With the NFL trade deadline rapidly approaching, there have been a number of teams and players involved in trade chatter throughout the league. Here is a look at the latest rumors and their likelihood of happening before the deadline hits.
Josh Gordon, Wide Receiver, Browns
Gordon has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the last few months, and talks have been heating up recently. As ESPN’s Adam Shefter reported last night on ESPN, there are multiple offers the Browns are considering right now, some involving early picks and another involving a pick and a current starter.
The 49ers were rumored to have a package put together for Gordon but nothing ended up coming together. Look for the 49ers to make another offer in hopes of acquiring a young, reliable receiver for Colin Kaepernick.
Although it is a long shot, the Colts could try to package together a couple of picks and a player to acquire Gordon after the loss of Reggie Wayne. I believe the Colts could put together a package of third-round picks and possibly a young player, perhaps second-year receiver LaVon Brazill, that would at least make the Browns consider making another move with them.
Another team to look out for in regards to Gordon is the New England Patriots.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski has made his return but can’t catch every pass Brady will throw to him. Adding Gordon into the fold that already includes Gronkowski, Kenbrell Thompkins and Julian Edelman would be a huge step for the Patriots. I think they could offer a second-round pick in this year’s draft and a young receiver such as Aaron Dobson to acquire Gordon.
I believe a trade for Gordon will happen and the 49ers make the most sense.
Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver, Giants
For whatever reason, Hakeem Nicks seems to be on his way out of New York. I still believe that Nicks has a lot of mileage left and can produce for a contender right away.
The team that makes the most sense for Nicks is the Indianapolis Colts. As I previously mentioned, they just lost their leading receiver, Reggie Wayne, for the season due to a torn ACL and meniscus.
The Colts could trade the Giants a second-rounder in this year’s draft or next year’s, and possibly a conditional mid-round-pick for Nicks. The Giants look to be going into rebuilding mode, so the trade makes a lot of sense from both standpoints.
The main problem for the Colts with this move isn’t parting ways with their draft picks, but it is Nicks’ contract. Nicks is scheduled to make between 9-10 million dollars next year, which could be very unattractive for the Colts.
I think that there is a 50 percent chance the Colts try to make this move. They already parted ways with their first-round pick in 2013 for Trent Richardson, but with a win-now mindset, the Colts could be inclined to make a move for another stud receiver, assuming they are also willing to pay the hefty price Nicks' contract brings.
Fred Davis, Tight End, Redskins
In just a few weeks time, Fred Davis has gone from the Redskins’ tight end of the future to one of the most expendable players on the roster, thanks to the emergence of rookie tight end Jordan Reed.
Davis is still a very good player who can contribute immediately to a team looking to make the leap to contender.
The most logical fit for Davis is the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have been in the news recently because of their alleged interest in former Chief and current Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.
Free agent addition Anthony Fasano hasn’t produced consistently, and due to Davis’s exceptional receiving ability, he could be a very good addition to the Kansas City offense.
The price tag of Davis shouldn’t be too high, so a conditional mid-round pick could land the Chiefs with a sufficient tight end. The Chiefs did trade a conditional pick (third-rounder that turns into a second-rounder if they win eight games) to the 49ers for Alex Smith, so they could be turned off to part with another selection in a very deep draft.
I’d say there is a 40 percent chance of this trade happening. A big factor on if it does happen is the Redskin’s price for Davis. If the asking price isn’t too large the Chiefs will likely choose to make the move.