A trade that makes sense but probably won't happen

Rarely do we see player for player trades in the NFL anymore but it's always fun to speculate. This is especially truewhen team's give their players permisson to seek out a trade which usually is a precursor to the player's release. With that we present a trade for the Bills and Cardinals.

The Arizona Cardinals have recently given offensive tackle L.J. Shelton permission to seek a trade. Shelton joined the Cardinals in 1999 as a first round draft pick out of Eastern Michigan University and had started at left tackle for most of the previous four seasons but was shifted to right tackle this season in part because of finding Dennis Green's doghouse and the development of Leonard Davis. He finished the season on injured reserve because of a sprained knee.

The Buffalo Bills also recently gave one of their players, Travis Henry, permssion to seek a trade. Henry joined the Bills as a 2nd Round draft choice out of Tennessee and had started at tailback for most of the previous three seasons but was replaced by Willis McGahee this season.

The Cardinals are in need of a starting a running back due to the retirement of future hall of fame running back Emmitt Smith earlier this week. The Bills might be in need of an offensive tackle because of the inpending free agent status of current starting left offensive tackle Jonas Jennings.

Thus I present the trade of Travis Henry for L.J. Shelton. One of the primary reasons the NFL lacks player for player trades these days is the salary cap and team's inability to absorb incoming salaries or outgoing prorated signing bonus'. However in this case, with both players earning well below top dollar at their positions and both teams' being under the cap this deal could work. As it would give the Cardinals the running back they seek and the Bills a suitable replacement for an offensive tackle many feel could outprice himself for a return to Buffalo. Another reason L.J might welcome a chance with the Bills is that his cousin, fullback Daimon Shelton, is on the Bills.


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