If NFL teams want to make like Monty Hall, time is running out.

The Nov. 2 trade deadline is rapidly approaching. It's a date that means different things for different teams. For bottom feeders, it's the last chance to unload veterans and add draft picks. For contenders, it's the final opportunity to add pieces to a playoff (or even Super Bowl) puzzle.

It's an important time of year—for some teams more than others.

For a few clubs, it's not a matter of wanting to make a deal—they need to swing a trade. Buyers need to fill holes that could derail their aspirations. Sellers need to get what they can for veterans who will probably be gone come next spring anyway.

Some teams are desperate to make a move (or three) before the deadline.

None more so than these.


7. New York Jets

For the New York Jets, desperation isn't exactly a new feeling. It's been the default emotion for Gang Green dating back several years.

But for once, the team might be able to put that desperation to good use.

Per ESPN's Rich Cimini, if veteran safety Marcus Maye had things his way, he wouldn't be going anywhere. The 28-year-old said he is "100 percent in" on being a member of the Jets.

But Maye will hit free agency after playing the 2021 season under the franchise tag, and it doesn't make financial sense for the Jets—who have holes all over the roster—to pay elite starter money to a safety.

Just about every team looking to buy on this list needs help on the back end. There wouldn't be any shortage of teams willing to offer draft capital for a talented defensive back in the prime of their career.

And the Jets can use all the picks they can get.


6. Philadelphia Eagles

As Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia reported, Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman insisted the team won't sell at the trade deadline even after it dealt veteran tight end Zach Ertz to the Arizona Cardinals.

He should reconsider.

After six games, there are all of two teams in the NFC with fewer wins than the Eagles. The offense has been horrendous, and the coaching has been whatever comes after horrendous.

Philadelphia is toast. Done. Finished.

Other veterans who could draw interest are edge-rusher Derek Barnett, who plays a premium position and will hit free agency in 2022. Cornerbacks Avonte Maddox and Darius Slay would garner substantial offers from teams with a need in the secondary.

The Eagles aren't going anywhere and should look toward the future by stockpiling draft picks.

Roseman may not want to acknowledge he's desperate.

But Philly has been mentioned in Deshaun Watson rumors, which says something else.


5. Houston Texans

Who's up for a fire sale?

It's hardly a surprise that the Houston Texans are a mess. Or that they should look to capitalize at the trade deadline.

The only question is who.

Multiple teams are interested in quarterback Deshaun Watson despite the 22 lawsuits filed against him alleging sexual misconduct and assault, ongoing investigations by authorities and the NFL and the uncertainty over his NFL future. From a football perspective, the sooner Houston gets Watson off the roster, the better off the franchise will be.

Watson may be the biggest name out the door, but he shouldn't be the only one. In fact, the Texans should be willing to deal just about anyone. There are teams with banged-up backfields who could have interest in Phillip Lindsay, David Johnson or Mark Ingram II.