theoutlawdekepatton wrote:Unless there is something that we don't know about, its the team that first threw Duke's name around for trade offers. I don't see why Duke should feel he owes the team the respect of 'doing his job' if the team has shown that they don't want it.
I think it's more nuanced than that:
*The Browns signing Hunt was their indirect way of saying the writing's on the wall, Duke
*Duke lets team know he wants traded, which makes sense since he's due a relatively big raise in 2020 and can see he's (probably) not gonna be here to see it
*Team shops Duke and doesn't get what they believe is fair value in return - I'm guessing late day 3 pick or a player that had fallen out of another team's plans (i.e. Darron Lee)
*So now we're in a holding pattern until a team's depth chart (injury/ineffectiveness) makes trading for Duke reasonable - unless that injury happens here in the first place
But I think Duke only has himself to blame for this in the first place. Him signing for what he did when he did never really made much sense. It was an extremely team friendly deal in a situation in which he wouldn't be guaranteed much of anything. So I don't think where we are now is all that surprising.