With the extensive health protocols currently in place, NFL trade deadline news and rumors have already been churning. Yannick Ngakoue had his ongoing feud with the Jacksonville Jaguars front office finally acquiesced by a trade to the Minnesota Vikings, only for the Vikings to trade him to the Baltimore Ravens. The Arizona Cardinals re-acquired Markus Golden (the 2015 Cardinals second-round selection) from the New York Giants after losing Chandler Jones for the season. Some organizations will be pushing their proverbial chips to the center of the table and say “all in.”
When is the NFL trade deadline?
Date: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
Time: 4 PM Eastern
Teams have to decide if they are buyers or sellers in the trade market and make no mistake about the business side of the NFL; everyone has a price. This is a last-ditch effort for NFL clubs to bolster their rosters here and now, to hell with the future. If you have the window to hoist a Lombardi trophy, you entertain any and all avenues to patch any glaring weaknesses you have. In being this first year of an expanded playoff field, we may see more buyers than sellers compared to year’s past.
Be sure to monitor the news after the 4 PM ET cutoff — NFL clubs are like everyone else in that they might pull a trade at the last moments before the deadline. For any deal that was struck close to the deadline, the reporting of said transaction may be delayed by a tad and not hit cyberspace until after 4:00 PM ET on November 3.
Latest NFL Trade News and Rumors: Who are the potential trade targets that could be on new teams?
The NFL trade deadline may not get the hoopla of the NBA or MLB, but considering over 40% of the league makes the playoffs now, we could see that tide changing a bit (it’ll never be the full-scale pandemonium due to the differences in salary cap situations). In 2017 and 2018 (Amari Cooper), there was a flurry of transactions, and in 2019, players like Kenyan Drake, Jalen Ramsey, Marcus Peters, Emmanuel Sanders, and Leonard Williams were traded to new teams. Here are the NFL trade news and rumors that have been swirling.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green has looked pedestrian for much of the year, but name recognition alone could intrigue a team in need of a reliable boundary receiver. Green’s inflated contract could prove to be too hard to move.
Bradley McDougald, New York Jets
The Jets are steamrolling towards the #1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, and after already moving two players before this year’s trade deadline, it’s entirely possible they are not done, including their starting quarterback Sam Darnold. The team stinks and has no choice but to start acquiring assets and planning for the future. If the Jets are enamored with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, you could see the Jets try and squeeze every drop of his value, much like the Cardinals with Josh Rosen after selecting Kyler Murray #1.
McDougald is a talented guy in the secondary who should have a market, and with the scoring bonanza going on in the NFL, you might see some front offices pull the trigger on adding talent to the back end. Also, keep an eye on Jamison Crowder – a reliable possession receiver for any team lacking WR depth.
David Njoku, Cleveland Browns
This may be a case of the Browns trying to salvage something before Njoku hits free agency. The first-round pick has been unable to consistently produce in Cleveland and was mentioned to have asked for a trade from the Browns organization during the Bengals/Browns Sunday broadcast. With Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant commanding playing time, the Browns may look to unload him.
Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team, though not trailing by much in the NFC East, made a move early in the season to bench first-round pick, Dwayne Haskins. Couple that with a new coaching staff who didn’t draft him, and you could be seeing a short-lived stint in D.C. for Haskins.
Houston Texans: Everyone except Deshaun Watson?
Oof, the Texans are 1-6, and its 2021 first and second-round picks are betrothed to the Miami Dolphins. The Texans likely don’t plan on keeping interim head coach Romeo Crennel for anything past the interim period. How do you entice a new coach to your organization with draft capital this bleak? You start selling. Could you see the team move JJ Watt or a pass catcher, perhaps? Hey, Brandin Cooks has already been traded 326 times, shouldn’t be a surprise if it happens again. Kenny Stills is the odd man out in the Texans WR group and still has deep threat ability.
John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals
John Ross appears to be on the outside looking in when it comes to Joe Burrow’s favorite targets, but with the first-round status, they could still entertain some trade value around the league before the NFL trade deadline.
Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars have every appearance of entering the fire sale and trying to acquire draft capital. Gardner Minshew does have several passing targets, and the team could look to move one to a WR-needy team, including one of Minshew’s most reliable targets in Keelan Cole.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Let’s address the elephant in the room. An elephant is more likely to win the three-cone drill at the combine this year than Matt Ryan getting moved; it’s too fiscally irresponsible. The Falcons may acquire assets in other ways, but the chances of them coming from Ryan are monumentally low. There isn’t any news to this NFL trade scenario, just people trying to connect dots that are omitting key context. Alex Mack is more likely the player to get dealt from this struggling Falcons team.
Quinnen Williams, New York Jets
Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots
Per Albert Breer, the Patriots may be shopping Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore.
Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles
The latest NFL trade news and rumors around Zach Ertz are that two teams inquired about his availability before getting injured.
Xavien Howard, Miami Dolphins
According to a report from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Xavien Howard is being shopped by the Miami Dolphins.
A short while after the Sun-Sentinel report, the Miami Dolphins released a statement through Miami Herald reporter Adam Beasley: “The report in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel is factually inaccurate and based on rumors. The paper practiced poor journalism by not reaching out to the team for comment or the chance to respond prior to publishing the story.”
The Pro Bowl cornerback was signed to a five-year deal worth $75.25 million before the 2019 season. He has been playing well for the Dolphins, with four interceptions in his last four games. However, the team is incredibly deep at the position, having added Byron Jones in the offseason as well as Noah Igbinoghene with the 30th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
A source familiar with the Dolphins thinking tells PFN that if the report is true, it’s because the Dolphins believe they can get good value for Howard, given his recovery from his most recent surgery and his play throughout the 2020 season thus far.
Official NFL Trade Deadline Transactions
Everson Griffen is traded from the Dallas Cowboys to the Detroit Lions for a conditional 2021 sixth-round pick.
Yannick Ngakoue is traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 fifth-round pick.
Jordan Willis is traded from the New York Jets to the San Francisco 49ers. The Jets receive a 2022 sixth-round pick, while the 49ers obtain Willis and a 2021 seventh-round pick.
Steve McLendon is traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Jets receive a 2020 sixth-round choice while the Buccaneers get McLendon’s services along with a 2023 seventh-round pick.