We are only a little past the halfway point of this NFL season, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about trades and/or acquisitions during the offseason. The following is a list of a few offseason moves that should happen but probably won’t.
Calvin Johnson – New England Patriots: It doesn’t even sound fair, yet it would make the most sense. Think back to 2007 and the damage that the combo of Brady/Moss inflicted on the rest of the league; this pairing could potentially be even more lethal. Brady is currently playing at the highest level of any quarterback [ever] with a make-shift offensive line and an offensive lineup that’s riddled with injuries. Imagine Brady behind a healthy offensive line and Johnson as his number one target; it could become the stuff of legend.
Matthew Stafford – Houston Texans: This is a match made in heaven. The Texans desperately need a quarterback and Stafford is never going to get anywhere in Detroit. Bill O’Brien needs to make a splash at quarterback quick, fast and in a hurry; otherwise he’s going to be looking for a new job. Who better than a player with [arguably] the strongest arm in the league who’s still in his prime at age 27? Stafford has benefited from playing alongside Calvin Johnson throughout his career, but that has only taken him so far. The personnel in Detroit is a joke (which is why both Johnson & Stafford have made this list) whereas Houston has proven that they have a playoff ready roster [with an underrated star in DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver] that lacks a respectable starting quarterback.
Chip Kelly – Tennessee Titans: Kelly’s offensive experiments haven’t panned out the way many (including myself) expected and it’s a safe bet that he won’t be returning to Philadelphia at the end of this season; unless by some miracle the Eagles make the playoffs. The Titans are desperate for a good offensive minded coach that will help develop their first-round quarterback; look no further than the man who coached Mariota to success at Oregon. Kelly hasn’t been shy with his praise for the young quarterback and I believe that the pairing could do some real damage in the weak AFC South; not to mention, Mariota’s game truly thrived under the tutelage of his former college coach.