Within a few mere hours, the 2012 NFL Draft will open for business. Every year, the NFL Draft brings unique and unexpected storylines as teams make moves which seemingly come out of left field. 2012 will be no different and as the dust settles after the seventh round on Saturday night, there will be some head scratching moments. Among the possible moves tonight, five players could be possibly traded. CB Asante Samuel found himself moved to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a seventh-round selection yesterday and more moves could be coming for veterans around the league over the next three days.
Which five players could be moved during the NFL Draft?
New York Giants DE Osi Umenyiora– Playing in the final year of his seven-year contract, Umenyiora, 30, could find himself on another team’s roster after Saturday night. Osi is still a very productive player but the Giants have significant depth on the defensive line and New York might want to try to get something in exchange for his services before he leaves via free agency after the 2012 season. The Giants need to reload after their Super Bowl victory and shipping Umenyiora off in exchange for a draft pick could be the direction the Giants want to take.
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte– Forte has sought a long-term deal from the Chicago Bears for several seasons and was unhappy this offseason when the club placed the franchise tag on him. Chicago inked a deal with RB Michael Bush this offseason and the Bears could have Forte on the trading block over the course of the next few days. If the Cleveland Browns somehow manage to miss out of RB Trent Richardson tonight, look for the Bears phone to ring with a call from Mike Holmgren.
Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart– The Carolina Panthers are arguably the deepest team at the running back position in the NFL. Stewart is entering the final year of his rookie contract and Carolina could put his services up for sale during the NFL Draft. Slated to earn just 1.3 million in 2012 and just 25, Stewart is a proven NFL commodity. New England has five picks in the first 93 selections this year and need a running back. Head coach Bill Belichick usually plugs in veteran rushers but Stewart would provide some fresh legs in the Patriots backfield.
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Mike Wallace– Wallace was a restricted free agent this season, requiring any team which signed him to surrender a first-round draft pick. The explosive receiver has stated that he is not going to sign his tender offer anytime soon. The Steelers need a lot of help while rebuilding an aging team. I don’t think that Wallace gets moved, but the Steelers will keep a phone line open for the right offer.
Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney– Let’s be honest here. The burn it down, start from scratch Indianapolis Colts do not need to have $30 million tied up in two defensive ends, Robert Mathis and Freeney. The Colts said last month that Freeney was not going anywhere, but at this time of the year, every NFL team lies. CB Asante Samuel was just traded in exchange for a seventh-round pick, if Freeney is open to re-negotiating his contract, he could very well find himself on another roster heading into next season.
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