At the start of Week Three, the Cleveland Browns made the first major move of the 2013 NFL season, sending Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. With the trade deadline set for Oct. 29, a few more deals could be made in the coming weeks.
Several Pro Bowl caliber players have been linked to potential trades. The biggest name that could, reportedly, be dealt in the coming weeks is Tony Gonzalez. The tight end surprised many by coming back for a 17th season, but his performance hasn’t dropped off at age 37. However, the Atlanta Falcons haven’t lived up to expectations and could be on their way to missing the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
At 1-4, there is speculation that Atlanta could trade the veteran to a team that is trying to make a run in the postseason. The Kansas City Chiefs dealt Gonzalez to the Falcons in 2009, but Atlanta could send him back. A trade would make sense for both teams, with the 6-0 Chiefs needing to bolster their passing attack, and the Falcons falling out of postseason contention.
Hakeem Nicks is another top-level player that has been involved heavily in trade speculation. The New York Giants would have plenty of incentive to deal the wide receiver. In the offseason, they gave Victor Cruz a five-year contract extension, and may not want to pay another wide out a lot of money. Nicks won’t do the team much good this season, as the Giants are winless after six games and their hopes of making the postseason appear extremely dim.
Several reports, though, have stated that the Giants are looking to move Nicks. In September, Nicks was involved in a rumor that had him going to the Detroit Lions in exchange for running back Mikel Leshoure.
While the Falcons and Giants are quickly falling out of the playoff picture, a few teams that are in the thick of their divisions could also be looking to move one of their playmakers. The Cleveland Browns' Josh Gordon and Kenny Britt of the Tennessee Titans have been involved in trade rumors for much of the season, even though both of their clubs are just one game out of first place.
Britt is being actively shopped by Tennessee, who’s looking for a third-round draft pick, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. The wide receiver has had issues off the field, and the coaching staff hasn’t shown much faith in him. He’s been targeted just 23 times in five games.
Gordon is much less likely to be dealt. Browns CEO Joe Banner told USA Today this past weekend that the organization doesn’t intend on trading him. It appeared that the wide receiver might be on the move after Richardson was traded to Indianapolis, but three straight wins for Cleveland may have changed those plans. In just four games, Gordon has caught 25 passes for 429 yards. His teammate, Greg Little, has also been linked to potential trades.
The Giants made the most recent trade, acquiring linebacker Jon Beason from the Carolina Panthers. Earlier this month, the Arizona Cardinals sent offensive tackle Levi Brown to the Pittsburgh Steelers.