The biggest trade rumors in advance of the 4 p.m. ET deadline surround Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen. Minnesota is not going anywhere fast this season, and may look to move Allen, an aging but effective veteran, to acquire some draft picks for the rebuilding process to come. The first team in on the rumors was the Seattle Seahawks, who were reportedly making an "11th-hour push" for the pass rusher, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
A conflicting report surfaced stating that the Seahawks are not in on a potential trade for Allen, per Jay Glazer of FOX Sports. Schefter then tweeted that the Seahawks have chosen "to not actively pursue" Allen. It wouldn't be deadline day without conflicting reports from two of the biggest reporters in the game, of course.
Adding fuel to the potential trade fire, Minnesota announced the signing of defensive end Justin Trattou, just as the trade rumors started to come out. The San Francisco 49ers were then named as a team who could be interested, but Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News said that the 49ers have "no interest" in a trade for Allen.
Finally, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports suggested that Allen "thinks highly" of the Seahawks, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys, all of which are teams that employ a 4-3 defense. La Canfora did say that the 49ers run enough hybrid to make them intriguing as well.
There has been a lot of talk about tight end Tony Gonzalez possibly being traded by the struggling Atlanta Falcons. Gonzalez initially went to the Falcons in hopes of winning a Super Bowl after playing for poor Kansas City Chiefs teams for many years, but they're in a bad way right now. Meanwhile, the Chiefs are undefeated and hurting at the tight end position, so their name has been thrown around.
However, Adam Schefter of ESPN reiterated on Tuesday that the Falcons' stance has not changed on Gonzalez: they will not be trading him prior to the 4 p.m. deadline. The team still feels like it can pull things together to win now, but it needs Gonzalez to do it, with the significant injuries to wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White.
Either way, Gonzalez is open to a trade if that's something the Falcons change their mind on. However, he won't be asking for one outright, according to ESPN.
There's been a lot of talk about the Cleveland Browns potentially trading young wide receiver Josh Gordon. The team traded second-year running back Trent Richardson earlier this season, and likely needs some more ammunition to help land its quarterback of choice in next year's draft. It would seem quite a few teams would be interested in his services.
The San Francisco 49ers were noted as one of the more interested teams over the past few weeks. There's been little talk of Gordon on Tuesday, though. Also, some believe the 49ers wouldn't pay the price (reportedly a second-round pick or higher) for Gordon.
Still, he might just be available for any team that wants to deal. The Browns were looking into free agent wide receiver Armanti Edwards, according to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. One has to wonder if that could have something to do with a possible deal.
The Tennessee Titans have been shopping wide receiver Kenny Britt for some time now. The reason a deal hasn't been done to this point is anybody's guess, but there are likely multiple factors. For one, Britt has been abysmal this season, and is a free agent after the season ends. On top of that, there was some thought that the Titans could even release him.
Still, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports did report that there is a strong chance of a deal being done for Britt prior to the deadline, though anything higher than a sixth-round pick seems out of the question. This isn't too long after NFL.com reported that the Titans are asking "not very much" in exchange for Britt.
Isaac Sopoaga, Vinny Curry
The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly put defensive end Vinny Curry and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga on the trade block, according to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Sopoaga has struggled with the Eagles this season, while Curry has been valuable as a pass rusher, but the Eagles could certainly use some more draft picks.
The New York Giants are in a bad way, and ever since they fell to 0-5 or around that mark, there have been rumors about a potential trade of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. The team spent a lot of money to retain receiver Victor Cruz, and Nicks is playing the final year of his current contract. However, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports thinks there is a "weak chance" of a deal being done for Nicks, while Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News says he doesn't expect the Giants to make any moves on the day.
One big name is Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. There have been trade talks surrounding him for a few weeks now, but there haven't been any teams named who could be interested. In addition to that, all we know is that the Cardinals have been adamant that they wish to keep Fitzgerald, though this talk is unsurprising when it comes to trade rumors. Still, not much else to report beyond that.
The Buffalo Bills seem interested in moving Byrd, but there are some issues. The biggest is that their primary motivation is that they won't be able to afford Byrd when it comes time to give him a new contract, which tells other teams that he's going to be tough to get under contract in the event a deal is made. Byrd wants to be paid like a top safety. A team would have to be confident in its ability to sign him to get what Buffalo likely wants in exchange.
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