NFL trade rumors: Latest news and buzz as trade deadline approaches
The NFL’s trade deadline (Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. ET) is approaching quickly, which means it’s time to gather the latest rumors and buzz. Which players might be on the move? Which teams are looking for new players to make a difference? As the deadline nears, take a look at some of the rumors swirling around the NFL.
• Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack has been one of the biggest names on the trade block the last few days, but it appears that Mack won’t be going anywhere. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Mack plans to evoke the no-trade clause in his contract if the Browns try to trade him.
• Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the Browns are looking a lot in return for the trade pieces that they've made available. The team is seeking more than a first-round pick for Joe Thomas, a third-round pick for Alex Mack and a third round pick for Barkevious Mingo.
• Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not looking at any offers for quarterback Mike Glennon.
• Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that the Washington Redskins have not received any trade inquiries for benched quarterback Robert Griffin. Griffin’s contract has a $16.155 million guaranteed option for 2016, making him an unattractive option for teams in need of quarterback help.
• The San Francisco shipped tight end Vernon Davis out to Denver on Monday, and now there is speculation that quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be on the way out as well. The thought that Kaepernick could be traded arose after it was announced that the much maligned star was being benched for backup Blain Gabbert.
• The Eagles appear ready to trade defensive end Vinny Curry, reports Mark Eckel of NJ.com. Curry has seen limited time on the field this season, playing just 163 snaps. Elliot Shorr-Parks reports that Curry is also unlikely to return to Philadelphia this offseason.
• The Chargers aren’t looking to trade safety Eric Weddle. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that a Chargers spokesman said there is “absolutely no truth” that the team was shopping their starting safety.
• The San Francisco may be willing to part ways with long-time starting tight end Vernon Davis, reports Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. The 49ers’ season looks like it is going to be a complete loss, and Davis, who is on the last year of his contract, is unlikely to return next season. Davis didn’t seem shocked by the idea of a trade, telling Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, “It’s a possibility.”
• St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said a few weeks ago that tight end Jared Cook was not on the trade block and that appears to still be the case. Now that the Rams are solidly in the playoff picture, Cook stays an important part of their offense.
• ESPN’s Adam Schefter thinks that the Pittsburgh Steelers should attempt to trade for Chargers safety Eric Weddle and the deal would seem to make sense for the Chargers. Weddle is on the last season of a four-year contract and will pursue free agency next year. Cole of Bleacher Report says that Weddle is likely off the table, because the Chargers can earn a 2017 compensatory pick if he leaves in the offseason.
• Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, who turns 30 in December and is in the final year of his current contract, is rumored to be a potential trade candidate. Forte has rushed for 507 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season. Entering Week 8, the eight-year veteran ranks second in the NFL with 126 carries and is sixth in rushing yards with 507. Quarterback Jay Cutler spoke about his confidence in Forte on Friday, saying he “wouldn’t trade him for anyone else.”
• The Cleveland Browns are reportedly looking into trading some of their veteran players. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack are potential trade candidates. Linebacker Paul Kruger is another name that has been thrown in the mix.
• Teams have shown interest in Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. However, the Ravens have reportedly told interested teams that there is no chance and the 15-year veteran is unavailable.
• The Seattle Seahawks could be looking to improve their offensive line before the trade deadline, reports Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. The team may be willing to trade wide receivers in order to make room. Chris Matthews, who is in his second NFL season, could be a potential candidate.
• After New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick sustained an injury to his left thumb in Sunday’s game against the Raiders, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the Jets had already begun exploring trade a free agent options at quarterback.