The 2013 NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching and should bring some exciting, unexpected action to the end of October.
There have been a number of rumors and plenty of speculation flying around that some marquee talent could be on the move over the coming weeks.
Teams such as the Dallas Cowboys could be looking to make mid-season improvements, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, though ESPN's Ed Werder has yet to hear the same:
Let’s take a look at the exact date and cutoff time for the league office to accept potential deals, some of the hottest rumblings from insider sources and more in this trade deadline guide.
Trade Deadline Date: Tuesday, Oct. 29
Cut-off Time: 4 p.m. ET
Josh Gordon Rumors Won’t Stop
After trading away Trent Richardson early in the season, many figured that Gordon would be the next premier talent to exit Cleveland. The 0-2 Cleveland Browns had little to look forward to, and many figured they had waved the white flag on the 2013 campaign.
However, Gordon returned in Week 3 and helped lead the Browns to an improbable victory over the Minnesota Vikings. He’s helped to revitalize the franchise and given fans hope that this team can make an improbable playoff run.
After four games, the second-year wideout is sitting at 25 receptions, 429 yards and two touchdowns. Gordon is a bona fide star in the making and could help a number of organizations—if the Browns are willing to part with him.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that the organization was fielding offers for the 22-year-old back in late September, with at least one team putting a reasonable deal on the table for his services:
Peter King of Sports Illustrated suggested that Gordon to the San Francisco 49ers for a second-round pick has a chance, although NFL.com’s Marc Sessler found that the team is maintaining the elite receiver isn’t on the block.
It’s hard to imagine the Gordon rumors stopping until the clock ticks past the deadline.
Hakeem Nicks Is A Hot Target
The New York Giants are 0-6 on the season and may be on the verge of a fire sale. One of the first players that could go is Hakeem Nicks, the talented but oft-injured No. 1 wideout who is playing out the last year of his contract.
According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, a handful of teams around the league are reportedly gauging Big Blue’s interest in dealing away the 25-year-old receiver:
Among the teams holding internal discussions about him, according to club sources, were the 49ers and Falcons (who lost Julio Jones for the season but are not conceding the season … at least certainly not yet). New England and Baltimore are also contending teams in need of an upgrade at receiver, and the market for Nicks would be robust, sources believe, if the Giants express a willingness to listen to offers.
If the G-Men decide to move Nicks, they are expected to receive at least a third-round pick as compensation for his services. The star receiver has just a few months left on his current deal before hitting free agency, so the price is steep.
The emergence of second-year wideout Rueben Randle has made Nicks expendable, and the former UNC star may command over $12 million per season on the open market. That’s a high cost, and the Giants may look to gain something from a player they would let walk for nothing.
Maurice Jones-Drew May Escape Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in complete disarray and are widely regarded as one of the worst teams in football. That could mean the end of Maurice Jones-Drew’s tenure in Florida.
As per ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, the Jags are reportedly interested in moving the veteran running back “at the right price.”
MJD is struggling through one of the toughest seasons of his career, garnering just 279 yards and two touchdowns on 94 rushing attempts in six games. He’s also caught eight passes for 44 yards in that span.
The 28-year-old played just as many games during his injury-plagued 2012 campaign, but he generated more yardage (414) on less carries (86). Considering he’s hitting free agency in the spring, the Jags would be wise to get anything of value in exchange for his services.
General manager David Caldwell informed the press that he would not be seeking a trade for MoJo. It would be hard to find a taker for his $4.95 contract, but a rash of injuries to running backs across the league could cause at least one team to get desperate enough to take a flier on the three-time All-Pro.
Kenny Britt Needs Change of Scenery
The Tennessee Titans and Kenny Britt clearly aren’t working out for one another, making it likely that the two sides will part ways at the upcoming deadline.
As per La Canfora, the organization has been seeking a third-round pick in exchange for the immensely talented but troubled wideout. However, La Canfora notes that Britt’s off-field issues, expiring contract and lack of production have him valued at nothing higher than a fifth-rounder at this juncture.
Britt is a former first-round pick and is capable of being one of the league’s top receivers, but only when healthy and motivated. His best season came back in 2010, when he caught 42 passes for 775 yards and nine touchdowns.
He’s struggling mightily in 2013, recording just seven receptions for 59 yards in five appearances. He’s been phased out of the offense and is clearly no longer a part of the club’s plans going forward.
A team in desperate need of a wideout on a cheap contract—Britt is only making $847,500 in 2013, per La Canfora—may be willing to give him a chance, as the 25-year-old’s ceiling is still immensely high.