Today the NFL Trade Deadline came and went at 4:00 PM and there has been a flurry of activity! First and foremost, no NFC South teams were active at the deadline. However, other teams made moves as the deadline drew close.
First, former Georgia Tech and Denver Broncos wide-receiver Demaryius Thomas and a 7th round pick was traded to the Houston Texans for a 4th round and 7th round pick.
“Demaryius had an incredible run here and we can’t thank him enough for everything he’s meant to the Broncos,” Broncos general manager John Elway said in a statement. “He developed into an elite player over the years, establishing himself as one NFL’s most productive, consistent and reliable wide receivers. D.T. was a big part of so many wins and memorable moments as a Bronco. Although it’s tough to end this chapter, we’re excited about the talent we have at the wide receiver position and wish Demaryius all the best with the Texans.”
Thomas will face off against his former team this Sunday as the Texans face the Broncos.
The Packers were busy at the trade deadline as they shipped out safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins for a 2019 4th round pick. Clinton-Dix is at in the final year of his rookie contract. Even though many view this trade as a rental for the Redskins, Clinton-Dix is expected to start immediately next to D.J. Swearinger. Moreover, the Redskins have added their seventh player from the University of Alabama to their roster.
Green Bay Packers running back and overall Swiss-Army knife Ty Montgomery was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 7th round pick. Montgomery’s final moment in a Packers uniform was a fumble that sealed victory for the Los Angeles Rams last Sunday.
Speaking of the Rams, they have added another defensive star. They have traded for Jacksonville’s Dante Fowler while sending a 2019 3rd round pick and a 2020 5th round pick to the Jaguars. Fowler’s addition means the Rams’ defense has seventh former first-round picks. The 2016 third-overall pick joins Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Michael Brockers, Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Mark Barron on a Super Bowl-contending unit ran by defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Finally, the Detroit Lions shipped out wide receiver Golden Tate, sending him to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 3rd round pick.
“For more than four years Golden displayed an unwavering commitment to not only his coaches and teammates, but also the City of Detroit,” Lions general manager Bog Quinn said in a statement. “The impact he made on and off the field set an example for our team and serves as a testament to his character. We wish Golden and his family the very best in the next step of his career.”
This was a serious move by the Eagles stemming from the Cowboys acquiring wide-receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders last week. As the team is 4-4, this is a sign the Eagles are not conceding the NFC East with eight games remaining in the season.