The NFL Trade Deadline is fast approaching. It’s 11 days away, on October 31st. This means that teams don’t have much time left to determine whether they will push for the playoffs, or begin retooling for next year.
One team to pay attention to is the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys are 4-2, and are once again viewed as one of the top teams in the NFC. However, their defense hasn’t been the same since star cornerback Trevon Diggs tore his ACL in practice a few weeks ago. The Eagles are 5-1 and haven’t shown to be as dominant as last year. The Cowboys don’t lack for star power, but they could use some help on defense or another wide receiver to compliment CeeDee Lamb. Another team that may look to be buyers are the Baltimore Ravens. The team has a ton of talent, but is again struggling with injuries, particularly on offense. There’s worse ideas than giving Lamar Jackson more weapons. They could use another wide receiver or running back help. The Buffalo Bills could use another running back, as they’ve been looking for better backfield production for a few years now.
As for sellers, there’s several teams who should be looking to 2024 and beyond. The most obvious teams that should be sellers are the Giants, Vikings, and Broncos. They all have offensive pieces that could and should be up for sale. As for the biggest players that could be on the market, the likely answer is Saquon Barkley. As we discussed in a prior article, Barkley could fetch a nice price for the Giants if multiple teams get involved. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has taken himself off the market, but perhaps the team would be willing to move wide receiver K.J. Osborn or tight end T.J. Hockenson.
The Trade Deadline serves a valid purpose for every team, regardless if they are buyers or sellers. With top teams separating themselves and the teams at the bottom beginning to show themselves, the Trade Deadline this year will surely have plenty of surprises in store for NFL fans everywhere.