Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) and Peyton Manning (18) against the San Diego Chargers during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Trade Rumors: Brock Osweiler and Other Targets

Lost in the free agency frenzy sweeping the NFL is the lingering possibility of big and unexpected trades that could join the fray.  Who could be on the move?

Denver Broncos face tough decision as Osweiler interest rises

The good news is that Peyton Manning will return for the Denver Broncos in 2014.  What many fans and front office people for the team might start to struggle with is whether or not they will have a succession plan in place much longer.  John Elway selected Brock Osweiler in the draft the same year Manning was signed.  The 6’7″ quarterback has learned behind one of the greatest ever, and would seem at prime readiness for an opportunity of his own, which is why interest has sparked from more than one team.

Mike Glennon still in limbo with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It may have been just a smokescreen intended to garner trade interest but Lovie Smith also could easily have been telling the truth about the intentions of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers regarding the quarterback position.  After all, Mike Glennon was drafted by Greg Schiano and the previous regime.  Smith has no reason to view the former third round pick as his future franchise guy.  Glennon did play well at times last season, enough to make many think he deserves another year of growth.  Still, if TampaBay decides to go get a new quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft, then dealing Glennon elsewhere might be their best course of action.

New Orleans Saints are not safe with tag on Jimmy Graham

The franchise tag for Jimmy Graham is in place but the New Orleans Saints have to know they aren’t out of the woods yet.  The All-Pro tight end is still a viable target for teams aggressive enough to go after him.  Granted, it would require two first round picks and a sizeable amount of salary cap space but Graham is just that good.  The matchup nightmares he causes for defenses are nearly impossible to duplicate.  It’s not completely ludicrous to think a championship-ready team might crown their roster building with arguably the best tight end in pro football.

Dion Jordan may interest Philadelphia Eagles

The Miami Dolphins insist they aren’t trying to trade several of their key players but as any NFL followers know rumors typically don’t just fall out of thin air.  Dion Jordan was among those offered in a deal.  The former 2013 first round pick had a somewhat quiet rookie season with only two sacks but at age 23 he still has plenty of upside for any coach who feels he can harness it.  One team that might take a strong interest in Jordan is the Philadelphia Eagles.  They have a strong need for pass rush help at outside linebacker but beyond that their head coach Chip Kelly was the one who recruited and developed Jordan at Oregon.  A reunion between the two makes a ton of sense.

Cleveland Browns may sub Sammy Watkins for Josh Gordon

After the season Josh Gordon had in 2013, it’s so easy to forget the wide receiver is still walking on thin ice with the NFL.  One more slipup off the field and he could wind up suspended for a year or longer.  That creates a dangerous tight rope walk for the Cleveland Browns.  At the same time it wasn’t a mistake when rumors flew that the team was considering dealing Gordon before the trade deadline last year.  Now in command of the 4th overall pick in the 2014 draft, they are much better situated to make such a move.  They could deal Gordon now, with his value peaking and then replace him with Clemson standout Sammy Watkins.  The resulting extra pick (or picks) for Gordon could then be used to fortify the entire offense.

Tags: Brock Osweiler Cleveland Browns Denver Broncos Dion Jordan Jimmy Graham Josh Gordon Mike Glennon New Orleans Saints NFL Philadelphia Eagles Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Craig Barker

    Only statement I dont agree with is Browns trading Gordon. I cant see that happening unless they know something we dont. They should take watkins either way. The best thing is to bring in a vet who can mentor them and show them the ropes, on and off the field.

    • Erik Lambert

      Sort of a Brandon Marshall-Alshon Jeffery situation?

      • Todd Limpert

        Erik your an Idiot! With that in mind the best you could get is a 3rd round pick why would you even do that

        • Erik Lambert

          Todd, your opinion couldn’t mean less to me.

  • craig

    You gotta be f**king kidding me!!!Trying to trade Gordon again, what’s wrong with this team?

  • Letterman007

    I doubt Gordon is going anywhere!! I can see your reasoning, but have hopes he has straightened himself out !? they do, however need to draft Watkins at #4 !!! He is the best option available and adds most to the team! No QB’s in the draft are worth top 10 picks!!

  • William Scott Eltzroth

    Trading Josh Gordon is a stupid thing to make up. The front office from last years Browns are now all fired just for thinking such idea`s. Besides, with thinking like that, that he`s one mistake away from being suspended for possibly an entire year, then why would any team trade for him? If he`s somewhere other than Cleveland he wont get in trouble again? What a bunch of biased trash for you writers to write when you are too lazy to actually study about teams that your making statements about. Here`s the thing, if the Browns would draft W.R. Sammy Watkins at #4 or trade back and draft W.R. Mike Evans and draft their Q.B. with the 26th first round pick, there will be many defensive coordinators who will cry like little bitches because they realize how hard it will be to defend against the likes of W.R.`s Josh Gordon, Watkins or Evans with Jordan Cameron at T.E. and Q.B. Brian Hoyer throwins the ball until our drafted Q.B. is ready. Lord knows the Front office of the N.F.L. hates the Browns as does most announcers and E.S.P.N. who dont ever even hide the fact that they hate to talk about the Browns unless it`s dogging the team or making a joke or just making up crap to get anything negative out there. GO BROWNS……..