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President Jonathan Cartu Proclaims Ranking the 12 best NFL trade deadline deals since 2015

Ranking the 12 best NFL trade deadline deals since 2015

President Jonathan Cartu Proclaims Ranking the 12 best NFL trade deadline deals since 2015


The trade deadline in the NFL is not quite the holiday it is in Major League Baseball, but no longer is it the functional equivalent of Arbor Day.

Over the past five years, stuff actually has happened as pro football’s trade deadline approached. This year, we saw the Steelers trade for linebacking help in Avery Williamson, the Bucs get Steve McLendon for their defensive line and defensive end Jordan Willis move to the 49ers.

And that’s just what the Jets have been up to in the past two weeks.

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In 2015, a mere five years ago, there was only one trade transacted in the NFL between Oct. 15 and the Nov. 3 deadline. There were 10 this season, still with hours to go before the deadline.

That’s a dramatic change in a short time. This requires two elements, equally essential to the process: Contending teams have determined that they can assimilate acquired players rapidly enough for them to contribute to championship pursuits, and failing teams have seized upon the value of acquiring even meager assets for players on burdensome or expiring contracts.

Whether the Jets eventually can turn their capitulation into championships remains to be seen, but many of the teams that wound up on this list of the top 12 deadline-type deals since 2015 — those transacted after Oct. 15 — achieved great things.

Here’s a look back.

  • When traded: Oct. 23, 2018

    Acquired by: New Orleans Saints

    From: New York Giants

    Price: 2019 fourth-round pick and 2020 seventh-round pick

    Overview: Apple started a dozen consecutive games after moving to the Saints in 2018, including the overtime NFC title-game loss to LA. He had a 10-tackle game in a victory over Atlanta and delivered nine tackles in a victory over the Steelers that helped clinch home-field advantage in the playoffs. But the team wasn’t interested in committing to his fifth-year option for 2020, which would have been worth $13.7 million. He started 15 games for them in 2019, when the Saints went 13-3 but lost their initial playoff game, in overtime against the Vikings. He was able to find only a one-year deal from the Panthers, who cut him after he’d appeared in two games.

  • When traded: Nov. 3, 2015

    Acquired by: Denver Broncos

    From: San Francisco 49ers

    Price: 2016 sixth-round pick and seventh-round pick (Denver also received 2016 seventh-round pick)

    Overview: The Broncos’ 5-4 finish after acquiring Davis was enough to get them the AFC West title and homefield advantage in the playoffs — because they’d started 7-0. He was not the problem; the QB position was a wreck until the team just decided to trust Peyton Manning’s experience and an overwhelming defense. Davis caught 20 balls in the regular season but did not contribute statistically to the team’s playoff run or Super Bowl victory. His experience there was considered to be a disappointment by both sides, but he did leave with a ring.

  • When traded: Oct. 28, 2017

    Acquired by: Jacksonville Jaguars

    From: Buffalo Bills

    Price: Conditional 2018 sixth-round pick

    Overview: Dareus started only one game as the Jaguars made their impressive run to the 2017 AFC Championship game, but within four weeks after his arrival was playing more than 50 percent of the team’s defensive snaps on the interior of the line. He recorded one sack in both the upset victory over the Steelers in the AFC Divisional round and the 24-20 loss to the Patriots in the title game. Dareus started 15 games the following season and six in 2019 before a core muscle injury ended his season.

  • When traded: Oct. 30, 2018

    Acquired by: Los Angeles Rams

    From: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Price: Conditional 2019 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round round pick

    Overview: Fowler needed only two games to move into the Rams lineup at outside linebacker, though he’d been a defensive end in college and with the Jaguars. Like Ajayi, Fowler was a player who clashed with team management in his first stop. In LA, he made his first start in Week 11 of the 2018 season and remained in the lineup through the Super Bowl loss to New England. His hit on Drew Brees in the NFC title game helped produce an overtime interception that led to the winning score.

  • When traded: Oct. 16, 2019

    Acquired by: Los Angeles Rams

    From: Jacksonville Jaguars

    Price: 2020 first-round pick, 2021 first-round pick and 2021 fourth-round pick.

    Overview: Ramsey is a better player than many of those higher on this list, but the price the Rams paid was exorbitant and profligate. The Rams are 10-6 since acquiring Ramsey, going 5-4 down the stretch last year and missing the playoffs and starting 5-2 in 2020. There is some question of whether this year’s NFC East-heavy schedule to date has revealed the Rams as a serious contender this season. Pro…

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