Recapping the latest trades, and who is staying put, as the Tuesday trade deadline creeps closer.
What could have been of the NFL trade deadline if Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson were traded.
At least NFL trades happen now and we have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to wait for deals. For years in-season trades were non-existent, and the only trades made during the season were probably from running a Madden franchise. Still the biggest news of the NFL deadline is Peterson not being traded.
The week started with Peterson loudly demanding a trade. As one of the best players in football, Peterson tried his best to get out of a horrible year and situation in Arizona.
Then things seemed like he would be gone, and most notably the New York Jets, New Orleans Saints and, of course, the Pats came calling.
The Saints still did well making a deal and landed a corner by capitalizing on the New York Giants miserable year.
The Giants took an aggressive approach by trading a couple big names from their anemic defense. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison and former first-round pick Eli Apple got sent packing teams with a winning record.
The New Orleans Saints picked up Apple from the Giants in exchange for a 2019 fourth rounder and a 2020 seventh-round pick.
Apple, a notorious malcontent during his time with the Giants, is just 23 and a former first-round pick. He joins former Ohio State Buckeye teammates Vonn Bell and Marshon Lattimore in the Saints secondary.
The 5-1 Saints become more defensively sound trading for Apple, who is playing at a higher level 2018 compared to 2017. The third-year corner did miss Week 3 and Week 4 earlier this season with an injury. Apple brings 20 solo tackles through five games.
The next two games provide IDP streamer potential for Apple if he is a free agent in your league, which is likely. The Saints travel to Minnesota to take on Kirk Cousins’ Vikings and the Adam Thielen–Stefon Diggs duo next. While unknown if Apple will play, expectations would be he suits up assuming the corner practices this week. The potent LA Rams are on deck after Minnesota.
Apple produced well for IDPers the last three weeks contributing five solos in Week 5, six solos in Week 6 and five solos in Week 7.
The Detroit Lions acquired Harrison from the Giants for a fifth-round pick. The Pro Bowl defensive tackle is expected to immediately step into a premier position on coach Matt Patricia’s defense.
Detroit is on a bit of a roll as the season progresses after winning three of the last four games. Harrison, a monster 6-foot-3-inch, 341-pound defensive anchor, will immediately improve the defense.
The Detroit Free Press points out how terrible the Lions run defense performed this year as one of the worst in that area this season. Sylvester Williams is likely to lose the starting defensive tackle role following the acquisition of Harrison.
However Harrison is a player where his real-life football value is greater than his IDP value. If your league is deep enough to include defensive tackles, chances are he is already owned. Sam takes the honor of keeping Harrison on the 2-5 squad ‘Joey Bosa’s Foot’ in the IDP Guys Writer’s League.