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5 Big NFL Trades That Should Happen Because of Player-Team Disputes

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 25: Running back Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers makes a run play in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at StubHub Center on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Chargers | Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

As the 2019 NFL season inches closer, several big names remain in the rumor mill not for a decline in performance, but for holding a grudge against their respective team due to either a medical mishap or contract impasse. With the trade market as active as ever, these five big names could be on the move, and we've found the best landing spots.

5. Yannick Ngakoue to the Seahawks

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 16: Yannick Ngakoue #91 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates a play in the first half against the New England Patriots at TIAA Bank Field on September 16, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
New England Patriots v Jacksonville Jaguars | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end has recorded 29.5 sacks in his three years in the league, and held out in search of a new deal, but swiftly ended that pursuit and returned to Jaguars camp. With the waters still shaky around Ngakoue and head coach Doug Marrone, and Seattle still in need of a pass rusher next to Ezekiel Ansah, Ngakoue could be on his way to the Pacific Northwest if the phones get going.

4. Trent Williams to the Jets

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 26: Trent Williams #71 of the Washington Redskins walks off the field at the end of the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 26, 2015 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins v Philadelphia Eagles | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Williams is refusing to play for the Redskins due to distrust in their medical staff, but head coach Jay Gruden and owner Daniel Snyder are sticking their feet in the ground and refusing to give Williams what he wants. The Jets offensive line is much improved, but could stand to add an upgrade over Kelvin Beachum as Sam Darnold's blindside protecter. Williams wouldn't require tons of draft capital and would still be a top offensive tackle.

3. Jadeveon Clowney to the Eagles

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 18: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans celebrates after a sack against the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter of the game at FedExField on November 18, 2018 in Landover, Maryland. The Texans won 23-21. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Houston Texans v Washington Redskins | Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Clowney still is on thin ice with the Texans' front office, as he is currently seeking a long-term deal while he prepares to play the 2019 season under the franchise tag. With the likes of JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus giving Houston a solid pass rush, they could jettison the three-time Pro Bowler. Philadelphia makes a ton of sense, as they could always use more pass rush help and have the cap space savvy to pay Clowney like the All-Pro talent he is.

2. Melvin Gordon to the 49ers

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Melvin Gordon #28 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after a 66-yard touchdown against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Chargers v Oakland Raiders | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

How much longer can Kyle Shanahan, John Lynch and the 49ers wait on Jerick McKinnon? Even if the former Viking comes back and produces, is he really going to be anywhere close to the disgruntled Gordon? With the Cardinals sipping the Kyler Murray Kool-Aid, the Rams once again Super Bowl contenders, and the Seahawks a playoff-caliber team, San Francisco needs to make a big splash to keep pace, and Gordon could have a transformative effect on that offense.

1. Ezekiel Elliott to the Colts

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 22:  Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys signals first down in the second half of a game against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 22, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 31-23.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins v Dallas Cowboys | Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Of all the Cowboys that are in line for new contracts, Elliott is looking more and more like the one that won't get rewarded following a war of words between Jerry Jones and Zeke's camp. If the Cowboys want to get some draft picks and players for him, they should inquire with Frank Reich, Chris Ballard and Indianapolis. With more cap space than anyone, the Colts could give him a new deal while forming the best quarterback-running back duo in football with Elliott and Andrew Luck.