NFL Trade Block Big Board Entering Week 6
The NFL's Oct. 29 trade deadline looms over all the proceedings.
With injuries continuing to make headlines and contenders and pretenders revealing themselves, it only makes sense for the hype around the trade market to strengthen.
Four winless teams remain, and one coach has already been fired. Contenders will be circling like vultures as those front offices turn to the future.
Let's take a look at players who are seemingly already on the trade block and those who could be available soon.
The Selection Process
For this trade block analysis, we narrowed the list from 15 to 10 by examining categories such as players on the block and ones who could be there soon. With most teams now slotted in as "winners" or "rebuilders," heavier weight was given to realistic scenarios involving both while leaning toward the names that could create the biggest splashes.
With the Cincinnati Bengals fading, for example, tight end Tyler Eifert entered the fray instead of a cornerback like Josh Jackson from the 4-1 Green Bay Packers.
Stefon Diggs also entered the scene given the circumstances around him and the Minnesota Vikings.
Here's the initial list of 15 in no particular order:
Melvin Gordon III, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Trent Williams, OT, Washington Redskins
Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins
Joe Looney, C, Dallas Cowboys
Leonard Williams, DE, New York Jets
Kenyan Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Nate Sudfeld, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Solomon Thomas, DE, San Francisco 49ers
Artie Burns, CB, Pittsburgh Steelers
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
C.J. Beathard, QB, San Francisco 49ers
10. Nate Sudfeld, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
There's always room for quarterbacks in trade speculation.
Take Philadelphia Eagles signal-caller Nate Sudfeld, for example. The 2016 sixth-round pick has looked solid when given the chance, having completed 80 percent of his passes on 25 career attempts in the regular season.
The 6'6" Indiana product isn't a necessity with Carson Wentz cruising, and plenty of teams wouldn't mind having him aboard. Think the Pittsburgh Steelers after they lost Mason Rudolph to a concussion or even the Jacksonville Jaguars with Nick Foles out and only Joshua Dobbs behind current starter Gardner Minshew II.
Potential destinations: Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers
9. DeVante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins
Do the Miami Dolphins go ahead and pull the plug on DeVante Parker?
Parker had plenty of speculation surrounding his status over the offseason before the team brought him back. Over four games, it has been mostly the same for the 14th pick in 2015. He has just 10 catches on 24 targets for 201 yards and a score.
And yet, Parker is still a first-round talent who might just need a change of scenery to excel. That could fuel interest from a team like New England (such a Bill Belichick move) or even the New York Giants, who could be looking for an uptick in talent to support Tom Brady and Daniel Jones, respectively.
These Dolphins are rebuilding, and Parker could be considered a long-term investment. But a bidding war could drive up the price to noteworthy levels.
Potential destinations: New England Patriots, New York Giants
8. Leonard Williams, DL, New York Jets
The New York Jets are 0-4 and already have a bye week behind them.
This isn't how the front office in the Big Apple probably saw things playing out, with Sam Darnold missing the past three games with mononucleosis before being cleared to return Tuesday.
But there is a long-term silver lining: building for the future. If the Jets can't ultimately right the ship now that Darnold is back under center, a solid draft slot, plenty of cap space and assets await.
Dealing Leonard Williams could help in this endeavor.
Williams, the sixth overall selection in 2015, had his fifth-year option picked up, but the Jets added Quinnen Williams third overall this year. The versatile defensive lineman might benefit from an opportunity to prove himself elsewhere, especially if the Jets don't sink big money into him on an extension.
Any range of teams could have an interest. The Miami Dolphins likely wouldn't mind spurring on a rebuild with a former top-six pick, and neither would a contender like the Los Angeles Rams, who could shore up their defense after losing a presence like Ndamukong Suh in free agency.
Potential destinations: Los Angeles Rams, Miami Dolphins
7. Melvin Gordon III, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon ended his contract holdout and is back with the team.
That won't stop trade speculation.
In fact, the Chargers might be willing to get a mild return prior to his likely departure this offseason.
In Week 5 against the Denver Broncos, Gordon carried the ball just 12 times for just 31 yards and had four receptions on six targets for seven yards. Game flow pushed him out in favor of Austin Ekeler, who caught 15 passes for 86 yards.
A rebuilder like Tampa Bay or a contender like New England might value the more traditional role Gordon brings and cough up the necessary trade return.
Potential destinations: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots
6. Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins
Is it fire-sale time in Washington?
With head coach Jay Gruden out the door after being fired Monday, the Redskins might lean harder into the running game. But even if they do, Adrian Peterson has only averaged 2.7 yards per carry through four contests (he was inactive Week 1).
The 34-year-old running back might want to play for a contender instead of grinding down his body in a hopeless situation. To top it off, he came out of Week 5 noting how little New England had to do on defense.
And the Redskins should be focused on evaluating younger players.
Would-be contenders like Detroit and Green Bay, who are averaging fewer than four yards per carry, should have their eyes on the potential purge in Washington, as Peterson showed last year with 1,000-plus yards what he can do behind a capable line.
Potential destinations: Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers
5. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Tyler Eifert is one of those assets who could make a big splash for a contender, provided the Cincinnati Bengals are willing to play ball.
And why not? The Bengals are in contention for the top overall pick when Eifert was expected to help them get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Through five games, the 29-year-old tight end has 13 catches for 95 yards and has been relegated—when actually on the field—to helping out a miserable offensive line with pass blocking.
A contender like New Orleans or Cleveland, who lost David Njoku to a broken wrist, would love nothing more than to deploy Eifert all over the field in the hopes he can recapture his Pro Bowl form in 2015, when he had 13 touchdown receptions in as many games.
With so many issues and no guarantee of bringing back Eifert in free agency, the Bengals should want to field calls inquiring about their tight end.
Potential destinations: Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints
4. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
With the Bengals off to an 0-5 start in their first year under head coach Zac Taylor, it seems the best move would be to use an A.J. Green trade as the catalyst for a rebuild.
Green is on the mend from ankle surgery and has missed 13 games over the last four seasons, yet he'd still generate a solid return via trade.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, rival general managers "agreed that the Bengals could get a first-round pick for Green, 31, if the acquiring team was able to negotiate a new deal for him and if Green returns from his foot injury soon."
Cincinnati would be foolish to not drum up a bidding war between contenders like New England and Green Bay, two teams that could use a star No. 1 to really put things over the top.
Potential destinations: New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers
3. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
The Stefon Diggs situation might not blow over for the Minnesota Vikings.
Diggs trade rumors popped up after a poor start for Minnesota's passing game and haven't ceased. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team fined him over $200,000 after he missed mandatory practices and meetings ahead of Week 5.
He played anyway, but things didn't exactly get better. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for over 300 yards and two scores in a win over the New York Giants, but Diggs caught just three passes for 44 yards.
The 25-year-old wide receiver did tell reporters Sunday that he wants to stay in Minnesota. But with the Vikings at 3-2 and facing questions under center in a tough NFC North, it might be worth exploring the return Diggs might provide.
Contenders with droves of cap space like Indianapolis or in serious need of quarterback weapons—think Seattle—might play ball on a high asking price.
Potential destinations: Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks
2. Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Cornerback Jalen Ramsey has had an interesting few weeks after he requested a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
He missed practice with an illness and then didn't play Week 4 in order to be present for the birth of his daughter. He then missed Week 5 while battling a back injury and is in Houston to see a specialist, according to Rapoport.
Given the situation, it is easy to see the Jaguars becoming more agreeable to a trade as the deadline nears.
Almost every team in the league should have an interest, yet contenders are the easiest to see coughing up the necessary bounty to make it happen.
Potential destinations: Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles
1. Trent Williams, OT, Washington Redskins
Now would be the time for the Washington Redskins to reconsider the idea of a Trent Williams trade.
After the firing of Gruden, things are firmly in rebuild mode as Washington looks toward building around rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
In June, Jason La Canfora reported that Williams "demanded a trade or his release from the club due to their handling of his recent medical situation" and "has vowed not to play for them."
The team would like to have one of the best tackles in football for Haskins, but trading him to a contender would create a big return of future-looking assets.
New England and Cincinnati are two teams dealing with a combination of injury and ineffective play in the trenches, and both could be willing to make something happen.
Potential destinations: Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots