With eight weeks of the NFL season in the books, the NFL trade deadline has arrived for teams looking to get a midseason boost. While it does not draw the same attention as the MLB trade deadline, the NFL deadline has produced some notable deals over the years, including last season when the Patriots brought in Aqib Talib from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the Patriots' roster thin due to injuries, in addition to some performance issues, here are some possible trades the Patriots could explore heading into the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday. Next
Hakeem Nicks, NYG
The most wanted receiver on the market is the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks. Nicks is having a down year for his standards –- 34 catches for 521 yards receiving with no touchdowns –- but he has been a very reliable and productive receiver over the years for the Giants.
Nicks totaled 255 catches for 3,726 yards and 27 touchdowns over his first four seasons in New York. His expiring contract at the conclusion of 2013 also makes him a likely trade target for the 2-6 Giants. Next
Jared Allen, MIN
Jared Allen is a defensive player that could make an immediate impact on a line still hurting from the loss of captain Vince Wilfork. The Minnesota defensive end has 21 combined tackles in seven games this season, recording 4.5 sacks and one forced fumble.
NFL.com’s Chris Burke and Doug Farrar believe that Allen would be a good fit with the Patriots. The five-time Pro Bowler is another star free-agent-to-be and trading Allen for value now could be worth more to the Vikings than potentially losing him in free agency and receiving very little. Next
Vincent Jackson, TB
After three 1,000-yard seasons in San Diego from 2008-11, Jackson has spent the past two seasons in Tampa Bay, where he caught a career-high 72 passes for 1,384 yards in 2012. Despite a revolving door at quarterback, Jackson has still caught 41 passes for 623 yards in just seven games in 2013.
Bill Belichick had high praise for Jackson following the Patriots’ 23-3 win over the Buccaneers in Week 3; his high priced contract may be an issue for teams looking to make a deal, but Belichick’s exceptional praise indicates the Patriots may be interested. Next
Josh Gordon, CLE
Highly skilled receiver Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns has been talked about in trade circles this season. After catching 50 passes for 805 yards in his rookie season of 2012, Gordon has amassed 582 yards and three touchdowns in just six games in 2013.
Gordon is not without his baggage though: he has already twice tested positive for banned substances – serving a two-game ban this season – and is one strike away from an automatic one-year ban. It is expected that the Browns would want at least a second-round draft pick in exchange for Gordon’s services, which may be too high for a player with such a high-risk factor. Next
Kenny Britt, TEN
Titans’ receiver Kenny Britt is another trade target who is likely to be in play before Tuesday’s deadline. Britt has just eight catches in six games with Tennessee this season, but is highly talented and could be a good boost for a team looking for reinforcements.
Britt is set to hit free agency after the season and it has become clear that they Titans want to see what they can get for him while they still control his contract. Britt could provide insurance for the Patriots receiving corps that relies on Danny Amendola and Julien Edelman, who both have injury histories, and Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins, rookies who have shown flashes of talent but still haven’t found consistency. Next
Fred Davis, WAS
Washington tight end Fred Davis is a name that has garnered some attention on the trade market, despite missing Weeks 7 and 8. Davis has just three catches for 25 yards this season, but combined for 73 catches and 1,121 yards in 19 games from 2011-12.
The Redskins are actively shopping Davis and hope to move him before the deadline. The Patriots currently have just three tight ends on the roster, and only Rob Gronkowski is utilized as a reliable pass catcher; Davis could slide into a spot currently occupied by Matt Mulligan. His trade value is highly hampered, however, by his suspension history for violating the league’s banned substance policy. Next
Marcedes Lewis, JAX
With the Jaguars in the midst of their 0-8 tailspin, the team is already looking to building back up for the future, and that means shopping away some of their more highly priced talent. Marcedes Lewis has played just three games this season, catching two passes for 37 yards and no touchdowns.
Lewis’s is career-year was in 2010 when made the Pro Bowl after catching 58 passes for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. He is going to be a tough sell, however, as his lack of production and injury history are going to make teams wary of taking on his salary that comes with cap hits of over $8.2 million each of the next two seasons. Next
Greg Little, CLE
The Browns’ other receiver that could be dealt at the deadline is Greg Little. Little has been productive over the past three seasons with Cleveland, catching 135 passes for 1,574 yards in 40 games, but has 34 drops to his 21 catches in 2013.
Little has some experience in the NFL, but also has untapped potential that can be developed in this right offensive system. CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora believes that there is a “strong chance” Greg Little gets dealt before the trade deadline. Next
Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
The mainstay of all of the up and down past few years of Arizona Cardinals football has been Larry Fitzgerald. In 2013, Fitzgerald has had to face another season with an unstable quarterback situation, but has still managed to catch 65 passes in eight games with 470 yards and five touchdowns.
While not likely that he will end up being traded right away, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that “Larry Fitzgerald will be in play this off-season, in likely event a deal not completed before Tuesday’s trade deadline.” Fitzgerald’s salary cap hit, $18 million for 2014, may be enough to scare away most teams, including the Patriots, from looking to make a deal until and they can rework their finances to help with the hit. Back to the beginning
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