NFL Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Top WRs and Most Likely Destinations
Suddenly the NFL is very needy at the wide receiver position.
It makes sense with the league more pass happy than ever, but some teams have found out the hard way just how thin the depth chart can be when injuries strike.
With the trade deadline at 4 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Oct. 29, wide receivers have become the talk of the nation as contenders look to fill gaps and pretenders, at various stages of a rebuild process, look to add value.
In fact, the list of teams in the hunt for a receiver at the deadline includes San Francisco, New England, Detroit, Baltimore and Indianapolis, per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
With that in mind, here is a look at the top names and the most likely destinations before Tuesday's deadline. Enjoy.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
Perhaps the reason Tennessee's fifth-year receiver Kenny Britt is flying so ridiculously under the radar at the deadline is because he has managed only eight receptions for 67 yards this season.
Part of the issue is iffy quarterback play, another is the coaching staff's reluctance to use him, but the 6'3", 223-pound Britt has proven that he can be productive in the right situation: Think back to 2010 when, in just 12 games, he posted career highs in yards (775) and touchdowns (nine).
With Britt in the final year of his deal, and with the emergence of receivers Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, the Titans appear ready to move on from the former Rutgers star, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
And #Titans are shopping WR Kenny Britt and the price is not high. That said, no takers yet. Lions would make sense… if no off-field issues— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 27, 2013
Will Baltimore trade for a wide receiver?
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Baltimore needs help but cannot afford a pricey free agent.
That's why Britt makes the most sense for a front office that has shown a willingness to do what it takes to field a contender. Baltimore is flirting with the salary cap, but Britt is in the last year of his rookie deal, and his base salary is less that $1 million.
The Ravens are 3-4 and part of the issue is a questionable passing attack led by Joe Flacco, who needs more options outside of Torrey Smith. If Britt's going anywhere, it's Baltimore.
Josh Gordon and Greg Little, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns are all-in on 2014, and as CBS Sport's Jason La Canfora reports, the team is all ears in regards to the top two receivers on its depth chart, the first being Greg Little:
The Browns have been in contact with a good chunk of the league ahead of the deadline, and the front office tandem of Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi are willing wheeler-dealers and they are looking to churn the roster some here.
The second being Josh Gordon:
Teams have been calling for weeks on him and the Browns have let other clubs know they are willing to listen to offers on pretty much anyone on their roster, but would likely take a second-round pick and a player with some value, at the least, to pry him away.
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Little fits in well across from Calvin Johnson in Detroit, while Gordon fits like a glove with Tom Brady and Co. in Foxborough.
It's easy to forget that Little is only 24 years of age, and while he has had his issues with drops in the past, the North Carolina product is better than anyone the Lions can currently insert across from Megatron.
Will Josh Gordon find a new home before the deadline?
Even better, Little will come relatively cheap, and he presents less of a risk off the field than other viable options on the market.
Speaking of risks, that's exactly what Gordon represents, considering he's one positive drug test away from a year-long suspension. That said, it's hard to find a young receiver with more upside—all eight of his career touchdowns have come from 20-plus yards out.
Brady, who is in desperate need of a weapon, has to love the vertical element that Gordon would bring to the offense. The price would be extremely steep for New England, but Gordon would make the Patriots contenders in a hurry.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants
Another soon-to-be free agent, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been one of the hottest names to make the rounds in the past few months.
Despite advances, the Giants have turned down any and all offers to this point as reported by La Canfora:
Teams have been calling since the Giants fell to 0-6, and the Giants have resisted all temptation. Now, suddenly back in the mix in the NFC East at 2-6, the odds of dealing Nicks are looking bleaker. Still, if someone offers a second-round pick, with provisions for more should Nicks re-sign with that new team, then you never know.
The recent positive vibes out of New York notwithstanding, if the team's front office believes Nicks is a goner in the offseason and trusts Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle to hold down the receiver position, it likely will be swayed by a solid offer.
Most Likely Destination
That offer will come from Indianapolis, a team desperately looking for a new No. 1 receiver after Reggie Wayne tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Confirmed and crushing: tests showed Colts WR Reggie Wayne has a torn ACL. His season and streak of 189 straight games is over.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013
Nicks has been a shell of his former self this season and is on pace for 68 receptions, 1,042 yards and zero scores. Despite Nicks' subpar output, Andrew Luck needs a weapon such as the big receiver to take pressure off T.Y. Hilton deep.
The pairing of Nicks and Indianapolis seems far too obvious, and while that may mean it does not come to fruition, we've seen the Colts make the necessary moves of late to contend.
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