NFL Trade Rumors: Best Landing Spots for Hottest Names on Market
The NFL trade deadline hits on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. ET, and there are a few juicy rumors involving high-profile players that could potentially be moved before time expires.
Unlike what we see in the NBA and MLB, there isn't typically a lot of movement midseason in the NFL. However, deadline deals do occasionally get done.
Although the following players will more than likely finish the 2013 season with the same teams they're currently playing for, there are a few good fits that would be beneficial to both the player and prospective new team.
Jared Allen, DE, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are a sinking ship this season without a quarterback, and veteran pass-rusher Jared Allen is one of the players who could be seeking a way off.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Sunday that the Vikings would field offers for Allen, noting the price to be higher than a third-round pick, which would be Minnesota's compensation should Allen leave the franchise via free agency next season:
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
Although Allen's sack numbers are down a bit this season (4.5 sacks through seven games), he's still capable of putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks at an elite level.
Given a shot at making the playoffs on a championship-caliber team would certainly invigorate the star pass-rusher.
Best Landing Spots: New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers and Green Bay Packers.
Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
As crazy as it sounds, Justin Blackmon is reportedly a player the Jacksonville Jaguars could look to unload before the deadline.
As Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com noted, former NFL general manager Scott Pioli appeared on Pro Football Talk on NBCSN recently and "flagged" the 2012 first-round pick for a potential trade.
Blackmon is a risky player, given his recent four-game suspension and character issues coming out of college, but there's no doubt about his abilities on the field.
Since returning to action in Week 5, the second-year receiver has caught 29 passes for 415 yards and one touchdown. He's a possession receiver who excels after the catch, and he'd be a valuable addition to a team in need of a playmaker.
Best Landing Spots: Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Adam Schefter of ESPN dropped a bombshell when he reported Larry Fitzgerald could potentially be trade bait this year, and at the least he'd be in play after the season:
A trade for Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald will be in play this off-season, in likely event a deal not completed before Tuesday’s trade deadline.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
For many, this is welcome news.
No player embodies the spirit of competition and sportsmanship than this man, who is certainly one of the league's best players to boot.
Which star has the best chance of being traded?
Unfortunately, Fitzgerald has languished under horrific working conditions the past year-plus, playing with quarterbacks who are more adept at finding ways to lose than finding ways to win.
Carson Palmer is capable of making plays downfield, but he's terribly inconsistent and is one of the most turnover-prone quarterbacks in the NFL. Arizona will certainly be starting fresh with a rookie quarterback next season, as the team is in full-blown rebuilding mode.
Best Landing Spots: Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots.
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