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NFL trade rumors: Latest news, buzz as Tuesday deadline approaches

NFL trade rumors are piling up as the league approaches the Tuesday trade deadline.

Trades are not completed nearly as frequently in the NFL compared to the other major sports leagues, but there typically are a handful of moves made each year ahead of the league's trade deadline, which is set for 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

The New England Patriots have already been active, acquiring linebacker Kyle Van Noy from the Detroit Lions and shipping tight end A.J. Darby to the Denver Broncos.

Here's a look at some other players that are rumored to be involved in trade discussions. 

Joe Thomas

The Cleveland Browns left tackle can be had for a second-round pick, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. The Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, Cardinals, Giants and Vikings could all be in the mix. However, Browns coach Hue Jackson says the team won't trade Thomas, and the lineman says he wants to stay in Cleveland. 

Joe Staley

​The San Francisco 49ers could also be trading their left tackle. Pro Football Talk is reporting that the same batch of teams could be interested in Staley as are interested in Thomas, but the 49ers want a first-round pick in exchange.

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Alshon Jeffrey

The Chicago Bears are going nowhere this season, and Jeffrey, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, could be dealt. The Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly on the prowl for a wide receiver to bolster rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, and could be interested in Jeffrey. But's Ian Rapoport reported this week that there isn't merit to trade rumors about the Bears wide receiver. 

Torrey Smith

Sensing a theme? The 49ers have reportedly been in talks with the Eagles about Smith. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly have interest in acquiring a wide receiver, and could chase after Smith as well.

Brandon Marshall

The veteran wide receiver is stuck in a tough spot in New York. The Jets aren't going to the playoffs, and quarterback play has been so bad that his production has dropped significantly. It would make sense for the Jets to trade him away, and the Kansas City Chiefs seem to be the most talked about destination.

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Darren McFadden

The man who led the Dallas Cowboys in rushing last year has yet to play this season after being put on the non-football injury list after he broke his elbow during the offseason. However, he is healthy now, and Dallas simply doesn't have the need for him with the way its backfield is performing. The Detroit Lions could be the team that targets him, as their first, second and third string running backs have battled injuries throughout the year, resulting in the call–up of Zach Zenner from the practice squad. McFadden would be able to take over right away as the starter for a Lions team that is suddenly in the wild card mix, and could probably be had for a mid-to-late round draft pick. At this point, however, McFadden-to-Detroit talk is entirely speculation.