The NFL trade deadline came and passed on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, and while there were a number of potential moves that could have occured after a plethora of rumors, only one actually came to fruition.
As CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora confirms, only one deal went down at the deadline:
Confirmed with the league office that just 1 trade went down at the deadline, the Pats/Eagles trade.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 29, 2013
Isaac Sopoaga is the only notable name on the move after a disappointing deadline. Sopoaga will exchange his Philadelphia green for a shot at more playing time in New England.
While there are usually fewer impact deals in the NFL compared to MLB or NBA, this season has seen plenty of high-profile players switch teams during the season. Trent Richardson, Eugene Monroe, Jon Beason and others have all been dealt since the start of Week 1.
Clearly the NFL got all the wheeling and dealing out of its system in the early goings of the season.
Here is a look at the players who were most likely to be moved before the deadline, with updates on the latest happenings surrounding each.
In desperate need of bodies on the interior of the defensive line with Vince Wilfork lost for the year, the New England Patriots made a move right before the trade deadline for Philadelphia Eagles tackle Isaac Sopoaga.
The Eagles' official Twitter account confirmed the news:
#Eagles acquire a 5th-round pick from New England for Isaac Sopoaga and a 6th-round pick.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) October 29, 2013
ESPN's Andrew Brandt and CSN Philadelphia's Geoff Mosher further fleshed out the details of the big move:
Patriots will pay Sopoaga $529,000 this year and inherit two nonguaranteed 2014 and 2015 salaries of $3.75M and $3.5M.— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 29, 2013
The picks are for the 2014 draft.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) October 29, 2013
At 330 pounds, Sopoaga provides a much-needed boost to a New England defense that ranks second-to-last in the NFL with 130.8 rushing yards per game. Now in season No. 10, Sopoaga will quickly adapt to Bill Belichick's versatile scheme and help right the ship.
Despite chatter surrounding a possible deal, the Atlanta Falcons have remained adamant that the franchise will not trade tight end Tony Gonzalez before Tuesday’s deadline, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
“Falcons stance has not changed: they say they are not trading TE Tony Gonzalez now nor by today's 4 pm trade deadline.”
The Falcons have been devastated by injuries this season to top stars like receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, as well as running back Steven Jackson, and Atlanta has failed to overcome the losses.
Gonzalez has still amassed 38 receptions for 395 yards and three touchdowns despite facing constant double coverage, but the veteran told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com that he will not ask for a trade.
"I totally understand it," Gonzalez told ESPN.com late Monday night. "Everybody out there needs to understand that I'm not naive to it. I see it, too. This is the last [nine] weeks of my career. And right now, things are looking ... you never know.
"But, like I said, I love my guys on this team too much to go ask for a trade. It would be something that would come from them where they said, 'Hey, it makes sense because we could get something good for you and send you to a team that's a contender.' So I understand the thought process behind that."
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, that Gonzalez would not be moved, "Trade deadline fodder: Players who won't be traded include Larry Fitzgerald and Tony Gonzalez. Vikes have no plans to trade Jared Allen."
Do not expect Gonzalez to be moved before the deadline.
Gordon will remain with the Cleveland Browns per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, as no teams were able to meet the exuberant cost by the deadline:
In terms of Josh Gordon, plenty of teams reached out past few weeks, several offers have been on table but no one met asking price today— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 29, 2013
Josh Gordon has been one of the top players on the Cleveland Browns this season, which makes him incredibly valuable for other teams around the league.
After the Browns traded Trent Richardson earlier in the year, many expected that to be the start of a fire sale. However, there are conflicting reports about whether Gordon is heading out of town.
On the other hand, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com recently tweeted that there is "no trade expected" by the deadline.
Gordon also responded to the rumors himself, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:
I’m tired of it. I honestly wish if it was going to happen, I wish it would happen already instead of dragging on. If a trade offer came in and that’s what the Browns want to do, so be it. If not, then let it be known this is where I’m going to be. Honestly, it’s part of the game. I’m dealing with it.
Gordon has had a fantastic season when on the field, ranking fourth in the NFL with an average of 97 receiving yards per game. Interestingly, he has three 100-yard games with three different quarterbacks.
It would not be surprising to see a contending squad part with a high draft pick in order to get a game-changing receiver, especially as the Browns look to completely rebuild.
-- UPDATE --
Hakeem Nicks will spend the remainder of his rookie contract in New York, as the Giants clearly wanted to hold onto one of their best receivers with a shot at the division still within grasp. ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news:
Giants never wavered: keeping WR Hakeem Nicks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
As a pending free agent, Hakeem Nicks has come up as a potential trade target, especially with so many teams around the league needing help at wide receiver.
One potential option was with the New England Patriots, as mentioned by Scott Pioli on the Dan Patrick Show, via Mike Loyko of NEPatriotsDraft.com.
To this point, however, the New York Giants have been resisting any potential trades, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com also states that he does not believe the receiver will be traded, although it could only take a third-round pick to get him.
The Giants are only 2-6 this season, but amazingly remain only two games out of first place in the NFC East. Unless something changes, it seems as though the squad will hold onto the talented player with a hope of making the playoffs.
While many teams are secret about potentially trading away talented players, the Tennessee Titans have let the league know that Kenny Britt is available.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the young wide receiver is on the market and is relatively cheap. However, no one has taken the team up on the offer.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports previously reported that the Titans are looking for a third-round pick, but it seems as though the team has reduced the asking price.
Britt has the skill of a No. 1 receiver, but problems on and off the field has limited his production throughout his career. Since entering the league in 2009, the former first-round pick has dealt with police nine separate times, as noted by Dan Hanzus of NFL.com.
Additionally, his role has greatly reduced with the Titans offense, managing only eight catches for 67 yards and no touchdowns this season. This is a far fall from when he topped 700 receiving yards in each of his first two years.
Still, he is the type of player who might benefit from a change of scenery. This might be worth a low draft pick from an interested team.
Although there is not as much interest in running backs around the league, Maurice Jones-Drew remains a potential trade target heading into the deadline.
The All-Pro running back has looked solid in the past few weeks, topping 70 yards in three of the last four games. Of course, he is surrounded by an awful team that dropped to 0-8 with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
It makes sense that the Jaguars will be willing to trade with a valuable commodity, but Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports discusses what is holding back a deal:
It’s widely knows the Jaguars are very open to moving Maurice Jones-Drew, according to league sources, but his high salary and paltry production has resulted in scant interest for an aging back, even one with his pedigree.
Although Jones-Drew is only 28 years old, he has a lot of mileage on him and it seems as though no one will be willing to pay his salary for the remainder of the year. This could prevent any trade from taking place.
Fred Davis has clearly been passed in the depth chart, and the Washington Redskins are trying to see if any other team values him more than they do.
Pro Football Talk recently reported that the team is looking to deal the tight end, although it is unclear what is expected in return.
What we do know is that Washington has little use for Davis after the emergence of Jordan Reed, who has 224 receiving yards in the last two games combined. Meanwhile, Davis was a healthy scratch in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos.
The former USC standout had his best season in 2011 when he totaled 796 receiving yards on 59 catches, but he has done little since. In 2013, he only has three catches for 25 yards.
If any squad is willing to trade for him, it is hard to imagine the cost being too high.
Jordan Cameron has been one of the biggest breakout performers of the 2013 season, and he could be had for the right price.
Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal quotes Jason La Canfora in saying that the Cleveland Browns would at least entertain offers for the talented tight end.
There will certainly be takers after Cameron has proven to be one of the best in the league at his position. He currently ranks second among tight ends with 596 receiving yards, while standing third in the entire NFL with 49 receptions.
While many will question the Browns' willingness to part with one of their best players, it makes sense to do their due diligence to see what Cameron is truly worth.
Any deal is unlikely as it would probably cost at least one or more high draft pick, but it remains something to watch going forward.
Larry Fitzgerald has been one of the top receivers in football throughout his career, but it seems his time with the Arizona Cardinals could be coming to an end.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Fitzgerald could potentially be traded before the deadline, although it is more realistic he is moved in the offseason. He continues to say that "a divorce is somewhere between possible and inevitable."
When asked about a potential trade, Fitzgerald gave an expected answer, via Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com:
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.
It does seem unlikely the seven-time Pro Bowler is moved during the season considering the Cardinals remain in the playoff hunt. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, that Fitzgerald would not be moved, "Trade deadline fodder: Players who won't be traded include Larry Fitzgerald and Tony Gonzalez. Vikes have no plans to trade Jared Allen."
However, you can never rule out a club offering a monster trade to acquire an experienced player like Fitzgerald.
Oakland will hang on to its star running back, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Raiders are not expected to make any deals at the deadline, so McFadden remains with the team:
Raiders RB Darren McFadden going nowhere before trade deadline. Oakland not expected to make any trades.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Darren McFadden has been one of the more talented running backs in the NFL throughout his career when healthy. This could lead to a contending squad attempting to get some sort of value from the oft-injured player.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports had this to say about a potential trade involving the Oakland Raiders:
The Raiders might part with Darren McFadden, a former first-round pick in the final year of his deal as well, sources said. But, again, there has not been much of a market for running backs to this point.
McFadden has formed a solid backfield tandem alongside young quarterback Terrelle Pryor this season. He enters Week 9 with 340 rushing yards with four touchdowns, plus he has a passing touchdown this year.
However, he has never played a full season in the NFL due to various injuries, and this year has been no different. The former first-round pick missed a game earlier in the season with a hamstring injury.
Any squad that trades for the running back will have to assume these risks, which certainly lowers his value heading into the deadline.
It appears Allen will play out the final year of his contract with Minnesota, as no team was able to meet the reported high cost to acquire his services. Fox Sports' Jay Glazer confirmed on Twitter:
Jared Allen trade talks are now dead. Last of teams they were talking to are out.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
No player is safe on a 1-6 team, which has led to trade rumors surrounding Jared Allen of the Minnesota Vikings.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported that a trade for the defensive end has been considered:
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.
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.
Allen has been one of the most consistent pass-rushers in the NFL throughout his career. He currently leads the Vikings with 4.5 sacks, which puts him on pace to reach double digits for the seventh year in a row.
Any defense looking for an upgrade along the defensive line would love to get a player who has accumulated 121.5 sacks in his career.
However, Allen was quite defensive when asked about a potential deal, via Tom Yotter of VikingUpdate.com:
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.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 29, that Allen would not be moved, "Trade deadline fodder: Players who won't be traded include Larry Fitzgerald and Tony Gonzalez. Vikes have no plans to trade Jared Allen."
ESPN's Adam Schefter later reported the Seahawks were interested in Allen, "Seattle making 11th-hour push to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen, per multiple sources. Vikings also talking to second team."
However, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is disputing that Seattle is one of the teams in on Allen as the deadline approaches.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that the Vikings are looking for a second round pick for Allen, but would consider a conditional third round selection as well.
Tom Pelissero of USA Today is also reporting that Allen is willing to re-do his contract for the right situation.
Still, the veteran is certain to get a number of looks before the deadline passes.