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Moving On Up.

There were several trades before this week’s NFL deadline, more than to be expected. In addition to the trades we analyze here, the Bears acquired WR Dontrelle Inman, the Jaguars traded for defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, and the Seahawks traded for offensive tackle Duane Brown. Let’s take a look at who got better and which GM may need to update their resume.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo Traded to SF 49ers from the Pats.

Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Details:

The Niners acquired ‘Jimmy G’ for a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Patriot backup is in the final season of his rookie deal.

Analysis and Grade:

Well, there goes the rumors that the 49ers and head coach Kyle Shanahan intended on signing pending free agent QB Kirk Cousins. The Niners got off easy. A backup QB with starter experience and five touchdowns only cost you a second-round pick. For that price, it was a must deal. But be careful Niners. Patriots’ HC Bill Belichick is rarely on the short end of deals. For the evil empire to finally give up on Garoppolo makes us nervous. Plus, past history isn’t on the 49ers’ side. Jimmy Garoppolo could join the likes of Damon Huard, Matt Cassel, Bryan Hoyer, Ryan Mallet, and Jacoby Brissett. They are Tom Brady backups who went on to start for other teams. That’s not exactly a short list of future Hall of Famers.

RB Jay Ajayi traded to the Eagles from the Dolphins

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Details:

Yahoo Sports reported the Dolphins acquired a 2018 fourth-round draft pick from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for starting running back Jay Ajayi.

Analysis and Grade:

This is a lopsided trade in favor of the Eagles. Right now, Philly is the class of the NFC conference thanks to QB Carson Wentz, WR Nelson Agholor, and HC Doug Peterson. A featured running back could be the addition that finally puts this team over the top. From the Dolphins’ end, what exactly were they thinking? The Dolphins have been starving for a running game to balance their offense, from as far back as the Jimmy Johnson years with Dan Marino. Okay, Jay Ajayi has been inconsistent and battled through injuries, but when he is right, he is a game changer. If you decided to cut ties with your starting back, you needed to get back more than a fourth-round pick.

WR Kelvin Benjamin traded from the Panthers to the Bills

Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The most surprising move before the deadline, “the Bills [made] a big move in getting wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin from Carolina for draft picks in the third and seventh rounds.

Analysis and Grade:

The Kelvin Benjamin trade makes very little sense. The Carolina offense has been slow to get on track and fully integrate Christian McCaffrey. So ownership decides to trade its #1 deep threat? Questionable to say the least. The NFC South is up for grabs, so why would you take a step back on offense. Cam Newton can’t throw the ball to himself and the team is already without TE Greg Olsen. SB Nation reported that the trade was all about speed. “When you have some vertical speed it gets (defenses) to back off a little bit,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We saw a lot of single safety with the other safety in the box. And we had to do something to help alleviate the pressure on the offense to run the ball.”

Well, Ron Rivera must know something about WR Devin Funchess that we don’t. For the Bills, it was a smart move. Team President Tom Coughlin loves big, physical receivers and Benjamin is a solid upgrade over Jordan Matthews.

 

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