Who should get traded before the NFL deadline?

PRESTON JENSEN, Sports Writer

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The NFL trade deadline is quickly approaching and there are some trades that teams could attempt that would make an instant impact.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need a lot of help defensively and in their run game.  If they sustained a running game, it would allow for the defense to be on the field less.

So far, they have been watching Ryan Fitzpatrick light it up through the air through their first three games with the deep ball.  Those quick scoring drives don’t allow for the defense to rest very long.

Tampa Bay should consider trading three guys before the deadline. The player most likely to be acquired is Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy.  They could make a move for him, and probably only lose a few mid-round draft picks.  Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard would also be a good option to shoot for, but it would be costly.

The Jacksonville Jaguars need to make a move at the quarterback position before they waste a truly talented defense.  There are two options that come to mind once Blake Bortles doesn’t show up to play again.

Eli Manning would be a perfect game manager, especially since his former head coach Tom Coughlin is the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for Jacksonville, although it would not be a long-term deal.

A solution for now and for the future would be Teddy Bridgewater.  This preseason, the former Minnesota Viking played well enough to start for the New York Jets before being traded to the New Orleans Saints.  Bridgewater would be an absolute perfect fit for Jacksonville and could take them to the next level.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could use some help from his defense while he and the offense light up the scoreboard for Atlanta.  With rookie running back Ito Smith, they have three running backs that can produce.  Maybe it is time to part ways with one of them and trade them to a team in need, either to gain some defensive help now or add more draft picks to build for the future.

There is the lingering situation of Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.  He is expected to report this week, but whether he plays or not is another question and whether he is welcomed back or not to the Steelers.  I don’t think he will be traded anywhere this year.  After the season is over it is a possibility, but not being able to sign a long term deal this year is just too costly and risky for a team.

One trade move that I think should be made is New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. His attitude has been toxic recently on and off the field and has been subjected to scrutiny in sports media.

You could see it a couple weeks ago when Beckham’s antics of fighting inanimate objects, such as punching a sideline heating fan, rubbed off on teammate Sterling Shepard.  Beckham’s talent is great, but he isn’t worth all the drama.  Other receivers can catch the ball with one hand too.

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