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3 Big Players To Watch As The Trade Deadline Approaches

We are just over a week away from the fated trade deadline (November 2nd), and here are five players who could easily be dealt before the clock strikes twelve. Often there are names that come as a shock with last minute trades, but when you break down the overall view, contract situations, playing time and change of personnel at coaching positions etc, it’s not all that farfetched. This is who I’ve got an eye on:

Marcus Maye – Safety – New York Jets

Marcus Maye has missed a few weeks this season with an ankle injury, after re-signing with the Jets in the off season on a one year deal. The safety has been with the Jets since he was drafted in the 2nd round out of Florida back in 2017. The Jets have been using a combination of Adrian Colbert and Sharrod Neasman in his absence, and considering the looming losing season on the horizon, dealing him now before he becomes a free agent in the off season seems smart.

In all likelihood, given the circumstances, the Jets are unlikely to get a whole bunch for him, but or Maye, now 28, there’s likely to be interest from a host of play off rosters with depleted secondaries. Maye has primarily been a free safety in New York, and could easily add reinforcements to a few teams.

Best fit? Dallas.

Look out for the Cowboys, who are seeing a wide open route to the playoffs developing, and with the pieces they already have offensively, adding Marcus Maye to the secondary to solidify the free safety spot seems intelligent. The Cowboys added Malik Hooker before the season, who is yet to show too much in return. Maye would likely be available for a 5th round pick. This makes sense for both teams. Also watch for Kansas City, the Chiefs have recently benched Daniel Sorensen and amidst struggles, might want to tweak a few things.

Xavien Howard – Cornerback – Miami Dolphins

Xavien Howard was the talk of the town in the off season as he threatened a strike until he got the contract he wanted. The Dolphins eventually came to new terms with ‘X’ after a thunderous 2020 season featuring 10 interceptions and 10 pass break ups. Howard graded an 89.6 in coverage last year, and so far this year, in a regressing Dolphins defence, he’s sitting at 61.6. The Dolphins season has absolutely not gone the way they would have anticipated following a 10-6 record and barely missing the play offs last year, and standing at 1-6 so far in 2021, it might be time to sell off some pieces and rethink some things. Xavien Howard, with a mega contract, and underperforming, is likely to be top of that list.

Best fit? Arizona

While I think the Bucs could swoop in here and add a pro bowl calibre corner, who would look a lot better in a Todd Bowles defence in Tampa than he does right now in Miami, the contract is a sticking point. The Bucs need corners because they’ve been bulldozed by injuries at the position, and when those guys come back healthy, they’d be overspending and overloaded. Which is why they turned to vet free agent Richard Sherman instead.

That said, the Cardinals currently sit at 7-0 without a star on the roster at the corner position. Byron Murphy has stepped up and done a good job in the absence of Patrick Peterson, but otherwise the group is a little patchwork. Xavien Howard is a difference maker, and the Cardinals have already shown they are not afraid to go after the big names in pursuit of their goal. At 7-0, the Cardinals could make one or two more moves before the deadline, and terrorise the NFC. This is their window. The Seahawks are down, the Niners are in a mess, and they’re the only undefeated team in the NFL, they should be doing everything they can to maximise the opportunity.

Do the Cardinals dare to dream?

Here’s a potential trade I posed on twitter today…

Myles Jack – LB Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags are also in a position where winning more than 3-4 games on the season and being anywhere outside of the top 5 in the draft is going to be a tall order, and so, some of the mega contracts that are currently just burning money on their roster might need to be reconsidered. Myles Jack currently sits on a 4 year $57,000,000 deal, which is up in 2024. Those two years are unlikely going to be winning seasons for Jacksonville, so shopping Myles could be an option as we approach the deadline.

Jack didn’t travel to London for the week 6 match up against Miami with a back injury.

Best fit? Tennessee

Myles Jack would look great lined up next to Rashaan Evans as an interior linebacker for the Titans. This is a team that needs a little help defensively, but they’ve started to gain momentum after a slow start to the season, and have taken down both the Bills and the Chiefs in back to back weeks. That makes them every bit as much of a contender as anybody else in the AFC, and if there’s an opportunity for reinforcements, they should be taking it.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on proceedings as they unfold over the next week or so!

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