Injuries continue to pile up around the NFL, with Philadelphia Eagles star tight end Zach Ertz the latest to suffer a long-term ailment.
Injuries often prompt contenders to make moves ahead of the trade deadline, while irrelevance often leads rebuilding teams to do the same. With several playoff-caliber teams missing key personnel and 10 teams sitting at one win of fewer, this year's deadline could be as active as it's ever been.
With the Nov. 3 deadline fast approaching, the flurry of activity should soon be upon us.
Who are the top players likely to be available at the deadline? That's what we'll determine here, using factors such as roster makeup, cap space and the likelihood of player movement to guide us.
The Selection Process
To get our top 10, we first determined 15 likely trade candidates based on prior speculation and common sense. Losing teams like the 0-6 New York Jets, for example, could look to dump salaries and gain draft picks before the deadline.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate is coming off the list this week, as the 4-2 Buccaneers are likely to keep all of their pieces in place for a potential Super Bowl run. Brate hasn't been a huge piece of the offensive game plan, but with O.J. Howard out for the season, the depth he provides could be invaluable.
Replacing Brate is New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon, who racked up 502 yards and four touchdowns on 39 catches as a rookie back in 2018. However, he's been an afterthought in the Jets' game plan this season, and he wasn't even targeted in Week 6. With the Jets bottoming out, they might decide to flip Herndon for future draft capital.
The new initial list, in no particular order, is as follows:
Chris Herndon, TE, New York Jets
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, Cleveland Browns
Dwayne Haskins Jr., QB, Washington Football Team
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
Ryan Kerrigan, Edge, Washington Football Team
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Indianapolis Colts
DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Denver Broncos
Denzel Perryman, LB, Los Angeles Chargers
Kenny Stills, WR, Houston Texans
Haason Reddick, LB, Arizona Cardinals
Trent Murphy, Edge, Buffalo Bills
Vic Beasley Jr., Edge, Tennessee Titans
Golden Tate, WR, New York Giants
10. Haason Reddick, LB, Arizona Cardinals
After Monday's two-sack game against the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Haason Reddick may not be as readily available as he might have been earlier in the season. The 4-2 Cardinals could be inclined to keep him around for a potential playoff run.
As a result, he's fallen considerably on our big board. Still, it's hard to believe that Arizona wouldn't entertain trade offers at the deadline.
The Cardinals declined Reddick's fifth-year option in May, and he is set to be a free agent in the offseason. If they don't view him as a long-term piece of their future, it would be worth flipping him for value now.
Given Reddick's ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks, getting something of value shouldn't be difficult.
9, A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals are in a similar situation with wideout A.J. Green.
Green was a complete non-factor through the first five weeks of the season, but he finally had a breakout game in Week 6. He finished with a season-high eight catches on 11 targets for 96 yards.