On Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, we'll again experience the least exciting, most boring trade deadline in all of sports -- the NFL trade deadline. It is the one area in which baseball, basketball and hockey decidedly out-excite the NFL.
So, in an effort to spruce it up, we're proposing five trades that should, but won't, be made -- although we plead with the involved teams to reconsider.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid liked Griffin III coming out of the draft, Brad Childress is Kansas City's spread game analyst and the Chiefs could have a quarterback their head coach could groom to run it. Perfect. In turn, Washington would acquire another intriguing quarterback alternative, someone the Chiefs have shopped despite the fact he was impressive in the preseason.
2. San Diego trades safety Eric Weddle to Pittsburgh for a fourth-round pick.
Where else can the Steelers get one of the best safeties in the game -- at a position they could use some help -- for a player Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin greatly admires? Weddle is a free agent after this season and already has sworn off signing with San Diego. Pittsburgh could get another beard to succeed Brett Keisel.
3. Seattle trades offensive tackle Russell Okung to the Patriots for a fourth-round pick.
Having lost Nate Solder to a season-ending bicep injury, the Patriots could land a free-agent-to-be who Seattle cannot afford to bring back next season. Nobody deals as often as New England, who already has traded for wide receiver Keshawn Martin and linebacker Jon Bostic. One more trade for an offensive tackle would help.
4. Chicago trades wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to the Falcons for a second-round pick.
With a new general manager and head coach, and a star wide receiver who is poised to leave during free agency, Chicago can recoup a second-round pick for a player it could lose. Meanwhile, Atlanta would gain a true complement to Julio Jones and insurance in the event that his hamstring or foot gives him any more issues this season.
5. Detroit trades wide receiver Calvin Johnson to the Panthers for a second-round pick, plus a fourth.
Detroit's season is already effectively over in terms of competing for a playoff spot, and it's time for a reboot, which means getting draft assets wherever it can. The Lions can get back an extra pick (or more), while the Panthers could land the stud wide receiver they need to compete for an NFC South title -- a move that would be wildly popular in the Carolinas. Remember, Johnson is now over 30, very expensive, and Detroit won't be able to shop him forever.
Again, just to be clear: None of these moves is expected to happen. But they all make sense.