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NFL Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Should Be Sellers at the NFL Trade Deadline

The latest NFL trade rumors have been a bit crazy. NFL expert Brett Oswalt breaks down the five teams he think should be sellers at the NFL trade deadline
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NFL Trade Rumors: 5 Teams That Should Be Sellers at the NFL Trade Deadline

Houston Texans

In Houston, it’s been a lost season that’s gone just about as expected. After a more competitive start, an injury to Tyrod Taylor has caused the Texans to drop six in a row, including three of at least 26 points. They are as out of the playoff picture as you can get at this point.

Deshaun Watson is the name at the top of the list. His relationship with the organization is over, and while other teams are in search of a franchise quarterback Houston would be happy to gain draft compensation and salary relief for years to come. Outside of that, I would expect to see one or two of their three experienced backs – Mark Ingram, Philip Lindsay and David Johnson – go elsewhere to add depth. Corner Desmond King and defensive tackle Maliek Collins are also soon-to-be free agents and names to watch at the deadline.

New York Jets

The Jets’ season just went from bad to worse. Not only is their coach questioning their drive to win, but Zach Wilson’s season will now be cut down by a few games after the young signal caller suffered a strained PCL in his right knee. The team went out and added Joe Flacco to at least have a veteran to keep the offense’s head above water, but they should turn their attention to cutting salary.

Safety Marcus Maye is unlikely to be re-signed, and with a recent Pro Bowl appearance to his name he’s a candidate to join a contender for the remainder of the season. Meanwhile, Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole would help shave some salary and add short-yardage targets to another team. Jarrad Davis could also be someone on the move if he proves healthy after his stead on Injured Reserve.

Miami Dolphins

Miami has undoubtedly been at the center of the Deshaun Watson discussion, so they could both be buyers and sellers at the deadline. But in their position, they should be moving more pieces than bringing others in. Losers of six straight, there’s little chance they catch Buffalo in the AFC East.

Guys like corners Xavien Howard and Byron Jones could be included to match salary – each have cap hits above $15 million -- in any Watson trade, though one or both of them could be on the way out of Miami regardless. Beyond them, unrestricted free agents like Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts and Malcolm Brown could be of interest to other front offices.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Jacksonville is full of youth, starting with their quarterback and running back of the future, but when it comes to some secondary pieces, they have some coveted veterans at their disposal. Among them are left tackle Cam Robinson, guard A.J. Cann and defensive back Tre Herndon.

It shouldn’t take as much to go after the top prize in Robinson. He won’t re-sign in Jacksonville and is only guaranteed as a rental the rest of the season. A fringe contender like Denver, Carolina or Kansas City could make an offer to rectify some protection issues, and might even be interested in signing the big man long-term. At 26, he could be a Pro Bowler in the right situation.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles might not be the most obvious deadline seller seeing as their 2-5 record has them in a three-way tie for second in the NFC East. However, they’ve just recently dealt veterans Zach Ertz and Joe Flacco, so it would appear they are open for business.

Defensive ends Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett, as well as stalwart center Jason Kelce and corner Avonte Maddox, are all unrestricted free agents at the end of the year. Those four, along with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, will be shopped around with the potential to add to Philadelphia's already large purse for the upcoming draft. As of today, they own the 2nd, 6th and 9th picks overall. That could do a lot to either build around Jalen Hurts or decide on a new QB and offense weapons.


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