5 Teams That Should Trade For Steve Smith
Baltimore Ravens star wide receiver Steve Smith has been a hot topic lately, both because he’s been putting up killer numbers and because he confirmed once again that he fully intends on retiring after the 2015 NFL season.
With the Ravens off to an ugly 1-5 start and likely out of the playoff picture, however, speculation has begun that Smith could be on his way out of town. Both Smith and Baltmore have brushed off such trade rumors, but the reality remains that Smith’s career could be coming to an end when this season is over, and he isn’t doing much good wasting away on a losing club.
The Ravens could turn things around this year or storm back in 2016, but with Smith not going back on his retirement word, his final NFL season naturally hangs in the balance.
He probably won’t be traded and he’ll just finish his days with awesome numbers on a semi-good Ravens team that just wasn’t good enough to make it back to the playoffs. That’s the likelihood.
But we like odds, and there are plenty of teams out there that could use a quality wide receiver. Which ones could or should actually pull the trigger, though? We discuss:
New England Patriots
Is it just me, or are the Patriots always involved in any trade rumors? Even if they’re not, I’m sliding them right in there. The big reason? They don’t have a deep threat in their passing game. Brandon LaFell will return soon and could give them a slight element in that regard, but they’ve really missed a burned since the days of Randy Moss. Already a title contender after winning it all a year ago, landing Steve Smith could make the Pats borderline unbeatable.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers have survived a myriad of injuries, with Jordy Nelson done for the year and both Davante Adams and Ty Montgomery are banged up. Beyond that, Green Bay still lacks a true deep threat beyond Randall Cobb that can keep defenses on their toes. A lethargic offense over the past few weeks made that more obvious than ever. A Super Bowl contender, Green Bay could solidify their spot atop the NFC this year by making such a bold move.
What? Yeah, it sounds crazy and probably is, but how cool would it be if the Panthers traded to get Smith back. And then he helps push the undefeated Panthers into their second ever Super Bowl? Crazy, indeed.
There is some serious bitterness between the two sides, but Carolina can obviously see Smith is still a gamer and the Panthers are no longer a losing team Smith wants to get away from. It’s not logical, but in a weird way it totally is.
Buffalo is breaking down on offense and before long, they could sorely need a spark in their passing game. Just this week alone, Tyrod Taylor, Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin are all inactive. There were even whispers that Harvin’s hip issue had frustrated him to the point where he considered retirement.
Regardless of what happens with any of these guys, the Bills could always use another weapon in a division where they have to worry about the Patriots and Jets. Smith could possibly put their offense over the top.
St. Louis Rams
The Seahawks could make sense, too, but few teams are starving for consistent production out of the wide receiver position more than the Rams. It’s worth wondering if Foles is good enough to take advantage of Smith anyways, but it’s tough to tell when his best weapon is Kenny Britt. Smith could potentially open up an offense that boasts Todd Gurley at running back and is backed by one of the nastiest defenses in the entire league.
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