NFL Trade Rumors: Best Landing Spots for Hottest Names on Market

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IOctober 29, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 27:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals during the NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Falcons 27-13.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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

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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:

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

Oct 13, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (14) is chased down after catching a pass by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (25)  during the second half at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won

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

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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:

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.

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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