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3 Trades We Hope To See Before NFL Trade Deadline

  • The Draft Network
  • November 1, 2021
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The NFL trade deadline is on Tuesday and represents the last chance for potential Super Bowl contenders to strengthen their chances of playing for the Lombardi Trophy in Los Angeles on Feb. 13. We already witnessed one blockbuster deal go down on Monday when the Los Angeles Rams pushed their chips into the middle of the table by acquiring eight-time Pro Bowler Von Miller. The deal comes just weeks after the likes of Stephon Gilmore and Zach Ertz were also traded.

Deals may reveal themselves in abundance in the next 24 hours. Here are a few potential trade opportunities we are hoping to witness.


Winners of seven consecutive contests, the Packers represent the hottest team in all of professional football and currently hold the rights to the extremely sought-after No. 1 seed in the ultra-competitive NFC. Canton-bound quarterback Aaron Rodgers could very well be in his final hurrah as a member of the Packers and general manager Brian Gutekunst should leave no stone unturned in his pursuit of ultimate glory.

Cooks, who publicly voiced his displeasure with the direction of the Texans' franchise following the Mark Ingram trade just days ago, would greatly help upgrade a Packers receiver room that is largely dominated by the talented Davante Adams. Securing a proper No. 2 pass-catcher has eluded Green Bay in recent years, but the addition of Cooks would quickly put that concern to bed. The NFC features several legitimate Super Bowl candidates in addition to Green Bay, including Tampa Bay, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Arizona. The Packers should really be all in on 2021 and a move for Cooks would signify those intentions.


The Denver Broncos have made their intentions rather clear. They will be sellers ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline, as indicated by their Monday afternoon trade that sent Miller to the Rams.

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Kyle Fuller has been strongly linked with a move away from Denver himself in recent weeks, and Buffalo has been mentioned as potential suitors. The need to acquire a cornerback isn't pressing for defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, although Fuller would represent an upgrade over Levi Wallace. The Bills currently feature the league's stingiest passing defense through eight weeks, giving up a measly 182.4 yards per game through the air. But this year has the potential to be a banner season for the Bills, as they have the appearance of being the favorites to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LVI. Acquiring Fuller would strengthen their chances of doing so.


The Jacksonville Jaguars are in the midst of another lost campaign. Sunday's embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks dropped by the Jaguars to a hapless 1-6 on the year and leaves them with nothing but draft positioning to play for down the stretch. General manager Trent Baalke and head coach Urban Meyer would be wise to utilize Tuesday's trade deadline as an opportunity to acquire future draft capital in exchange for players that do not factor into their long-term plans.

Starting left tackle Cam Robinson is a prime example of a player who fits that definition. Currently playing on an expiring contract, the Jaguars may have tipped their hand to the future of the left tackle position when they spent a draft pick on former Stanford offensive tackle Walker Little in the 2021 NFL Draft. With Robinson almost certain to depart Jacksonville this coming offseason, this represents one final opportunity to get something in return for him.

The 5-2 Ravens are currently leading the AFC North by a slim margin, with the surprising Cincinnati Bengals and surging Pittsburgh Steelers chomping at their heels. The Ravens have received less-than-desirable results at the offensive tackle position in 2021 in the wake of Ronnie Stanley's unfortunate season-ending injury. Alejandro Villaneuva has especially struggled while playing both left and right tackle. Robinson would immediately slot into Baltimore's starting lineup.

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