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2018 NFL Trade Deadline Highlights

Written by Charlie Mitelhaus

The Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) exchanged a third-round draft pick for Detroit Lions (3-4) wide receiver Golden Tate. This season, Tate is averaging 73.9 receiving yards per game, catching 44 balls for 517 yards and three scores in seven games. The Philadelphia Eagles will look to improve their offensive production as a result from this trade, currently averaging 22.3 points per contest putting them at 21st in the NFL in points per game.


The Houston Texans (5-3) acquired Denver Broncos (3-5) wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and a seventh-round pick for a fourth and seventh round pick in next spring’s NFL Draft. Denver will eliminate $4 million in cap space this year and $14 million the following year after dealing Thomas. The New England Patriots (6-2), Tennessee Titans (3-4) and Philadelphia Eagles all attempted but failed to make a successful deadline day move to snag one of Denver’s most talented pass catchers. However, this season Thomas has struggled compared to his success in years past, putting up just 402 receiving yards on 36 catches for three touchdowns. In Houston, Thomas will replace the void at wide out left by the recently injured Will Fuller, who suffered a torn ACL in their last game versus the Miami Dolphins (4-4).


The Jacksonville Jaguars (3-5) sent defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. to the other side of the country as he will join the lone undefeated team in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams (8-0), for a 2019 third round pick and a 2020 fifth round pick. The fourth-year defensive lineman will join an already dominant defensive front line led by all-pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, announced ahead of the deadline that the team would be looking to acquire more pass rushers, which this acquisition accomplished.


The Washington Redskins (5-2) bolstered their secondary by acquiring Green Bay Packers (3-3-1) safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in exchange for a fourth-round selection in next spring’s draft. The young, hard-hitting safety has failed to miss a game since he began his NFL career in 2014. Clinton-Dix has started every game for Green Bay since 2015. So far this season, the University of Alabama graduate has intercepted three passes. The Packers also sent running back Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens (4-4) for a 2020 seventh round pick. This season, Montgomery has rushed for 105 yards on 26 attempts with a touchdown to go along with 170 receiving yards on 15 catches. The move will strengthen an already dynamic stable of running backs in Baltimore as Montgomery will now play alongside the likes of both Javorius “Buck” Allen and Alex Collins.


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Charlie Mitelhaus