NFL Trade Rumors: Josh Gordon, Fred Davis and the Latest Deadline Buzz
The 2013 NFL trade deadline is 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and the focus on which big names could be on the move has rumors swirling.
With stars like Cleveland’s Josh Gordon and Washington’s Fred Davis reportedly on the market, here are all of the latest buzz and rumors around the trade deadline.
All stats via NFL.com.
Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns
Despite missing the first two games of the season while serving a suspension, wide receiver Josh Gordon has burst onto the scene as one of the most dynamic deep threats in the league. The Cleveland Browns are reportedly willing to trade the young star, though.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns are at least listening to offers:
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
Cleveland showed that it is willing to make a blockbuster trade like it did earlier this season when the franchise sent former first-round pick Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick.
The Browns are trying to build for the long-term betterment of the organization, and moving Gordon while his value is high for several draft picks could benefit Cleveland over the next decade.
As much as Browns fans don’t want to hear about building for the future, the franchise would be smart to deal the talented receiver. At 6'3", 225 pounds and fast as lightning, which team wouldn’t be interested in Gordon?
Chance of a Trade: 50 Percent
Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins have dealt with a tough start to the season (2-4), and the franchise is already looking to add picks next season by reportedly trading veteran tight end Fred Davis, according to Pro Football Talk:
Redskins are trying to trade TE Fred Davis, per league source.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 21, 2013
Davis only has three catches this season and has been excluded from the majority of Washington’s game plan. Add in the emergence of rookie TE Jordan Reed, and there is little doubt that Davis has become a viable deadline trade chip.
While there is no question that the Davis won’t yield a healthy return for the Redskins, Washington is still recovering from the Robert Griffin III trade with St. Louis and could use all the picks it can get.
A borderline contender in need of tight end depth—franchises like the Baltimore Ravens or the Green Bay Packers—would be wise to pull the trigger on a deal for Davis.
Chance of a Trade: 50 Percent
Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants
The New York Giants won their first game of the season last week, but the franchise’s best option would be to trade impending free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks before the deadline. The team had been rumored to be listening to offers earlier this month, as per Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Both Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network are now rebutting the team's eagerness to make a deal:
Hakeem Nicks trades sound increasingly silly. Who is renting him for 9 games, giving up a pick & then paying him $9-10 mil per?— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) October 22, 2013
@jasonrmcintyre Couple things: They like the player. Want to extend him. Don’t wanna give up on the season. Get a comp. pick if he leaves— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 22, 2013
Nicks is a talented player, but he has underperformed in New York. With the chance to not only hit free agency and test the open market (likely means a hefty payday) but also start over in a new city, the Giants should trade him before he potentially walks this offseason.
Even if the receiver wants to stay in New York, the Giants shouldn't extend the oft-injured player and take away from the money they would spend on other positions of need. Nicks could yield a mid-round draft pick if dealt over the next week.
Chance of a Trade: 10 Percent
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