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NFL trade rumors: Latest updates and information for 2021 season

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Trade options for the Baltimore Ravens at running back

The Ravens have been hit with a spat of bad news at running back, losing Gus Edwards, J.K. Dobbins and Justice Hill for the season . In their stead, Baltimore has signed veterans Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman. Neither seems to be a realistic option to shoulder the load with Lamar Jackson in the backfield.

There’s a decent chance that general manage Eric DeCosta and Co. look to the trade market ahead of November’s deadline. Perhaps, someone like Dallas Cowboys back Tony Pollard one of the 49ers’ four running backs could be an option for Baltimore.

Houston Texans to sit Deshaun Watson throughout season barring trade

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Houston Texans NFL quarterback Deshaun Watson

Texans head coach David Culley announced on Monday that Tyrod Taylor will be Houston’s starting quarterback Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars . This confirms that Deshaun Watson will be a healthy inactive until or if he’s traded.

Watson request to be dealt early in the offseason. However, allegations of sexual assault and/or misconduct from north of 20 women became public record shortly thereafter. No team is going to trade for the 2020 passing yards leader until this legal situation is settled off the field. Until then, Watson won’t see the field.

Kansas City Chiefs put Laurent Duvernay-Tardif on trade block

The Kansas City Chiefs’ revamped offensive line will take on a whole new meaning this season. Various reports indicate that guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif has been put on the trade block . The 30-year-old offensive lineman sat out last season to help battle COVID-19 in his native Canada and has since been surpassed by rookie Trey Smith on the Chiefs’ depth chart. A sixth-round pick back in 2014, Duvernay-Tardif has started 57 of the 60 games in which he’s appeared since entering the league.

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Why did the Seattle Seahawks trade Ahkello Witherspoon?

Just recently signed away from the San Francisco 49ers, Witherspoon was expected to be one of Seattle’s starting cornerbacks this season. After being passed up on Seattle’s depth chart by D.J. Reed, Witherspoon was dealt to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round pick in 2023. This leaves Seattle extremely thin at corner, even after it acquired an injury-plagued Sidney Jones in a different trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s something to watch early in the season.

New York Giants add offensive line depth

Immediately ahead of their Week 1 outing against the Denver Broncos, these Giants added former Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick Billy Price to the mix in exchange for defensive tackle B.J. Hill and a seventh-round pick. Price, 26, has started 19 games in three NFL seasons, including just one last year. He can play both guard positions and center, acting as a flexible backup option for quarterback Daniel Jones .

Philadelphia Eagles could look to trade former first-round picks

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Offensive tackle Andre Dillard and edge rusher Derek Barnett have been bandied about in trade talks surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles leading up to Week 1. A first-round pick of the Eagles back in 2019, Dillard started just four games as a rookie before missing all of last season. He’s seemingly been replaced by Jordan Mailata as Philadelphia’s starting left tackle .

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As for Barnett, he’s recorded all of 19.5 sacks in four seasons since Philadelphia made him a first-round selection back in 2017. The Eagles have an abundance of pass-rush options in that of Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Ryan Kerrigan and Josh Sweat — making Barnett expendable for the right price.

James Washington speaks out on trade rumors

Four-year Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver James Washington is said to be unhappy about his lack of playing time last season and into the exhibition slate this past summer. Reports previously suggested that the former second-round pick wants to be traded. While Washington did not speak directly to that, he pretty much confirmed said reports.

“That’s a private conversation,” he said, per Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “As far as me being happy in Pittsburgh, I love it here. Who wouldn’t be happy playing football as their job? I come to work every day with a smile on my face. I’m eager to be here with my guys—joking around, laughing, playing a sport I love.”

The Oklahoma State product recorded just 30 receptions for 392 yards and five touchdowns a season ago. Back in 2019, he put up a career-best 735 receiving yards.

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Green Bay Packers end Josh Jackson experiment

Heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson was seen as one of the top defensive backs of the class. The former Iowa standout made highlight-reel play after highlight-reel play for the Hawkeyes. Unfortunately, he did not pan out in three seasons with Green Bay.

After starting a total of 15 games during that span, Green Bay has opted to move off the former second-round pick in a trade with the New York Giants . The team received fellow corner Isaac Yiadom in the move, the latter of whom started 10 games for New York in 2020.

Miami Dolphins add injury-plagued offensive lineman

In an attempt to create depth along the offensive line, Miami sent a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Carolina Panthers for young offensive tackle Greg Little. The No. 37 overall pick back in 2019, Little appeared in 14 games (six starts) during his time with the Panthers. He’ll now slot in as a backup offensive tackle behind Austin Jackson and Jesse Davis in South Beach.

NFL trade rumors: Michael Thomas could be on the block

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Thomas is currently sidelined after undergoing ankle surgery back in June. He’s also apparently cut off communication with the New Orleans Saints — leading to rumors that the team is now prepared to move off the All-Pro receiver.

Despite Thomas’ drama-filled ways and expensive contract, a number of teams would have interest in the star receiver. The three-time Pro Bowler recorded a combined 274 receptions for 3,130 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2018 and 2019. Recently, we looked at five teams who could make sense for him .

C.J. Henderson could be on the move

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported recently that the Jacksonville Jaguars are listening to offer for the 2020 top-10 pick. This is somewhat surprising in that the young cornerback figured to play a vital role in Jacksonville’s rebuild. Interestingly enough, the team’s new brass is not high on the Florida product.

Henderson, 22, played in just eight games as a rookie last season — recording 36 total tackles, six passes defended and one interception. Given that he’s on a cheap rookie contract and boasts a tremendous amount of upside, we can expect NFL trade rumors to pick up in this regard heading into Week 1.

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