
The 3rd round 94th overall pick made a terrible decision that ultimately led to this trade probably, but the Ravens will not be complaining only giving up a 7th round pick to add a versatile running/pass catching running back. Montgomery disobeyed coach Mike McCarthy’s orders on Sunday night by running the ball out of the end zone in which he fumbled and gave the Packers no chance to win the game. The addition of Montgomery for Baltimore means they have more depth on the offensive side of things to add to Willie Snead, Michael Crabtree, Javorius Allen and Alex Collins. Montgomery will not be expected to do much in his week 9 matchup vs Pittsburgh and could draw as a third running back. But Montgomery when brought up to speed can be used as a wide receiver or running back. On the year Montgomery has 26 rushing attempts for 105 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 15 receptions for 170 receiving yards and no touchdowns.
4. Dante Fowler to Los Angeles Rams for 3rd round pick(2019) & 5th round pick in 2020 from Jacksonville Jaguars; Grade B
This adds to an already stacked defensive line with Sam Darnold and Ndamukong Suh with the addition of Dante Fowler this defensive line is going to be a mess for offenses. In addition to an already solidified top five defense the Rams just got a lot deeper now. Fowler on the season has 2 sacks, 7 total tackles. 8 combined tackles. There is sure skepticism as to if Dante Fowler was living up to his first round third overall draft position, this is the main reason why the Jaguars cut the cord with the 24-year-old defensive end. But paired with Suh and Darnold, Fowler should have no problem finding a role on this defense. During his career he has 39 games played, 48 total tackles, 61 combined tackles, 14 sacks.
5. Ha Ha Clinton Dix to Washington Redskins for 2019 4th round pick from Green Bay Packers; Grade B
The former first rounder during the 2014 draft came in and immediately made an impact on the Packers defense, that year(2014) he played in 16 games, totaling 94 combined tackles, 66 total tackles, 1 sack and 1 interception. He earned Pro-Bowl selection and All-Pro honors in 2016. The reason behind this deal was because the Packers could not pay Clinton-Dix due to his current 3.153 million dollar cap hit, he is only going to be looking for more after he is a UFA in 2019. Clinton-Dix on the year has 27 tackles, 1 sack, a forced fumble and three interceptions this season already. Paired alongside D.J. Swearinger and Montae Nicholson the Redskins safety unit seems to locked down for the rest of the season.