As the NFL season continues to move forward, some teams are starting to realize that their hopes at a playoff appearance have dissipated. Teams will look to the 2020 draft and move some key pieces to try and strengthen their outlook for the next year. Other organizations are putting together their Super Bowl runs, and are looking to improve their rosters. There have been a number of 2019 NFL trade rumors that have surfaced recently, and with the trade deadline coming up shortly, we take a look at some players that are on the trade block.
We have already seen several shocking moves this season, including most of the Miami Dolphins roster being traded away, and Jalen Ramsey leaving Jacksonville. When the Houston Texans sent over a treasure trove of draft picks for offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, that set a precedent for the value of a good o-line. That value proved to be more important than we thought, with the resurgence of quarterback Deshaun Watson behind an all of a sudden strong line.
There are quite a few positions teams need to reinforce, but linemen and wide receivers are at a prime right now. Sifting through all of the rumors, here are some key players that could be suiting up for new teams before the end of the 2019 season and could be currently on the trade block.
Washington Redskins LT Trent Williams
The drama behind star holdout, Trent Williams, has been one that the public has followed all through the offseason. The Washington Redskins have refuted claims all year that they would be moving on from the left tackle. He is a hot commodity on the open market, with several teams trying to sway the Resdkins in trading the seven-time Pro Bowler. Williams has openly said that he would never play for the Redskins again and that he has lost trust in their management and medical personnel.
The Redskins have won one game all year, and it was a one-point victory over the lowly Miami Dolphins. They have accepted that they need to go into an obvious rebuild, and moving a player with this much value could help facilitate that. Williams has been with Washington for nine seasons and is seen as one of the leaders in the locker room. He has lost close to $4 million in fines and missed game checks during his holdout. General manager Bruce Allen and the team have refused to extend him to a lucrative deal.
Williams has been linked to a number of teams, but the Cleveland Browns have been the frontrunners so far. There have also been talks that 49ers and Patriots would be interested in bringing him in to help shore up their offensive lines.
Miami Dolphins RB Kenyan Drake
5:00 PM ET Update: Sources close to PFN Draft Analyst Tony Pauline are telling him that there is speculation around the league that the Detroit Lions are in play for Kenyan Drake.
6:30 PM ET Update: Sources tell Tony Pauline the Miami Dolphins have invited a number of free agents to their facility to work out for the club over the next few days. This is a sure sign the club expects roster openings in the near future.
The Dolphins lost once again in Week 7, and they have yet to win a game this season. They have already shed many contracts for a bevy of 2020 NFL draft picks, but the one player that still has a market is Drake.
His play has not helped his value as of late. This past week, Drake carried the football six times for 22 yards on Sunday in a 31-21 Miami Dolphins loss to the Buffalo Bills. Drake gained 11 of those yards with less than 30 seconds to play as the Dolphins were trying to run the ball out of the shadow of their end zone. He caught two passes for 11 yards.
The season has been less than spectacular for the running back, but that doesn’t mean that no teams are willing to take a chance on him. The NFL trade deadline arrives on Oct. 29, and the former Alabama standout is well aware of his potential move. Drake joined the Dolphins as a third-round selection in the 2016 NFL Draft. When asked about the trade rumors, he said: “Every time my number’s called, 32′s going to be ready to step in and do battle, wherever I’m at”.
Miami holds three first-round and two second-round selections in next year’s draft among its 12 total picks (and maybe more depending on the awarding of compensatory choices). Miami also has two first-round and two second-round picks in the 2021 NFL Draft. A lot of these picks came from the Tunsil deal, as well as the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. They might be able to add to that with a Drake trade. The two teams who have come up the most often are the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans. Both are looking for depth at the RB position, and with little available on the free-agent list besides Jay Ajayi, Drake could be a viable option.
Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders
*Update: On October 22nd 2019, veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was traded to the San Francisco 49ers. The move came shortly after the New England Patriots traded for Mohamed Sanu. According to reports, the 49ers were also in the running for Sanu and pivoted to Sanders when that deal fell through. Sanders will become the newest weapon for QB Jimmy Garoppolo and this 49ers receiving core.
The Denver Broncos season got off to a rough start under new head coach Vic Fangio. Fangio and his team lost their first four games before getting a win against Los Angeles Chargers. The team is now 2–5 after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 30–6 on Thursday night.
According to reports, Sanders has been looking for a trade since the beginning of the season. His play has obviously been affected by the lack of offensive talent for the Broncos. New QB Joe Flacco has struggled this year, and Sanders has recorded only 30 catches for 367 yards and two touchdowns this season.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that after this most recent loss, the team started to listen to trade calls.
Sources: Broncos getting trade calls on WR Emmanuel Sanders.https://t.co/Vppp4cpnFD
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2019
Some of the teams that have apparently been making a push for Sanders are the New England Patriots, Philidelphia Eagles, and San Francisco 49ers. However, there could be a number of other teams in the market, with WR being a position that has seen quite a bit of injuries this year.
A source close to the teams recently informed us that the New Orleans Saints are also in the mix for Sanders. Our reports are that the Broncos would accept a third-round draft pick in return, if not a conditional fourth.
Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley
The once-promising Atlanta Falcons season has completely gone up in flames. The team is filled with talents like Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and Calvin Ridley. Unfortunately, these big names haven’t helped with their porous defense and offensive line.
Pass-rusher Vic Beasley, a 2015 first-round draft pick from Clemson, says the Falcons acknowledged to him after Sunday’s 37-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams that they are open to trading him if the deal is right.
“If that happens, then it happens,” Beasley said. “But right now, I’m still on the team. So, I’m just going to try and continue to help this team win games.”
The Falcons have struggled with the pass rush this season, and they are currently tied for a league-worst five total sacks. Beasley accounts for just 1.5 of those sacks. He has seen a steady decline from his all-world performance in 2016 with 15.5 sacks.
The Falcons picked up Beasley’s fifth-year option in his rookie contract at $12.81 million for this season but made it clear he would have to earn an extension. It is unlikely that the team feels he has earned that extension this year. With head coach Dan Quinn likely out the door at the end of the season, Beasley might be a key asset used to gather some 2020 draft capital.
Reports are that the Oakland Raiders will be in the market for a pass rusher before the deadline. With the news of Beasley’s availability, he might have just become the front runner for Oakland.
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green
This NFL trade has become more and more unlikely as the days have passed. A few weeks ago, it was reported that the Bengals were shopping WR A.J. Green. Green has yet to play a snap for Cincinnati this year after injuring himself in the first week of practice. It has been reported that if Green were willing to negotiate a new deal and return from his foot injury relatively soon, he could fetch a first-round pick on the NFL trade market. Unfortunately, the expectation is now that the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will be out until after the NFL trade deadline.
The Bengals are in the same boat as the Miami Dolphins, both teams still searching for their first wins. Cincinnati has been surprisingly competitive in most of their games but has failed to do enough to get a win. With a new head coach, Zac Taylor, the team could be looking to go into full rebuild mode at the end of the year. Green could be used to bring in more draft capital.
The team has also reportedly looked into trading trade key veterans such as defensive tackle Geno Atkins, defensive end Carlos Dunlap, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. All three of these players could garner significant interest in the trade market.
We will continue to monitor the NFL trade market before the October deadline. For more breaking news, make sure to follow us on Twitter @PFN365.