We've recently discussed some of the potential trade values of some of our players, particularly Matt Schaub and Peerless Price. But I don't think either player's trade value is really as high as some here want to believe, particularly Schaub.
I believe Schaub is very far down on many team's wishlists right now in terms of acquiring young talent at the QB position. In a few years, he could begin to move up, but it's doubtful any team really has him above other young QBs like David Garrard, Josh McCown, Billy Volek, Mike McMahon who all have starting experience in this league and all offer the physical gifts that teams prefer in starting QBs (arm strength and/or mobility). Not to mention other young QBs that haven't proven much, but most believe too are better suited for the NFL game such as Philip Rivers, Chris Simms and Drew Henson. And if a team was really hurting for a veteran QB, whouldn't they turn to a guy like JOn Kitna, Todd Bouman, Brad Johnson, Anthony Wright, Vinny Testaverde, or Jeff Blake before they called the Falcons about Schaub?
As for Price, he does offer some trade value, but at this point, he is considered damaged goods by the rest of the league, so the Falcons would probably be lucky to get a single 4th round pick for him, and that's from a team that desperately needs some veteran speed at the WR position. Although his off-season trade value may go up over the next few months, right now Price's trade value is probably the lowest it ever will be.
Really, the only players that I consider to have good trade value on this roster is T.J. Duckett and maybe Brian Finneran. A team like Jacksonville could probably give up a #3 or #4 for Duckett. Finneran has value because he's a steady veteran that can contribute on special teams. Probably a #5 or #6 could be worthy of him. The other players that I really seeing having trade value that the Falcons could viably offer to other teams are possibly some of hte backups we have at DT (particuarly Antwan Lake) and safety (Coady, Heard, Pruitt), all of whom may be worth conditional 7th round picks (meaning the Falcons would get nothing if they didn't make the roster of the team they were traded to). Or maybe the loser of the Ike/Demo battle would have good trade value, like a #5 or so to another team, particuarly Williams having a bit higher value due to upside.
But trading players this season doesn't seem like really a strong option for the Falcons. Maybe the team might be able to pull some off-season trades, but although trades offering some interest possibilities, I think they are even bigger long shots this summer than they have been in the past.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.