The NFC West race is going to be extremely entertaining over the course of the season. There are three teams with five wins through Week 7. If any decide to make some trades to improve, then it would get even more interesting.
The Arizona Cardinals just handed the Seattle Seahawks their first loss of the season on Sunday night in overtime. That moved Arizona to 5-2, while the Seahawks are still at the top of the division at 5-1. Russell Wilson is playing at an MVP level this season. For Arizona, Kyler Murray is beginning to come into his own with the help of DeAndre Hopkins on the outside.
The Los Angeles Rams are back after a down year in 2019. They are 5-2 and in contention for the division. Even the San Francisco 49ers are 4-3 despite being decimated by injuries. They are coming off of a 33-6 blowout victory over the New England Patriots.
There are four teams who could win the NFC West. This is the best division, from top to bottom, that we have seen in a long time.
Here are five players who could be on the move at the trade deadline.
5. Trent Williams, San Francisco 49ers
Could the 49ers look to trade Williams after acquiring him during the draft? San Francisco made a deal for Washington’s All-Pro left tackle to improve their unit. Williams is playing well in his first season in the NFC West, despite missing the 2019 season and is still one of the best tackles in the league.
The Niners have a decision to make with Williams. They could choose to re-sign him, which would benefit the team. If not, he still has tremendous value and they could put him in a deal.
Williams will be a free agent following the 2020 season. San Francisco will land a compensatory draft pick if Williams signs with another team in free agency. This would be a third or fourth-round pick, so the return for Williams would have to be more in a trade.
There are teams that would definitely give up an early-round pick for Williams. He is proving that he still has plenty left in the tank and might even earn yet another Pro Bowl selection this season.
4. Jacob Hollister, Seattle Seahawks
Hollister has caught five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown this season. He is currently third on the depth chart behind Greg Olsen and Will Dissly. The Seahawks have not been using Hollister in their offense, which makes him a candidate to be traded.
Colby Parkinson will return to practice soon and the Seahawks will not keep five tight ends on the roster. It will come down to Hollister and Luke Willson as trade pieces. Hollister seems like the most attractive option.
He is making $3.3 million this season and is a free agent following the 2020 campaign. The tight end position is one that could be hot during approaching the trade deadline.
The Seahawks will have to make a decision with their tight ends over the next few weeks. If they decide to trade one of them, Hollister seems like the likely candidate to be sent away.
3. Austin Blythe, Los Angeles Rams
Blythe has become a solid starter in the league after being drafted in the seventh-round in 2016. He can play any position along the interior offensive line which makes him valuable.
There are plenty of teams in the league that have suffered injuries along the offensive line and could be looking for some help. Blythe started 31 out of 32 games heading into 2020 and has started all seven games this season.
Blythe signed a one-year, $3.9 million deal in April. There is some value for Blythe and the Rams could get a nice return for him.
The offensive line is extremely important for a team, especially in the NFC West. The Rams could choose to keep theirs intact as they make a run towards the postseason. If they want to make a deal for a player on an expiring contract, Blythe is an attractive option.
2. Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers
Pettis is a name that has been floating in trade rumors since the offseason. The market for wide receivers has been hot this season and it is only going to heat up as we creep closer to the trade deadline.
Pettis has not been on the field much for the Niners. Kyle Shanahan clearly does not see him as part of the future, or even the present. Pettis has played sparingly this season and has not logged a catch this season. He has missed time with a knee injury as well.
Many teams will be looking for help at wide receiver. Teams like the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and even the Baltimore Ravens come to mind.
This is a chance for a young wide receiver to get a fresh start. Pettis could use a change of scenery and the Niners could use his roster spot in another way. This is a win-win situation for both sides.
1. Haason Reddick, Arizona Cardinals
The biggest rumor coming out of the NFC West is the Cardinals flipping Reddick for a tight end. Upgrading the tight end position would make their offense stronger along with Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and Larry Fitzgerald.
Reddick is a player that the Cardinals have not relied on much this season. He is under contract this season and is making $2.3 million. Any team looking to trade for Reddick would not have to give up much in a deal.
The Cardinals have a chance to unload a player that they are not using much and free up cap space in the process. Reddick would give a team a low-risk, high-reward player on the defense.
Reddick is playing about half of the defensive snaps for the Cardinals this season. A former first-round pick, Arizona could look to squeeze whatever value Reddick has left out in a trade.