With the NFL trade deadline set for October 31st, just seven days away, front offices have already begun buying and selling. This deadline shapes up to be unlike ones from previous seasons, as there appear to be many rumors involving big name players unlike we’ve seen before. Here are some recent trades that have already been finalized prior to the deadline:
Browns pave the way for rookie Nick Chubb to be their feature back, send Hyde to Jacksonville.
The Cleveland Browns sent their starting running back, Carlos Hyde, to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 5th round pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL draft. The move paves the way for rookie 2nd round pick Nick Chubb, as well as veteran Duke Johnson, Jr. to lead the Cleveland backfield for the foreseeable future. Jacksonville, with their stud running back Leonard Fournette nursing a bad hamstring for the entire season, add a proven veteran starting-caliber running back in Hyde for a mid-late round draft pick.
Giants send former #10 overall pick Eli Apple to New Orleans.
This move was the beginning of what appears to be a fire sale for the New York Giants. In the midst of another lost season, the Giants appear to be intent on trading away any talent that teams may be interested in. That includes former 2016 first round pick, cornerback Eli Apple, as he was sent to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a 2019 4th round pick, as well as a 2020 7th round pick. Apple has shown flashes of improvement and growth in his third pro season, and could prove to be a big help to an inconsistent Saints secondary. If nothing else, it adds depth at a vital position for a reasonable price.
Oakland continues to stock up on draft picks, send wideout Amari Cooper to Dallas.
Jon Gruden continues to dismantle whatever was in Oakland before he took over. After trading Khalil Mack a week before the regular season began for two 1st round picks, Gruden has now traded 2015 first round pick Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 2019 first round pick. Adding the Cowboys pick gives the Raiders three 1st round picks in the upcoming 2019 draft, adding to their own pick, and the Bears pick they received via the Khalil Mack trade. The Cowboys add a veteran wide receiver, who has proven to be a capable option in years past. While it was a hefty price to pay for Cooper’s inconsistency and issues with dropped passes, it fills a glaring need for a team hoping to make a playoff push.
Giants continue fire sale, send defensive tackle Damon Harrison to the Detroit Lions.
The Giants are no question entering rebuild mode, and they confirmed this by trading a second defensive starter in as many days. The Giants have sent defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison to Detroit, and in return will receive the Lions’ 5th round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Snacks has proven to be one of the best interior defensive linemen against the run for a few years now, and he will help stabilize a Detroit run defense that has been average at best ever since Ndamukong Suh left via free agency after the 2014 defense.