With the 2013 NFL trade deadline hours away, trade winds are soaring. There are a number of players whose names are being floated around attached to multiple rumors.
While some teams need to make a trade to solidify their pursuit of a playoff position, other teams are looking to move players who simply need a change of scenery. Here are a few players who could receive “the call” before the 4 p.m. deadline hits.
Fred Davis, Tight End, Washington Redskins
As I wrote last week, Fred Davis has seemingly fallen out of favor with the Redskins. This isn’t Davis’ fault, however. Rookie Jordan Reed has broken out in a big way, bringing in 17 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown through the last two games.
Davis still has talent and can help a team quickly. He will not see a lot of playing time with Washington moving forward, so it would be best for both teams to move on.
The best fit for Davis is the Green Bay Packers.
This move is something the Packers absolutely have to do. They lost Jermichael Finley for the season because of a serious neck injury he suffered two weeks ago. It was being speculated that Finley’s career could be over, but Finley quickly dispelled those rumors when he wrote a column for Sports Illustrated’s Monday Morning Quarterback earlier this week stating he will be back on the field in the future.
Green Bay is in a tough division race with the Detroit Lions. The Lions are off to a hot start, posting a 5-3 record heading into their bye week, and they seem to be getting better every week. The Packers beat Minnesota handily that week, but it has become clear that they need a tight end to step into the lineup and produce in order for them to catch Detroit.
Andrew Quarless has been regarded as a blocking tight end, but many thought he could make an impact through in the passing game. Against the Vikings, Quarless had only two receptions for 13 yards.
With the injury bug depleting the Packers’ receiving corps, Davis could step in and provide Aaron Rodgers the reliable target he needs to push the Packers back into the postseason.
Green Bay will likely need to offer a fourth- or fifth-round pick to get this deal done. If it's willing to give up one of those picks, it could go a long way in pushing it to another NFC North crown.
Jairus Byrd, Free Safety, Buffalo Bills
This is a trade the Bills and Bills fans never wanted to make.
Jairus Byrd has expressed displeasure since being hit with the franchise tag during the offseason and has only appeared in three games during the 2013 season.
The Bills need to move Byrd or give him a new contract before this becomes a bigger issue and starts to affect the locker room. Byrd is one of the best safeties in the NFL and he will surely draw a high asking price.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Bills want a player, not a draft pick, in exchange for Byrd.
With the difficult asking price and the large contract Byrd will demand, the market is somewhat limited.
One team that could try to make a move for Byrd could be the Chicago Bears.
The Bears don’t have a lot of commodities they could include in a trade, but they have a large need for a free safety. The addition of Byrd could help the Bears get back into the playoff race, despite starting quarterback Jay Cutler being sidelined for the next four to six games.
The Bears could package together a pair of second-round picks in hopes that Bills’ management has a change of heart with their asking price. A set of high picks would be very hard for the Bills to turn down, especially with them being a few pieces away from competing consistently in the AFC East.
Kenny Britt, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans
Kenny Britt has been basically living in Mike Munchak’s doghouse for the last two seasons. Britt is a talented player, but his attitude towards the Titans and their coaching staff has started to become a big problem.
This trade desperately needs to happen. Britt is a already a big distraction in the locker room and the issues will only continue if they keep Britt around for the rest of the season.
The Titans have played Britt sparingly, yet they are still in the playoff hunt and will have starting quarterback Jake Locker back from an injury this week.
One team that could be interested in Britt is the Miami Dolphins.
Britt is a high-risk, high-reward player. The Dolphins lost breakout wide receiver Brandon Gibson to a season-ending injury in Week 8 and will need to find another player to minimize his loss. The Dolphins brought in four receivers on Tuesday but didn’t offer any of them a contract.
Also, Britt has an expiring contract. If his antics continue to be problematic, the Dolphins could let him walk in free agency without losing much.
The Titans have been very open about wanting to part ways with Britt. If a team is willing to risk it, they could acquire Britt for a late-round pick.
Vinny Curry, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles
When NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted this morning that the Eagles have made Vinny Curry available, this came off as a bit of a surprise.
Curry is in his second season and is believed to have a very high ceiling. Perhaps the only thing that has held him back in his health; he has only played in a total of 12 games the last two seasons.
Curry was regarded as a pass-rush specialist when he entered the league out of Marshall two years ago. As a rookie, Curry didn’t register a single sack. Things have been slightly different in 2013 as he has gotten to the quarterback twice in six games.
One team that could be interested in Curry is the Chicago Bears. The Bears rank last in the NFL in team sacks this season with nine and will need to improve that if they want to make another playoff appearance.
Curry is still young and could be a threat playing opposite Julius Peppers. The right coaching and integration into the Bears system could help Curry develop into one of the league’s premier pass-rushers.
The Eagles' asking price hasn’t been specified, but it likely is in the fourth- to sixth-round pick range, which isn’t a very high price considering Curry’s potential.