NFL Trade Deadline 2013: Last-Minute Moves That Must Be Made

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 01:   Jared Allen #69 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates his sack Josh McCown #15 of the Chicago Bears to set a franchise record of 22 sacks for the season at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 01, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)

Trades at the deadline aren't as hip in the NFL as is found in some other sports, but there are a few moves that should be made before it's too late. 

The league's deadline for the 2013 season is Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET. 

Tick, tock, says the clock. 

Many deals have been speculated by NFL analysts around the nation, but there haven't been many viable rumors. Before that clock strikes four, these following deals must get done in order to push the respective teams involved over the top in the latter half of the season. 


Josh Gordon to the San Francisco 49ers

Vernon Davis can't be the only viable deep threat for San Francisco this January when the playoffs are upon us. 

The 49ers desperately need a perimeter receiver capable of stretching the field and taking advantage of Colin Kaepernick's howitzer of an arm, and Josh Gordon is the perfect young player to fit that role. 

Gordon isn't a possession receiver, but he won't need to be for San Francisco, which has Anquan Boldin and soon will have Michael Crabtree back in the lineup. Utilizing Boldin or Crabtree in the slot would allow the 49ers to attack any part of the field on any given passing play. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter recently suggested the 49ers should sent a second-round pick and receiver Jon Baldwin to Cleveland in exchange for Gordon. This is a deal that makes sense for both teams, as Cleveland is in full-on rebuilding mode right now.

The 49ers have an extra second-round pick to work with, having landed another one in the Alex Smith trade with Kansas City. As long as the 49ers don't have to give up a first-round pick, general manager Trent Baalke should roll the dice and pick up Gordon.


Fred Davis to the Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay has been gutting out impressive wins without its star players on offense lately, but this team needs playmakers in a bad way.

Jermichael Finley recently injured his spine, and it was his second major injury this year. He suffered a scary concussion earlier this season, which caused him to see decapitated bodies on the sideline, as he noted in a video he posted on 

Oct 20, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is taken off the field on a stretcher during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

After his concussion, Finley's five-year-old son asked him to stop playing.

While reports of his recent neck injury suggest he'll be fine, you have to believe he's seriously considering retirement. Even if he does choose to come back and play, there isn't a timetable yet for his return. 

With Finley out of the lineup, Green Bay doesn't have a viable tight end on the roster. Andrew Quarless is out of his depth, and the Packers need someone to come in and produce at the position. 

The emergence of Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed has made veteran Fred Davis somewhat expendable. He's being shopped for picks, as noted by Pro Football Talk:

Given the fact that Davis is signed on a one-year deal, the Packers need to make an offer to Washington. Perhaps all it would take is a late-round conditional pick to work out a deal, and it's one that would benefit the Packers in their pursuit of a championship this season. 


Jared Allen to the New England Patriots

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Every year that comes and goes represents a shrinking window of opportunity for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

Despite being one of the more banged-up teams in the league, New England has won six games already this year in gritty fashion. This is a team that will certainly be in the mix on the AFC side once the playoffs roll around.

And though the team's offensive injuries have been highlighted by the media, it's the defensive losses that will likely hurt the most—especially considering the season-ending injury to Vince Wilfork. 

Jared Allen is reportedly up for grabs. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported the Vikings are open to a trade, provided they receive proper compensation:

Adding a player of Allen's caliber to the Patriots roster would be a huge boon. Allen playing opposite second-year sensation Chandler Jones would make for a dynamic duo capable of harassing opposing quarterbacks with regularity.


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