We're now less than a week from the NFL's November 2 trade deadline, and the activity is beginning to pick up. Players like Stephon Gilmore, Zach Ertz and CJ Henderson have already been dealt, and on Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles sent quarterback Joe Flacco to the New York Jets.
As injuries continue to mount and the playoff-caliber teams continue to reveal themselves, the lists of buyers and sellers are becoming more defined.
It would be a shock if a few more players aren't dealt before next Tuesday.
Here, we'll examine the NFL's top 10 trade targets based on each team's on-field and salary-cap situations, players' roles, any relevant trade buzz and a little common sense.
The Selection Process
To reach our top 10, we've gathered 15 players who are likely to be on the trade block based on prior reports and logic.
This week, we're finally adding Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to the list. Watson hasn't played this season, as he faces 22 civil lawsuits and 10 criminal complaints from women who have accused him of sexual assault or misconduct. He faces legal repercussions and potential league discipline. Trading for Watson before the lawsuits and complaints are resolved has seemed, at best, risky and borderline irresponsible.
However, the trade buzz has become too loud to completely ignore.
"The Texans remain hopeful of moving former Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson and several veteran players ahead of the NFL's looming trade deadline, with Miami still the most aggressive suitor for the quarterback," CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported.
Coming off the list is Pittsburgh Steelers wideout James Washington. Pittsburgh is 3-3 coming out of the bye, and with JuJu Smith-Schuster (shoulder) done for the season, the Steelers should be inclined to keep Washington for the rest of the year. Steelers pass-rusher Melvin Ingram, meanwhile, joins the list, while struggling New England Patriots receiver N'Keal Harry departs.
Once the top 15 was established, we ranked players on talent level, positional value and their likelihood of being dealt.
The five players who just missed the cut are, in no particular order:
Trevor Siemian, QB, New Orleans Saints
Clelin Ferrell, edge, Las Vegas Raiders
Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
Allen Robinson II, WR, Chicago Bears
Denzel Mims, WR, New York Jets
10. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
Watson resides at the bottom of our board because he represents a massive risk. If the allegations against him are proven to be true, his football career could be over. He still may not play while they remain unresolved.
"The NFL could place Watson on the commissioner's exempt list should a team acquire him with the intent of playing him," La Canfora wrote.
If Watson avoids jail time and significant punishment from the NFL, though, a team acquiring him would be getting a legitimate franchise quarterback. Watson is a three-time Pro Bowler and was a viable MVP candidate last season.
In 2020, Watson led the league with 4,823 passing yards to go with 33 touchdowns, seven interceptions, 444 rushing yards and three scores on the ground. That's what teams are looking at when they weigh the possibility of trading for Watson.
From a talent standpoint, there isn't a better player on this list. The Miami Dolphins appear to be his most likely landing spot.
9. Cameron Dantzler, CB, Minnesota Vikings
After starting 10 of 11 games as a rookie in 2020, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Cameron Dantzler has been in and out of the lineup for a variety of reasons this year.
Dantzler missed Week 5 while on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He didn't play in Week 1 and played only special teams snaps in Week 3. He returned for Week 6 and played just 34 percent of the defensive snaps. There's no telling what role the Vikings have in store for him coming out of the Week 7 bye.
With Patrick Peterson (hamstring) heading to injured reserve, though, it could be a big one.