With less than a week to go before the NFL’s Oct. 31 trade deadline, it’s time for teams to get busy making deals.
The weekly swings within a season constantly change the landscape ahead of the trade window closing. A week ago, the world was sure the Vikings would be sellers ahead of the deadline. However, Monday’s massive victory over San Francisco has Minnesota in the thick of the muddled NFC playoff race. GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah might have to reconsider if he was considering selling off his assets at this stage.
The 2022 Detroit Lions’ surge last season from 1-6 into playoff contention is often noted when discussing a club’s reluctance to burn things down before the deadline. In Week 7 alone, four 1-5 teams won, keeping hope alive for a turnaround. But it’s worth mentioning that the Lions traded tight end T.J. Hockenson at the deadline last year and still made their run. So, it’s possible for clubs to gain future resources while remaining competitive.
An array of issues suppresses the NFL’s trade action. Salary cap concerns, clubs unwilling to part with future picks, the compensatory-pick formula, and, again, the calendar date — still relatively early in the season — deter shedding players. Injuries can also lead to fewer trades. Panthers safety Jeremy Chinn was a potential target before going down with a quad injury. Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz was on this list before being placed on injured reserve Tuesday, necessitating a rewrite by yours truly.
Teams have a limited window remaining to upgrade their rosters before the stretch run. The Philadelphia Eagles already made a splash move this week, acquiring All-Pro safety Kevin Byard from Tennessee. Now it’s on other GMs to counter Howie Roseman’s moves.
Below are 10 trade fits I’d like to see come to fruition before the deadline at 4 p.m. ET on Halloween.
Josh Allen has been sensational for the Jaguars, leading the NFL with 43 QB pressures, per Next Gen Stats. The issue is the other side, where former No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker has generated just 18 pressures. Meanwhile, Young has been spectacular, earning 35 QB pressures, fourth-most in the league, despite missing Week 1. If the Commanders aren’t prepared to keep Young beyond this season — Montez Swejat is also an impending free agent — the time to sell is now. It might not come cheap, but if the Jags want to contend with the big boys of the AFC in the postseason, adding oomph at the deadline is key.