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Trades don't happen often, but here are some that should

By Matt Williamson

Scouts Inc.

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Updated: October 14, 2008

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Trades in the NFL happen about as often as Bill Belichick smiles. But just because they don't happen, doesn't always mean they shouldn't. There are always plenty of obstacles and reasons why teams won't make trades, but here are some that could help both teams.

Kansas City RB Larry Johnson to the N.Y. Jets for a second-round draft pick that could escalate into a No. 1 based on performance and the team's success

Larry Johnson

Running Back

Kansas City Chiefs

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2008 Season Stats Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD

93 417 3 6 12 0

Why it works for Kansas City: Johnson, 28, already has an awful lot of wear and tear on his body and the Chiefs now have a lot invested in him financially. Here is a news flash: Kansas City is not going to win the Super Bowl this year or next season. So go with Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith for the remainder of his season and maybe next year. Meanwhile, use the additional draft picks and cap space to revamp their roster in much the same way as Miami did when Bill Parcells arrived. Running back is the easiest position to plug in and it should be the last piece of their huge rebuilding project, not the first.

Why it works for New York: Thomas Jones is a good back, but I'm not sure he's a true No. 1 any more. Imagine adding Johnson to this mix with Jones and Leon Washington spelling him to keep him hungry and fresh. No team has taken more of a win-now approach to their roster and this could put the Jets over the top. Giving up a second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder based on production and the Jets' success could make sense.

Detroit WR Roy Williams to Dallas for a second-round pick

Roy Williams

Wide Receiver

Detroit Lions

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2008 Season Stats Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC

17 232 1 13.6 25 77

Why it works for Detroit: For the most part, Williams' talents are being wasted in Detroit. While he remains inconsistent and deserves some of the blame as well, he is also up for free agency and franchising the second-best wideout on the roster might not make sense. Especially when you consider the many holes the Lions need to fill in order to return to respectability. If Detroit can get a second rounder for Williams, it should take it.

Why it works for Dallas: What do the Cowboys need? More star power with some selfishness to them! In all honesty, this could further complicate the situation in Dallas, but the former University of Texas product could also really thrive in Big D. This marriage just seems too intriguing not to mention, but there are plenty of teams that could be in the market for a wideout. Heading to San Francisco and being reunited with with former Lions coach and current 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz also would be beneficial for both.

Cincinnati WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh to Philadelphia for a second-round pick

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

Wide Receiver

Cincinnati Bengals

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2008 Season Stats Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC

38 400 3 10.5 26 93

Why it works for Cincinnati: Like Williams, Houshmandzadeh is a free agent after this season and re-signing him will prove very difficult. Who would want to stay in Cincinnati? The franchise tag is an option, but Cincinnati just used two high draft picks on this position and brought Chris Henry back to the team. A second-round pick could pry him away.

Why it works for Philadelphia: Although he isn't a home run threat, Houshmandzadeh is a very precise route runner with great hands who excels in moving the chains and scoring points in the red zone. That's something the Eagles could really use. Donovan McNabb really needs a primary target and the Eagles acquired extra picks in the 2009 draft during last year's draft. Don't count out Tennessee in this or any of the wide receiver possibilities either.

Kansas City TE Tony Gonzalez to Buffalo for a third-round pick

Tony Gonzalez

Tight End

Kansas City Chiefs

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2008 Season Stats Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC

21 193 2 9.2 23 35

Why it works for Kansas City: Getting something in the neighborhood of what the Giants received for Jeremy Shockey (a No. 2 and No. 5) is probably too steep for Gonzalez, who is still among the league's best tight ends, but won't be useful when Kansas City gets back to respectability. A third-round pick, however, makes a lot of sense. Brad Cottam was drafted to eventually take over for Gonzalez, so speed up the learning curve. It is time to develop players like Cottam over the next year or so and let a bunch of young players grow up together. While it hurts to lose a player of his caliber and, just as importantly, a player of his character who is a leader in the locker room, this is best for the Chiefs.

Why it works for Buffalo: Plenty of teams (Giants, Vikings, Cardinals) come to mind when thinking about where Gonzalez would fit in and that could drive up his price tag. However, Buffalo is a very young football team and still only has one legitimate receiving option in Lee Evans. Having Gonzalez near the goal line and in the middle of the field would be a tremendous asset. It would also move Robert Royal down to the second-string tight end, which is where he belongs.

St. Louis WR Torry Holt to San Francisco for a third-round pick

Torry Holt

Wide Receiver

St. Louis Rams

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2008 Season Stats Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC

20 210 1 10.5 45 43

Why it works for St. Louis: This is another case of draft picks doing the franchise more long-term good than holding onto one of its aging stars who might not be productive when the team finally returns to prominence. Still, the Rams are awfully light on pass catchers right now, so they can't afford to give him away.

Why it works for San Francisco: Surely Martz and WR Isaac Bruce would welcome back their old pal, even though the arrow is beginning to point down on Holt at this stage of his career. It would help an offense that is already much improved and adding another solid pass catcher could make this a top 10 offense. Once again, Tennessee could make a lot of sense here as well.

Cincinnati WR Chad Johnson to Tampa Bay for a third-round pick that could escalate based on performance

Chad Johnson

Wide Receiver

Cincinnati Bengals

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2008 Season Stats Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC

19 216 1 11.4 22 15

Why it works for Cincinnati: Johnson should have been moved when Washington offered to take him off the Bengals' hands before the season started. Cincinnati has to be regretting not pulling the trigger on that deal. Now Johnson's price tag should be less, but taking him off the team might be addition by subtraction. It is time for some change for the winless Bengals. Actually, big changes are long overdue.

Why it works for Tampa Bay: Bucs coach Jon Gruden has been known to overlook players with questionable personality issues, but who are long on talent. Matching that with the fact that Joey Galloway has been sorely missed and the verticality that he provided has yet to be replaced and this might just be a match made in heaven ... or a very combustible situation. Still, it would be worth the gamble.

Oakland RB Justin Fargas to Indianapolis for a fourth-round pick

Justin Fargas

Running Back

Oakland Raiders

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2008 Season Stats Rush Yds TD Rec Yds TD

37 175 0 2 12 0

Why it works for Oakland: There is a logjam at running back in Oakland right now. Fargas is making a good chunk of money that the Raiders could use in other ways, yet he still should have value around the league because he runs very hard and is coming off an impressive 2007 season where he rushed for 1,009 yards and had four TDs.

Why it works for Indianapolis: Joseph Addai just suffered a hamstring injury (although coach Tony Dungy said he didn't expect it to be serious) and Mike Hart suffered a severe knee injury. While only losing Hart would not be a huge problem, spelling Addai and Dominic Rhodes with an aggressive zone runner like Fargas would be good insurance, especially is Addai's injury lingers. And if Addai's healthy, it would help keep him fresh for the long haul. Running backs are not worth much on the open market, so the price might be right and Addai's ability to be a true bellcow runner is questionable.

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DANG! Neuter Kansas City's offense completely - Make Cinncy's anemic passing game bleed completely dry - and NEVER trade within the division - out of all of those T.J. to Philly makes the most sense - :mellow:

oh no...then that means our secondary will get torched when we play them..if they have kevin curtis back, and reggie brown, along with whosyomomma, wow, they will probably be back ontop of the nfc again.

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oh no...then that means our secondary will get torched when we play them..if they have kevin curtis back, and reggie brown, along with whosyomomma, wow, they will probably be back ontop of the nfc again.

I wish we could find a DT like that one year when we got Coleman....that was a dang good pickup until he got on the "friggin" jetski....

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oh no...then that means our secondary will get torched when we play them..if they have kevin curtis back, and reggie brown, along with whosyomomma, wow, they will probably be back ontop of the nfc again.

You don't seriously think that he could be ready to play in their next game...do you? This isn't Madden.

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You don't seriously think that he could be ready to play in their next game...do you? This isn't Madden.

why not??its 2 weeks..if he got picked up today, im sure he will know some plays. hes not a rookie. vets catch on pretty fast. it doesnt take them a certain amount of weeks or whatever. and how hard is it to run a out route and jump over grimes to catch the ball????not hard at all.

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