5 Franchise-Changing NFL Trade Deadline Deals

Dave Royse
October 30, 2019

This week’s NFL trade deadline came and went without much happening.

There was talk the New York Jets would deal Le’Veon Bell, but they didn’t. The Jets also were thought to be considering trading defensive back Jamal Adams to Dallas or Baltimore, but he ended up staying in New York, too. The Lions and Falcons reportedly discussed Atlanta sending RB Devonta Freeman to Detroit, but didn’t.

#Patriots acquired Kyle Van Noy in a pick-swap trade -- also known as highway robberies -- dropping 24 slots from pick No. 215 to No. 239 in the 2017 draft. #Lions drafted The Great Brad Kaaya at pick 215. https://t.co/dg7xsvUFAv

— Evan Silva (@evansilva) January 24, 2019

New England got Van Noy and a seventh-round draft pick from the Lions, in exchange for a sixth round draft pick at the trade deadline. Since the draft picks were pretty close to a wash, that basically made Van Noy almost like a free player.

As New England Sports Network’s Doug Kyed wrote, the Patriots “absolutely stole” Van Noy from Detroit, and argued it was the “biggest steal of the Bellichick era.” Van Noy was a key part of the Patriots’ dominant teams of the last few years and played in three Super Bowls.

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