When is the NFL trade deadline 2019? Date, time, latest news, rumors, top targets

The NFL trade deadline in 2019 will arrive with the same questions it carries every year. How many trades will occur before the deadline hits? Who is being mentioned in the latest NFL trade rumors? These questions are increasingly fair in a league where general managers are becoming more aggressive around the trade deadline.

Some are expecting the 2019 NFL trade deadline to be particularly busy, in part because a handful of teams are clear sell candidates thanks to their hopeless records. Plus, a handful of contenders have obvious weaknesses that could be addressed before the trade deadline.

According to CBS, there is “a sense among aggressive general managers that there are more potential trades to be made this year than possibly ever before.” Aside from the aforementioned disparity between the good and bad teams this season, NFL front offices have shown a tendency to be active around the deadline over the last couple seasons.

MORE: Potential trade targets for all 32 NFL teams at the 2019 deadline

Last year, nine big-name players — Amari Cooper, Carlos Hyde, Eli Apple, Damon Harrison, Golden Tate, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Dante Fowler, Demaryius Thomas and Ty Montgomery — were traded in the week leading up to the deadline. The year before that, another nine big-name players — Jimmy Garoppolo, Kelvin Benjamin, Adrian Peterson, Dontrelle Inman, Marcel Dareus, Duane Brown, Jeremy Lane, Rashard Robinson and Jay Ajayi — were traded, with six of them being moved on deadline day.

In 2019, more big names are being mentioned in trade rumors. Some players like Jalen Ramsey (before he was moved) and Trent Williams have been relatively clear in their desires to be moved, but others like A.J. Green and Kenyan Drake, who may or may not care to be traded, could be dealt as a result of their teams’ ineptitude.

Below is all you need to know about the approaching 2019 NFL trade deadline, including the latest rumors around notable players who might be dealt.

When is the NFL trade deadline 2019?

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 29. Though the cutoff time is 4 p.m. ET, sometimes deals that were sent to the league office at the last minute are announced or reported after the deadline passes. So stay tuned for NFL trade news even after the deadline hits.

Chances are, it will be a very busy day for the NFL’s transaction wire. That has been the case for the last two NFL trade deadlines.

Last year, five players were traded on deadline day. The year before that, six players were traded on deadline day.

NFL trade news

— Oct. 24: The Patriots traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the Cowboys in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

— Oct. 22: The Lions traded safety Quandre Diggs and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Seahawks in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick.

— Oct. 22: The Broncos traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the 49ers in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fourth-round pick.

— Oct. 22: The Falcons traded wide receiver Mohamed Sanu to the Patriots in exchange for a second-round draft pick. New England, in need of receiver help, reportedly had tried to make a deal for Sanu before the 2019 NFL Draft. Looking to rebuild amid a bad season, Atlanta finally gave in.

— Oct. 21: The Raiders traded cornerback Gareon Conley to the Texans in exchange for a third-round pick. The deal was made days before Houston was scheduled to host Oakland in Week 8.

— Oct. 16: The Jaguars traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Rams in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

— Oct. 16: The Rams traded cornerback Marcus Peters to the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick.

— Oct. 15: The Browns traded offensive lineman Austin Corbett to the Rams in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick.

— Oct. 8: The Bills traded wide receiver Zay Jones to the Raiders in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick.

— Oct. 1: The Falcons traded linebacker Duke Riley and a 2020 sixth-round pick to the Eagles in exchange for safety Johnathan Cyprien and a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Can NFL teams trade after the trade deadline?

No. Not for the rest of 2019, at least.

When the Oct. 29 trade deadline arrives at 4 p.m. ET, all trading for 2019 ends. NFL teams will not be able to complete trades again until the 2020 league year begins March 18 at 4 p.m. ET.

However, before the 2020 trading period begins, teams can agree to trades in principle even though the deals can’t be finalized until March 18. This is what the Chiefs did a couple years ago, when they dealt quarterback Alex Smith to the Redskins in January even though the trade couldn’t be finalized for a couple months.

NFL trade deadline rumors: Potential trade targets

According to CBS, the Saints, Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs, Patriots and Seahawks “have already begun laying the framework for potential deals” ahead of this year’s trade deadline. All of those teams have something in common: a status of legitimate contenders. Those teams are among the potential buyers.

For the most part, the potential sellers ahead of this year’s trade deadline also have something in common: no chance at the playoffs. Teams like the Dolphins, Bengals and Broncos might be inclined to turn their attention toward 2020.

Below are some notable players who have been mentioned in NFL trade rumors as the Oct. 29 deadline approaches.

According to NFL.com, if the Broncos continue to lose games this season, everybody in Denver but Von Miller could become available as the trade deadline approaches. Of course, the 30-year-old pass-rusher is Denver’s most attractive asset and would bring a hefty return in a deal. The Broncos can’t ignore all possibilities.

Miller, the fifth highest paid defensive player in the NFL, has two years left on his current deal beyond 2019. If the Broncos were to trade him, they would take dead cap hits of $8,125,000 in 2019 and $11,850,000 in 2020, but they would get an immediate $17 million in cap savings — not to mention whatever draft picks would arrive in a deal.

Also worth mentioning: Miller is notably pro-player movement.

In a development that surprises nobody, CBS reported the Patriots, of all teams, “are expected to push for” a trade for Green. Multiple teams should, because despite the 31-year-old wide receiver’s recent health issues, he still has undeniable talent.

Green is in the final year of his contract, and the Bengals are ripe for trades as they gear up for a rebuild with new coach Zac Taylor. At long as team owner Mike Brown is willing to play ball, that is.

CBS reported teams are “eager” to try to trade for Cincinnati players like Green, but that Brown is generally apprehensive when it comes to such deals.

“If they wanted to, and they did this right, they could be right there with the Dolphins and Raiders when it comes to 1, 2, and 3s in the next few drafts,” a GM told CBS. Added another GM: “We’ve gone over the roster and the contracts. It is begging for trades, but I’m not sure they’ll seriously consider it. That’s not how Mike Brown operates.”

The Eagles reportedly tried to trade for the 29-year-old corner last year. Philadelphia remains in need of secondary help, which is why the team already attempted to trade for Ramsey, and could instead turn its attention to Peterson.

The Cardinals have missed Peterson during his six-game suspension to begin the 2019 season, and with Kyler Murray already in place as the baseline for the offense, Arizona could decide the corner is worth an extension as the team looks to contend as soon as possible. Along those lines, ESPN reported the Cardinals “are not interested” in trading Peterson.

Still, at least three teams have called Arizona about the corner, per ESPN.

Beyond 2019, Peterson has one year left on his contract. If the Cardinals were to trade him, they would be left with dead cap charges of just $884,588 in 2019 and $634,588 in 2020 while freeing up $7,117,647 in cap space. Arizona also would land solid draft assets in a deal.

Redskins president Bruce Allen claims the team is not considering a Williams trade “at this time.” Which is a predictably ignorant stance for this disaster of a franchise.

By all accounts, the relationship between the 31-year-old left tackle and his team is irreparable, and the holdout that began over the summer is expected to last through the entire season. According to CBS, GMs around the NFL have “used adjectives like ‘ridiculous,’ ‘unbelievable’ and ‘backwards’ to describe the team’s approach” to the Williams situation.

Some have suggested Washington could land at least a first-round pick in a Williams trade considering Houston sent Miami two firsts and a second for Laremy Tunsil last month. Perhaps an injury will force another team’s hand, allowing the Redskins to receive an offer that would end their stand-off with Williams.

This one’s simple: The Dolphins are bad, and they already have proven their willingness to sell. They’ve already accumulated future assets in trades of Minkah Fitzpatrick, Tunsil, Kenny Stills and Kiko Alonso this year, and Drake is another attractive player to contenders.

The 25-year-old running back is in the final year of his rookie contract. He would be a relatively cheap-but-impactful addition to a team in need of rushing support.

Diggs is being mentioned in trade rumors only because he admitted there’s some truth to the idea that he wants out of Minnesota.

However, the Vikings still need Diggs, and they recently gave the 25-year-old wide receiver a five-year contract extension worth $72 million (roughly $40 million guaranteed).

Not only does a Diggs trade make little sense for Minnesota from a football perspective, but dealing him would leave the team with dead cap charges of $3.1 million in 2019 and $9 million in 2020 while bringing it only $9 million in cap relief.

For those reasons, only a player-for-player trade might make sense for the Vikings should they feel forced to move Diggs. And those kinds of deals are rare.

A 25-year-old defensive tackle, Williams is in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract after the Jets drafted him No. 6 overall in 2015. His base salary in 2019 is just north of $14 million.

Williams is a productive player worthy of a hefty contract extension, and the Jets reportedly are not interested in trading him. However, ESPN reported Williams “has been garnering interest from multiple teams around the league.”

Why are NFL trades so rare?

Yes, NFL general managers have been more aggressive around the trade deadline in recent years, but compared to the frenzy seen in the NBA, for example, NFL trades are still relatively rare.

In short, it boils down to four issues: signing bonuses/dead cap charges, space under a hard salary cap, compensation/compensatory picks and spending requirements. Sporting News contributor Jason Fitzgerald explains in detail here why that’s the case.

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