Trade winds are blowing.

As the NFL cruises toward the Nov. 2 trade deadline, less than a fortnight away, clubs have one last chance to make a big splash or jump ship on the 2021 season.

Who doesn't love trades?

Much like the buzz around free agency, trade speculation brings a cornucopia of discussion topics for fans and media to digest between actual games. Fans love the prospect of the new, the optimism that comes with adding a critical piece, and what it can mean for the future.

Unfortunately, unlike other major American sports, the NFL trade deadline usually comes and goes with a faint whisper. A slew of reasons leads to inaction for most NFL teams.

The deadline being so early in the season -- before Week 9 of a 17-game season -- means fewer teams are out of the playoff race, leading to less selling (entering Week 7, 26 teams are within at least a game of a postseason spot). The compensatory pick model behooves some teams to let veterans walk in free agency rather than trading them during the season. Many general managers overvalue future picks. The lack of one player making an overwhelming difference in a game with 22 players on the field lessens the desire to make splash trades. And a lack of salary cap space to take on big contracts is a significant impediment -- particularly this year with just 11 teams currently having more than $7 million in space, per Over The Cap.

However, just because in-season trades are infrequent in the NFL doesn't mean clubs won't explore them. Teams have needs all over the field as they scratch and claw to remain in contention. Seemingly every club has a "Reliable Healthy Cornerback(s) Needed" sign hanging in their store windows. Need an offensive lineman? Good luck. So does the team next to you.

Buzz will happen, even if it leads nowhere.

With that, let's take a gander at five teams that should be buyers at the deadline and five that could be sellers.

 

Kansas City Chiefs

The club's best defensive performance of the season against a decaying Washington team shouldn't stop K.C. from adding much-needed help to a unit that's been waxed regularly to open the season. The back end has been a mess, and upgrading the corner position feels vital if the Chiefs are to avoid the defense being a playoff-imploding Achilles' heel against better teams. Juan Thornhill played well moving into the starting safety position last week, but it's another area GM Brett Veach could look to upgrade. And pass-rush consistency has been a concern in part due to injuries. Could Veach pry DE Emmanuel Ogbah out of Miami? Like basically every team on this list, the salary cap (Chiefs sit $2.8 million under the cap) could impede upgrading a downtrodden unit. Still, somehow, someway, the Chiefs need to find an upgrade, or they could be sitting at home come the middle of January.