By Matt Citak
We are just a few days away from Super Bowl LII, which means the official start of the 2018 NFL offseason is right around the corner. Free agents cannot technically sign with a new team until 4 PM on March 14th, which also represents the start of the league’s trading period. While there are numerous notable free agents that are likely to find new homes this offseason, several teams will choose to fill some of its roster holes through the trade market.
Trades cannot be made official until March 14th, but teams can already begin to agree on deals. We saw this come to fruition last night, as the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a third-round pick and cornerback Kendall Fuller. Smith was the top quarterback available on the trade market, and his four-year extension with Washington ensures that Kirk Cousins will be finding a new home in 2018.
The trade between the Chiefs and Redskins was the first big domino to fall in the 2018 NFL offseason, but it certainly will not be the last. Here are several other players around the NFL that could be traded in the coming months.
QB Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
With Alex Smith already on his way to Washington, Taylor becomes the best quarterback available on the trade market. 2017 was a weird season for the mobile quarterback. Taylor completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns, and four interceptions in 15 games this season. While his passing numbers were a bit lower than you’d typically want from your starting quarterback, the 28-year-old showed just how impressive he can be as a runner. Taylor gained 427 yards rushing on 84 attempts (5.1 yards per carry) and four touchdowns, with 26 of his rush attempts resulting in a first down. Taylor was benched for fifth-round pick Nathan Peterman late in the season, but the benching did not last long as Peterman threw five interceptions in one half and was moved back to the sidelines in favor of the veteran.
Taylor’s benching for Peterman, although only temporarily, showed that the Bills front office likely does not have full confidence in the veteran as the team’s starting quarterback moving forward. Buffalo has been linked to some of the free agent quarterbacks (especially Kirk Cousins), along with some of the top QBs in the draft, meaning Taylor’s time in upstate New York may be coming to an end. Before simply releasing the…