The NFL offseason programs have begun, which means players are not only looking to make it onto their current team’s roster, but they’re also auditioning for all the other teams in the league if they are unfortunately cut from the roster.
Right now, the league allows up to 90 players on a roster. There will be fierce competition, but not everyone can stay on through the season. Eventually, there will be cut downs and players will move on.
Trades are one of the ways a player can be moved on from, as teams will sometimes look to cash in on a player they won’t be able to keep long term. While trades aren’t as prevalent in the NFL as in some of the other sports leagues, they still do happen.
Here is one player from each team in the NFC East that could be traded before the start of the 2021 NFL season.
Dallas Cowboys – WR Michael Gallup
The Dallas Cowboys took a different approach in the draft this season, selecting a majority of defensive players. Dallas’ defense was horrendous in 2020 and if they want to compete again in 2021, they will have to improve on that side of the ball. Offensively, they are good to go.
The Cowboys’ offensive line will get some players back from injury and Dak Prescott should be back under center. They have arguably the best wide receiver trio in the NFL and a good running back in Ezekiel Elliott. However, keeping all of them together will be costly.
The Cowboys have already spent an exorbitant amount of money on Prescott, Elliott and Amari Cooper. They used a first-round draft pick in 2020 on CeeDee Lamb. That could leave Michael Gallup on the outside looking in, as the Cowboys can’t afford to pay him what he is truly worth when his contract is up.
There are plenty of teams that would take a shot on Gallup, as he has proven he can be a legitimate No. 2 receiver. He would slide in nicely behind a star such as Davante Adams with the Green Bay Packers. He will be a name to monitor in NFL rumors long-term.
New York Giants – TE Evan Engram
The focus for the New York Giants this offseason was improving the weapons around Daniel Jones. They accomplished that, so why does Evan Engram end up on this list? This is not an indictment on Engram, but rather a question of where can the Giants afford to spend assets?
New York locked up Kenny Golladay to be their No. 1 target in free agency this offseason. Engram will be a free agent following the 2021 season and the Giants will have to think long and hard about whether he is worth giving a lucrative long-term contract to.
While he has eye-popping athleticism, he is as frustrating a player as they come. He will make a remarkable, one-handed catch down the sideline and then follow it up with a drop on a pass that hits him in the chest. He isn’t a great blocker either. Those are all things the Giants must consider.
If the Giants are offered a mid-round pick for Engram, they would have to seriously consider it. There were rumors that teams called about Engram before the trade deadline in 2020, and it could happen again. The Giants have capable replacements in veteran Kyle Rudolph and Kaden Smith if they move on from Engram in season.
Philadelphia Eagles – TE Zach Ertz
It is a little surprising at this point that Zach Ertz is still on the Philadelphia Eagles roster. There were NFL rumors that Ertz would be traded before the conclusion of the 2021 NFL Draft. Yet, here we are, a few weeks later and he is still on the Eagles’ roster.
That was the latest in the Ertz trade rumors, as there have been talks of him being done in Philadelphia essentially since the Eagles played their final snap of Week 17. In mid-March, he was permitted to seek a trade as well.
At this point, it sounds as if it is a matter of when, not if, Ertz is moved by the Eagles. There are several teams with a need at tight end should they be willing to part ways with a mid-round future draft pick.
Washington Football Team – RB Lamar Miller
The Washington Football Team were the unlikely winners of the NFC East in 2020. Alex Smith returned from his devastating leg injury to help lead this team back to the postseason, where they were defeated by Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Washington has a loaded defense but needs more from their offense to supplement them. Lamar Miller lands on this list because Washington doesn’t have a clear need for him.
Antonio Gibson should lead this Washington Football Team backfield in his second season in the NFL. Payton Barber can help spell him on early downs, with J.D. McKissic as the passing down back.
That leaves no real space for Miller, as he doesn’t contribute much on special teams. However, if he can prove that he is healthy during the offseason, a team may be willing to part with a late-round pick for the veteran to help shore up their backfield depth chart. He’s certainly a name to watch in NFL rumors as a result.