GMs Expecting Active Trade Deadline

The NFL has experienced a dramatic rise in significant trades over the past several years, and there may be a few noteworthy swaps going down this month as we get closer to the October 29 trade deadline. Indeed, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says there is a sense among general managers that we may see more trades in advance of this year’s deadline than ever before, largely because there is a larger gulf between pretenders and contenders than in seasons past (indeed, there are still six winless teams, which is the highest number at this point in the season since the 1970 merger).

La Canfora says the teams most actively laying groundwork for potential deals are the Saints, Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs, Patriots, and Seahawks. Of course, a number of those clubs have already been pursuing Jacksonville CB Jalen Ramsey, and the Saints, Eagles, Ravens, and Chiefs are casting a wide net for cornerback upgrades.

One of this year’s still-winless clubs, the Broncos, are reportedly more open to moving veteran pieces than they were last year, as La Canfora writes in a separate piece, with Derek Wolfe, Chris Harris, and Emmanuel Sanders all generating interest. Wolfe could make sense for Baltimore, and the Saints are expected to renew their pursuit of Sanders. Even Von Miller could be on the block, per La Canfora, especially since all of his major bonuses and guarantees have already been paid. Miller, 30, is reportedly open to a change of scenery at this point, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says the Broncos will not trade him (video link). However, the other players mentioned above could be available if Denver continues to scuffle.

But while Denver may be willing to talk shop, rival GMs are skeptical that the 0-4 Bengals, led by old-school owner Mike Brown, will be amenable to moving big-name vets despite their fading fortunes. La Canfora’s sources say Cincinnati could net a first-round pick for WR A.J. Green if the acquiring club is able to work out a new contract with him as a condition of the trade (and if Green recovers from his foot injury soon). The Patriots and Saints could make a push for Green or Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, and Cincy could also swing deals for players like Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap if the club is willing to listen to offers.

Like fellow winless outfits Denver and Cincinnati, the Jets could be active in shopping veteran players in advance of the deadline. La Canfora specifically names Kelechi Osemele and Leonard Williams as players who could be on the move, though he says there has been no trade chatter surrounding Le’Veon Bell at this point.

Finally, though the 0-4 Redskins have been steadfastly refusing to trade Trent Williams, some believe that the team will relent at some point and will ship Williams to a contender in need of O-line help.

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  1. jacobsigel1025

    Jalen Ramsey would fit best in KC or Philly and Trent Williams would be good in LA (Chargers). Don’t think AJ gets dealt but a Seattle uniform would look good on him.

    • skrockij89

      Seattle seems good on the WR core. They need o-line and secondary help. Trent Williams, Chris Harris, and/or Von Miller (if kendricks goes to prison) would be great pickups.

      • kaehlaone

        Kendricks isn’t going to jail this year. If he gets any time it will be during the offseason.

  2. JamesW26

    “Miller, 30, is reportedly open to a change of scenery at this point.”

    Anybody got a source for that report?

  3. skrockij89

    Von Miller would be good for the Seahawks if Kendricks ends up going to prison.

    • frank858

      Elway said that Miller was off the table. Being he drafted him and he’s the franchise, I highly doubt it.

  4. InvalidUserID

    Seahawks need to trade however many picks the Jags want for Ramsey because their secondary is rough.

  5. paindonthurt

    …and yet I’m taking the under on 2 impact trades. I think Ramsey still gets dealt somewhere regardless of what the Jags are saying.

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