The NFL, and specifically the NFC West, had two big trades go down on Monday before the trade deadline on Tuesday afternoon. One sent Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco in exchange for a 2018 second-round draft pick. The other, brought Texans' left tackle Duane Brown to the Seahawks for a second and third-round pick in the 2018 draft.
With the trades, both teams acquired two key pieces on offense in deals that surprised many in the league including several Rams players and coaches.
"It's every year those trades come around in October," cornerback Trumaine Johnson said with a laugh. "It's shocking and it's definitely a 'Wow' factor. But the NFC West — it's going to be fun."
In Garoppolo, head coach Sean McVay said the 49ers acquired a player who has made the most of his opportunities in New England. He expects San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan to "do an excellent job of utilizing him the right way."
"You can see why they're projecting him as a pretty good player that has a lot of tools and traits," McVay said.
Brown on the other hand, is a three-time Pro Bowler and was a First-Team All Pro in 2012. McVay expects the former Virginia Tech standout to make an immediate impact on the Seahawks offensive line.
"He's in great shape and he's played at a productive level throughout the course of his career," he said. "So that's a great addition for them."
The Rams will face both players and teams later this season — first taking on Seattle in Week 15 and then San Francisco in Week 17. Both games will be played on the road. And though each trades should have a significant impact on the NFC West, middle linebacker Alec Ogletree says the team "will see how the situation plays out when we get to it."
"It's what happens in this league, people get traded all the time," Ogletree said. "Both teams were able to get some really good guys that have performed well in this league. But we'll focus on this week first and then we'll worry about that when the time comes."