The NFL trade deadline is typically a period of inactivity. However, this season has already seen running back Trent Richardson and tackle Eugene Monroe find new homes via a trade, and there are enough rumors to at least hope we'll have some movement at this deadline.
Some of the rumors floating around even involve the names of players with the ability to make a huge impact on their new team should they be traded.
Here are three players who fall into that category.
Jared Allen, DE, Vikings
Jared Allen's production has tailed off a bit this season at the age of 31 but not by much. Through seven games, the defensive end has 4.5 sacks. He picked up 12 last year, and that was his sixth straight season with at least 11 sacks.
I don't think anyone around the league is doubting the kind of impact Allen can have on a defensive line. He will not only get to the passer, but he will command double teams.
However, this isn't doing the miserable Vikings much good. This team needs to rebuild, and expensive 31-year-olds who are a free agent at the end of the season are not ideal for that situation.
So, it should be no surprise that Fox Sports' Jay Glazer passed along this nugget:
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
It seems highly unlikely that a deal involving Allen will go down. His cap hit of $17 million will make it tough for any contender to fit him in by just sending away draft picks.
Josh Gordon, WR, Browns
Rumors about a possible Josh Gordon trade have been swirling ever since the Browns made the shock trade of sending off Richardson.
ESPN's Adam Schefter got speculation really rolling on a Gordon trade with this tweet:
At least 3 teams have contacted Browns about deal for WR Josh Gordon; two have standing offers of a high pick and a player. Browns balking.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 21, 2013
Gordon is one failed drug test away from a year-long ban, but his talent makes him worth a gamble.
However, he is just 22, and in six games this year, he has 582 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The Browns are not going to let him go on the cheap.
CBS' Jason La Canfora confirms as much:
Teams have been calling for weeks on [Gordon] 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.
I have a hard time seeing a contender, like say the 49ers, trading away a player of value. However, Gordon is a big enough game changer and carries a reasonable enough contract that a team offering up enough value in draft picks could pry Gordon away.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald has been the forgotten star while playing in the Arizona desert. However, get his name in a trade rumor and interest in the standout wide receiver picks right up.
According to Schefter, Fitzgerald's days with the Cardinals appear to be numbered.
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
Come off-season, Larry Fitzgerald and Cards will be on clock, when some believe a divorce is somewhere between possible and inevitable.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 27, 2013
However, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim made it known that he is not actively shopping his star. NFL.com's Greg Rosenthal passed along this quote from Keim: "I have not had one conversation regarding a trade with Larry Fitzgerald. We have every intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire as a Cardinal. Period."
Meanwhile, Fitzgerald was asked about all of this speculation, and with the quote coming to us from Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic, had a vague response:
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 tend to side with Schefter's opinion, and would look for Fitzgerald to be moved this offseason. I certainly put little stock into Keim's comments on the matter. That is exactly what a general manager should say, even if he knew the intention was to move a player for the right trade.