NFL Trade Deadline: Who's Rumored to Be Available?
As usual, the NFL trade deadline is expected to come and go without any major splashes, but we all know how unpredictable this league can be.
Though nearly every team is extremely tight-lipped about trading players, we have to expect that a handful of organizations would be willing to agree to a deal if the price is there.
Here are the five players who are rumored to be available for trade before the deadline on Tuesday, October 29.
In a recent trade deadline column, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora wrote the following about Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.
"It's widely knows the Jaguars are very open to moving Maurice Jones-Drew, according to league sources."
However, La Canfora later wrote "his high salary and paltry production has resulted in scant interest for an aging back, even one with his pedigree."
MJD did accumulate 122 total yards in Jacksonville's blowout loss at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers in London.
He received 22 touches against the Denver Broncos in Week 6, and after a mere 11 touches against the San Diego Chargers in Week 7, the veteran runner got a season-high 25 carries in Week 8.
Are the Jaguars getting him the ball to audition him to other teams?
On October 21, Pro Football Talk tweeted the following about Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis:
Redskins are trying to trade TE Fred Davis, per league source.
The report wasn't shocking, as the former USC standout had only three catches for 25 yards on the season.
He hasn't played since October 13's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, and has been a healthy scratch for the past two games.
Rookie tight end Jordan Reed has been a pleasant surprise for the Redskins with 34 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old veteran brings an athletic presence to the field at 6'4'' and nearly 260 pounds. Davis was suspended for the final four games in 2011 after violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Before Week 8's Sunday action, FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer tweeted the following about Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen:
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.
He followed up with this tweet regarding compensation:
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.
While no Vikings front office member or coach have publicly stated they want to trade Allen, Glazer's tweets are enough of an indication that a deal could get done before the deadline.
The 31-year-old Allen has 4.5 sacks in 2013 and totaled 10.5 quarterback takedowns in 2012.
Per Rotoworld.com "the acquiring team would have to have at least $8 million in remaining 2013 cap room to "rent" Allen for the rest of the year."
While the financial side may keep Allen—who's a free agent at season's end—on the Vikings for the remainder of the year, Minnesota doesn't appear to be totally against trading him.
This tweet from NFL Insider Jason Cole started the idea of Jason Babin as a trade candidate:
Heard from a league source that some teams are asking Jax about DE Jason Babin.
While no Jaguars' officials have publicly commented on trading the elder pass-rusher, at 33, he's not exactly the type of player ideally suited to play for a rebuilding organization.
Rotoworld.com pointed out "Babin is 33 years old with a $4.225 million guaranteed salary, so it's likely Jacksonville isn't getting offered much in the way of compensation."
In 2012, the former first-round pick totaled seven sacks with the Philadelphia Eagles and Jaguars.
A contender could be interested in adding Babin as a situational edge-rusher, and Jacksonville would likely love to gain an additional draft pick.
Hakeem Nicks is the most high-profile player rumored to be on the trading block.
On October 27, ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted the following about the New York Giants wide receiver:
With Tuesday's NFL trade deadline approaching, Giants so far have resisted all overtures for WR Hakeem Nicks.
Now, just because the Giants are "resisting" offers from other teams doesn't mean they are willing to move the soon-to-be 26-year-old wideout.
According to National Football Post's Jason Cole, Tom Coughlin "indicated Wednesday that Nicks hasn’t been as reliable this season."
Though Nicks' lost some value this season with generally inconsistent play through the first six games, he had seven receptions for 51 yards on 12 targets in the win over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 8.