10 NFL Trade Deadline Candidates

10 NFL players who could be traded before Tuesday's deadline

10/29/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The NFL trade deadline has never been quite as exciting as the trade deadlines in the MLB, NBA, or NHL, but the NFL did recently push back its deadline by two weeks in an attempt to spark more movement. It appears to be working at least a little bit, as a few big names have already been on the move, and there seem to be more high-profile players mentioned in trade rumors than any other season in recent history. Here are ten of the most notable players who could be moved by the trade deadline, which is on Tuesday (October 29) at 4PM:

Blog Photo - 10 NFL Trade Deadline CandidatesJosh Gordon (WR - CLE): This has been the main guy mentioned in trade rumors all season. Gordon is an absolutely electrifying talent, but plays for a Browns regime that did not draft him and is building their roster for the future. When the Browns traded away running back Trent Richardson, they made it clear that all of their players are available for the right price. Gordon is still only 22 years old, so he fits right into the Browns' future plans, which has me very skeptical that they would let him leave. Wide receiver-needy teams have looked into acquiring Gordon, but I don't believe any of them will give up the package of draft picks that it would take to pry him from Cleveland.

Kenny Britt (WR - TEN): I don't think it would take much for a team to get the Titans to give up Britt. He has been nothing but trouble this season - both on and off the field - and the team is barely even playing him anymore. The question is, are there any teams willing to give up a draft pick - any draft pick - to bring this head case to their squad? One team that comes to mind is the Ravens, who took a chance on Rolando McClain over the offseason. Most contenders, however, are unlikely to bring in a diva receiver who could very well have a negative effect in the locker room.

Hakeem Nicks (WR - NYG): It looked like Nicks had a pretty good chance of heading out of New York just two weeks ago. The Giants were 0-6, and Nicks is in the final year of his contract. The Giants are likely to let Nicks leave in free agency this offseason and replace him with Rueben Randle. After two straight wins, however, the Giants miraculously find themselves just two games back of first place in the NFC East. I doubt that they will get rid of one of their most talented players with the playoffs still a realistic possibility.

Jared Allen (DE - MIN): After racking up double-digit sack totals each of the past six seasons, Allen now finds himself in a horrible situation with the Vikings. The team is clearly going nowhere this season, and Allen is a 31-year-old impending free agent. Looking for a team that could help him get his first Super Bowl ring, Allen is unlikely to re-sign with the struggling Vikings. The team is reportedly open to trading Allen, as long as the price is right. That "right" price is said to be at least a third-round pick. A contender with a pass rush deficient 4-3 defense - such as the Patriots or Broncos - could be interested in Allen.

Tony Gonzalez (TE - ATL): With Gonzalez saying that 2013 is definitely his last NFL season, there is plenty of reason to believe that he would want out of Atlanta, where the 2-5 Falcons are an extreme long shot to make a playoff run. Gonzalez, however, insists that he is committed to the Falcons and does not want to be traded. Despite Gonzalez's commitment, he said that if the Falcons wanted to trade him, he would be open to it. The Falcons have no reason to keep Gonzalez around for the rest of this lost season, so if a team calls offering a mid-round pick, Gonzalez could be on the move.
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