The NFL's midseason trade deadline strikes Tuesday afternoon, which means contenders are running out of time to add the missing piece to their championship puzzle.
One or more struggling teams at the bottom of the standings can provide those pieces.
Here, we'll examine the latest buzz surrounding some big names who could be on the move this fall.
Will the Arizona Cardinals Move Larry Fitzgerald Before Tuesday's Deadline?
There appears to be a slim chance that the Arizona Cardinals will move wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald before Tuesday's trade deadline, but the more likely scenario is that the team moves him this offseason.
According to several league executive sources, via ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, a trade for the Pro Bowl wideout "will be in play this offseason" if he isn't traded by the deadline.
Schefter also reports that the Cardinals have incentive to trade Fitzgerald before next season as they could save close to $8 million if they part ways this offseason.
Fitzgerald responded to the rumors this past weekend but didn't sound too upset about the potential of being traded in midseason, per AZCentral.com's Bob McManaman:
I don’t know. I come to work every day and just focus on how I can help the Arizona Cardinals and help my team win. If they decide to move me, that happens. I have no control over any of that. I just focus on what I can do to improve and help my team.
At 4-4, the Cardinals are still in the playoff mix in the NFC. Therefore, it's difficult to imagine them moving their star receiver without making one last run with him on board.
Minnesota Vikings Open to Trading Jared Allen?
The Minnesota Vikings are off to a disastrous 1-6 start this season and will likely begin looking to the future. As a result, don't be surprised if Minnesota executes a big-time trade before the deadline.
FOX Sports' NFL insider Jay Glazer reports that the Vikings would be willing to deal Allen, who becomes an unrestricted free agent at season's end, in exchange for the right pieces:
Vikings would be willing to trade Jared Allen for the right price. Makes sense as he's free agent after the year, they've discussed it some— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 27, 2013
Any contender wanting to trade for Allen will need to give more than a 3 as that's what they could get as compensation if he leaves via FA— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 27, 2013
Allen addressed the trade rumors following Sunday night's loss to division-rival Green Bay, per VikingUpdate.com's Tim Yotter:
Honestly, I’m not even going to address it. I’m not going to speculate on something that I haven’t had a conversation about and I’m not going to speculate on something that hasn't happened. I cross all bridges when I get to them and right now I’m trying figure out a way to make this defense better.
The 31-year-old defensive end ranks 15th on the NFL's all-time sack leaders list, having recorded 121.5 since 2004. Allen only has 4.5 through seven games in 2013, though, which could cause potential suitors to second guess a move for the veteran.
Niners' Anthony Dixon on the Trading Block?
The San Francisco 49ers have won five straight games and have been getting excellent production from running backs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter over the course of their winning streak. Consequently, it appears that the Niners are willing to move backup running back Anthony Dixon this fall.
According to some league executives, via NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport, San Francisco could be fielding offers for Dixon this week:
Dixon has 35 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries this season. At 6'1", 233 pounds, the fourth-year player is a load to bring down.
In addition to thriving in short-yardage situations and down around the goal line, Dixon is a quality special teams performer, who returned a kickoff for 47 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 8.
There's no doubt Dixon is capable of making an impact in a larger role somewhere outside of the Bay Area this season.
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