The 2015 NFL league year is only in its infancy, but the NFL has arleady been rocked by a series of blockbuster trades to go along with the usual Free Agency frenzy.
In the 20 minutes around 4 p.m. we saw:
- The New Orleans Saints trade tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seattle Seahawks for Max Unger and the 31st pick in the 2015 NFL draft.
- The Baltimore Ravens have traded defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and their 7th round pick to the Detroit Lions for a fourth- and fifth-ound pick in the 2015 draft
- And finally, the St. Louis Rams have traded Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nick Foles. There is also "Draft Pick Compensation" involved.
Sooooo just to recap Jimmy Graham --> Seahawks Haloti Ngata --> Lions Sam Bradford --> Eagles Nick Foles --> Rams Uhhh OK. #NFLFreeAgency— NFL (@nfl) March 10, 2015
Let's all take a second to catch our breath before looking at the list again.
Okay, can't wait too long, the NFL's busy blowing up.
Graham To Seattle - This one makes sense for both sides. The Saints get a good center to help their run game and protect their quarterback, and a first-round draft pick to help avoid a full rebuild as Brees closes in on retirement. The Seahawks get an actual weapon for their passing game. Marshawn Lynch might not appreciate Graham's blocking, but I'm sure Russell Wilson will like the red zone target.
Ngata To Detroit - This is another one that makes sense for both sides. The Ravens are -- were -- in a cap crunch, and would likely have been forced to cut Ngata to get out from under his cap hit. The added benefit of mid-round draft picks is a great bonus as well for a team that could need a running back in a loaded running back class. The Lions get a pretty nice consolation prize for losing Ndamukong Suh.
Bradford For Foles - The Rams get out from under Bradford's cap hit, and hopefully consistent injuries at the quarterback position. The Eagles get an upgrade at quarterback. There is also some draft pick compensation. As of this writing, I understand it to be: Eagles and Rams swap first-round draft picks -- Eagles would be picking 10th, Rams 20th -- with the Rams also sending Philly a conditional 2016 pick. However, details are still forthcoming, so this could change.
I think I can speak for, well, everybody when I say ...