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One Trade NFL Teams should make by the 2020 NFL Trade Deadline: AFC East

The NFL Trade Deadline is less than a week away and rumors are starting to speculate on potential star players that could get moved. In the next few days teams have to decide whether they should buy, sell, or stand pat at the deadline. The deadline is November 3 at 4pm Eastern time. There has already been two major trades where the Minnesota Vikings sent Yannick Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens,  Dallas Cowboys sent Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions, San Fransisco sent Kwon Alexander to the New Orleans Saints, and Los Angeles Chargers sent Desmond King to the Tennessee Titans. These teams may not be done trading their veterans this season as both are rumored to want to move a few more veterans. Here are deals that teams in the AFC East should do before the trade deadline.

 

Buffalo adds to the interior of their defensive line

Buffalo Bills receive: Geno Atkins
Cincinnati Bengals receive: Vernon Butler and 3rd round pick

The Buffalo Bills started the year red hot. They did not only look like the clearcut best team in the AFC East, but they looked like Super Bowl contenders. But after starting 4-0 the Bills are now 6-2. They appear to be more mortal than what was believed earlier. Despite playing average this past month, the Bills still have the potential to win the division and be a threat in the AFC. They may be a trade away from making that happen.

The Cincinnati Bengals have a nice young core developing this year. Despite only winning two games at this point, they have a bright future a head and should be confident in their future. But are not done building their roster. They also have some veterans on their roster that might not be in their long term plans. The Bengals may have to move some of those veterans to get assets and accelerate their rebuild.

After trading Carlos Dunlap, the veteran on the roster who is great, but not it the Bengals long term plans is Geno Atkins. Over the past decade in the NFL there are few interior defensive lineman that have played better than Atkins. Buffalo is in need of an elite pass rusher, Ed Oliver is not at that point yet and their edge rushers haven’t produced well either. Adding Atkins might be the spark this defense as a whole has been lacking this season. Next to Ed Oliver might make the best interior defensive line pairing in the league. Vernon Butler has played well to this point, but not great. The former first round pick is still very young and could be a apart of the Bengals future as a starting caliber defensive lineman.

Miami Dolphins clear some salary cap space at a position of depth

Miami Dolphins receive: 6th round pick
San Fransisco 49ers receive: Jordan Howard and 2022 7th round pick
Jordan Howard
Does Jordan Howard still have what it takes to be a starting running back in the NFL? (courtesy of Miami Dolphins)

One year after dropping to the bottom tier of teams in the league and beginning a major rebuild, the Dolphins have gotten the ball rolling and could potentially be on the verge of a playoff spot this season. The Dolphins defense has played like one of the best units in the league in recent weeks. While the young players on their offense seem to be developing well. Head coach Brian Flores has done an amazing job trying to turn around the franchise and make them competitive in the near future. That being said, the rebuild is not over and the team should not risk any major draft capital to try and win this year.

The San Fransisco 49ers have dealt with an absurd amount of injuries this year on both sides of the ball. One position that the team has been hit hard is running back. Raheem Moestert and Tevin Coleman have not been able to stay healthy for an extended period of time. Jeff Wilson Jr. will also be missing an extended period of time. This leaves Jerick McKinnon and undrafted free agent rookie Ja’Michal Hasty as the teams best active running backs. McKinnon has been on a snap count after missing two straight seasons because of a knee injury and Hasty has played well up to this point.

After the emergence of Myles Gaskins, both Matt Brieda and Jordan Howard have become extendable. A reunion between Breida and the 49ers would be interesting, but if Kyle Shanahan got his hands on a player the caliber of Howard who had great success early in his career, the 49ers offense can potentially get better. The 49ers are close to becoming the team who misses the playoffs in a loaded NFC West one year after losing the Super Bowl. A move like this could add a new element to the teams offense that makes them a threat again. Shanahan has a history of turning older or less talented running backs into stars. Howard could breakout the rest of the season in the offense where he would have a lot of reps until the teams running backs became healthy.

New England brings back a dynamic playmaker

New England Patriots receive: Brandin Cooks
Houston Texans receive: 3rd round pick and 2022 5th round pick
Brandin Cooks
Will Brandin Cooks be traded for the fourth time at the trade deadline? (Photo: Brett Coomer, Texas Sports Nation photographer)

For the first time in an extremely long time the New England Patriots are three games under .500. Between the leaving of Tom Brady, lack of offensive weapons, and opt outs on defense the Patriots are nowhere near the team they were a season ago. Their biggest issues are on offense, the team lacks the playmakers to give Cam Newton the ability to move the ball down the field. Their offense has been slow and at times one dimensional. Adding a playmaker would help cushion the offense and possibly get them back on track to being competitive.

The Houston Texans season is also is shambles. Former head coach Bill O’Brien has traded away the teams early picks for the past few years and the team has not played well because of the lack of young talent. The team will likely trade away one of their four starting capable receivers Will Fuller, Brandin Cooks, Kenny Stills, and Randall Cobb to get as many assets for this years draft as possible to start their slight rebuild.

Despite Fuller being the most likely to get traded, Cooks is the better fit for New England because of his prior history in this offense. Not too long ago Cooks spent a season in New England under head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and played extremely well. The biggest difference is that Cam Newton will be throwing the ball to Cooks instead of Tom Brady. But with the lack of weapons there, I’m sure Newton would target Cooks a lot and try to develop a chemistry right away.

The reason why New England should try to add a player with experience in their offense is because in the past skill players have called this offense complicated. This past year Mohamed Sanu struggled to learn the offense on the fly and played bad enough for the team to get cut before his second season with the team started. The learning curve with Cooks should be minimal helping the Patriots get the success they desperately need.

New York Jets trades away another veteran

New York Jets receive: 2022 6th round
Philadelphia Eagles receive: George Fant

The New York Jets have been far and away the worst team in the league. Right now they are on pace to have the first overall pick and there isn’t much standing in the way of that happening. General Manger Joe Douglas has realized this season is lost and has tried to move his veteran players to save cap space and get any draft pick that they can. Despite the deadline creeping up it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Jets make another move or two.

The Philadelphia Eagles has dealt with injuries all over their offense and the lesser talked injuries are on the offensive line. At this point this season there is only one offensive lineman for the Eagles who have started every single game from their projected starting offensive line and that is Jason Kelce. The Eagles could try to make a move and attempt to add a veteran offensive lineman that can make spot starts and is versatile enough to move around the line.

George Fant was one of the larger free agent signings in New York, but he was basically insurance incase they couldn’t draft one early. Mekhi Becton and Chuma Edoga are capable of starting and are potentially the future starting tackles for the New York Jets for a long time. Since Jason Peters and Lane Johnson have been in and out of the lineup Fant could be plugged in right away at either tackle spot and play at an efficient level. After they remain healthy Fant is a valuable swing tackle that could be cut after this season for a low dead cap hit. If the Eagles want to win the division they may need more depth at crucial positions.

Other Divisions

NFC South
NFC West
NFC East
NFC North
AFC West
AFC North
AFC South

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