Would Jon Robinson make this trade?
So we have talked about why the Jets could make this trade, why Henry shouldn’t be threatened by Bell and why Bell should probably want out of the toxic situation in New York. But, when it is all said and done is this a move that Titans GM Jon Robinson would make?
Well, yes. I mean, it isn’t ever that simple but it really helps to have two clear examples of him making similar trades in his career as GM.
When the Titans acquired DeMarco Murray, he was a season removed from an All-Pro year with the Dallas Cowboys. He was then traded just one year into his massive five -year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
At 28 years old, Murray made is first start with the Titans and then went on to help Tennessee’s rushing offense become the identity of a team that won 19 games in two years including a playoff win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The other similar trade was Ryan Tannehill this offseason. A veteran with a huge cap hit whose career was hurt by playing under Adam Gase, Tannehill just needed a chance to show that he still had the tools even if they weren’t on display in Miami.
Robinson made a trade, bringing in Tannehill on a cheap salary while giving up a future 4th round pick and swapping some other Day 3 selections.
The rest is history as Tannehill has become maybe the best player on the Tennessee Titans roster during his time as the starter and he resurrected a 2-4 season into a Week 17 matchup that will decide whether or not the Titans make the playoffs.
This potential deal has elements of two incredibly successful trades that Robinson has made in the past. I would be floored if the Titans weren’t interested in Bell either publicly or privately and I would think that Bell should be interested in Tennessee as well.