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
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
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
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
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
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.