NFL stars who could be traded during the 2019 draft

The NFL Draft is when the league meets its newest young stars. As for those already established, some of them may find new homes too.

Here are 12 veterans who could be traded during the 2019 NFL Draft:

Derek Carr

Most of the signs point to the Raiders keeping their young quarterback. For one, the team staged Antonio Brown meeting the signal-caller at Carr’s house. That would be all for not if Oakland now deals Carr. Every other move this offseason — signing Tyrell Williams and Trent Brown — has also been made under the assumption the Raiders already have their quarterback in place. But Raiders general manager Mike Mayock is sending mixed signals. He said, “we love Derek (Carr)” and yet has also repeated that the Raiders will “do all of our due diligence” at quarterback like every other position. It sounds like if the quarterback Mayock and Jon Gruden really like in the draft is available to them, Carr could be gone.

Leonard Fournette

Trade rumors were circling the third-year running back in January after executive vice president Tom Coughlin criticized Fournette for his actions on the team’s sideline during the season finale. The two sides appeared to make up, but then on April 11 police arrested Fournette for speeding and “knowingly driving with a suspended license.” Coach Doug Marrone told the media on April 16 that Fournette will not face team discipline for the arrest. Apparently, he’s ready to let the incident blow over, but will the front office feel the same way if a team offers the Jaguars an interesting deal for Fournette at the draft?

Tyreek Hill

Similar to Fournette, Hill is facing off-the-field problems this offseason that could jeopardize his tenure with his current team. Hill’s situation, though, is a lot more dire. Police are currently investigating Hill’s connection with two incidents of suspected child abuse. This is an extremely complicated situation because even if Hill isn’t charged with a crime, he could face a suspension.  The Chiefs didn’t waste any time dumping Kareem Hunt last fall, and it’s worth wondering if they might garner a trade for the speedster at the draft. The Athletic’s Jay Glazer reported that Hill was at the center of trade talks during the NFL combine, but if a trade is done now, Kansas City would be getting pennies on the dollar for Hill, who, in addition to possibly facing a suspension, wants a new contract.

Frank Clark

The Seahawks placed the franchise tag on Clark this offseason, but despite the possibility of making some $17 million in 2019, Clark has threatened to hold out if he doesn’t receive a long-term agreement. No team wants a Le’Veon Bell situation, and the Seahawks would like to avoid the Earl Thomas distraction they had last year too. This could lead to Clark getting traded at the draft, although as of April 14 Jay Glazer reported trade talks for Clark had “died down.”

Jack Doyle

The Colts tight end posted career bests in 2017, recording 80 receptions for 690 yards and four touchdowns. But then with the arrival of Eric Ebron in 2018, Doyle saw his targets decrease from 7.2 per game to 5.5 each contest. Doyle also missed 10 games because of injury, which led to him catching only 26 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. If the Colts are comfortable with Ebron and Mo Alie-Cox at tight end, they could shop Doyle at the draft.

Josh Rosen

Although technically not a star yet, Rosen qualifies for our list because he was the No. 10 overall pick a year ago. Rosen threw for 2,278 yards, 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while averaging 5.8 yards per attempt as a rookie in 2018. As of right now, there’s no telling whether Rosen is truly going to develop into a star or not because he had little help with the Cardinals last year. It might not matter, though, as Arizona is rumored to be selecting quarterback Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall. If that happens, Rosen will be one of the hottest topics during the first round of the draft.

Duke Johnson

The Browns seemed to like the idea of three strong backs on the depth chart after they signed Kareem Hunt, but Johnson apparently wants no part of it. On April 8 Johnson requested to be traded, according to cleveland.com. Johnson has also refused to show up to the beginning of Cleveland’s offseason program. The best time for the Browns to address this issue is during the draft with a trade.

A.J. Green

Trading Green would almost guarantee the Bengals will finish in the AFC North cellar, but with Cincinnati seemingly in rebuilding mode, dealing the seven-time Pro Bowler is not the worst idea. Green turns 31 this summer and hasn’t been able to finish two of the last three years because of injuries. In 2018 he recorded 46 catches for 694 yards and six touchdowns in nine games.  Because of the injuries, his value is already on the downswing. It might be wise to embrace a full rebuild and see what value Green has on the trade market.

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Patriots, Seahawks reportedly among teams interested in Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson has looked like nowhere near the player he used to be over the past two seasons, but the veteran wide receiver is still drawing plenty of interest in the wake of the Oakland Raiders releasing him.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Nelson is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday. Two of the AFC’s best teams — the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs — are also expected to give Nelson a look.

Nelson had three consecutive seasons with 1,000 or more receiving yards for the Green Bay Packers from 2013-2015, but he fell off in 2017 and struggled to produce when Aaron Rodgers got hurt. He came on strong with the Raiders late last season after a slow start, finishing with 63 catches, 739 yards and three touchdowns.

The Patriots would be a good landing spot for Nelson, as they are extremely thin at the receiver position and were reportedly interested in another former Packers wide receiver at one point. Nelson will turn 34 in May and isn’t nearly as explosive as he once was, but he can still be a solid possession receiver.

By: Steve DelVecchio

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Richard Sherman: Seahawks have ‘lost their way’

Richard Sherman isn’t known for holding back when he has something on his mind.

The San Francisco 49ers cornerback recently discussed a variety of subjects with Robert Klemko of The MMQB, but one area surrounding his time with the Seattle Seahawks commanded attention.

Sherman spent seven seasons in Seattle, where he was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection and four-time Pro Bowler on one of the NFL’s elite defensive units. Seattle won a Super Bowl in 2013, but the defense transitioned by parting ways with Sherman and defensive end Michael Bennett in recent months. The Seahawks are also currently in a deadlock when it comes to All-Pro safety Earl Thomas, who is seeking a new contract.

Sherman went into full reflection mode on what he categorized as a “really unfortunate” situation in Seattle.

“Mistakes and poor judgment on things ruined what could have been a really special deal,” Sherman told Sports Illustrated . “You don’t have much left right now.

“And to say you’re not going to pay Earl Thomas is just … There’s no decline in play there. He’s played the game the right way. Who do you have to pay? You have the two best linebackers in the game. You have the quarterback. You have a great wide receiver in Doug [Baldwin]. And you’re paying Duane Brown.”

Sherman and the Seahawks enjoyed an impressive three-year run after the Super Bowl win in 2013. Seattle returned to the championship game in 2014 before losing in the waning seconds to the New England Patriots, and made the playoffs from 2015 to 2016, compiling a 32-15-1 record over the three seasons.

But the after posting a 9-7 record and failing to qualify for the postseason in 2017, as Sherman suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 10, the Seahawks’ roster underwent an overhaul during the offseason.

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Richard Sherman Thinks Concussion Protocol is BS

Written by Will Brinson at CBS Sports.com

The 2017 season was not a good one for the NFL’s concussion protocol. The season’s action featured multiple incidents of players suffering what clearly appeared to be concussions and continuing to play. The NFL investigated two instances of quarterbacks re-entering games after suffering concussions.

The NFL examined Russell Wilson skipping the blue medical tent against the Cardinals this year and decided to hit the Seahawks with a hefty fine as a punishment. Oddly enough, the league investigated another situation, and did not find the Texans did anything wrong in the Tom Savage situation, when the quarterback took a huge shot and somehow continued to play.

It would not be surprising to find out some NFL players do not love the concussion protocol. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman definitely does not like it and said as much during a Players’ Tribune Q&A that was posted on Twitter.

Sherman blasted the protocol and said it’s just for the NFL to “show the public they care” and called it “a joke.”

“It’s for public opinion, for them to show the public that they care about the players, they care about player safety. In a show of good faith and good will, they said we’re going to have an independent trauma expert, an independent neurologist approve people, and the same things are happening that were happening before,” Sherman said. “The Tom Savage play where he was looked at by the independent neurologist and they approved him to go back into the game. And now the team is being ridiculed. How about the league gets ridiculed for letting him go back in the game, because they approved it. The independent neurologist, which is hired by the league, approved him to go back into the game.”

Sherman also called the protocol “a joke” at one point. Part of the question he got involved donating his brain to science and Sherman was not enthusiastic about giving away his head.

“No, no, I’m not donating my brain to science. My brain is going to stay in my head,” Sherman added.

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Browns Could Have Two Top 5 Picks in Upcoming Draft

Written by Sean Wagner-McGough at CBS Sports.com

On Sunday, a week after they got manhandled by the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Seattle Seahawks lost a home football game to the Los Angeles Rams by 35 points — the worst loss of the Pete Carroll era. And for a second straight week, the Seahawks did not handle the defeat graciously.

Last week, they got involved in a last-second scuffle and one of their players, Quinton Jefferson, nearly ventured into the stands to fight a fan. This week, two of their best players entered a very public feud immediately after the game.

Free safety Earl Thomas and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner don’t appear to be happy with each other. It started when Thomas told reporters after the game that Wagner shouldn’t have played on his injured hamstring because the backups would’ve been just as effective.

His comments didn’t seem that controversial or inflammatory, but it really doesn’t matter what we think. What matters is how Wagner reacted to those comments.

He definitely didn’t approve. Wagner fired off a tweet that criticized Thomas for “being jealous.” He also told Thomas to keep his name out of his mouth. The tweet has been deleted, but you can see a screengrab of it below:

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Falcons Get Good Win Over Seahawks On MNF

Written by Brady Henderson at ESPN.com

Russell Wilson was awful at the start. He was incredible after that. Ultimately, he wasn’t enough.

Wilson was picked off on his second pass attempt and lost a second-quarter fumble that was returned for an Atlanta Falcons touchdown, which contributed to a brutal start for the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson rallied Seattle back with two passing touchdowns, a rushing score and some of his signature elusiveness — showing that the Seahawks are never out of any game as long as No. 3 is at quarterback — but they needed more than Wilson’s magic on Monday night.

They needed a much cleaner performance, they needed to get off the field on third down and they needed to put a whole lot more pressure on quarterback Matt Ryan than they ever got in their 34-31 loss. They also needed Blair Walshto come through at the end to push the game into overtime, but his 52-yard field goal attempt with seven seconds left came up short to seal Atlanta’s victory.

“Unfortunately, the turnovers really gave them a great opportunity, and they took advantage of it,” coach Pete Carroll said. “So we were playing from behind all night.”

The loss snaps the Seahawks’ 11-game win streak on Monday Night Football, and much more importantly, it further narrows their margin for error in the NFC playoff race.

What it means: The Seahawks wasted an opportunity to move into first place in the NFC West over the Los Angeles Rams, who dropped to 7-3 with a loss on Sunday (the Seahawks own a tiebreaker by virtue of their head-to-head win). Seattle’s playoff chances took a big hit. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, a win against Atlanta would have given the Seahawks an 85 percent chance of reaching the postseason. A loss drops that down to 58 percent. The Seahawks’ chances of playing in January for a sixth straight season are looking iffy, especially with a banged-up defense and a tough remaining schedule. Among other things, they’ll need the Rams to keep coming back down to Earth like they did in their loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

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Richard Sherman Suffers Season Ending Achilles Injury

Written by Brady Henderson at ESPN.com

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in Thursday night’s 22-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Sherman exited the game in the third quarter and did not return. He says he expects to undergo surgery after swelling in the Achilles goes down in the next few days.

“No coming back from that until you get surgery,” head coach Pete Carroll said, adding that Sherman “couldn’t even walk” after leaving the game and standing on the sideline.

“He’s been a bastion of consistency, competitiveness, and toughness. We’re going to miss the heck out of him.”

Sherman, who has never missed a game since entering the league in 2011, said his Achilles has been bothering him all season and that he has tried to avoid making any drastic cuts. On the play in which he was hurt, Sherman said the defense was playing Cover 2 and that he was going for an interception.

“I thought I could get the ball. Once it popped, just unfortunate,” said Sherman, who was visibly emotional at times while addressing reporters. “One of those things that you have to play through for as long as you can. When it goes, it goes.

“I’ve put a lot of stress on it. Think it would have gone eventually.”

In a text message to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Sherman later said, “I’m gonna be back with a vengeance.” He also posted his thoughts on Twitter.

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Seahawks Beat Cards Despite Injuries

Written by Chris Wessling at NFL.com

Jimmy Graham hauled in a pair of touchdown passes to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 22-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 10. Here’s what we learned on Thursday night:

1. The Seahawks overcame shaky pass protection, a dysfunctional ground attack and an ongoing rash of penalties to salvage a costly victory that left a handful of key players licking their wounds. Left tackle Duane Brown(ankle), running back C.J. Prosise(ankle), defensive tackle Jarran Reed(hamstring), defensive end Frank Clark(thigh), safety Kam Chancellor (stinger) and linebacker Michael Wilhoite (calf) each failed to return after getting dinged. The injury that has the Seattle faithful most upset, though, is the one to Richard Sherman. The All-Pro cornerback immediately reached for his ankle area after colliding with wide receiver John Brown late in the third quarter. He didn’t return to the game, and coach Pete Carroll told reporters the cornerback suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. He is done for the season.

2. The Seahawks’ 6-3 record leaves them in pole position for their annual playoff run. While their talent, experience, coaching acumen and collective pride should not be discounted, the obstacles are mounting. They have yet to fix the offensive line issues or identify a tailback capable of sustaining a consistent ground attack. They continue to shoot themselves in the foot, racking up more penalties than any other team this season. The latest concern is a depleted defense that is used to shouldering a heavy load to compensate for the unreliable offense. As if that litany of challenges isn’t enough, the remaining schedule offers few breaks, featuring clashes with playoff contenders such as the Falcons, Eagles, Jaguars, Rams and Cowboys.

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Rams In Driver Seat For NFC West

Written by Jared Dubin at CBS Sports.com

The Seattle Seahawks played one of the strangest games of the 2017 season last Sunday.

Seattle racked up 437 yards of offense, averaging 5.8 yards per play. The Seahawks out-gained Washington by nearly 200 yards, gained six more first downs, and won the time of possession battle by over five minutes. They held Kirk Cousins without a touchdown pass, yielded only 2.35 yards per carry to Washington’s running backs, and recorded six sacks.

Of course, the Seahawks also converted just five of 14 third-down opportunities, committed two turnovers, missed three field goals, and took an unfathomable 16 penalties that cost them 138 yards. Though they got into scoring position six different times in all, the offense was largely impotent for much of the game, with Russell Wilson throwing too erratically to prop up a typically punchless rushing attack.

They allowed Cousins to march Washington right down the field with a four-play, 70-yard drive to snatch the lead away from them after coming back from a fourth-quarter deficit, then proceeded to mismanage the hell out of the clock on their attempt at a last-ditch game-tying drive. And so the Seahawks lost, 17-14.

But Seattle lost more than just the game. Coupled with the Rams’ dominant win over the Giants, this loss dealt a huge blow to the Seahawks’ chances of winning the NFC West. The Seahawks are now 5-3 while the Rams are 6-2, putting Los Angeles firmly in the driver’s seat when it comes to winning the division.

Here’s how SportsLine’s Stephen Oh has things shaking out based on his simulations. The Rams are projected to finish just about one win ahead of the Seahawks, and they have a 58.6 percent chance of winning the division. Seattle has just a 40.3 chance of taking the NFC West.

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