Originally Posted by BrAinPaiNt
I will tell you a few reasons why.
1. Many times people here want to trade away a player they think sucks on this team for a player they think is very good on another team. In this scenario, simple logic would ask...why would another team trade a good player for our trash?
2. Following the above logic...people here often want to trade a player for a much higher return than is warranted or they want to trade for a player for much less than is warranted. They basically want to sell high and buy low and chances are they are not realistic in their trade assessment.
[View Full Quote]3. Too many people want to trade to often and they want to trade a player that is good for us and in turn make a weakness in one area to a weakness in another. For example they will say we got a Weakness at OT so we need to make a trade and propose...let's trade D.Ware for Joe Thomas. Which means you might strengthen the OT spot but in doing so you are creating a glaring weakness in the Pass Rushing department.
4. Any name that is out there is automatically seen as an improvement so they want to trade something for said player...even the players own team wants to get rid of him, other teams do not seem to be interested in him and he either has not proven to be a great player, he is always injured or he is on the downside of his career. The old saying that anyone would be better is something that has been proven to be wrong many times.
5. This is the NFL not a Madden NFL game. People often do not consider any of the ideas above and normally also do not consider cap ramifications. Trading a star player on our team for a star player on another team does have financial repercussions. Both teams usually wind up playing some money to a player that will no longer be on their team plus they wind up paying for another big contract and many times that player you traded for wants a new big fat contract.
6. NFL Owners, GMS and Coaches do not always let knee jerk reactions rule how they conduct business and there is good reason for that. They also realize they can not have a star player in every position within the cap structure.
6. There is a reason there are not a lot of trades within the NFL compared to the number of trades the fans think should happen.
I would also add that with the availability of FAs now as opposed to pre-1990, means that it is far less advantageous for a team to trade for a player than it is to simply see what is available on the FA market. Why should we give up a player or picks if we can simply sign a guy?
The only players that seem to get traded now are guys on the downside of their careers (Carson Palmer or Donovan McNabb for instance) or backups and it is almost always for draft picks, not for other players.
One of the last big name player-for-player trades I can think of was Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey plus a high pick (2nd?) but that was in 2004.
Here is an article from earlier this year (just prior to the draft) that talks about why player-for-player trades are rare in the NFL: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/sp...anted=all&_r=0
So all of that (and what BrainPaint posted) to say that "this ain't Madden" so when trades are proposed they are usually ridiculous and extremely far-fetched so they get shot down by most of the posters here.
I usually refrain from commenting on trade proposals since my negative opinion would probably not be welcomed on top of all the other negative ones already posted. Plus it would serve no real purpose as the poster would simply come up with what he considers a more equitable trade as a counter but it is usually just as unlikely.
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