The sports world has been abuzz in recent days with reports surfacing about what NBA teams would be willing to give up in order to acquire the services of Kevin Love. Apparently, the Timberwolves are going to rake in a nice haul when they eventually trade the power forward.
That got the staff at cover32 thinking about an important question: What players in the NFL would demand the most in return if they were put on the trading block?
As the debate raged, a couple of things became central to conversation:
1. The Player’s Position – Not surprisingly, the most valuable trade commodities tended to play a position that also attracts the biggest contracts. Why? Because a) they have a tremendous impact on the game and b) they are hard to find. For those reasons, quarterbacks, cornerbacks, offensive tackles, pass rushers and wide receivers make up the majority of the list.
2. Quality Time Left – Using Jimmy Johnson’s “QTL” quotient is another way of saying that age plays a factor. If a player has a decade of greatness ahead of them, they are worth more than a guy who would be a rent-a-player for a year or two. Sure, the right team might give up a lot to have Peyton Manning or Tom Brady for one season; but they only hold that value with a select group of franchises, not across the board.
One thing that didn’t carry much weight was the player’s current contract situation. They’re all going to get paid big money in relatively short order, if they aren’t already earning a hefty paycheck, and any team in the league would make room for them under the cap to get them on the roster. So while dollars matter in almost every other scenario in life, they don’t factor much into this list.
Here’s how things shook out:
10. Ndamukong Suh
There are very few defensive players who can dominate a game from the middle of the defensive line, but Suh is on that list. At times, he’s as unblockable as Joe Greene was during his heyday in Pittsburgh. And that’s not hyperbole. Given that he’s only played four years and just turned 27, teams would give up a small fortune to line him up at defensive tackle; his “dirty” reputation would only enhance his trade value.
9. Richard Sherman
In just three seasons, Sherman has established himself as arguably the best cornerback in football. Being a first-team All-Pro selection in each of the past two years is evidence of that fact. And he’ll only be 26 during the 2014 campaign, meaning there are plenty of good years left. He’s a playmaker at a position that constantly gets tested in today’s game, making him a very valuable commodity.