The trade deadline is usually quiet, but teams are calling about a big-name #Jets DL: Sheldon Richardson. There were talks. Will it pick up?— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2016
New York Jets (5-2) defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson is hearing his name in many rumors. Apparently, teams were calling to at least inquire about the defensive linemen whose contract expires after 2017, according to Over The Cap.
CBS Sports Joel Corry lists Sheldon Richardson as one of ten deals that need to happen at the NFL trade deadline. He says that Richardson’s long-term prospects with the Jets took a hit when Muhammad Wilkerson signed a five-year, $86 million contract.
Hence, dealing Richardson would help the Jet remove the $8.1 million salary owed to Richardson in 2017. That is the year New York already has the second-most cap commitments in the NFL. Corry lists the Indianapolis Colts as a potential landing spot because their defense ranks 28th in points allowed and total defense.
Further, NJ.com’s Connor Hughes writes that it makes more sense to trade Sheldon Richardson rather than Wilkerson. Richardson is not signed long-term, and there is no guarantee that they can re-sign the 2013 first-round pick. Not to mention, Richardson has gotten himself into trouble off the field.
Sports Illustrated‘s Greg A. Bedard also lists the Colts as a place that makes sense for Richardson. He says the Jets should diversify their payroll and take some money out of the defensive line.
This season, Richardson registered 25 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the Jets. The defensive lineman has also played some pass rushing linebacker.
The Jets trading Sheldon Richardson is one NFL trade rumor that makes sense.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora lists Haden as a veteran most likely to be moved at the NFL trade deadline. He says Haden’s deal is bloated and his play has slipped, but teams would listen to deals for him.
Corry writes that Haden would help the Carolina Panthers make up for the loss of Josh Norman in free agency. Additionally, a trade between the Panthers and Cleveland could give the Browns five picks in the first two rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft.
Haden is a two-time Pro Bowler with $32.9 million left on a deal he signed in 2014. The 2010 first-round pick registered two interceptions and 15 tackles in four games this season. He only played in five games last season due to concussion issues.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport also lists Dallas Cowboys (5-1) runner Darren McFadden as one a name on the block at the NFL trade deadline. According to Rapoport, the Cowboys could be convinced to deal McFadden via a significant offer.
Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox predicts that Dallas will move McFadden before the deadline. He says McFadden could become a starter with the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions thanks to a slate of injuries.
Corry writes that McFadden is a luxury for the Cowboys thanks to Ezekiel Elliott‘s success and Alfred Morris‘ stability as the backup. Further, he has the Detroit Lions as a potential suitor for McFadden. The Lions make sense due to a ton of injuries in their backfield.
However, McFadden is on the non-football injury list after a fractured elbow suffered in the offseason. The 2008 first-round pick can come off the non-football injury list that he is on, and he has proclaimed himself healthy. Still, McFadden has only played two full seasons in his nine-year career.
McFadden finished fourth in the NFL in rushing last season with 1089.
Will Darren McFadden, Sheldon Richardson or Joe Haden get traded before Tuesday’s deadline? Stay posted as NFL trade rumors continue heating up.
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