TRADES: Brissett, Osweiler and others find new homes

It isn’t just roster cuts that have been taking place in the NFL this weekend, teams have been picking up those discarded players and adding them to their squads, as well as cutting other deals along the way. These are the big moves that have happened. 

THE BIGGEST of those moves has been the trade between New England and Indianapolis, which saw linebacker Phillip Dorsett move from the Colts to the Pats in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett (and some exchanges of Draft picks). Brissett started one game for the Patriots during Tom Brady‘s 2016 suspension before going on injured reserve, but the Colts will be looking to him to revitalise their offense after a disappointing pre-season marred by the continued absence of Andrew Luck. It smacks of a pretty desperate throw of the dice by the front office in Indy, but with their season headed for the dumper before it has even began, you can hardly blame them. Just to complicate things, though, no sooner had this deal gone through than Luck was taken off the physically unable to perform list.

MEANWHILE, OVER in Denver, a move that we definitely didn’t see coming, as the Broncos reunite with Brock Osweiler on a one year deal. The Broncos get their 2012 Draft pick back at a league minimum salary. Osweiler finds himself literally back where he began in the NFL, although this time it is as Trevor Siemian‘s backup rather than Peyton Manning‘s. Whether he remains on the roster once Paxton Lynch returns from shoulder surgery in five weeks or so, only time will tell.

KEEPING THE Denver link going, former Broncos safety TJ Ward has signed with Tampa Bay. And rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has a new target in Cleveland, after the Browns acquired Pittsburgh wideout Sammie Coates. That trade in itself shows how strong the Steelers’ offense has become with the return of Martavis Bryant from suspension, whilst Coates will make an idea foil for the Browns’ 2016 first round pick Corey Coleman.

THE STEELERS weren’t done trading there. Have acquired Browns’ cast-off cornerback Joe Haden, they sent Ross Cockerell to the Giants. Haden definitely improves a secondary that was a definite weak spot in 2016, but swapping him for the man who was the most reliable player in that secondary seems a little odd, to say the least.

ANOTHER TEAM in need of beefing up their secondary from 2016’s version are the Cowboys, and they took some steps in that direction by trading draft picks for Cincinnati’s Bene Benwickere.

THE JAGUARS traded center Luke Bowanko to the Ravens. This is a move which makes sense. Center has been a position of weakness in Baltimore for some time and, with Joe Flacco back to fitness, the Ravens need to do all that they can to make life easier for him.

ALL OF this came on the back of Friday’s big, pre-deadline, trade between the Jets and the Seahawks, which saw athletic wideout Jermaine Kearse move to New York in exchange for defensive stud Sheldon Richardson. It is a move which definitely helps the Jets more, as it gives them more firepower on offense whilst breaking up a defensive group that was becoming difficult for the management to handle.

Richard O’Hagan



Richard O'Hagan
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