What is the NFL trade deadline?

Posted Oct 30, 2017

The NFL trade deadline is the last chance for NFL teams to make a big move in terms of upgrading their roster before the final push towards playoff berths in the second half of the season.

This year’s deadline falls at 8pm UK time on Tuesday October 31. 

The teams most likely to be open for business are those who are struggling and looking at a long-term rebuild. So among those likely to be ‘selling’ are the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts. Each of those teams could off-load a star player or two in order to acquire future draft picks.

Teams looking to grab stars who become available are those who are chasing a playoff spot while dealing with an obvious weakness on their roster. The Seahawks and their offensive line problems would be a perfect case in point.

Here are just a few names to look out for this week…

Jimmy Graham – Tight End, Seattle Seahawks

Graham is a bulked up receiver who adds no blocking value to the Seahawks at tight end and there is a school of thought that Seattle would try to move him in exchange for a player who can upgrade their offensive line.

Martavis Bryant – Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

Demanding a trade doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to get moved on, but the Steelers might be glad to get shot of their problematic receiver, especially given the development of his young replacement/rival, JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Vontae Davis – Cornerback, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have the look of a team preparing for a total rebuild and that might mean seeing what they can get for a declining Pro Bowl talent like cornerback Vontae Davis. The Colts have been poor on defense in recent years and Davis has missed time through injuries.

T.Y. Hilton – Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts

Hilton is the one offensive star to get excited about in Indy, though, and trading away Andrew Luck’s favourite target is not going to sit well with the franchise quarterback when he returns from injury.

A comeback for Megatron?

One rumour doing the rounds on Sunday night was that teams were contacting Detroit with a view to acquiring the rights to retired wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who has not played in the NFL since the 2015 season. Never rule it out in today’s weird and wonderful NFL.


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