NFL Trade Rumors: Latest on Top Targets as Deadline Approaches
The 2013 NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching, as teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to pull the trigger on any deals for the remainder of the season.
With time running out to get these last-minute transactions hammered out, there are plenty of whispers around the league as to who may be traded in that span.
Let’s take a look at some of the hottest names and the latest buzz concerning possible swaps in Tuesday’s rumor roundup.
Gordon Continues to Draw Offers
The Cleveland Browns won’t officially waive the white flag on the season, but would be effectively calling it quits by trading emerging superstar receiver Josh Gordon.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the team has reportedly been contacted by at least three organizations about Gordon's availability, with at least two offering a high pick and a player in return for his services.
At least 3 teams have contacted Browns about deal for WR Josh Gordon; two have standing offers of a high pick and a player. Browns balking.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013
Fortunately for fans in Cleveland, the Browns' brass is refusing to budge and continues to maintain that the talented, but sometimes troubled, wideout isn’t going anywhere.
Should the Browns trade Gordon?
NFL.com's Marc Sessler noted that Joe Banner—the team’s CEO—is adamant that there is no intention to trade Gordon and he is clearly a part of the future. Through five games, the 22-year-old has broken out as a true No. 1 option and has recorded 27 receptions for 450 yards and two scores. He's 6'3" and 225 pounds, and considering his youth and athleticism, he's a dynamic player with a bright future.
With so many injuries at the wideout position, don’t expect the rumors surrounding this Baylor product to cease until after the clock ticks past the deadline next Tuesday.
‘Skins Want to Dump Davis
The Washington Redskins have unearthed a solid talent at the tight end position in rookie Jordan Reed, which makes it no surprise to learn that the organization is now attempting to deal Fred Davis.
According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, the ‘Skins are reportedly exploring ways to rid themselves of Davis’ $1 million base salary on a contract that ends after the current season.
The 27-year-old is having a terrible 2013 campaign, hauling in just three passes for 25 yards in four appearances. Davis, a former second-round pick in the 2008 draft, is coming off a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered after 11 games in the 2012 season.
Reed has clearly replaced him in the passing attack, as the rookie third-rounder has already recorded 26 receptions for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He had his breakout game in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears, obliterating the opposing coverage for 134 yards and a score on nine catches.
Davis was hit with the franchise tag for the 2012 season coming off a 59-reception, 796-yard, three-score outing in 2011. However, he will be lucky to catch on with a new organization if he doesn’t ramp up his production soon.
Hakeem Nicks Is Intriguing Option
The New York Giants are fresh off their first win of what has become an abysmal 2013 season, but that doesn’t mean they should jettison any notion of trading away wideout Hakeem Nicks.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, at least several organizations are open to the idea of gauging the G-Men’s interest in trading away the elite receiver. Nicks is playing out the last year of his contract and would be owed a prorated portion of his $2.7 million salary by the team that acquires him, as per La Canfora.
At 1-6, the Giants aren’t completely out of the running in the wide-open NFC East, but the odds of their coming back and winning it are relatively slim.
Considering Nicks is set to hit the open market and could command over $12 million per season on his next contract, it would be wise of the New York brass to get some value if they don’t plan to or don’t believe they have a good chance of retaining the 25-year-old’s services. New York just extended Victor Cruz in the offseason, so money is surely a factor.
Nicks has 27 receptions for 470 yards and zero touchdowns on the season and has struggled with injury throughout his five-year career. He’s a high-risk, high-reward target for a team desperate for a rental at receiver for the remainder of the 2013 season.
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