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Oct. 28, 2020 - Michael Stewart

NFL Trade Deadline: Top 5 Buyers/Sellers

Introduction: The NFL trading deadline is a week away (November 3rd) and some teams have already swung deals to either improve their team or to acquire picks for the future. Here’s a look at my top 3 buyers and sellers leading up to the NFL trading deadline:

Sellers

  1. New York Giants: The Giants based on recent reports are not looking to be sellers; which would be a huge mistake. At 1-6 and despite playing in a horrible and weak division, the Giants are not a playoff worthy team and should consider moving on from a few players if the right deal/deals come along. Tight End Evan Engram has been on the top of most discussions on trade rumors and also the Giants must decide on which defensive linemen they intend to re-sign between either Tomlinson or Williams. They can’t re-sign both and if they decide to let them both test the free agent market, there’s no guarantee of getting any compensation back in return.
  2. New York Jets:  The Jets currently own the worst record in the NFL at 0-7 and have already made some trades, but we see more before the deadline. Jets GM Joe Douglas should be open for business and could be open minded on any player currently on the roster if the right deal comes along.  One of the biggest names circulating has been Defensive lineman Quinnen Willams; and if the right price presents itself (possible 2nd round picks) then look for Douglas to pull the trigger.
  3. Atlanta Falcons: Reports out of Atlanta has the Falcons adamantly squashing any rumors that either quarterback Matt Ryan or wide receiver Julio Jones are on the trading block. With Head Coach Dan Quinn and GM Thomas Dimitroff already being fired, one would think that the Falcons are considering being heavy sellers at the deadline with a 1-5 record. I still believe they could still consider moving at least Ryan or Jones if the right price presents itself.
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars have really descended over the past couple of seasons and should be looking to unload some of their players to teams looking to make a run. Wide receiver Dede Westbrook and Defensive tackle Taven Bryan are among the names being rumored who could find a new home after the deadline.  
  5. Houston Texans: The Texans are a mess and must be sellers at the deadline with possibly looking to move cornerback Will Fuller and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Former GM/Head Coach Bill O’Brien did an horrendous job putting this together and now the team must look to rebuild and lick it’s wounds.

Buyers

  1. Buffalo Bills: Buffalo looks to be on the verge of running away with the AFC east crown, but they should consider adding a few needed pieces for the playoff run. The Bills nearly considered Le’Veon Bell, so expect them to add depth at the running back position and also at the slot cornerback position.
  2. San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers are slowly building up steam with back to back wins over the past couple of weeks and are primed to make a run in the NFC west division. The 49ers aren’t expected to make a big splash at the deadline in regards to big named players, but they could tinker the roster a bit to help improve their chances down the stretch.  On the 49ers wish list we could possibly see them looking to add one or more of the following position/positions:  a wide receiver, defensive end, interior offensive lineman or a cornerback
  3. Cleveland Browns: The Browns should consider being buyers; especially with the season ending injury to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ACL). Historically; the Browns will more than likely look for a player with remaining years on their contract and not have interest in a rental. Aside the wide receiver position, look for the Browns to strengthen their defensive front 7 and possibly add another offensive linemen.
  4. Indianapolis Colts: The Colts are at 4-2 could decide to make a run for AFC South division currently trailing the Tennessee Titans by one game. Look for the Colts to add some depth at the offensive line position; especially at tackle.  Other positions of need could be at wide receiver and at defensive end. Unlikely the Colts could find a productive DE remains to be seen, but they should at least try.
  5. Las Vegas Raiders: The Raiders are at 3-3 and will clearly be gunning for one of the wild card slots with Kansas City holding a firm lead in the AFC West. The Raiders could be aggressive at the deadline as Head Coach Jon Gruden will look to go deep in the playoffs.

Final Thoughts:  Over the next week we should see the phone lines heat up and some movement throughout the NFL as teams will and should be setting themselves up to either make a run for a playoff push or build up capital for the upcoming draft/drafts. The teams I listed above are my top 5 in each category (Buyers/Sellers), but we should a lot more than these teams being active. Perhaps we could see a top tier player moved at the deadline as rumors consistently keep coming in.