NFL trade deadline

NFL Trade Deadline: Several trades we wish had happened

NFL Trade Deadline: Several trades we wish had happened

The NFL trade deadline has passed, and this was a step in the right direction for a league that's getting more and more active trade-wise. But still, there were only two trades on deadline day: Aqib Talib to the Dolphins and Leonard Williams to the Giants.

Sure, there were a bunch of players traded leading up the deadline, including Mohamed Sanu, Emmanuel Sanders, Jalen Ramsey, and Marcus Peters, but Tuesday? It was more dudline than deadline.

That said, the league could have been a hell of a lot more exciting with these moves. 

Philip Rivers to the Bills

Or really any quarterback to the Bills, for that matter. Buffalo is one of the teams that's a player or two away from being a serious contender, but when that player is a quarterback, you might as well be 10 players away. Imagine Philip Rivers in the AFC East for a couple of months, and the defensively stout Bills suddenly having an offense. 

O.J. Howard to the Patriots

The Bucs' handling of their 2017 first-round pick has been confusing. They've used him primarily as a blocker, killing his trade stock. Then, when approached by teams that would actually like to throw Howard the ball, Tampa's price was sky-high. Sure, it hurts PR-wise to sell low, but if you don't think the guy fits with your offense, what other choice do you have? Something tells me the Patriots would have found a better use for him. 

A kicker to the Patriots

The Super Bowl favorites spent deadline day swapping out kickers from the trash heap. NFL teams generally don't trade kickers, but if they did the Patriots might have a quality one. 

Melvin Gordon to the Lions

The Lions were a pleasant surprise after their 2-0-1 start, but they're just 1-3 since. They also have a doozy upcoming schedule, so if Matt Patricia wants to push for the playoffs in his second year he could use an upgrade to a backfield that lost Kerryon Johnson to IR. In case you've missed it, the Chargers are a disaster this season and Gordon hasn't exactly helped them since returning from his holdout. 

Any quarterback to the Bears

Apply everything I wrote earlier about the Bills to the Bears. 

Larry Fitzgerald to the Ravens

The Ravens had barely any cap space after trying for Marcus Peters, so they would have had to do more than just give Willie Snead a new contract. Say they figured it out, though. Lamar Jackson would have another weapon and the 36-year-old Fitzgerald would be able to take another crack at a title run late in his career. 

Jamal Adams to the Cowboys

This one was rumored leading up to the trade deadline. I don't really care about the Cowboys getting a really good safety; I just like seeing first-round picks traded, and if such a deal went down, two AFC East teams would have multiple first-round picks in 2020. Potential competition!

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NFL trade deadline live: Latest news, rumors on A.J. Green, other targets

NFL trade deadline live: Latest news, rumors on A.J. Green, other targets

NFL teams have precious hours to solidify their rosters before the home stretch. Which clubs are willing to make a splash?

The NFL trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, and several teams already have made significant moves, most notably the undefeated New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers, who added wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Emmanuel Sanders, respectively.

But reports suggest both clubs may not be done dealing, and there are a number of big names -- Cincinnati Bengals wideout A.J. Green among them -- who could be moved in the next 24 hours.

So, what's the latest trade deadline scuttlebutt? We'll track every notable rumor and deal in the live blog below. (All times Eastern.)

3:55 p.m.: No fireworks in store for the deadline.

3:51 p.m.: Which side will blink first?

3:45 p.m.: It doesn't sound like Robby Anderson will be traded.

3:00 p.m.: The Patriots are in the market for a kicker, per the MMQB's Albert Breer.

2:51 p.m.: So much for those Le'Veon Bell trade rumors?

2:49 p.m.: Here's the latest on the Jamal Adams-to-Dallas rumors as we approach one hour to go...

2:23 p.m.: Is Jamal Adams heading to Dallas? That's apparently where he wants to be.

2:18 p.m.: The Bucs reportedly aren't budging on O.J. Howard.

2:10 p.m.: It appears Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is still on the trade block.

1:45 p.m.: Former Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib reportedly is coming back to the AFC East.

1:40 p.m.: Could we see a Jets fire sale before the deadline? Safety Jamal Adams reportedly is a possible trade candidate...

1:10 p.m.: An O.J. Howard trade is looking less likely, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport ... but the Patriots reportedly are still in the hunt.

1:05 p.m.: The Patriots have their sights set on Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert, per The Athletic's Jeff Howe.

1:03 p.m.: According to The Athletic's Connor Hughes, the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans both have interest in Le'Veon Bell.

12:52 p.m.: In related news, the Falcons reportedly are replacing Bryant with Younghoe Koo, who spent time on the Patriots' practice squad earlier this season.

12:45 p.m.: We have kicker news! The Atlanta Falcons are releasing Matt Bryant, per ESPN's Adam Schefter:

11:50 a.m.: Here's a bombshell from the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta: The New York Jets reportedly are looking to trade running back Le'Veon Bell after handing him a huge contract this past offseason.

11:15 a.m.: ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio says he'd "keep an eye on" New England as a landing spot for Bucs tight end O.J. Howard.

   

11 a.m.: Our own Tom E. Curran is reporting the Patriots are unlikely to be very busy ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline. Unless...

8:15 a.m.: The Patriots are all set at cornerback, and it sounds like the Detroit Lions and New York Giants aren't budging on their own star corners, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 7:25 a.m.: Happy trade deadline day! CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora provides a handy look at the biggest names who could be traded Tuesday, as well as his predictions for where they'll end up. (O.J. Howard to the Patriots, anyone?)

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Monday, Oct. 28, 10:15 p.m.: Amid the Gordon rumors, the Chargers have cut bait with their offensive coordinator...

4:30 p.m.: Could the Los Angeles Chargers deal star running back Melvin Gordon? The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions may come calling, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

4:05 p.m.: The 49ers apparently had interest in Sanu before the Patriots traded for him, NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.

3:58 p.m.: Washington is seeking a first-round pick for Williams, according to the MMQB's Albert Breer.

3:10 p.m.: It appears Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams is on the market, after all... Might the Patriots have interest?

3:05 p.m.: We have another trade! The 2-5 Cleveland Browns are trading defensive end Genard Avery to the Philadelphia Eagles following their loss to the Patriots, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

2:30 p.m.: Here's the latest on Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard, who could be a potential target for the Patriots.

1:45 p.m.: It's been a busy day for New England's competitors in the AFC East...

The Miami Dolphins have traded running back Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals, while the New York Jets are shipping defensive end Leonard Williams to the Giants, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Dolphins and Jets are a combined 1-12, so it's no surprise they're both selling ahead of the deadline.

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NFL Rumors: Bucs not expected to trade O.J. Howard; Patriots still interested

NFL Rumors: Bucs not expected to trade O.J. Howard; Patriots still interested

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparently are playing hardball with their top tight end.

The Buccaneers are "not expected" to trade O.J. Howard before Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network about three hours before the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Rapoport left the door open for a deal, though, noting the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks "could be interested" in Howard "if that changes."

The Bucs previously had insisted they weren't trading Howard, a talented pass-catcher out of Alabama who caught 11 touchdown passes during his first two seasons in Tampa Bay.

But a report surfaced Monday that the 2-5 club would consider trading him for a "substantial offer," a sign they're willing to deal the 24-year-old as long as the price is right.

Whether the Patriots would pay Tampa's asking price remains to be seen, but they're certainly in the market for a tight end, as Ben Watson and Eric Tomlinson are their only two healthy tight ends entering Week 9.

UPDATE (2:20 p.m. ET): The Bucs still aren't budging on Howard, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

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