NFL Trade Deadline: Who Will Be On The Move?
Updated: Nov 4, 2021
With the 2021 NFL trade deadline set for Tuesday, November 2nd at 4 pm ET, some teams are already ahead of the madness to come. Just 24 hours ago, the Broncos sent 8x Pro Bowl LB Von Miller to arguably the best defensive team in the NFL, the Los Angeles Rams, while the Pittsburgh Steelers sent former 3x Pro Bowl OLB Melvin Ingram III to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for a sixth-round pick.
Furthermore, while the Texans do not seem to be budging on Deshaun Watson, teams like the Panthers and Cardinals have made significant acquisitions. Carolina stole former Defensive Player of the Year and 3x Pro Bowl CB Stephon Gilmore from Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots as well as CB CJ Henderson from the Jacksonville Jaguars, while Arizona picked up Super Bowl Champion and 3x Pro Bowl TE Zach Ertz from a young, depleted Philadelphia Eagles roster.
With 2021 first-round pick CB Jaycee Horn going to down to a hand injury in September and TE Maxx Williams going down in early October, both the Panthers and Cardinals look to be back on track before 4 pm ET hits this Tuesday.
On the other hand, teams like the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans may need to make some immediate transactions in order to remain in playoff contention. With many analysts calling for Odell Beckham Jr. to be shipped away, Baker Mayfield and the Browns have denied all accusations and claim they plan to hold onto the 3x Pro Bowl WR for the near future.
However, Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans seem to have entered in panic mode after All-Pro RB Derrick Henry had to get season-ending foot surgery after Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. To temporarily replace Henry in the backfield, Tennessee signed veteran RB Adrian Peterson to their practice squad this weekend. The 36-year-old back ranks fifth on the NFL’s all-time rushing list and is expected to be moved up to the active roster in the coming days.
Additionally, there have been minute trades across the league reuniting players with their former teams, as the Houston Texans traded RB Mark Ingram II to the Saints where he was drafted in 2011, while the Philadelphia Eagles sent QB Joe Flacco back to the New York Jets due to an injury to rookie QB Zach Wilson. The Saints also managed to pick up CB Bradley Roby from the Houston Texans.
Ultimately, while teams like the Texans, Titans, and even Dolphins should be in heavy pursuit of a possible trade, this 2021 Trade Deadline will likely be very uneventful.