NFL Trade Deadline: A move each competitor must make to get over the bump;  The Bills go all-in for Kareem Hunt

NFL Trade Deadline: A move each competitor must make to get over the bump; The Bills go all-in for Kareem Hunt

Eric Dickerson was on his way to a Halloween party when sportscaster Jim Gray informed the Rams’ star running back that he had been traded to the Colts. Dickerson, shocked by the news, agreed to do an impromptu interview with Gray which immediately aired.

Whether or not Dickerson surrendered to his party is unknown, but one thing we do know is that pre-deadline trading has become much more common since 1987. This was made clear last Thursday night, when the 49ers acquired former Panthers star halfback Christian McCaffrey. The Jets followed suit on Monday night when they acquired James Robinson from the Jaguars following Breece Hall’s season-ending injury.

Rest assured that these won’t be the only notable trades that will be executed by November 1, the NFL’s trade deadline. Here’s a look at what the other top NFL teams should do before the deadline to boost their chances of winning the Lombardi Trophy in Arizona on Feb. 12.

Receive: LB Roquan Smith
Swap: 2023 second-round pick

Adding depth to the offensive line was also considered, but adding a Pro Bowl-caliber player to the middle of Philadelphia’s defense would make a very good defense even better. It would also help solve the Eagles’ somewhat suspect run defense, as it currently averages 5 yards per carry.

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If the Bears come up with offers, the Eagles should try to acquire Roquan Smith, a tackle machine who led the NFL in tackles for six weeks. Along with being a solid tackler, Smith can also help Philadelphia’s pass rush while being a constant presence in the opponent’s backfield. The acquisition of Smith would pay dividends for years to come, given that he is only 25 years old.

Receive: CB Greedy Williams, 2023 sixth-round pick
Swap: 2023 fourth-round pick

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Along with RB Kareem Hunt, the Browns would also be open to calls for cornerback Greedy Williams. LSU’s 2019 second-round pick, Williams has played just two games this year after receiving 20 starts in his first two seasons in Cleveland. He missed the entire 2020 season after suffering an injury in training camp.

The 24-year-old cornerback still has plenty of upside. At a minimum, he can provide quality splashing and depth for a defense that’s 28th in passing yards allowed and last in red-zone efficiency. At best, Williams could have a career revival while uplifting a Vikings team that is already in charge of the NFC North.

Receive: RB Kareem Hunt
Swap: 2023 third-round pick, 2023 fifth-round pick

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Buffalo would have swung and missed the chance to acquire McCaffrey, but they still have a chance to get another all-around running back before the deadline. The Browns would have listen to commercial offers for several players before the deadline, including running back Kareem Hunt.

Hunt is a former NFL running champion who has spent the past three seasons sharing a backfield with Nick Chubb. He’s been one of the best guards in the NFL since entering the league in 2017, racking up 191 receptions and 17 touchdowns during that span.

Receive: TE Mike Gesicki
Swap: 2023 second-round pick

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Acquiring Gesicki makes a lot of sense, especially considering Daniel Bellinger’s recent eye injury which should keep him out indefinitely. A native of New Jersey, Gesicki has proven to be a very productive player when given the opportunity. The five-year veteran caught 13 touchdowns over a three-year span while eclipsing the 700-yard receiving mark in consecutive seasons.

Once considered a likely trade target, Gesicki’s increased role in Mike McDaniel’s offense over the past two games (he had 14 targets in that span after having 12 in the first five games of the season) may suggest that Gesicki will stay in Miami at least until the 2022 season. At the very least, Gesicki’s recent production increase will surely increase the Dolphins’ asking price should they decide to do business with him.

Receive: CB William Jackson
Swap: 2023 fourth-round pick

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Receive: CB Sidney Jones
Swap: 2023 third-round pick

Kansas City could use some help on defense as it ranks 25th in the league in points, 30th in passing yards allowed and last in touchdown passes allowed for seven weeks. Possible trade options here include Washington’s William Jackson III and Seattle’s Sidney Jones.

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A former first-round pick, Jackson would bring considerable experience to the Chiefs’ backfield. He has 65 career starts between stints with the Bengals and Commanders. Jackson has also been a productive player, with 51 career assists defended. Jackson is more proven, but young Jones may have more upside. He is coming off the most productive season of his career which saw him total 66 tackles and 10 assists defended.

Sign: WR Odell Beckham Jr.

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It’s not a trade, but it’s a decision the Cowboys should make. On the outside, you’d think the Cowboys would want to make improvements at the tight end and cornerback following injuries to Dalton Schultz and Jourdan Lewis. But the Cowboys feel good about their backups at both positions, which means they would likely turn to their receiving corps if they were looking for outside help.

In Dallas, Beckham would essentially be asked to do what he did last year by helping the Rams win the Super Bowl. The former Pro Bowler would be asked to round out a receiving corps led by CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and Noah Brown. Beckham would make an already explosive Cowboys offense even harder to stop.

Receive: WR Brandin Cooks, 2023 sixth-round pick
Swap: 2023 fifth-round pick, 2024 sixth-round pick

Tennessee needs an upgrade here if it wants to be a serious contender. The Titans changed course after last season, trading AJ Brown and parting ways with Julio Jones. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine struggled to be a consistent target for Ryan Tannehill. Treylon Burks, the Titans’ first pick, is struggling to stay healthy. Veteran Robert Woods is also unable to be a reliable force on offense, posting just 204 yards and one touchdown on 20 receptions this season.

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Fortunately for the Titans, there are several receivers whose names have been linked to possible trades, including Cooks, who could probably be had without giving up too much capital. Although he’s been traded three times already, the well-traveled Cooks are still on the right side of 30. He’s still a productive receiver who would help open things up for Tannehill and the passing game.

Dolphins (4-3)

Receive: S Tarvarius Moore
Swap: Fifth-round pick in 2023

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It’s easy to forget that the Dolphins were 3-0 before Tua Tagovailoa missed two and a half games. Miami isn’t a perfect team, but they are 4-0 in games Tua has finished this season. One position on the Dolphins roster that has recently become a question mark is safety after starter Brandon Jones suffered a knee injury in Sunday night’s win over Pittsburgh that will put him on injured reserve.

A five-year veteran, Moore would bring versatility to the Dolphins secondary after already seeing time at the free and strong safety as well as cornerback since joining the NFL in 2018. Making things more appealing is the fact that Moore has a cap-friendly salary of $1.035 million.

Receive: DE Robert Quinn, 2023 sixth-round pick
Swap: 2023 third-round pick

The defending champions AFC don’t seem to have too many needs after posting their fourth victory in their last five games following the rout of Atlanta on Sunday. The Bengals might consider adding a passing thrower to the team, as they have just 12 sacks in seven games. Robert Quinn, who recorded a career-high 18.5 sacks last season, could be brought in to serve as valuable depth behind Sam Hubbard and Trey Hendrickson.

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Coming off of a Pro Bowl season, Quinn only has one sack this year, which could make him a good deal come deadline day. Quinn is also 32 and in his 12th season, which is both positive for the Bengals regarding possible trade compensation as well as Quinn’s possible desire to play for a legitimate Super Bowl contender at this point. of her career.

Receive: WR KJ Hamler, 2023 fifth-round pick
Swap: Tutu Atwell, 2023 third-round pick

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Like several other teams, the Rams desperately need another receiver. Los Angeles doesn’t need a stud, but someone who can open up while opening things up for Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp. The Rams also don’t have much to offer in the form of draft picks, which brings us to Hamler, a good receiver who could be bought for less than some of his contemporaries.

The former second-round pick needs a fresh start like a marathon runner needs water. Hamler has only been targeted 11 times this season and has become an afterthought in the Broncos’ offense. Denver may as well trade it for future stock while giving Hamler the opportunity to revive his career.

Hamler could be the spark the Rams offense needs. He has great playing ability, as evidenced by his 55-yard catch in Denver’s Week 4 loss to the Raiders. The former Penn State star had several big plays as a rookie before injuries wiped out most of his sophomore season.

The Rams may be inclined to part ways with Atwell, a 2021 second-round pick who’s caught just one assist in 13 regular-season games. In Atwell, the Broncos would become young and fast, capable of making an impact on the field and on special teams.

Receive: WR Jerry Jeudy, 2023 sixth-round pick
Swap: WR Amari Rodgers, 2023 second-round pick

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Really, the Packers just need a receiver, any receiver, who can help Aaron Rodgers. But they may as well opt for the best receiver available in Jeudy. Ironically, the former 15th overall pick hit his receiving record last Sunday with Brett Rypien throwing the ball to him. Imagine what kind of numbers Jeudy — who caught seven passes for 96 yards in Sunday’s loss to the Jets — would produce with the league’s reigning two-time MVP throwing the ball to him.

It would be a steep price to acquire, but the cost would be worth it if Jeudy is able to help the Packers right the ship after a rocky start. In the process, Rodgers would also get a fresh start in Denver after struggling to progress in Green Bay.


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