NFL trades that should happen before deadline

Joe Thomas and Torrey Smith would both benefit from a change of scenery. AP Photo/David Richard

The clock is ticking fast for NFL teams looking to help themselves before the 2016 trade deadline passes on Tuesday afternoon.

The Seattle Seahawks' championship hopes could hinge on their ability to upgrade at offensive tackle. The Green Bay Packers could use help at receiver and/or tight end. Jobs could be on the line for the New York Giants if the team cannot upgrade its rushing attack. Other teams in varying stages of development also have reason to make a move.

Vernon Davis, Mark Barron, Jonathan Casillas and Aqib Talib switched teams near the deadline in recent years, with varying results. Trades are relatively infrequent (see chart below), but thinking through them is still a worthwhile exercise. I've proposed six somewhat realistic ones here, plus one straight from fantasyland (even though it makes sense for both teams).

Deadline deals that make sense

1. Seattle Seahawks acquire LT Joe Thomas from the Cleveland Browns for a second-round pick.

The Seahawks started George Fant at left tackle during their 25-20 defeat at New Orleans. "1st start since junior high" scrolled across the screen as Fox introduced him, as if viewers needed a reminder how far the team has fallen at left tackle since Walter Jones manned the position. The question is, can Seattle afford to play undrafted prospects at both tackle spots while quarterback Russell Wilson lacks the mobility to elude trouble?