Every year some of the biggest trades of the football calendar come during the NFL Draft. Teams often maneuver up and down the draft by trading picks in the current or future drafts, leading to plenty of excitement.
There is also a few trades that come during the NFL Draft, which include current players in the league in exchange for draft picks on the board.
This year, there were three trades that stand out above the rest as some of the biggest moves that took place during the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. Philadelphia Eagles Trade for Marquise Goodwin
Back in 2013, Marquise Goodwin was going through the process of getting drafted in the NFL, when his combine put his name on the map. Goodwin ran the third-fastest time ever at the combine at the time, with a 4.27 second 40-yard dash.
Goodwin was drafted in the third round by the Buffalo Bills and would go on to spend four years with the team. When he first became a free agent in 2017, Goodwin signed with the San Francisco 49ers and immediately turned in the best year of his career.
That season, Goodwin caught 56 passes for 962 yards. He later signed a three-year extension with the Niners, but failed to remain healthy in each of the last two seasons.
This ultimately led to the Niners using him as trade bait on third day of the draft to move up 20 slots in the sixth round, swapping picks with the Eagles.
San Francisco used the No. 190 pick they received in exchange for Goodwin to draft Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner. Meanwhile the Eagles added another speedster to their receiving corps, which struggled greatly last year.
The Eagles drafted TCU’s Jalen Reagor in the first round and Boise State’s John Hightower in the fifth round, adding two more wide receivers to be used in Carson Wentz’s arsenal. Now you add Goodwin to that mix as well and the Eagles offense looks much improved.
If DeSean Jackson and Goodwin can be healthy and the rookies contribute, the Eagles passing attack should take a big step forward next year.
2. Miami Dolphins Trade for RB Matt Breida
There was no question that the Miami Dolphins needed to address their running back position through the NFL Draft, as they were the worst team in the league last year in terms of running the football.
In fact, 37-year-old quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick led the team in rushing with 243 yards. Many expected Miami to draft a running back with one of their three first-round picks, or at least take one in the second round.
Instead the Dolphins chose to trade a fifth-round pick to acquire established veteran Matt Breida from the San Francisco 49ers.
With the incredible rise of Raheem Mostert, the 49ers no longer needed to hang on to Breida as their backfield was already awfully crowded. Along with Mostert, San Francisco has veterans like Tevin Coleman and Jerrick McKinnon capably of filling the void left by Breida.
Still, Breida is a very solid running back, who has averaged 5.0 yards per carry through the first three years of his career, the third-best mark in the NFL during that span.
Breida signed with the Niners after going undrafted back in 2017 and has been very productive rushing for 1,902 yards on 381 carries.
Breida is a speed back who is very capable of contributing as a receiver out of the backfield, especially in third down situations. He should compliment free agent signing Jordan Howard very well in Miami, as Howard is more of a power back.
1. San Francisco Trades for LT Trent Williams
The crazy thing about the big trades that took place during Day 3 of the NFL Draft is that the San Francisco 49ers were part of all of them.
In the first two deals already discussed, the Niners sent out skills position players in Marquise Goodwin and Matt Breida. Yet the most important trade off all was in a deal where they acquired a great piece for their offense.
Trent Williams has long been one of the league’s best left tackles, making seven-straight Pro Bowl appearances with the Washington Redskins from 2012 through 2018.
The 31-year-old offensive linemen missed the entirety of the 2019 season after demanding a trade out of Washington. Williams lost trust in the franchise due to a medical issue, where the Redskins misdiagnosed a cancerous brain tumor that he later had to have removed.
This led him to ask out of Washington at the outset of the 2019 season. When he ultimately reported to the team, discomfort in wearing his helmet after surgery led to the team putting him on the non-football injury list. Now Washington has granted his wish, moving him to San Francisco.
The timing of this trade is perfect for San Francisco as their six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley just announced his retirement this past week.
Now Williams slots right into his place as a perfect replacement and one that is four years younger at that.
The San Francisco 49ers were extremely active throughout the NFL Draft, particulrly during the last day, making three impactful trades.
Through all these deals, GM John Lynch continues to tinker with a roster that came one quarter away from winning the Super Bowl mere months ago.
Patrick Mahomes Signs Largest Contract in Sports History
For the first time in the history of sports, an athlete has signed a contract worth half a billion dollars. That athlete is coming off the heels of winning his first Super Bowl MVP and hopes to have a long career of personal and team success ahead of him.
In his first two seasons playing in the NFL, Patrick Mahomes has won a league MVP and the Super Bowl. Now Mahomes has signed a 10-year contract extension worth $503 million.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the contract is a 10-year deal worth $45 million a year, which will pay Mahomes $450 million over that span. Assuming he stays healthy, Mahomes will be the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs through the 2031 season. If he does get hurt, there is still $140 million in injury guarantees.
Along with the $450 million, Mahomes has guarantee mechanisms in his contract (to account for the rising salary cap) that can take his contract up to $477 million. If those mechanisms aren’t met, Mahomes can opt out of the deal.
Finally, there are $25 million in incentives that Mahomes can reach, taking the total potential value of his new contract to $503 million.
At just 24 years old, Mahomes has quickly became regarded as the best quarterback in the NFL. He has now proven he can win and play well in the biggest moments, while producing gaudy statistics along the way.
There is truly no telling what the Chiefs will do over the next 12 years that they have Mahomes as the face of the franchise. It is clear though that they believe they have a dynasty on their hands and Mahomes will get paid handsomely through every minute of it.
Patriots Dynasty Given New Life with Cam Newton Signing
When Tom Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the AFC East looked to be wide-open for the time in two decades. The New England Patriots were set to go into this season with unproven young quarterback Jarrett Stidham and journeyman Brian Hoyer.
Then over the weekend, Bill Belichick once again reminded everyone why the Patriots have been atop the sport for so long, as his patience paid off and they landed a former MVP quarterback to replace the one that left them in free agency.
Cam Newton is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him play just two games, leading to his eventual release by the Carolina Panthers this offseason. Still, he signs with the Patriots on a one-year deal which comes at incredible value for New England.
Newton was the league MVP in 2015, when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl after going 15-1 in the regular season. He has been one of the most elite dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL since arriving to league as the first overall pick back in 2011.
Across the first eight seasons of his career, Newton averaged 3,500 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 600 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns per season. Now due to the unprecedented circumstances of this offseason, he simply fell into New England’s laps.
The most money that Newton will make this season in $7.5 million if he hits all of his incentives. There also is not any provision in his contract that prohibits the Patriots from putting the franchise tag on him next year if Newton has a big year.
Essentially the Patriots landed, at worst, one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league on a minimum deal if he does not win the starting job. Assuming he is healthy, Newton is an affordable quarterback that can have a monster bounce-back year and lead the Patriots for the next few seasons.
Once again the New England Patriots have become the envy of all teams in the NFL. Only time will tell though if the dynasty truly can live one without Tom Brady.
Andy Dalton Signs One-Year Deal with the Dallas Cowboys
When the Cincinnati Bengals released Andy Dalton, everyone was wondering where the 32-year-old quarterback would sign now that he was a free agent.
The New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars were among some of the potential landing spots that were suspected to pique Dalton’s interest, but nobody had him signing with the Dallas Cowboys.
Yet that is exactly where Dalton will end up, as the Cowboys shocked everyone on Saturday night by signing him to a one-year deal worth up to $7 million.
You can imagine that playing for the Cowboys was always a dream for Dalton, as he was born and raised in Katy, Texas, which is located about three hours outside of Dallas.
Dalton went on to play college football at Texas Christian University and would set nearly all school quarterback records during his time with the Horned Frogs. Dalton was then drafted by the Bengals with the 35th overall pick back in 2011.
He has gone on to have a very good NFL career starting for the Bengals and will now look to compete with Dak Prescott in Dallas.
If all goes as planned for the Cowboys, Prescott won’t miss any time next season and Dalton won’t ever see the field. But by signing Dalton, the Cowboys have a great contingency plan in place.
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