The NFL Trade deadline used to come and go without a second thought, teams usually not trading anyone or anything afraid it would give competition an edge that they weren’t willing to give up. The modern NFL (AKA this and last year) is completely different. A lot of the General Managers now have worked together to some degree, and are friends. The NFL Trade deadline has been as crazy as the NBA’s, and we don’t want to miss a single move.

In this live article (At least, it will be live until 4 PM ET), we’re going to give you the latest news regarding the deadline and grade each move.

WR Demaryius Thomas to Houston

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 14: Demaryius Thomas (88) of the Denver Broncos catches a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams. The Denver Broncos hosted the Los Angeles Rams at Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, October 14, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The first move of the afternoon, Demaryius Thomas just hasn’t worked out in Denver in recent years. He’s been consistently healthy, however, not missing a single game since 2011. A two-time 100 catch player and a five-time 1000 yard receiver, Thomas is a reliable option for Deshaun Watson in Houston, a place with young, explosive receivers that have so far, bluntly, not been healthy. Thomas brings not only stability to the Texans receiving corps, but much needed NFL experience. Check out the Texans receiving corps now:

WR DeAndre Hopkins
WR Will Fuller 
WR Demaryius Thomas
WR Keke Coutee

The return Denver is getting for this guy is pitiful. They just wanted Thomas gone. He’s not been as featured in the Denver offense this year, with Case Keenum preferring to throw to Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Courtland Sutton. Still, you might have been able to get a little bit more. Here’s the Broncos 4th and 7th round picks from the past three years:

2018 4th LB Josey Jewell
2018 4th WR DaeSean Hamilton
2016 4th RB DeVante Booker

2018 7th RB David Williams
2017 7th QB Chad Kelly
2016 7th P Riley Dixon

Yeah, not a very good track record there. John Elway‘s draft classes don’t exactly inspire confidence.

Texans Grade: B+
Broncos Grade: C

WR Golden Tate to Philadelphia

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 07: Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions tries to make a catch next to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers at Ford Field on October 7, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

What a trade Howie Roseman pulled off here. A week after the Oakland Raiders collected a 1st round pick for WR Amari Cooper, the Eagles got Golden Tate for just a 3rd round pick. Tate has been a reliable option from Seattle to Detriot. Now, he joins an injury riddled receiving group having not missed a game since 2012. Tate has a steady pair of hands and is a very solid football player. He is a great addition to the Eagles group who now have these receivers:

WR Alshon Jeffrey
WR Golden Tate
WR Nelson Agholor
WR Jordan Matthews

The Lions collect a 3rd round pick, and haven’t exactly depleted their receiving corps. Tate was the leading receiver on the team, and leaves behind Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and the up and coming receiver from Notre Dame, T.J. Jones. It’s interesting that they chose to move Tate, but it’s understandable. Detriot has been shifting to a more tight end/running back based offense that utilizes three tight end and two back formations. The move makes sense.

Eagles Grade: A
Lions Grade: B- 

RB/WR Ty Montgomery to Ravens

GREEN BAY, WI – OCTOBER 15: Ty Montgomery #88 of the Green Bay Packers rushes for a touchdown during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on October 15, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Ty Montgomery is off to Baltimore, as the Ravens are looking for some running back/wide receiver help. The Ravens have struggled through Kenneth Dixon‘s absence, who was the balance receiving threat out of the backfield. Obviously, Baltimore hopes that he can contribute in that department immediately and give Joe Flacco a few more options to throw the football.

Montgomery was disgruntled in Green Bay, according to reports. The Packers simply took what they could get for him and let him go.

Ravens Grade: B
Packers Grade: D+

DE Dante Fowler to Rams

JACKSONVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 23: Dante Fowler Jr. #56 of the Jacksonville Jaguars chases down and tackles Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field on September 23, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Titans defeated the Jaguars 9-6. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Dante Fowler is a hell of a football player. He’s been overshadowed in Jacksonville after his torn ACL in his rookie mini-camp, but has certainly come into his own during his time in Jacksonville. Last season, in limited playing time, Fowler collected 21 tackles and 8 sacks. Very impressive numbers. Now, this Rams defense looks stacked. Check out this defensive line:

DE Dante Fowler
DT Ndamukong Suh
DT Aaron Donald
DE Michael Brockers

The Jaguars weren’t exactly losers themselves, collecting a couple of decent picks. It’s a well rounded trade that benefits both teams, the Rams immediately and the Jaguars in the future.

Rams Grade: A
Jaguars Grade: B

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to Redskins

GREEN BAY, WI – NOVEMBER 19: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix #21 of the Green Bay Packers intercepts a pass intended for Danny Woodhead #39 of the Baltimore Ravens during the first half at Lambeau Field on November 19, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

The Redskins are investing in their playoff run, and they have a real chance to win the NFC East. Now, they want to try to help their secondary, and Ha Ha Clinton Dix is certainly their man. He’s intercepted 14 passes in four and a half seasons so far, and already has three this season. He’s reliable too, he hasn’t missed a game yet in his NFL career. He’s a sure tackler and seriously boosts this Redskins secondary:

CB Quinten Dunbar
CB Josh Norman
FS DJ Swearinger
SS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

As for the Packers, it’s their second trade of the day. A 4th round pick for a starting safety isn’t much return, but it doesn’t appear that the Packers are worried about a return. It appears that the team is already looking ahead to next season after a disappointing 3-3-1 start to the season.

Redskins Grade: A+
Packers Grade: C-

 

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