The trade deadline in the NFL is usually as boring as a three-and-out, but the 2017 season has been very different. This year has produced a slew of surprising moves along with the usual dumping of an aging veteran with a huge expiring contract. Below is a look at every trade so far.
This is one of the biggest surprises. The Panthers are still in the hunt in the NFC South and Kelvin Benjamin is one of Cam Newtons favorite targets. Benjamin will be reunited with Bills coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane, both of whom used to work in Carolina. His arrival also gives quarterback Tyrod Taylor a No. 1 receiver after Buffalo dealt away top receiver Sammy Watkins in August. Without Watkins, the the team's receivers have caught 45 passes for 594 yards, the lowest totals for that position group in the NFL. Benjamin has 32 catches for two touchdowns and a Panthers-best 475 yards this season.
Another surprise move, not just because of the trade but because of the price. A fourth rounder for a running back like Jay Ajayi. Philadelphia got some help for its running game and a replacement for the injured Darren Sproles, while the struggling Dolphins, coming off a 40-0 prime-time loss to the Ravens, get a valuable pick. Coach Adam Gase said last week that Miami was "the worst offense in football."
San Francisco will get an undisclosed 2018 draft pick in the deal for Robinson, who was drafted by the team in the fourth round of 2016.
With this trade it was basically the Patriots last chance to get something for Jimmy G. It seems like Tom Brady will be there for a few more years and they can't afford to franchise tag a back-up. Garoppolo will solve the riddle that has plagued the Niners for more than a decade. San Francisco is likely to keep Garoppolo, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, by signing him to a new deal or tagging him as their franchise player. That would mean Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will have one fewer landing spot in free agency. Meanwhile, the Patriots seem to have bought into the idea that Tom Brady can play well into his 40s.
Brown spent his entire 10-year career with the Texans, who selected him in the first round in 2008 out of Virginia Tech. He returned last week from a holdout and played 68 out of 71 offensive snaps Sunday against Seattle. The Seahawks have been seeking upgrades to an offensive line that has lost two starters to injury. The trade for Brown marks another bold move by Seattle general manager John Schneider, who previously made deals for Marshawn Lynch in 2010, Percy Harvin in 2013 and Jimmy Graham in 2015.
The Jaguars have one of the worst run defenses in the NFL and are hoping the addition of Dareus will be enough to help them win the AFC South. Meanwhile, the Bills clear the salary of their highest-paid player off their books. The trade also reunites Dareus with Jacksonville coach Doug Marrone, who coached the Bills from 2013 to 2014.