MHR Poll of the Week: Trade Deadline Fun

Don't worry, no cheerleaders were traded during the making of this post. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

While there are rarely huge moves the week of the trade deadline, this season seems to go the opposite way, with a number of moves already made. With that in mind, I wanted to have some fun with this. I set up a number of situations for some fun trades that could shake up this team.

Now don't worry, I talked a number of fans from these teams and tried to get us the best deal, and between myself and these four other staffers, we felt we came up with some fun ideas. A special thanks to some of the guys from Jacksonville, Miami, St. Louis and Philadelphia for helping me brain storm this stuff.

The Trades:

A Note:

I included Kyle Orton and Brandon Lloyd in all of these options for a few reasons, Lloyd is only in two, it's surprising how many teams would take Orton, and their offers make it worth it to lose our backup QB. Secondly for Lloyd, I have heard so much talk about how veterans are just holding are young players back and how the season is lost, so since Lloyd seems to be not quite up to his 2010 level, we should try and get some high value for him before he just leaves in FA. Add in the return of Royal and DT would replace him, at least in the sense that some fans want. One thing about Lloyd that we have to remember is that one good year does not a great wide receiver make, add in his well known character issues, his value outside of Denver is much lower than we would expect. While he does have value, especially to a team in need or that is familiar with him.

Option 1:

Trades:
- Denver trades Kyle Orton to Miami for Tony McDaniel and a 6th round pick.
- Denver trades Brandon Lloyd and D.J. Williams to St. Louis for Justin King and a 3rd round pick.

Denver Gets:
- 6th round pick (Miami)
- Defensive Tackle Tony McDaniel (Miami)
- Cornerback Justin King (St. Louis)
- 3rd round pick (St. Louis)

Miami Gets:
- Quarterback Kyle Orton (Denver)

St. Louis Gets:
- Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd (Denver)
- Linebacker D.J. Williams (Denver)

Explanation:

Denver needs to clean house. Heck more fans here than any other Denver site have been saying we need to dump older players since we are rebuilding. These trades would net Denver two mid draft picks, and two young players at key positions of need for this team. We cut a fan headache by trading Kyle Orton to a Miami team that, despite what we know about Orton, he's an upgrade at quarterback there, and since Tony Sparano's job could be on the line, a mid pick and a backup DT are worth the price. Add in most Miami fans seem to want Orton over Moore or Sage. We also trade Lloyd and Williams to a St. Louis team that needs to improve against the run and in the passing game, and since McD does have a strong connection to Lloyd, having saved his career, I'm sure Sam Bradford would be happy to see a player like that with the Rams. Out of that trade we get a mid round pick and a starting corner in Justin King who will be an upgrade over Willis or Goodman, and instantly start. We upgrade at defensive tackle and corner and cut players that might not be here next season anyways.

Option 2:

Trades:
- Denver trades Kyle Orton and Jason Hunter to Jacksonville for William Middleton and a 6th round pick.
- Denver trades Brandon Lloyd and Jacksonville’s 6th round pick to St. Louis for Justin King and a 5th round pick

Denver Gets:
- Cornerback Justin King (St. Louis)
- 5th round pick (St. Louis)
- Cornerback William Middleton (Jacksonville)

St. Louis Gets:
- Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd (Denver)
- 6th round pick (Jacksonville via Denver)

Jacksonville Gets:
- Quarterback Kyle Orton (Denver)
- Defensive End Jason Hunter (Denver)

Explanation:

Another set of trades that remove players that are holding younger players back, or are replaceable, and trading them for two mid picks and two starters. Jacksonville needs a backup, because no one in their right mind thinks Luke McCown is anywhere near a starter if Blaine Gabbert goes down, Orton is there to help. Add in Del Rio needs to at least win some games to keep his job, if Gabbert struggles, Orton can step in. We also throw Jason Hunter in to shore up a struggling defensive line. In exchange we get a starting caliber corner in Middleton, at least starting as in he's better than Goodman or Willis and a 5th round pick. St. Louis as we mentioned needs a wide receiver and they need him now if they want to catch up in the NFC West, Lloyd is that man. We flip Jacksonville's 5th rounder and Lloyd for another young starting corner in King and St. Louis's 4th round pick. We end up with two young corners, both are 26 or younger, and a 5th round pick. Our secondary is instantly set and we don't have to worry about drafting a corner in the next draft.

Option 3:

Trades:
- Denver trades Kyle Orton and Eddie Royal to Jacksonville for Terrance Knighton, Deji Karim and a 6th round pick.
- Denver trades D.J. Williams and Deji Karim to Philadelphia for Mike Kafta and a 3rd round pick.

Denver Gets:
- Defensive Tackle Terrance Knighton (Jacksonville)
- 6th round pick (Jacksonville)
- Quarterback Mike Kafta (Philadelphia)
- 3rd round pick (Philadelphia)

Jacksonville Gets:
- Quarterback Kyle Orton (Denver)
- Wide Receiver Eddie Royal (Denver)

Philadelphia Gets:
- Running Back Deji Karim (Jacksonville via Denver)
- Linebacker D.J. Williams (Denver)

Explanation:

As I mentioned in Option 2, Jacksonville needs a backup who can start if needed, they also need a slot receiver, Orton and Royal fit the bill perfectly. In exchange Jacksonville sends up Deji Karim, starting defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, whose young by the way, and a 6th rounder. We then ship Karim to Philly, who is in need of someone to take the load of McCoy, and Ronnie Brown ain't cutting it. We also send Williams who will be a big upgrade for that defense that needs to improve now. We get Kafta, who like Tebow is a developmental guy, but considering Reid drafted him, he's like a lock to be a quality backup or starter. We also take the Eagles 3rd rounder. We pretty much shed unwanted or underachieving players in exchange for two picks, a quarterback and a young, talented defensive tackle, I don't see the downside.

So let's put it to a vote, if you had to choose one of the three, which would you go with?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Mile High Report

You must be a member of Mile High Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Report. You should read them.

Join Mile High Report

You must be a member of Mile High Report to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Mile High Report. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker