The NFL’s trade deadline occurs next Tuesday, and a NFL source tells Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News (Twitter link) that the league could see a decent amount of activity. Since the NFL currently boasts “some bad teams and decent cap room league wide,” per the source, which could lead to several trades going down.
The most high-profile name that has reportedly been bandied about in talks over the past several days is that of Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas, whom most general managers believe will ultimately be dealt. Head coach Hue Jackson was adamant that Cleveland would not entertain offers for Thomas, and other reports have indicated weak league-wide interest in the tackle. But with the Colts, Vikings, and Seahawks looking for offensive line upgrades, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Browns ship out Thomas.
San Francisco has also been the source of conflicting reports, as talks had reportedly ignited between the 49ers and Eagles regarding wide receiver Torrey Smith, while Joe Staley is also thought to be on the block. However, Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson shot down the notion that his club was aiming for receivers via trade, and subsequent reports have disputed that the Niners are shopping anyone.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are thought to be searching for a pass-catcher, and are willing to trade cornerbacks Alterraun Verner or Johnathan Banks in order to acquire one. The Chargers, who have already lost Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson this season, are also in the market for a playmaker on offense. On the other side of the coin, the Panthers are unlikely to make a trade before next week’s deadline.
As a refresher, here’s a list of trades that have been completed since the 2016 season began (our full list of 2016 trades can be found here):
- Broncos acquire TE A.J. Derby.
- Patriots acquire a 2017 fifth-round pick.
- Patriots acquire LB Kyle Van Noy and a 2017 seventh-round pick.
- Lions acquire a 2017 sixth-round pick.
- Packers acquire RB Knile Davis.
- Chiefs acquire a conditional 2018 seventh-round pick.
- Patriots acquire CB Eric Rowe.
- Eagles acquire a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick.
- Pick becomes third-rounder if Rowe plays 50% of snaps in either 2016 or 2017.
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