NFL commerce deadline targets – Reporters choose gamers who may change groups, together with Jordan Love, Michael Gallup

The NFL trade deadline is lower than two weeks away — four p.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 2 — and groups are establishing their rosters for the stretch run of the 2021 season.

When evaluating rosters, sure gamers and conditions stick out. Will the Chicago Bears commerce third-string QB Nick Foles? Would the struggling Patriots commerce former first-round choose N’Keal Harry? Will the Cowboys commerce WR Michael Gallup for depth on protection? And will the Packers commerce Jordan Love in hopes of swaying Aaron Rodgers to return in 2022? The depth of the Broncos’ cornerbacks and the Ravens’ operating backs might be of curiosity to plenty of groups. And although New York may use all the assistance it could get, Evan Engram‘s time with the Giants looks like it could be up.

We requested our NFL Nation reporters to select potential commerce targets for each workforce. Our record contains veterans who cannot get on the sphere, gamers who’ve overstayed their welcomes and guys who simply want a change of surroundings. There’s a candidate for nearly each workforce — although some groups do not have an apparent selection. Let’s have a look, beginning with the AFC East.

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Decide a backup defensive lineman

The Payments have a big quantity of expertise on the defensive position after drafting two edge rushers this yr. Among the many gamers who might be thought-about for a potential commerce are Mario Addison, Jerry Hughes and Efe Obada. The Payments partaking in a commerce is just not assured, nonetheless. The depth on the road permits them to make use of a rotation that has been profitable this season. With the best way issues have been going, a fairly compelling provide could be needed. — Alaina Getzenberg

CB Noah Igbinoghene

I may have picked certainly one of Miami’s safeties not named Jevon Holland, however the former 30th total choose Igbinoghene has been a wholesome scratch in all however two video games this season — with a type of coming when the workforce was down its prime two corners. With a lot cash invested into Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, it appears inefficient to maintain all three on the roster, and Igbinoghene may benefit from prolonged enjoying time for a workforce with a necessity at cornerback. — Marcel Louis-Jacques

WR N’Keal Harry

Harry has contributed to the Patriots’ offense in a distinct segment function since coming off injured reserve and is behind Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne on the depth chart. However a workforce maybe envisioning a larger function for him — projecting {that a} change of surroundings may lead to extra promise reflective of his first-round draft standing (No. 32 total in 2019) — may be capable of entice the Patriots to maneuver him for modest compensation (e.g., a Day three draft choose). — Mike Reiss

S Marcus Maye

Maye, enjoying on a $10.6 million franchise tag, does not seem to have a long-term future with the Jets. The time to do a contract extension was final offseason, however the two sides by no means bought shut. Why would they do it subsequent offseason when he’s 29? He’s additionally dealing with potential league self-discipline due to pending DUI prices. The Jets are falling out of competition and will purchase a future asset in the event that they deal him now. Maye is claimed to be open to a commerce. — Wealthy Cimini


RB Devonta Freeman

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter earlier this month that Baltimore has obtained commerce inquiries from groups excited by its present group of operating backs. Freeman’s enjoying time has been restricted behind Latavius Murray. If Baltimore traded Freeman, Ty’Son Williams or Le’Veon Bell may obtain elevated snaps. — Jamison Hensley

TE Drew Sample

Pattern, the Bengals’ 2019 second-round choose, has discovered numerous roles in Cincinnati’s offense. He nonetheless lags behind C.J. Uzomah in snap share and total productiveness, nonetheless. It is extremely unlikely that the Bengals might be trying to commerce Pattern, however given his output and the worth he may need to different groups, he might be a possible commerce goal. — Ben Child

DT Andrew Billings

Billings was a projected starter earlier than the season. Now, he has misplaced his rotation spot to Sheldon Day and was a wholesome scratch Sunday. He has 37 profession begins, so any workforce on the lookout for veteran assist up entrance ought to have some curiosity. — Jake Trotter

WR James Washington

After shedding WR JuJu Smith-Schuster for the season, it is virtually counterintuitive to supply up one other huge receiver as a possible commerce goal, However Washington already expressed a frustration along with his lack of involvement within the offense through the preseason. And after enjoying simply eight snaps within the first sport with out Smith-Schuster on Sunday night time, Washington’s issues appear legitimate. With out Smith-Schuster, Steelers tight ends bought extra concerned within the passing sport — and Washington bought just one goal. — Brooke Pryor


QB Deshaun Watson

The most important commerce candidate on the Texans’ roster proper now could be Watson, who asked to be traded in January. Lower than 4 months later, 22 civil lawsuits had been filed against Watson alleging sexual assault and inappropriate habits. Regardless of the lawsuits, the Texans have talked to a number of groups about trades. Will a workforce be prepared to risk trading for Watson now and meet the Texans’ excessive asking value? — Sarah Barshop

RB Marlon Mack

Mack requested a commerce earlier this season after it grew to become clear he could be the third operating again behind Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines. “Simply had an settlement with what’s finest for me,” Mack mentioned. “They supported me 100 p.c. It is a mutual settlement I’d say.” Mack signed a one-year deal with the Colts through the offseason after his 2020 season was reduce extraordinarily brief by a torn Achilles suffered in Week 1. Mack’s finest season was in 2019, when he rushed for 1,091 yards. — Mike Wells

DT Taven Bryan

Bryan has been disappointing since he was drafted 29th total in 2018, and the emergence of rookie DT Jay Tufele the previous three weeks had Bryan inactive for the primary time in his profession Sunday in opposition to Miami. Bryan in all probability would not fetch a lot in a commerce, however as accidents throughout the league mount, he may draw some curiosity. Bryan is robust and sturdy (he had by no means missed a sport till Sunday) and might be a job participant or a stopgap starter someplace. Tufele suffered a damaged hand in warm-ups final weekend, so Bryan in all probability might be again within the rotation after the Jaguars’ bye week. — Michael DiRocco

WR Josh Reynolds

Reynolds signed with the Titans in hopes of getting an opportunity to be their No. 2 receiver. That was thrown out the window when the workforce acquired Julio Jones. Reynolds was harm throughout camp resulting in unlikely candidates Chester Rogers and Marcus Johnson rising as key function gamers. Reynolds might be a superb possibility for a workforce on the lookout for a hungry veteran receiver who can contribute instantly. — Turron Davenport


CB Kyle Fuller

The query is whether or not the Broncos would need to give up the coveted depth they’ve at cornerback, and so they did not need to earlier this season when groups inquired. The Broncos have already got needed to lean on that depth when Ronald Darby missed 4 video games due to a hamstring harm. However when Darby returned in opposition to the Raiders on Sunday, it was Darby and rookie Pat Surtain II within the beginning lineup and Bryce Callahan because the nickel cornerback with Fuller on the bench. Fuller performed simply two snaps on protection in opposition to the Raiders. He’s a greater possibility for a lot of groups than what they’ve, so the Broncos might be enticed to make a transfer regardless of the chance of accidents amongst their depth chart in a season through which they nonetheless assume they’ll compete. — Jeff Legwold

C Austin Blythe

Blythe has been inactive for every of the primary six video games, and the prospects of him getting right into a sport aren’t good with rookie Creed Humphrey enjoying so nicely. However he could be of curiosity to a workforce that wants assist at an inside line place. He can also play guard. — Adam Teicher

DE Clelin Ferrell

Had the Raiders misplaced in an particularly disappointing trend at Denver, I used to be able to proclaim RB Kenyan Drake as the perfect goal right here. Perhaps even CB Casey Hayward Jr. or QB Derek Carr to get essentially the most again for a rebuild. However Las Vegas gained convincingly, and all three stepped up. So the place to look? It is not Ferrell’s fault the Raiders used a No. four total draft choose on him. Ferrell has become a role player. He has but to begin this season, and his 19 defensive snaps performed at Denver had been his second most this yr. Perhaps a contemporary begin is strictly what he wants. And but, it is laborious to see the Raiders getting sufficient in return. — Paul Gutierrez

No candidate

The Chargers have all of their draft picks and greater than $12 million in cap house, which makes them extra more likely to deal a choose to improve the roster than commerce away their depth. Their run protection is their Achilles’ heel, particularly with DT Justin Jones, LB Kenneth Murray and LB Drue Tranquill all on injured reserve. They’re giving up a league-high 5.5 yards per carry and have allowed 55 first-down runs, most within the league. — Shelley Smith


WR Michael Gallup

The Cowboys would not need to do that, however Gallup has not performed because the opener due to a calf harm and is within the last yr of his contract. Would the Cowboys be capable of swing a deal for a right away want (cornerback, defensive deal with) or a possible draft choose? Gallup is a big-play risk and an amazing match with Dak Prescott within the passing sport, however Cedric Wilson has stuffed in properly because the No. three receiver behind Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb. After all, Wilson is ready to be a free agent as nicely. Given the expertise within the group, the Cowboys may be capable of get one thing in return, however they would not need to stroll away from Gallup. — Todd Archer

TE Evan Engram

It is over. Either side are in want of a divorce right here. Engram has change into an afterthought with the Giants, even after they’ve been short-handed offensively. The 2017 first-round choose has barely over 100 yards in 4 video games. As an impending free agent, the Giants ought to attempt to get one thing in return whereas they’ll. — Jordan Raanan

LB T.J. Edwards

The Eagles had been open to transferring certainly one of their linebackers this offseason, and there is little purpose to have modified their stance. Edwards has been productive in his function (26 tackles, sack, 1 TFL), however has been relegated to early-down work for essentially the most half. For many who worth bodily linebacker play and particular workforce contributions — Edwards had a key punt block in opposition to Carolina — he might be a sexy goal. — Tim McManus

DT Tim Settle

Whereas followers would need to commerce Landon Collins, his contract makes that powerful. So the one place Washington has wonderful depth is the defensive position. Settle may begin on various groups. However right here, he’s getting solely 14.6 snaps per sport. As a result of he’s a pending free agent after the season, he wouldn’t carry a lot in return, however Washington may get one thing for the 2022 draft reasonably than wait to see a few compensatory choose in 2023. — John Keim


QB Nick Foles

The previous Tremendous Bowl MVP is gathering mud because the Bears’ third-string quarterback behind Justin Fields and Andy Dalton. Foles, who nonetheless performs at a fairly excessive stage, desperately wants a change of surroundings and would in all probability welcome any commerce state of affairs. Barring accidents to each Fields and Dalton, there isn’t a likelihood Foles sees the sphere for the Bears. — Jeff Dickerson

OLB Trey Flowers

Flowers joined the workforce on a five-year deal as a free agent in 2019 and is fulfilling a pivotal function — particularly with all of Detroit’s latest accidents. However he is without doubt one of the few gamers on this workforce who may have commerce worth primarily based on his résumé as a two-time Tremendous Bowl champion. If the Lions need to proceed their rebuild, they may think about getting into a youthful course utterly throughout the board. The probabilities of this taking place are slim, nonetheless. — Eric Woodyard

QB Jordan Love

It is unlikely that the Packers would do that commerce, however here is a case in favor of it: It will present Aaron Rodgers that they are actually dedicated to him past simply this season. That may immediate Rodgers to signal a contract extension that might not solely assist guarantee he may end his profession in Inexperienced Bay, but additionally alleviate a few of the salary-cap issues that may power the Packers right into a rebuilding mode in 2022. It will be dangerous, as a result of there’s nonetheless an opportunity Love — the No. 26 total choose within the 2020 draft — might be their subsequent franchise quarterback, but it surely’s not like he has carried out something thus far to guarantee the workforce of such a future. — Rob Demovsky

DE Stephen Weatherly

With Everson Griffen enjoying his approach into the beginning lineup and D.J. Wonnum subsequent in line, Stephen Weatherly hasn’t gotten an entire ton of run as a rotational edge rusher. His snap depend has dwindled into the one digits the previous few weeks after he took a $500,000 pay reduce to keep away from being launched at the beginning of the season. The Vikings’ defensive position is one place they are not hurting for depth, so if Minnesota may land a sixth- or seventh-round choose for Weatherly, anticipate the workforce to deal him on the deadline. — Courtney Cronin


TE Hayden Hurst

The reasoning on that is pretty easy. The Falcons, for all they use two tight ends, haven’t been giving Hurst all that a lot work. He’s in on 53% of offensive snaps and has 13 catches on 15 targets for 103 yards and one landing. He isn’t Atlanta’s finest pass-catching TE (that is Kyle Pitts) or blocking TE (that is Lee Smith). Hurst is an effective participant and might be a No. 1 tight finish elsewhere. Plus, he’s in a contract yr and with the Falcons not choosing up his fifth-year possibility in Might, it may imply he’ll be some place else in 2022 anyway. So if the commerce worth was proper, it might be smart to maneuver Hurst. — Michael Rothstein

DE Yetur Gross-Matos

I can not see this taking place. Not with Gross-Matos or anyone on the roster until there is a younger left deal with a workforce desires to maneuver on from. And that is unlikely. However normal supervisor Scott Fitterer has made 13 trades this yr, the second most within the league. And Gross-Matos’ snaps have been drastically diminished because of accidents and others enjoying nicely. However the Panthers like his future, so this one is difficult to think about. — David Newton

LB Zack Baun

The Saints used two third-round picks to accumulate Baun with the 74th choose of the 2020 draft. And he confirmed flashes of his potential within the preseason and Week 1 this yr. However rookie Pete Werner has since handed him up within the pecking order, and enjoying time might be even tougher to return by when veteran Kwon Alexander returns from harm. Linebacker is without doubt one of the few positions the place New Orleans has a great deal of depth. — Mike Triplett

No candidate

Identical to final season, after they traded for defensive deal with Steve McLendon, the Bucs will attempt to maximize Tom Brady‘s championship window as a lot as potential by buying a veteran participant on the commerce deadline. — Jenna Laine


LB Devon Kennard

The reply would have been inside linebacker Jordan Hicks at the beginning of the season, however he has established himself as a important piece of this yr’s protection. Nonetheless, Kennard has seen his enjoying time drop since he missed Week 9 final season due to COVID-19 protocols. He is averaging about 10 fewer snaps per sport this season than in video games he performed final season. If a workforce is on the lookout for a veteran presence who can nonetheless rush the passer off the sting, Kennard could be the reply. However he will not get the identical type of enjoying time in Arizona behind Chandler Jones and Markus Golden that he would elsewhere. — Josh Weinfuss



Stephen A. Smith reacts to the Eagles buying and selling Zach Ertz to the Cardinals.

No candidate

The Rams are a Tremendous Bowl-caliber workforce, however depth is just not precisely a luxurious. There’s a important drop-off from their bona fide expertise to their younger, midlevel draft picks who’ve stuffed out the roster, leaving the Rams with none gamers different groups would need and whom L.A. could be prepared to commerce. “Numerous it’s primarily based on sources you could have at your disposal, various things that result in what is the flexibility that you’ve got,” coach Sean McVay mentioned when requested if a deadline transfer was forward. “You will not see any huge splash strikes like perhaps you have seen from us up to now.” — Lindsey Thiry

Decide a backup defensive lineman

For a number of causes, it is laborious to see a deal for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (and his contract) coming collectively. So, we flip to the one place group the Niners have sufficient depth to deal from. The Niners love their depth on the defensive position, but when a workforce is prepared to supply one thing for certainly one of their many backup linemen within the last yr of his contract — tackles Maurice Hurst, Kentavius Street and Zach Kerr and ends Arden Key and Jordan Willis are up after the season — they’d have to think about it. — Nick Wagoner

DE L.J. Collier

There was no indication the Seahawks need to commerce Collier, and he won’t have sufficient commerce worth to even make it a worthwhile consideration. Nevertheless it’s price a point out right here provided that the 29th choose of the 2019 draft is now buried on the depth chart. After displaying some glimpses throughout a three-sack 2020 season, he has been a wholesome scratch in 4 of six video games. He’s making $1.5 million in base wage this season and has one other yr left on his rookie deal. — Brady Henderson

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