The NFL is generally not known for its trades, but maybe that will change before the 2021 NFL trade deadline. Once 4 p.m. ET passes, NFL teams will no longer be able to trade, so that teams looking to add, or subtract, from their squads will make one last effort to come to terms before time expires.
In years past, the deadline hasn’t been long. However, this year, we have already seen a couple of great exchanges. Zach Ertz was sent to the Cardinals for a rookie cornerback and a fifth-round pick in mid-October. Then, a day before the deadline, the Rams and Broncos agreed to a successful trade to send Denver passbacker Von Miller to Los Angeles.
Will we see another big name moved on Tuesday? Maybe not, but there are still plenty of playmakers with their names in the headlines.
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Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been mentioned frequently in recent weeks. Other potential skill position players like Allen Robinson (Bears), Marlon Mack (Colts), Odell Beckham Jr. (Browns) and Brandin Cooks (Texans) could attract teams.
It is important to note that the addition of two playoff games, one in each conference, could have an impact on the deadline. Hypothetically, there are more teams that are contenders for the playoffs, so they might be willing to open their windows. Of course, this was also the case in 2020, but a salary cap crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic halted most major transactions last year.
But this year, the restrictions are less, so some aggressive buyers can get star power to help them improve.
Here are all the trades completed prior to the 2021 NFL trade deadline, as well as the latest news and rumors on potential trade goals.
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NFL trades completed before deadline
– November 1st: The Broncos trade outside linebacker Von Miller to the Rams for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick.
– October 27th: The jeans Commerce running back Mark Ingram to the Saints for undisclosed last-round draft pick compensation.
– October 25: The Jets acquire Eagles quarterback Joe Flacco for a sixth-round conditional pick.
– October 25: Rams Commerce linebacker Kenny Young and a 2024 Broncos seventh-round pick for a 2024 sixth-round pick.
– October 23: The Broncos acquire defensive end Stephen Weatherly and a 2023 Vikings seventh-round pick for a 2022 seventh-round pick.
– October 15th: The Cardinals acquire tight end Zach Ertz from the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick.
– October 6: The patriots Commerce cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Panthers for a 2023 sixth-round pick.
– October 5th: The Dolphins Commerce wide receiver and shift man Jakeem Grant to the Bears for a 2023 sixth-round pick.
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– November 1st: Bruce Arians says something would be needed “extraordinary” for the Buccaneers to trade backup running back Ronald Jones. Jones has 44 carries for 194 yards and one TD this year after rushing for nearly 1,000 yards in 2020.
– November 1st: ESPN’s Adam Schefter lists several running backs that may be available through a trade for the Titans after Derrick Henry’s injury. In particular, it classifies Melvin Gordon as an “unlikely” business candidate.
With the news that the Titans’ RB Derrick Henry will be out indefinitely, the RBs that could be available through the trade due to depth chart or team position:
🏈David Johnson / Philip Lindsay
🏈Melvin Gordon (unlikely)
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 1, 2021
– November 1st: The Broncos send outside linebacker Von Miller to the Rams in exchange for two draft picks: a 2022 second-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick. Miller says an emotional goodbye to Broncos fans after a decade in Denver.
– 30th of October: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is not expected to be moved before the trade deadline.
– October 29th: The Rams are allow WR DeSean Jackson to seek a trade and they can release it if they can’t find a business partner. Jackson had served as the Rams’ No. 4 receiver at the start of the season.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.