NFL trade rumors: Jared Allen available? Josh Gordon staying in Cleveland?
The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. We’ve already seen several impact players change locales (Trent Richardson, Eugene Monroe, Jon Beason). Will more follow suit as teams load up for a postseason run?
Find all the latest rumors in advance of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET trade deadline below.
UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. ET
• The Arizona Cardinals say they have no intention of trading Larry Fitzgerald. “I have not had one conversation regarding a trade with Larry Fitzgerald,” general manager Steve Keim told 620 AM in Arizona. “We have every intent to have Larry Fitzgerald retire as a Cardinal. Period.”
UPDATE: 10 a.m. ET
• CBSSports’ Jason La Canfora says that Kenny Britt, Greg Little and Fred Davis are among the players most likely to be dealt before the deadline. With so many contending teams needing help at receiver – and with teams seemingly balking at the price for Hakeem Nicks and Josh Gordon — Little and Britt could quickly become viable trade options.
La Canfora also provided updates on more high-profile players:
– Josh Gordon: “Teams have been calling for weeks on him and the Browns have let other clubs know they are willing to listen to offers on pretty much anyone on their roster, but would likely take a second-round pick and a player with some value, at the least, to pry him away. There have been enough discussions about him that I can’t rule it out entirely, but someone would have to really give the Browns something to think about with their offer.”
– Hakeem Nicks: “Teams have been calling since the Giants fell to 0-6, and the Giants have resisted all temptation. Now, suddenly back in the mix in the NFC East at 2-6, the odds of dealing Nicks are looking bleaker. Still, if someone offers a second-round pick, with provisions for more should Nicks re-sign with that new team, then you never know.”
• FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer reported that the Vikings would be willing to deal Jared Allen for the “right price.” An impending free agent, Allen would potentially net the Vikings a third-rounder in compensation if he left via free agency. For that reason, Glazer says Minnesota would be seeking a higher pick in any deal for Allen.
Allen dismissed the trade rumors after the Vikings’ 44-31 loss to the Packers. “It’s not even something I’ve got to worry about right now,” Allen said. “I got no control over that stuff. It is what it is. I understand the league. I understand how it works. I’m not an idiot. But my goal is to play football.”
In the last addition of Mock GM, Chris Burke and Doug Farrar speculated that the Patriots would be a good fit for Allen and his lofty salary.
• Josh Gordon did everything he could to boost his stock on Sunday (five catches, 132 yards, one TD in 23-17 loss to the Chiefs), but the Browns say they aren’t shopping the second-year receiver. Ian Rapoport reported that no trade is expected Tuesday, but the cost of such a deal would be at least a second-rounder.
For his part, Gordon is sick of the trade rumors. “I honestly wish if it was going to happen it would have happened already, instead of dragging on,” he said. “If a trade offer came in and that’s what they wanted to do, so be it. If not, then just let it be known that this is where I’m gonna be.
• Count the 49ers, Patriots, Lions, Ravens and Colts among the teams interested in trading for a wide receiver, reports CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora. “The Browns and 49ers have been among the most active clubs leading up to the deadline,” La Canfora reports, before noting that the Browns “would entertain offers for emerging tight end Jordan Cameron as well as [Josh] Gordon, though it would take a steep haul of picks and/or players to acquire them.”
• Add Larry Fitzgerald and Darren McFadden to the list of names being floated before Tuesday’s deadline. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Sunday that “Larry Fitzgerald will be in play this offseason, in likely event a deal not completed before Tuesday’s trade deadline.” The Cardinals are coming off a 27-13 win over the Falcons that propelled them to 4-4, so Fitzgerald seems unlikely to move.
McFadden, fresh off a 24-carry, 73-yard, two-touchdown performance in a win over the Steelers, could be on the move as an impending free agent. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Oakland “might” be willing to part with the former first-round pick in the right deal.
• One player unlikely to move: the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Giants are “resisting all overtures” for the wide receiver, who’s an impending free agent. Nicks has 34 catches for 521 yards and no touchdowns this season.
• The Jaguars are reportedly “very open” to dealing RB Maurice Jones-Drew, but Jason La Canfora says Jones-Drew’s salary and production (or lack thereof) make him unlikely to move.