Joining the Cherries away from the trading table were the Philadelphia Lakers and the Richmond Rebels.
There was no shortage of trading activity among the other nine teams, though.
For starters, fading star quarterback Kurt Warner was dealt by the New York Empires to the Pittsburgh Ironmen for backup quarterback Doug Pederson, reserve fullback Brad Hoover, and the Ironmen’s third round pick in the 2005 draft. Warner had not been expected to get much playing time behind Jake Delhomme for New York.
Drew Bledsoe, another would-be starting quarterback with limited prospects for playing time, was traded by the Providence Steam Roller, along with running back Kevin Faulk and Providence’s third round draft pick in the 2005 draft, to the Albany Racers in exchange for tight end Jeremy Shockey, backup running back Derrick Blaylock, and backup quarterback Doug Flutie.
Albany, against whom the Cherries open the season August 14 at home, dealt reserve fullback Larry Centers to the Washington Capitols for backup tight end Hunter Goodwin and Washington’s third round draft choice in next year’s draft. The Racers did not hold on to Goodwin, however. They swapped Goodwin to the Atlantic City Seagulls for the Seagull’s third round pick in the 2005 draft. With that trade Albany stockpiled their fourth draft pick, including their own, in round three of next year’s draft.
Running back Travis Henry, deemed expendable by the Baltimore Bolts due to the presence of Curtis Martin, was traded to the Syracuse Crush in exchange for Syracuse’s first round pick in the 2005 draft.
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