The New York Jets made the biggest splash of the 2014 season when they traded for Percy Harvin last week. Time is running out for any other big names to be moved, as the NFL trade deadline is set for Oct. 28.
Recent history shows that Harvin is likely the best player that will switch teams this year, considering teams are reluctant to move top talent at the deadline. Trent Richardson was the No.1 player traded last year, and Aqib Talib took the honor in 2012.
With the deadline approaching, far-fetched trade rumors continue to swirl, like the ESPN story that suggested Tom Brady could be sent to the Houston Texans for Andre Johnson. However, there are few impact players that have a realistic chance of being dealt before Week 9.
Vincent Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, a lot of teams have inquired about trading for the wide receiver. Considering the Buccaneers are 1-5 with virtually no chance of competing in the NFC, they are open to the idea of making a deal.
Jackson has been Tampa Bay’s No.1 receiver for three seasons, totaling 2,608 yards in 2012 and 2013, and recording five 1,000-yard seasons in the last six years. The veteran started off slow in 2014, but has improved since Mike Glennon took over at quarterback, and he could help any team that is looking for a boost on offense.
Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans
A lot of teams appear to be looking for at help wide receiver, as Rapoport reports that teams are calling about the availability of Washington. The Titans are essentially out of the playoff race, losing five of their first seven games and trailing the first-place Indianapolis Colts by three games.
Tennessee has already demonstrated that they are willing to make moves, having sent linebacker Akeem Ayers to the New England Patriots. Washington hasn't had the consistent success of a top receiver, recording 60 catches and 1,000 yards just once in his career, so his price tag could be lower than Jackson’s.
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Gresham won’t likely be on the Bengals' roster next year. He’s in the final year of his contract, and the team drafted his replacement in Tyler Eifert in the first round of last year. With Eifert set to return from injury in November, Cincinnati could look to get some value for Gresham before he walks in the offseason.
The Seahawks could be in the market for the veteran, considering they’ve already made a play for two of the NFL’s best tight ends. Seattle reportedly tried to trade Harvin for Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas, but both proposals were rejected.