November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers (24) defends during the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Player-For-Pick Trade Possibilities


Aside from pick exchanging, which is the norm for drafts, players can also covet some possible currency.  Who could do just that in the 2014 NFL draft?

Andre Johnson – Houston Texans

It might sound impossible but Andre Johnson certainly did his best to make an exception for the Houston Texans.  In the midst of their freefall during the 2013 season, Johnson both talked and acted less like a leader and more like a diva than most thought was possible.  First he publicly chided his team for their struggles and then during another loss, he left the field before the game was over.  He has every bit of that air of a player who’s not willing to reverse direction back into rebuilding mode, especially at age 32.  So perhaps the time is right for Houston to deal the All-Pro.  There would be a number of suitors for sure and the Texans could probably get pretty good compensation despite his age.  The key of course will be have a plan in place to replace him.

Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys

There hasn’t been a more consistently productive tight end in pro football over the past eight to ten years than Jason Witten for the Dallas Cowboys.  He remains a top target for Tony Romo, but extenuating circumstances have begun to make his presence in Dallas less and less attractive.  First, he is pushing north of 30 years old and has taken a lot of hit.  Second, the Cowboys seem to have a high quality youngster in the system now with Gavin Escobar.  Lastly, is simple economics.  Witten is very expensive and the Cowboys are hurting for salary cap space.  By dealing him elsewhere they not only get relief, but also something back in return.  Obviously there’s no guarantee Escobar can reach a similar level, but Dallas has been good about keeping the offense loaded with weapons.

Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins

By far the most believable trade option to this point heading into the 2014 NFL draft.  With the quarterback class somewhat unpredictable, several teams may wish to seek out trade options for players with proven experience.  Kirk Cousins falls into that category with the Washington Redskins.  While he doesn’t have the elite arm, the backup has shown a knack for standing tall in the pocket and throwing the ball around with precision and decisive timing.  He can also move around well, keeping plays alive with his legs.  It’s hard to believe he’s worth a first rounder, but a second or third is not out of the question as he has winning experience under a proven coach.

Brandon Flowers – Kansas City Chiefs

Things really began to go wrong for Brandon Flowers when the Kansas City Chiefs shifted to a 3-4 defense.  Corners in that scheme are asked to play a lot of press-man coverage and typically need good size to handle it.  Flowers was not drafted for that system and at 5’9″ has understandably struggled.  He is however quite adept in a zone defense and might serve better moving to another team who utilizes one.  There is obviously talent there because he made a Pro Bowl so it’s merely a question of finding the right fit.  In return Kansas City can get some draft currency to pocket while Flower gets a chance to regain his place as a full-time starter.

Tags: 2014 Nfl Draft Andre Johnson Jason Witten Kansas City Chiefs Kirk Cousins

  • Rock

    I wouldn’t mind trading flowers unless were picking a top cb prospect in the draft that fit our dump and run scheme. If not I say we restructure his contract and keep our best cover corner here. Although we do need more speed in the secondary.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Flowers isn’t going to return to form in this scheme. Trading him is a solid option, but his contract is going to make that difficult. His cap numbers for the final three years of his deal aren’t going to be very appealing to another team.

    • Erik Lambert

      Depends on which team is trading for him. I’m willing to bet there a couple with favorable cap space and the willingness to re-negotiate his deal to bring the number down.

    • jimfromkcj

      What does it tell you when we have all of these players with contracts so upside down with the cap and we can’t even trade them because of contracts Tells me that our front office has and still is inept and have screwed this team face down.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Any cap issues this regime has are inherited. They re-structured Brandon Flowers last year because he had such a high cap number. That’s the situation they came into though.

        • jimfromkcj

          Bowe’s contract was not inherited and I believe they had something to do with Hali’s re-structure. And as far as I am concerned, Re-structuring contracts is just pushing the problem down the road and making matters worse, but there is enough blame to spread, if one wants to do so.

  • Royals_Fan

    What about trading him to a team that has a higher 2nd round pick to get our 2nd round pick back? Could draft WR in the 1st and CB in the 2nd and hopefully have your improved secondary and WR in the first two picks. Not sure what CB would fit them best but I’m a big fan of Kelvin Benjamin for WR. Big body, great hands and fast for being 6’5″.

    • Erik Lambert

      Doubt Flowers would warrant a 2nd rounder. Maybe a 3rd or 4th based on his age. You could grab Keith McGill out of Utah in that range. Stands 6’3″ with good athleticism.

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  • Gary Stewart

    heres an interesting idea !!! how about the rams and atlanta trade we give chris long to atlanta for their 6th overall pick, this trade could only happen after houston leaves clowney on the board. we take clowney at #2 robinson at #6 and haha dix at 13. and atlanta gets the pass rushing DE they covet if they couldnt trade up for clowney