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NFL Trade Rumors: 10 Players Who Could Be Dealt Ahead of the NFL Trade Deadline

With the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching, Brett Oswalt looks at 10 trade candidates around the league.
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NFL Trade Rumors: 10 Players Who Could Be Dealt Ahead of the NFL Trade Deadline

Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

Back in late September, it was reported that Mack and the Colts had mutually agreed to seek out a trade partner for the 25-year-old running back. A handful of injuries around the league led us to believe that he would’ve been moved by now, and the situation remains unchanged. Indianapolis has Jonathan Taylor as their early-down workhorse back and Nyheim Hines locked in for another three years as their receiving option. Mack is bound to find a new home at his still rather young age. Keep an eye on teams like Washington and San Francisco who may be looking for another body to split their workload on the ground.

N’Keal Harry, WR, New England Patriots

It’s been more than two years, and the first-round pick has yet to live up to the draft capital. After being limited to 21 games in his first two seasons, Harry has played in just three games so far this season with only three targets and two catches to his name. He’s ceded the top three spots to Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne, while the Patriots have shifted their game plan more heavily toward two tight end sets. It wouldn’t be hard to see Bill Belichick cut his losses and grab a late-round pick in exchange for a project receiver looking for a fresh start.

Josh Reynolds, WR, Tennessee Titans

Reynolds is another big-bodied receiver that teams covet in the red zone this time of year. He may never get the full-time shot he thought he would in Tennessee (before Julio Jones spoiled the fun), but he could be a very valuable asset as a specialist around the goal line. That’s much more than he’s done lately for the Titans, who listed him as a healthy scratch this past week on Monday Night Football. The 26-year-old could find himself somewhere like Baltimore, Cleveland or New Orleans in due time.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

It’s been another lost season for the young Giants. The offensive line has experienced losses, along with the more notable injuries to Saquon Barkley, Kenny Golladay and host of other receivers. And still, Engram has gone grossly underused, garnering just 21 targets through 4 appearances. He’s in need of a change in scenery, and the Giants could look to get something in return for the soon-to-be free agent. Don’t be shocked if a team like the Vikings kicks the tires on adding a second tight end to use more in 12-personnel situations.

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Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles

Cox is a well-established veteran and six-time Pro Bowler who has made his living off as one of the few interior linemen to not only slow the opponent run game but to get to the passer with any kind of frequency. With the Eagles likely to miss out on the playoffs (-550 odds), they could aim to save a few dollars by moving Cox and his base salary of $16 million for 2022. The Packers make the most sense as a team with cap space and an obvious need as they rank 30th against the run, according to Football Outsiders’ DVOA.

Dante Fowler, DE, Atlanta Falcons

Fowler has become an oft-injured pass-rusher that, when healthy, has proven to be a second-tier kind of guy when it comes to wreaking havoc in the pass game. Before his two seasons in Atlanta, the 27-year-old showed his stuff with 11.5 sacks for the Rams in 2019. He has two sacks in five games to-date this season, and while that doesn’t jump off the page the potential is there. That, and there’s always a market for good pass-rushers to go after guys like Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes in the playoffs. It’s hard to put one team to Fowler, but as more of an edge rusher look for Tennessee – who deploys a 3-4 approach defensively – to vy for his services.

Trey Flowers, EDGE, Detroit Lions

Flowers is yet another veteran wasting his potential on a bottom-dwelling team. He’s never been a double-digit sack guy, but he does have four seasons of at least 6.5, topping out at 7.5 in 2018 with the Patriots. His time in Detroit has been full of injuries, and though he’s been limited to 1.5 sacks this season, it’s tough to say how much that’s influenced by teams getting ahead on the winless Lions. Flowers could become an effective piece for a contender willing to take on his $16-plus million cap hit. Teams that could potentially make room are the Broncos, Steelers, and Ravens.

Kyle Fuller, CB, Denver Broncos

Reportedly, the Broncos are already receiving calls on the availability of Fuller. They’ve even made it known that they’d like a third- or fourth-round pick in return for the 29-year-old corner. Whether they get that rather steep compensation is another question, but one thing is certain – they could afford to move on from him. After adding Patrick Surtain II in the draft, Fuller has fallen to third and now fourth in the pecking order for Denver. He has rated very poorly in his PFF grade in a small sample, but he’s proven to be a Pro Bowl cover guy in the past. The Colts and Ravens are among potential landing spots.

Byron Jones, CB, Miami Dolphins

So far this year, the Dolphins’ dynamic duo of Jones and Xavien Howard have come up short of their success in 2020. Miami is off to a 1-5 start, and despite where they finish, they are on the hook for the combined $30 million cap hit between the two next year. They need to go get top value while it’s there, and while the demand is also there. With Jaire Alexander down, Green Bay is in desperate need of a shut-down corner in what might be Rodgers’ final run with the Packers.

Marcus Maye, S, New York Jets

The rebuild is on in the Big Apple. With a new coach and franchise quarterback in town, it would be hard to see Maye returning as an unrestricted free agent in 2022, even if the Jets wanted to (they don’t). In order to avoid losing the 28-year-old for nothing they would be wise to shop him aggressively in a market basically devoid of other safeties. An ankle injury might be the only factor keeping him from moving to one of the elite teams – like the Buccaneers or Rams – focused on rounding out their strong defenses.


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