Trade Winds Blowing?
There is a notion among some fans that, unless the NFL lockout miraculously ends by the draft and league matters return to some semblance of normalcy by the lottery, the result will be a distinct lack of trades on draft weekend. Recent history, though, suggests otherwise.
|Randy Moss and Tom Brady hold NFL records for TD's and TD receptions in a season (2007). (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)|
"I don't see a big dropoff," New England coach Bill Belichick, historically one of the league's most active dealers during the draft, told The Sports Xchange. "I think you'll still see some maneuvering, the way you always do."
Of course, Belichick orchestrated one of the more notable player trades of the past five years, landing wide receiver Randy Moss from Oakland in 2007 for just a fourth-round draft pick. But a lot of the other 26 deals involving players 2006-2010 were fairly forgettable trades. In fact, of the 34 players traded on draft weekend since 2006, more than one-third, 14, in fact, are out of the league entirely.
Last year, there were seven trades involving eight players, and only a couple veterans that changed clubs made a difference. Foremost among them were quarterback Jason Campbell (Washington to Oakland) and kickoff returner Leon Washington (New York Jets to Seattle). But none of the veteran trades could be termed blockbusters.
Even if the lockout is lifted, that figures to be the case this year. And if it isn't, well, it probably won't make a lot of difference. "Very rarely do you see player-for-pick trades during the draft days," Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman told the Twin Cities-area media this week. "So I think that it will be business as usual."