The NFL Trade Deadline has come and gone.
The deadline was today, October 30, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. ET.
It was the final day for teams to make trades in hopes of bolstering their roster and improving their playoff/Super Bowl odds, while teams in rebuilding mode look to gather more assets in hopes of speeding up their rebuild.
The Texans were the first team to make a move on Tuesday as they acquired Demaryius Thomas from the Broncos to take Will Fuller’s spot following his Thursday night ACL tear. The Bengals play Denver later this year, so they won’t have to see Thomas.
The latest trade is Ty Montgomery being shipped to the Ravens after his mess-up with the Packers on Sunday in Green Bay’s loss to the Rams. The Ravens play the Steelers on Sunday and play the Bengals in Week 11.
Additionally, the Packers have now traded HaHa Clinton Dix to Washington and the Jaguars traded Dante Fowler to the Rams. Yes, the Rams get richer!
There were reports this morning that the Jaguars were receiving calls for Fowler and that he was on the trading block, which could have been an interesting idea for the Bengals following Carl Lawson’s injury.
Just said on @nflnetwork: As trade deadline approaches, the #Jaguars' phones have been ringing and there is serious interest in DE Dante Fowler Jr., per sources. Price has been high, but a lot of teams looking for pass rush and that's a name to watch.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 30, 2018
Thankfully, the Bengals are in prime position to make the playoffs, so they should look to make a move today to help boost their chances of making a postseason run for the first time under Marvin Lewis.
Perhaps the biggest name who could be dealt today is Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, who has been holding out after getting hit with the franchise tag again this past offseason. However, Bell has yet to report to the team, which prevented him from being traded today.
Ahead of the deadline, here are some of the biggest names who’ve been linked to trade rumors:
- Le’Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
- Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr.
- Tyrod Taylor, QB, Cleveland Browns
- LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
- Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
- Jamie Collins, LB, Cleveland Browns
- Cardinals LB Deone Bucannon
- Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson
- Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
- Pierre Garcon, WR, 49ers
- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Packers
- DeSean Jackson, WR, Buccaneers
- Janoris Jenkins, CB, New York Giants
- Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders
- Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Of that group, I think we’ll see one person dealt, but don’t expect a wave of blockbuster moves to happen. In most years, Trade Deadline Day features smaller moves like backups or average starters being traded for late-round picks.
That’s exactly the kind of move Cincinnati could make, as they have major holes at linebacker, right tackle, right guard and defensive end.
What trades do you think will go down today? Who do you want to see the Bengals trade for?
Let us know in the comments section!