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NFL players who could be traded before the draft

The NFL trade market is often active in the offseason, and that's expected to be the case again this year. These 25 players could be moved before the NFL Draft in late April.

 
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Jamal Adams, S, Jets

Jamal Adams, S, Jets
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Adams didn't seem pleased when he was mentioned in trade rumors during the season, and he's due for a lucrative contract extension. Jets head coach Adam Gase has never been shy about making bold moves, and if the return is right, he could opt to ship Adams, although recent news indicates the front office may be interested in making him a "Jet for life."

 
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Geno Atkins, DE, Bengals

Geno Atkins, DE, Bengals
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Atkins has netted 10 years of excellent service in Cincinnati, including eight Pro Bowls. He arguably has Hall of Fame credentials but had only 4.5 sacks last season for the league's worst team. Atkins has three years remaining on his current contract and could give the rebuilding Bengals more ammunition in their rebuild with a trade.

 
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Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Buccaneers

Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Buccaneers
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Barrett is set for a huge payday after leading the NFL with 19.5 sacks last season. However, the Bucs could decide to franchise tag and trade the sack artist, which would net them significant draft pick compensation.

 
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Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets

Le'Veon Bell, RB, Jets
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The Jets signed Bell to a lucrative four-year deal last offseason, but head coach Adam Gase seemed to have buyer's remorse almost immediately. Bell could be a tough sell after averaging only 3.2 yards per carry last season, but it wouldn't be a surprise if New York tries to look around for a return despite the team's GM stating otherwise.

 
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Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
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The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas and likely looking to make a splash. There's no more important position than quarterback, and Carr's play has been inconsistent in two years under head coach Jon Gruden. If the Raiders can find a better, or simply more exciting, option to play quarterback, they could look to move Carr this offseason.

 
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Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals
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Dalton has one year remaining on his contract but he's a top trade candidate, as Cincinnati is expected to select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first overall in the draft. The team can cut Dalton without a cap penalty, but it'll certainly look at what it can get in return first.

 
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Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings

Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings
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Diggs seemed unhappy for much of last season before the rumors of his dismay quieted late in the year. A trade doesn't look as likely as it did a few months ago, but the star wideout might still be moved for the right offer.

 
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Carlos Dunlap, DE, Bengals

Carlos Dunlap, DE, Bengals
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Like teammate Geno Atkins, Dunlap is a productive 10-year veteran who will likely have to go elsewhere if he wants to win anytime soon. He did record nine sacks in 14 games last season and has two years remaining on his contract. Cincinnati could likely still get a significant return for the 31-year-old pass rusher, which would make sense in its rebuild.

 
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Joe Flacco, QB, Broncos

Joe Flacco, QB, Broncos
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Flacco's tenure as Denver's starting quarterback didn't last long, and the organization seems full speed ahead now with Drew Lock. It's tough to imagine another team wanting Flacco as a starter after how poorly he played in Denver, but that probably won't stop the Broncos from trying to move him.

 
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Nick Foles, QB, Jaguars

Nick Foles, QB, Jaguars
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The Jaguars were excited about Foles when they signed him, but he might not be in their plans now that they've found Gardner Minshew. Foles' extended playoff experience could be exciting for a team that's close to winning, and the cap hit of just over $22 million next season isn't excessive for the quarterback position.

 
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Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons
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Freeman's time in Atlanta seems to be running thin after he missed most of 2018 due to injury and averaged a career-low 3.6 yards per carry last season. With the Falcons in a horrible salary cap position, they'd probably like to get rid of his contract, but an attempt to trade him will likely come first.

 
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A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals
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Green is a free agent after missing all of last season. Going on age 32, he's a major risk for a long-term contract, but the Bengals could look to franchise tag and trade him to a contender. With seven Pro Bowl seasons under his belt, he should attract a healthy market.

 
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O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers

O.J. Howard, TE, Buccaneers
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Howard fell out of favor with Tampa Bay's new coaching staff last season after showing potential star ability in his first two seasons. Entering a decisive fourth year in his rookie contract, the Bucs could trade Howard to a team still sold on his raw ability.

 
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Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns

Kareem Hunt, RB, Browns
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Hunt has had more off-field issues this offseason, but he looked explosive when he came off suspension last year. Adding Hunt could be a PR nightmare for an acquiring team, but the price could be right if the Browns want to move on after the running back was ticketed for speeding.

 
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Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs

Chris Jones, DT, Chiefs
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Jones is arguably the best interior pass rusher in football not named Aaron Donald, and he's about to get rich. The pending free agent has stated his desire to remain in K.C., and the front office has indicated it would like to keep him around. But if the Chiefs are unable to sign him, they could franchise tag and trade Jones for what would likely be at least one first-round pick.

 
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Matt Judon, OLB, Ravens

Matt Judon, OLB, Ravens
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Baltimore has lost several notable defensive players in recent seasons, and Judon could be next. A free agent, Judon is looking at a big contract after recording 9.5 sacks last season, but Baltimore has the possibility of franchising and trading the linebacker.

 
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David Johnson, RB, Cardinals

David Johnson, RB, Cardinals
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Johnson's sizable contract will be difficult to move with a cap hit of more than $14 million pending in 2020. He seemed to fall out of favor in Arizona last season after the team acquired Kenyan Drake, and he might not be a fit for Kliff Kingsbury's offense. If the Cardinals can find a taker, they'd probably be willing to pull the trigger.

 
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Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers
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Newton missed most of last season with a foot injury, and his future with the Panthers is in doubt after the team hired new head coach Matt Rhule. He will likely have to prove his health is good before any move is made, while Carolina could be in for a full rebuild that includes trading Newton.

 
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Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jaguars

Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Jaguars
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Ngakoue is arguably the best edge rusher available in free agency, and it would be rough if the Jaguars let him get away after he recorded 37.5 sacks in his four seasons. Still, if team and player can't agree to a contract extension, Jacksonville does have the fallback option of franchising and trading Ngakoue.

 
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Josh Rosen, QB, Dolphins

Josh Rosen, QB, Dolphins
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Rosen was already traded from Arizona to Miami after his rookie season, and it would make sense for Miami to move him again if it intends to draft a quarterback early. It remains to be seen what Miami could get for the young quarterback, as he looked lost when he played last season, but he remains a cheap developmental prospect, at worst.

 
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Darius Slay, CB, Lions

Darius Slay, CB, Lions
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The writing is on the wall for a Slay trade, with the Lions reportedly having spoken to multiple teams. A Jalen Ramsey-like return would be attractive for the revamping Lions.

 
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Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions

Matthew Stafford, QB, Lions
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Stafford missed much of last season with a back injury, and any thought of a trade seems crazy on the surface given how much money it would cost toward the Lions cap ($32 million). Still, the team has an opportunity to take a quarterback with the third overall pick in the draft, and the dead cap could be worthwhile if the team opts to rebuild its roster. This is a scenario that seems unlikely but not impossible.

 
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Solomon Thomas, DE, 49ers

Solomon Thomas, DE, 49ers
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Sometimes a change of scenery is best for both sides, which could be the case for Thomas and the 49ers. The third overall draft choice in the 2017 draft, Thomas lost snaps last season and simply might not be a fit for the 49ers' current defense. Given his athleticism, there would likely be many teams interested.

 
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Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs

Sammy Watkins, WR, Chiefs
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Watkins is a prime cut candidate, with the Chiefs set to save $14 million against the cap. They could opt to move the contract elsewhere first, especially given how valuable draft picks will be to them with Patrick Mahomes eating major cap space in the near future.

 
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Trent Williams, LT, Redskins

Trent Williams, LT, Redskins
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Williams held out for all of 2019 after a botched medical situation that he blamed on the Redskins. There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel with new head coach Ron Rivera at the helm, but a trade still might be best so that both sides can forget about last year.

Seth Trachtman is a fantasy sports expert and diehard Kansas City Chiefs fan still hoping for a Super Bowl win during his lifetime. He doesn't often Tweet, but when he does, you can find him on Twitter @sethroto.

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