2013 NFL Trade Deadline: Top 15 Players Who Could be On Trading Block
15 NFL Players Who Could be on the Trading Block
Next Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m. EST, is the NFL trade deadline. Contending teams have until then to fill holes on their roster as they look to make a push for the postseason.
In-season trades are normally not very common in the NFL. It is not easy for players to learn new systems in a short period of time, so teams usually do not make big deals during the season. If they must fill holes on their roster, most teams just look to add free agents. The 2013 season has been an exception thus far. Two solid left tackles in Levi Brown and Eugene Monroe have been traded this season, as was three-time pro bowler and former-first team All-Pro linebacker Jon Beason.
In what many consider to be the biggest in-season NFL trade of all-time, the Cleveland Browns sent second-year running back and third overall pick from the 2012 Draft Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick. You simply do not see players with name recognition like Richardson get traded during the season. This was an unprecedented move.
With less than a week left until the deadline, I wonder whether the uptick in the trade market this season will continue. In baseball, teams who are not in contention usually sell at the trade deadline to acquire future assets. I see no reason why non-contending NFL teams cannot do the same thing. There seems to be a lot of struggling franchises that are looking to completely rebuild their rosters. I believe that this could cause an increase in activity around the trade deadline this season. Here are the top-15 NFL players who could be on the trading block and would help fill holes on contending teams.
15. Christian Ponder, QB, Minnesota Vikings
With a 1-5 record, the Minnesota Vikings are probably not going to make any noise this season. The team claimed Josh Freeman off of waivers and are now starting him at quarterback, even though he was hilariously bad in his first game. It is clear that the Vikings no longer believe in Christian Ponder, who they selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 Draft. Ponder has shown little-to-no promise as the signal caller for Minnesota and it is probably better for both parties if they just went their separate ways.
Ponder has some athleticism and a decent arm, he has just never been able to put it all together in Minnesota. I am sure that it would not take much to acquire Ponder from the Vikings, so he could make an interesting trade target for a team that is looking to take a chance on a young quarterback with some talent.
14. Mikel LeShoure, RB, Detroit Lions
Stuck behind Reggie Bush and Joique Bell on the Detroit Lions depth chart, Mikel LeShoure could be an interesting trade target for a team looking for some running back depth. LeShoure is not a flashy player, but he is a tough runner that can carry the load for a team. He probably is not going to be super impressive, but LeShoure is a guy that can hold a running game together in a pinch. There are worse running backs who are getting more playing time than LeShoure.
13. Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
With the emergence of rookie Jordan Reed, the Washington Redskins are making tight end Fred Davis available. Davis has good athleticism and receiving skills for a tight end. His blocking skills leave plenty to be desired, but the Redskins are looking to trade him so he could come or a nice price. He could be an attractive option for a contending team looking for a cheap receiving option.
12. Jason Babin, DL, Jacksonville Jaguars
With an 0-6 record and showing no signs of improvement, the Jacksonville Jaguars are not going to be a contending team this season. Because of this, they should listen on offers for any players, especially ones later in their careers. 33-year-old defensive end Jason Babin fits that bill and could be an attractive trade piece for a contending team. You can never have enough pass rushers, and Babin still excels in that area. The Jaguars need to continue to stock pile draft picks and Babin would bring in a solid haul.
11. DeAngelo Hall, CB, Washington Redskins
DeAngelo Hall is in the last year of his deal, and it seems unlikely that the Redskins bring him back. Hall still makes plays, but he is far from a shut-down corner. Hall gets beat deep far too often and I think the Redskins would be just fine letting him go. They should be able to sell him on his playmaking ability and speed and land a decent haul.
10. Osi Umenyiora, DL, Atlanta Falcons
The 2013 season for the Atlanta Falcons has been a disappointment, to say the very least. Injuries have played a big role in their 2-4 record, but it is hard to see them coming back from this start in a loaded NFC. The Falcons brought in Osi Umenyiora this offseason to help with their pass rush in their quest for a Super Bowl. Things have not gone according to plan, and I think that they would consider trading their older players like Umenyiora. He is still a very talented pass rusher, but Umenyiora would be much more valuable to a competitive team.
9. Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans
Kenny Britt, the talented, yet troubled wide receiver, has never been able to put it all together with the Tennessee Titans. At times, Britt looks like a top-tier wide receiver. Other times, it looks like he could care less on the field. Britt is a very risky option, but the talent is certainly there. The Titans are fed up with Britt's immaturity and want to trade him. At 6-foot-3, 223 pounds, Britt has good size for a NFL receiver. Britt also has good speed and catching ability. He is a risky target, but at only 26-years-old, the upside is massive with Britt.
8. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
Emmanuel Sanders returned to the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason on a one-year deal. The Steelers are in last place in the AFC North at 2-4 and do not show many signs of turning it around this season. It would be nice for the Steelers to see what they have in rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton the rest of the way, and trading Sanders would open up plenty of opportunity for him. Sanders will command plenty of attention on the open market, so Pittsburgh may not be able to bring him back anyways. It is probably best for the Steelers to just get what they can for Sanders now and move on.
7. Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills
Jairus Byrd apparently wants the Buffalo Bills to trade him, and the Bills are reportedly willing to do so. Byrd is an athletic safety with huge talent that has been a productive player for the Bills during his four-plus years in Buffalo. Byrd is a free agent at the end of the season, so if he wants out, the Bills might as well get what they can for him now. There will definitely be a market for Byrd as there are a ton of teams who could use a playmaker at the safety position.
6. Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans
Ben Tate has always shown flashes as the backup to Arian Foster. He is one of the most talented back-up running backs in the league and becomes a free agent this offseason. Tate will probably leave the Houston Texans to try and find a starting job somewhere else. The Texans are an unimpressive 2-5, and seem to be going nowhere. Teams who are looking for running back help should be calling Houston about Tate's availability, and I see no reason why the Texans would not trade him.
5. Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
At 1-6, the New York Giants are yet another team that appears to be going nowhere, and would probably be better off trading for future assets before the deadline. Hakeem Nicks is another player who is a free agent this offseason and New York has already said that they probably will not be able to bring him back. With Victor Cruz already on the roster and the recent emergence of Rueben Randle, Nicks is expendable for the Giants. For a team needing wide receiver help, Nicks would be a solid target.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jaguars are one of the worst teams in the NFL and they will certainly listen to offers on any players. At 28 years old, Maurice Jones-Drew is not getting any younger, and has a ton of mileage on his legs. Jones-Drew has struggled this season, but I think that the putrid Jaguars offense has a lot to do with that. Running back production tends to really take a dive when the player reaches 30. Jones-Drew might as well make the most of his prime years remaining, instead of wasting them with the awful Jaguars.
3. Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
There has not been a player connected to more trade rumors than Josh Gordon. Ever since the Browns traded Richardson, everybody assumed that Gordon was next. If the Browns trade Gordon, they are simply crazy. He is a supremely talented receiver that you can build an offense around. There have been so many trade rumors surrounding Gordon, that it is hard to not think that something is there. For the right price, I am sure that Cleveland would trade Gordon. I just think that they would be making a mistake.
2. Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons
Tony Gonzalez almost retired after last season. He returned to chase one more Super Bowl with Atlanta. Unfortunately, the Falcons' season has not gone according to plan and it is now extremely unlikely that they make the playoffs. Atlanta's front office and Gonzalez have both denied any talks of trading the future Hall-of-Famer, but it simply makes too much sense to ignore. If this really is Gonzalez's last season, why would he waste it on a team going nowhere? I have to imagine that deep down Gonzalez wants to be dealt to a contender, and if he voices this, I am sure the Falcons will try to accommodate him.
1. Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings
Obviously, this one is very unlikely, but I believe that the Vikings should put last year's league MVP Adrian Peterson on the trading block and see what kind of offers they get. This team is simply going nowhere right now and while Peterson is still a great player, age will be catching up to him sooner rather than later. If the Vikings can get a nice haul of draft picks and young players for Peterson, I think they would be crazy to say no. As great as Peterson is, I highly doubt that there is enough talent around him for the Vikings to be serious contenders anytime soon.