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Six preseason NFL trades that teams should make: Imagining deals for Nick Foles, Xavien Howard, more

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What if the Packers traded for WR Michael Thomas? (1:08)

Dan Orlovsky makes a hypothetical trade where the Packers would acquire Saints WR Michael Thomas in exchange for QB Jordan Love. (1:08)

Trades are fun. They spark reaction and debate and often hope from a fan base. While they are growing in popularity in the NFL, they're not exactly everyday occurrences, though teams often will use August to make swaps involving players on the fringes of the roster.

Imaginary trades? I live and breathe them. No, they're not always likely to happen, but it's fun to think about how to improve two teams with one deal.

Now that we've established my love of imaginary trades, here are six hypothetical deals that make sense for both parties. A few involve players who have asked to be traded, and others include players who might not make the final 53-man roster cuts. Let's start with a deal for a frustrated defender who could get back a first-round pick: