Players attracting interest ahead of trade deadline
The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching, and there are plenty of notable players who could be traded before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. Here’s a rundown of the players who could be switching teams in the days ahead, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: The Green Bay Packers safety said earlier this month that he believes this is his final season with the team even though he appears to be on pace to replicate his 2016 second-team All-Pro campaign. He’s playing on the fifth year of his rookie deal, and he could be a very attractive option for a team looking to bolster its depth at safety.
Karl Joseph: It’s clear coach Jon Gruden is willing to part ways with anyone — anyone — who doesn’t fit in his vision for the Oakland Raiders. The safety has struggled to live up to his first-round pick pedigree, and Gruden would probably be more than happy to part ways with him for a late-round pick. Joseph is finally healthy after missing three games with a hamstring injury, which will make a potential trade easier.
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Pierre Garcon: The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver has struggled with injuries, but he could provide a boost of veteran leadership to any locker room in need of depth at wideout. With the 49ers looking ahead to next season, a late-round pick would provide good value for a receiver who’s tallied 230 yards on 21 catches this year.
Demaryius Thomas: The veteran wideout seems resigned to the idea he could be leaving the Mile High City this season, and the New England Patriots are among the teams who discussed the possibility of trading for him, according to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi. With the Broncos’ playoff aspirations on life support and Thomas is due a $14 million base salary in 2019, it seems wise for the Broncos to move him now and get an asset for the future in return.
Seth DeValve: With former first-round pick David Njoku providing plenty of pass-catching talent that makes DeValve’s role somewhat redundant in the Browns’ offense, Cleveland is willing to part ways with the 25-year-old. The tight end has struggled with some injuries this season, but he could offer an attractive trade option for a team looking for a tight end.
Jamie Collins: Another slow start has made Collins an expendable asset for the Browns. The veteran linebacker could help shore up a defense in need of veteran leadership, and his contract doesn’t hold any guaranteed money beyond this season. With the Browns in pick-harvesting mode, it makes sense Collins would be drawing interest.
Trevor Davis: Green Bay’s depth at wide receiver has made Davis a potential trade option if teams are convinced he can provide value once he comes off injured reserve because of a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old is in the final year of his rookie contract and could provide value for a team looking for receiving depth or help on special teams.
Sam Bradford: The Arizona Cardinals veteran quarterback has been inactive since losing his starting role to rookie Josh Rosen. While Bradford’s health is always a concern, he could be an option for teams desperate for a change at quarterback in order jump-start their seasons — or for any team just looking for a decent backup.
Deone Bucannon: If Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is indeed willing to part ways with some of his best assets in order to build for the future, Bucannon should receive plenty of interest. The blitzing specialist, who’s set to be a free agent in March, can add instant pass-rushing street cred to any team looking to improve their QB hunting capabilities in the second half of the season and beyond.
Janoris Jenkins: Giants general manager Dave Gettleman has made it clear no one is safe from being traded after parting ways with Damon Harrison and Eli Apple last week. The veteran cornerback hasn’t had the best of seasons, but he’s definitely worth a trade if a team needs some secondary help.
Tyrod Taylor: With the Browns clearly not concerned with pacing Baker Mayfield’s development as a starter, the team is looking to get some value out of Taylor. For his part, Taylor isn’t ruling out a potential trade before the deadline, but who would take a chance on him? Perhaps he could be a good fill-in for rookie Josh Allen in Buffalo before assuming a mentor role. Perhaps he’s a short-leash option for Jacksonville if Blake Bortles can’t turn things around?
We’ll find out Tuesday afternoon.
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