Aaron Wilson: Chiefs buyers, Dolphins sellers ahead of Nov. 2 deadline
Ladies and gentlemen, start your rampant trade rumors.
As the NFL trade deadline approaches on Nov. 2, several players could be involved in trade discussions that may or may not result in actual deals.
Although only 11 teams have more than $7 million in salary cap space as Week 7 concludes, that shouldn’t be a major obstacle to some deals being hammered out.
Here’s a look at the potential buyers and sellers head into the league deadline:
–Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs were already heavily involved in trying to land former Houston Texans pass rusher Whitney Mercilus before he chose the Green Bay Packers, according to league sources.
The Chiefs could pursue Miami Dolphins defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah next.
Frank Clark has been a disappointment this year.
They could also use a safety next to standout Tyrann Mathieu with Juan Thornhill taking over as a starter last week. New York Jets safety Marcus Maye makes sense for the Chiefs.
–Green Bay Packers
The Packers need help at cornerback and made inquiries about Stephon Gilmore when he left the New England Patriots to join the Carolina Panthers.
With Jaire Alexander and Kevin King dealing with injuries, the Packers should consider calling the Miami Dolphins and asking about Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.
–Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The defending Super Bowl champions need assistance in the secondary. They lost Richard Sherman to another injury, and having a versatile safety like Marcus Maye (Jets) would give Tampa Bay a definite boost.
Although quarterback Lamar Jackson is an MVP candidate, the running back position has been decimated by injuries.
It would make sense to try to trade for the Indianapolis Colts’ Marlon Mack, the Buccaneers’ Ronald Jones or even Phillip Lindsay or Mark Ingram from the Houston Texans.
–New York Jets
The Jets won’t be signing safety Marcus Maye, their franchise player, to a long-term deal. Maye wants out, so it would make sense for the Jets to simply move on and get something in exchange for him. Ideally, something better than a third-round compensatory selection should he leave New York as a free agent next offseason.
Disgruntled Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson’s trade outlook is complicated by his unresolved legal situation (22 civil lawsuits and 10 active criminal complaints alleging sexual assault and/or sexual harassment with no charges filed).
However, there’s still a ton of potential value from the NFL’s passing yardage leader from a year ago. The Dolphins are the primary remaining suitor, but a deal is not assured of happening at all despite reports to the contrary.
Other potential Texans trade chips include wide receiver Brandin Cooks, safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. and running back Phillip Lindsay.
The Eagles could be looking for more draft capital even after unloading tight end Zach Ertz. Derek Barnett, Avonte Maddox and Darius Slay all come to mind as attractive trade candidates.
The Dolphins’ season has unraveled quickly, and the 1-6 start has spurred speculation that Miami could be unloading talent.
Among the prime potential players on the block are Emmanuel Ogbah, Xavien Howard and Byron Jones.
–By Aaron Wilson, Field Level Media