The Biggest Winners and Losers of the 2020 NFL Trade Deadline

There is nothing like the NFL Trade Deadline to get your heart rate going to start the week. Despite an influx of bubble teams who could have used several spare cogs in their machine to make a deep playoff run, only a handful of trades were completed prior to the 4:00 PM (EST) deadline on Tuesday. With the 2020 NFL Trade Deadline coming and going, it’s left some teams in a better position to contend for Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay, FL, while leaving others feel as though they’re bringing a yo-yo to a gunfight.

Can’t Stop Me Now

To every anti-Tom Brady fan out there, you really hate to see what’s happening down in Florida with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While they didn’t complete a trade to acquire him, the Bucs picked up veteran wide receiver Antonio Brown as a free agent, further surrounding the 6x Super Bowl champion quarterback with elite weapons on an already dominant roster. Even before adding the future Hall of Fame wideout, Tampa Bay already had the No. 2 scoring offense (247 points) and the No. 4 passing offense (2,126 yards) in the NFL. Now, they’re bringing in a wide receiver who, despite his immense baggage, has a resume highlighted by 7x Pro-Bowl appearances, 4x All-Pro honors, and is a member of the HOF All-2010s team. Tony-Toe-Tap may be 32-years old, but that won’t stop him from trying to get his first Super Bowl ring, as TB12 seeks his seventh… For those of you who don’t know how good Antonio Brown is, think about this for a moment: In his 10-year NFL career, there has been only three seasons in which Brown did not total north of 1,100 receiving yards. Those three years were his rookie year in 2010 (9 games played, zero starts — 167 yds), the 2012 season (13 games played, 10 starts — 787 yds), and the 2019 season (one game, zero starts — 56 yds), per pro-football-reference. If he is even half as good as he was in 2018 (104 receptions – 1,297 yards – 15 TDs), the Buccaneers are going to cruise to the Super Bowl, which just so happens to be played in their home stadium in Tampa Bay this year.

I Woke Up Like This

You know those days where you feel like dancing as soon as you wake up, and no matter what happens throughout the day you can’t stop smiling? Of course not, because you didn’t go to sleep one night being on the (0-8) New York Jets and woke up on the (7-0) Pittsburgh Steelers like middle linebacker Avery Williamson did. $20 says that if he stubbed his toe five times in a row on Tuesday, he would have sang and dance because nothing could haved ruined the joy of being traded from the only team without a win in the NFL, to the only team without a loss. The official move by the Jets sent Williamson and a 2020 7th-Round pick to the Steelers for a 2020 5th-Round pick to replace the injured Devin Bush on Pittsburgh’s insane defense. The 6’1″ – 246 lbs linebacker has totaled 59 combined tackles, an interception (21 yard return), and three passes defended in the 2020 campaign while starting in six out of his seven games played. The Pittsburgh Steelers are armed and dangerous, as Big Ben Roethlisberger looks to make one final push for a third ring before his retirement after the team reinforced one of the best defenses in the league at the 2020 NFL Trade Deadline.

Boo You Stink, Bring on the Clown

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is punching the air right now, as the front office failed to provide even the slightest bit of reinforcement to a lackluster roster. The team was in heavy negotiations with the Houston Texans in acquiring WR Will Fuller for several days, but a deal never finalized due to both sides unwilling to come to an agreement. It’s one thing to not overpay for a player who has a 50/50 chance of making a big impact (Will Fuller in this case), but it’s an entirely different thing to ignore the fact that the Green Bay Packers are not as elite as their NFC adversaries in the playoff hunt (i.e., the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks). There’s no question that Aaron Rodgers can outduel any quarterback not named Patrick Mahomes, and even that is up for debate. The Packers’ defense, on the other hand, couldn’t stop a running faucet, nevermind the run-game. Even their situational defense has taken a drastic fall, as one of the best redzone defenders a year ago have dropped to No. 28 in percentage of points allowed in the redzone (73.9%), when they ranked No. 8 in the category just last year during the 2019 season (50.0%), per pro-football-reference. While the offense will surely survive without the injury-prone Will Fuller, it’s doubtful the Green Bay Packers can survive another elite running back threat like Dalvin Cook this year, or anytime soon. It’s safe to say that Green Bay, among a croud of losers, was the biggest of all.