Trading Places: NFL Season In Full Effect…15 Old Players Headed To New Teams

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The NFL season is officially back crackin and players are getting traded left and right.

Here’s a lil recap of who’s going where…

Willis McGahee

From Ravens to Broncos

McGahee, 29, is reportedly getting a four-year, $10 million deal from the Broncos. McGahee could be a goal-line or breather option for Knowshon Moreno, much like he was for Ray Rice in Baltimore. That said, McGahee’s numbers have been on a steady decline since his last 1,000-yard season in 2007.

Nick Barnett

From Green Bay to Buffalo

Two days after being released by the Packers, MLB Nick Barnett signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Bills, who lost LB Paul Posluszny to the Jaguars. Barnett, who was drafted by the Packers in 2003, was a mainstay of their defense until injuries derailed his career, forcing him to end two of the last three seasons on the IR.

Tarvaris Jackson

From Minnesota to Seattle

Known mainly as being Brett Favre’s backup at Minnesota, Jackson moves on to Seattle, where he’ll fight for the starting position with Charlie Whitehurst after Matt Hasselbeck was not re-signed. Jackson hasn’t been a regular starter since 2007, when he tossed nine TDs and 12 INTs.

Jason Babin

From Tennessee to Philadelphia

After a stellar 12.5-sack season last year, Babin was looking for more cash this offseason. When the Titans couldn’t deliver to the Pro Bowl defensive end, he picked up and went to Philadelphia on a five-year deal. This will be the second time Babin has played for the Eagles in his five-team, eight-year career.

Takeo Spikes

From 49ers to Chargers

The San Diego Chargers landed the 14-year veteran Spikes with a three-year, $9 million contract after he recorded triple-digit tackles (109) for the first time since 2003. Spikes, 34, had three interceptions for the 49ers last season but looks to prove to the Chargers that it wasn’t his last hurrah.

Kevin Kolb

From Philadelphia to Arizona

Entering the 2010 season, Kevin Kolb was being hailed as the next big thing in Philadelphia. He had just supplanted Donovan McNabb as the starter, seemingly destined for a long and illustrious career as an Eagle. That certainly didn’t last long. Kolb suffered a concussion during Week 1 against the Packers, watching newly-reborn Michael Vick have a career year and cement his place as Philadelphia’s leader of the future. On Thursday, Kolb was traded to the Cardinals for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round pick.

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    Marion Barber

    From Dallas to Chicago

    After six seasons with the Cowboys, Marion Barber agreed to a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Barber rushed for 4,358 yards and 47 touchdowns during his tenure in Dallas and looks to boost the Bears’ ground attack. The 5′ 11′ running back also hauled in 1,280 receiving yards as a member of the Cowboys.

    Reggie Bush

    From New Orleans to Miami

    It’s New Orleans no more for Reggie Bush, as the running back and return man extraordinaire was shipped to the Dolphins Thursday as part of a move to clear cap space for the Saints. The former first-round pick has been a fan-favorite throughout his four-year career, tallying 2,090 rushing yards, 2,142 receiving yards and 29 total touchdowns. He should split carries with Ronnie Brown in Miami.

    Donovan McNabb

    From Washington to Minnesota

    Different year, same story. That’s the case for six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb following his trade to the Vikings earlier this week. The franchise cornerstone for Philadelphia from 1999-2009, McNabb was traded to Redskins last year, subsequently struggling by throwing 14 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. He’ll look to resurrect his career in Minneapolis, leaning heavily on the power running of Adrian Peterson.

    Vince Young

    From Tennessee to Philadelphia

    After what can only be described as an “up-and-down” tenure with the Tennessee Titans, Vince Young agreed to a one-year deal with the Eagles, likely to serve as a backup to Michael Vick. Still, the 2006 first-round pick by Tennessee has said he expects to challenge Vick for Philly’s starting job in camp. Young’s signing comes amid a flurry of Eagles’ deals, including the snag of sought-after free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.

    Chad Ochocinco

    From Cincinnati to New England

    First Albert Haynesworth is traded to New England, then Ochocinco. Bill Belichick is making moves this offseason that few thought he would. Ochocinco had more than 10,000 receiving yards in his 10 years with the Bengals, including seven 1,000-yard seasons in the past nine years. The wide receiver is now finally in a position to add a Super Bowl championship to his six Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections.

    Roy Williams

    From Dallas to Chicago

    Shortly after the Cowboys cut, Roy Williams found his new home in Chicago. The Bears pick up an eight-year veteran who has not exactly fulfilled expectations. Williams has only had one 1,000-yard season at wide receiver and last year fumbled the ball three times.

    Darren Sproles

    From San Diego to New Orleans

    The tiny bolt of lightning bolted from the Chargers after the Saints came calling with a four-year, $14 million deal. Sproles arrives in New Orleans on the heels of Reggie Bush leaving for Miami. He’ll help that void, but where his presence will really be felt is in the return game, where he’s never gone a season without 1,000 kick return yards.

    Sidney Rice

    From Minnesota to Seattle

    The wide receiver told in June he’d test the free-agent market; he wasn’t joking. Just days into free agency, Rice jumped to Seattle and will suit up for the Seahawks next season. Rice is coming off a season-ending hip injury but promises to give Seattle another 2009, where he had 1,312 receiving yards and eight TDs with Minnesota.

    Plaxico Burress

    From Giants to Jets

    Burress isn’t moving far after his 622-day jail sentence. He switches from one New York team to the other after agreeing to a one-year, $3.017 million deal with the Jets. He could start opposite Santonio Holmes, though Jerricho Cotchery and tight end Dustin Keller are sure to see plenty of looks, too. This could signal the end of the Braylon Edwards era in New York.


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