Xavier Rhodes

5 NFL Studs Who Could Still Be Traded Before the Season

Even after the NFL Draft, the rumor mill is still churning. Be it through disappointing play, contract disputes, or scheme fits, there are plenty of players who could be shipped halfway across the country if the right offer comes along. Some of those players that could be traded are Pro Bowl talents who can alter the course of a season. 

5. Packers DE Mike Daniels

The youth movement is fully on in Green Bay, as the Packers drafted Rashan Gary 12th overall and gave edge rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith huge contracts in free agency. This could force Daniels, an aging and declining player with one year left on his deal, out of town before he bolts in free agency for nothing. 

4. Jets LB Darron Lee

After splurging for CJ Mosley in free agency and drafting Minnesota linebacker Blake Cashman, there doesn't seem to be a spot for Lee in Gregg Williams' 4-3 defense. While he improved last season, Lee has not lived up to his billing as a first-round pick and will likely not suit up in those flashy new Jets uniforms. Nonetheless, he could be a good contributor elsewhere after logging 168 tackles in 27 starts the last two seasons.

3. Browns RB Duke Johnson

Johnson is all but done in Cleveland. Not only has the former Miami star demanded a trade, but he has been relegated to the third running back behind Nick Chubb and, eventually, Kareem Hunt. He has a lot to offer to a running back-needy team as both a runner and as a pass catcher. Though the Browns remain adamant on keeping him, don't be surprised when he's dealt.

2. Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes

Mike Zimmer has gotten pretty confrontational with Rhodes in recent weeks, saying that he needs to play up to his contract. This has, no doubt, upset Rhodes and could lead to a trade. He's not the fastest out there, but physical outside corners locked up until 2022 don't hit the market that often, and a team who needs help in the secondary should pounce. With the money he's owed, the Vikings could very well ship him to save future cap spa

1. Broncos CB Chris Harris

Still arguably the best slot corner in the league after all these years, Harris called the Broncos "disrespectful" in their contract negotiations, which has inflamed rumors of a potential trade. Harris could be a transformative presence in a team's secondary given his versatility, playmaking ability, and veteran presence. Trading Harris sounds horrific, but he might have forced Denver's hand.