The 2013 NFL trade deadline is rapidly approaching, with teams having until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to pull the trigger on any possible transaction.
Until the deadline passes, there are going to be non-stop rumors concerning a number of top stars around the league.
Let’s take a look at a handful of those and the latest buzz in Monday’s rumor roundup.
Josh Gordon Still No. 1 Candidate
Ever since the Cleveland Browns dumped Trent Richardson on the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick, there has been persistent talk that Gordon would be the next out of town.
As per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, a number of rival organizations believe that, too, and have been making offers for the talented, but sometimes troubled, wideout. There are at least three offers on the table—two of them include a high pick and a player in return for the 22-year-old’s services.
The Cleveland brass has remained adamant that it would not be trading Gordon this season, as he has quickly become a top option in the passing game and clearly one of the most dynamic talents at his position in the league.
While he’s extremely raw, there is a distinct possibility that Gordon develops into a premier receiver in the next couple of years. There is also the risk that he is suspended for an entire season, as he’s already been banned for two games in 2013 for violating the substance abuse policy.
That sort of high-risk, high-reward gamble could be a reason for the Browns to part ways with Gordon, although it seems more likely that he is staying—at least for the remainder of this year.
Kenny Britt Should Be Available
Speaking of capable wide receivers who have some off-field issues, Kenny Britt seems very available as the deadline approaches.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora noted back in the middle of October that the Tennessee Titans were seeking a third-rounder in exchange for Britt’s services, but potential suitors were balking.
The reporter noted that most seem to feel Britt, at the age of 25 and in the last year of his contract, is hardly worth a fifth-rounder at this juncture of his career.
Britt has been dealing with various injuries and arrests over the past few seasons, notably being involved with the police on nine separate occasions since entering the NFL in 2009.
Considering he’s caught just eight passes for 67 yards through six games in 2013, it is clear that Britt is no longer in the game plan for Tennessee.
The 25-year-old was a first-round pick and still has immense upside, but a change of scenery for both the player and organization seems to be the best course of action.
Hakeem Nicks A Top Target
The New York Giants may have earned their first win, but that doesn’t mean it is too late to trade their No. 1 wide receiver.
In a recent NFL executives poll conducted by National Football Post, Hakeem Nicks is the most likely player to be traded at the deadline for a number of reasons.
An anonymous general manager noted that, while it’s not the Big Blue style to trade during the season, the club is 1-6 and largely out of the playoff hunt.
Nicks is playing out the last year of a contract and expected to command a significant raise in the offseason, something that will be difficult to give while Rueben Randle is emerging and Victor Cruz has already been paid.
According to La Canfora, teams have been gauging New York’s interest in trading the 25-year-old and quite a few seem interested in renting his services for the remainder of the 2013 campaign.
His production has definitely slipped, as Nicks has only hauled in 27 passes for 470 yards and zero scores in the first seven games. If the Giants decide to part ways with the five-year veteran, it will be quite interesting to see where he lands and how much he commands in the offseason.