With the 2018 NFL trade deadline having come and gone it figured to be a chance to take a look at all the moves around the NFC West.
Then, the trade deadline came and went and the only team with any activity, the only team that made a move was simply the only team that matters in the 2018 NFL landscape from the NFC West, the Los Angeles Rams.
While the Cardinals had plenty of attractive talent to bargain with, the price was never going to be enough to entice them to part with players like Patrick Peterson, Chandler Jones, or Hasson Reddick.
The team would not trade Larry Fitzgerald under any circumstances other than Larry requesting they do so.
Which mean, no dice.
The Seattle Seahawks are a fringe playoff team with an improved offense and a changing defense. They could have been players for a Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or maybe even a Dante Fowler Jr., yet they stood pat. Which makes sense. Pushing for the playoffs is fine, but the Seahawks as constructed are not a Super Bowl team.
However, with some moves this offseason, they could be closer.
The San Francisco 49ers are in the same boat as the Cardinals, without the two or three All Pro talents. In fact, outside of DeForest Buckner, the 49ers are looking to add talent rather than shed it.
That’s why, when the trade deadline ended, it was only the Rams who made a move of any sort.
You see, the Rams are in their window.
They are in their chance to take advantage of Jared Goff’s rookie contract and load the team with talent. They have done that in a number of ways this season already, but now they add more with Fowler coming over from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A third and fifth for Fowler is actually impressive when you consider he’s a part time player with only 14 career sacks. Yet, if Wade Phillips sees something in him, then the cost doesn’t matter, especially if the end result is a Super Bowl.