When the New York Giants traded up in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft to select Syracuse quarterback, Ryan Nassib, it was done so under the hope that Nassib would never play a regular season down with New York in the foreseeable future. With two-time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning entrenched as the Giants starter, the hope that Nassib would never take the field outside of the preseason was unanimous amongst Giants fans and management.
While Nassib flashed some serious potential in the 2014 preseason, throwing for 588 yards, 5 touchdowns, and no interceptions while leading the Giants second team to a 5-0 record. With several quarterback needy teams scavenging for a signal caller in a 2015 free agent and draft class weak at the position, general manager Jerry Reese could be listening to more than a few inquires on the availability of his backup quarterback.
Giants Trade: Ryan Nassib
Jets Trade: 2nd Round Pick
The New York Jets quarterback room currently holds signal callers Geno Smith, Michael Vick, and Matt Simms. None of these players are currently capable of leading a team to any form of success. Vick is far removed from his prime, Smith has yet to develop into the dynamic duel threat player the Jets drafted him to be, and Simms is a total non-factor in any competition.
The man who drafted Smith, general manager John Idzik, was fired prior to the beginning of this offseason leaving his replacement, Mike Maccagnan, with no personal investment in his success or failure. The former second round pick has no guarantees his career with the Jets will even continue past the expiration of his rookie contract.
With Maccagnan attempting to build a competitive roster for the future, the search for a starting quarterback will begin out of house. If the Jets can not land either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota with the sixth overall pick in the draft the team will need a quarterback if they hope to be anything close to relevant in 2015. For the Giants, they part with an expendable player in exchange for a pick that could be used on a player who will more than likely be able to make an immediate impact next season.
Giants Trade: Ryan Nassib, 7th Round Pick
Texans Trade: Andre Johnson
The Houston Texans have officially given their star wide receiver, Andre Johnson, permission to seek a trade to another team with the belief being if a deal cannot be secured the Texans will outright release Johnson.
The former third overall pick has spent his all 13 of his NFL seasons in Houston where he has amassed career numbers of 1,012 receptions for 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns.
At 33 years old, the future Hall-Of-Fame candidate is still a relevant contributor in the NFL (85 receptions, 936 yards, and three touchdowns in 2014). Johnson brings a voice in the locker room, being the Texans’ offensive team captain, and the size at 6’3″ to be the outside receiving force he was in Houston for the Giants, who desperately need one to draw attention away from Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. Meanwhile, the Texans would get a quarterback to compete with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick and second year man Tom Savage should Ryan Mallet leave in free agency.
With Johnson on his way out either way, Houston could finally be getting a consistent starter and one of New York’s two 7th round picks to sweeten the deal.
Giants Trade: Ryan Nassib
49ers Trade: Michael Wilhoite
It is no secret the Giants are in the market for an impact linebacker. Linebackers Jon Beason (when healthy) and Devon Kennard are solid players but, with Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger both likely to leave via free agency, the Giants need to add at least one more solid player to their linebacker core.
Enter San Francisco 49er Michael Wilhoite who stepped up last season to be a valuable contributor on defense, starting all 16 games while also making an impact on special teams. He finished the 2014 season with an impressive 87 tackles, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. Unfortunately for Wilhoite the 49ers have better options at linebacker.
The players he replaced in the starting lineup, NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis, will both be returning from their injuries next season leaving little room for Wilhoite. Reports have been coming out of the 49ers camp that the team is looking for trade avenues to deal the 4th year linebacker.
By trading for Nassib, the 49ers could acquire quality insurance for mobile starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick in exchange for a player they are already trying to move.
Giants Trade: Ryan Nassib, 4th Round Pick
Bears Trade: Matt Forte
The Chicago Bears have recently traded star receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets in exchange for a mere fifth round pick and it sounds like running back Matt Forte is next up. The former franchise cornerstone has never been given the respect he deserved in Chicago, be it not giving him the contract extension he desired or paying big money for backup running back Michael Bush, Forte’s exodus from Chicago seems long overdue.
While he had a down year in terms of his efficiency on ground, averaging just 3.9 yards per carry, he still managed to rack up 1,038 yards and 6 touchdowns while running behind one of the worst lines in football. Forte also contributed mightily in the passing game by hauling in 102 receptions for 808 yards and four touchdowns. Eye popping receiving numbers for any running back, Forte’s versatility in the backfield could add a dynamic new dimension to the Giants offense.
With a backfield of Matt Forte, Rashad Jennings, and Andre Williams the Giants could potentially roll out one of the deadliest rushing attacks in the NFL next season.
As far as the Chicago Bears current quarterback situation goes, Jay Cutler is not the answer. Brandon Marshall would not have been recently traded to the Jets if Bears management thought he was. After all trust between Cutler and the Bears origination went up in flames when reports of Chicago coaches bashing his ability and intangibles got leaked to the public it was clear that Cutler’s days in Chicago were numbered.
While Cutler’s atrocious contract (seven-years, $126,700,000) makes moving on from him complicated, new Bears head coach, John Fox, will want to start fresh at the position as soon as possible.
The only other quarterback on the Bears roster right now is former practice squad call up, David Fales. The 2014 6th round pick out of San Jose State had a solid preseason last year but was ultimately waived by Chicago before they gave him a slot on their practice squad.
Fales does not have the experience Nassib currently has which may intrigue the Bears into taking on Nassib’s already more promising development while they figure out a solution for their Cutler problem. The fourth round pick seals the deal for the Giants to secure the talented running back.