2017 NFL Trade Deadline Candidates




With the October 31st 2017 NFL trade deadline just a little over a week away, we’ll take a look at notable players at each position who may be on the trade block, including the financial ramifications to move them.


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Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots
The Patriots have had plenty of chances to pull this trigger but have continually passed. Moving Brissett to the Colts this summer made the chances of Garoppolo leaving all but impossible, but the Patriots are trade deadline darlings and the value of their backup QB is always in consideration. His trade would represent around $626,000 in dead cap, or $482,000 saved.


Mark Sanchez, Bears
With Mike Glennon now officially in the backup role, the need for a veteran presence like Sanchez in the fold may have lessened. With a few decent teams in need of QB depth, Sanchez’s name may be in the mix. The Bears would take on approximately $1.3M in dead cap per the move, with a new team acquiring a cap hit of about $560,000.


A.J. McCarron, Bengals
The only backup to Andy Dalton isn’t a likely deadline move, but teams have been eyeing him for years now. He’s set to be a restricted free agent after 2017, so the Bengals still have plenty of leverage, but a trade would leave behind $329,530 in dead cap.



Running Backs

Theo Riddick, Lions
After back-to-back strong seasons in Detroit, Riddick has seemingly fallen out of favor with the current offensive system in place. Still a vital weapon in the passing game, the Lions may deem him too useful to move on from (yet). Doing so would leave behind dead cap hits of around $1.8M in 2017, and $1.925M in 2018. But would clear cap ($600,000, $1.9625M) in both cases.


T.J. Yeldon,  Jaguars
Now the third RB on the depth chart (when Fournette is healthy), Jacksonville should look to capture some form of compensation for the 3rd-year back out of Alabama. The move would clear around $550,000 in cap this year, and another $600,000+ in 2018.


Jeremy Hill, Bengals
The 25-year-old has essentially fallen to third on the Bengals’ depth chart. With his rookie contract set to expire after 2017, any kind of compensation should be considered. His trade would leave behind around $725,000 in dead cap to the Bengals, carrying through a salary/cap figure of around $466,000 to the new team.


Honorable Mention
Carlos Hyde, 49ers
Jacquizz Rodgers Buccaneers
Isaiah Crowell, Browns
Mike Gillislee Patriots



Wide Receivers

Randall Cobb, Packers
If the Packers don’t see themselves contending through the remainder of 2017, Cobb could be a very interesting name on the block. Green Bay can clear around $4.7M in space this year, & another $9.5M in 2018 by moving him before the deadline.


Mike Wallace, Ravens
With Baltimore trending downward and Jeremy Maclin now in the fold, Wallace could become expendable in the next week. The move would leave behind around $5.4M in dead cap, clearing $2.6M.


Martavis Bryant, Steelers
Clearly not pleased with his current role, the Steelers may have no choice but to outright release Bryant after it’s all said and done. Should they find a trade partner they’ll incur a nearly $400,000 dead cap hit, clearing around $325,o00 in space. His $705,000 salary for 2018 is not guaranteed.


Honorable Mention
Jarvis Landry, Dolphins
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals



Tight Ends

Dwayne Allen, Patriots
A healthy Gronk has filtered Allen down to a blocking option in New England, making his $4.9M cap hit tough to swallow. The Patriots would eat around $3.4M in dead cap this year to move him, clearing nearly $1.5M in space.


Eric Ebron, Lions
Ebron showed promise of a breakout in 2016, but has done little to build upon that thus far in 2017. Trading him would leave around $3M in dead cap to the Lions in 2017, with around $840,000 heading to the new team. His $5.194M 5th-year option doesn’t guarantee until the 1st league day of 2018.


Garrett Celek, 49ers
A true blocking TE, Celek has been targeted just 7 times in 7 weeks. With Kittle and Paulsen decent options behind him, his future may not be long in SF. The move would leave behind around $1.5M in dead cap this year, and another $1.25M in 2018, clearing $1.9M, $1.4M respectively.



Offensive Line

Duane Brown, OT, Texans
While reports state his holdout is over and the team will NOT trade him, it’s hard to believe this won’t at least be a consideration for the next 8 days. Brown is due a little around $5.5M for the remaining 10 weeks of the season, and holds a non-guaranteed $9.75M salary in 2018.


Joe Staley, OT, 49ers
The 33-year-old has been an outstanding lineman for 10+ years in SF, but with a rebuild in the process it may be time for both sides to move on. The trade would leave behind around $6.5M in 2017 dead cap and another $4.4M in 2018, but would clear $4.5M/$3.3M respectively.


Cameron Fleming, OT, Patriots
He’s been inactive the past 3 weeks and when healthy represents decent depth to the O-line, but may be better served with a change of scenery. The move leaves behind $845,647 in dead cap to the Patriots, clearing around $900,000.


Honorable Mention
Cordy Glenn, Bills
Anthony Castonzo, Colts



Defensive Line

Marcell Dareus, DT, Bills
A seemingly “untradeable” contract makes this move unlikely, but it’s no secret that the Bills and Dareus are headed for a divorce at some point in the near future. The Bills would eat around $11.2M in dead cap in 2017, and another $14.2M in 2018 by trading him before the deadline.


Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Jets
Like Dareus, Wilkerson’s contract isn’t very trade-worthy, but stranger things have happened. The Jets would incur dead cap hits of around $10.2M in 2017, and $9M in 2018 to trade him this week, while his new team will acquire cap hits of $7.8M, $17M, $15.5M, and $16.5M.


Cameron Wake, DE, Dolphins
Many were surprised to see Wake re-sign in Miami in the first place, but he’s shown he can still produce (6 sacks, 20 tackles). The 35-year-old would leave behind around $3.45M in 2017 dead cap and $500,000 in 2018.


Aaron Lynch, DE, 49ers
The 24 year old is in the final year of his rookie contract and still holds a bit of value on the trade block. The 49ers would eat around $790,000 in dead cap to move him this week, clearing around $1M.




Pernell McPhee, OLB, Bears
He’s been solid on an over-achieving Bears squad, but his cap hit jumps over $8M in 2018. If Chicago has thoughts of cutting him in March they’re surely assessing his value now as well. $3.7M or so stays with the Bears in 2017, while another $1M hits their cap in 2018.


Jonathan Casillas, OLB, Giants
The 30-year-old is in the final year of his contract, and would leave behind around $1.9M in dead cap to be traded now (clearing around $1.8M).


Karlos Dansby, ILB, Cardinals
With the Cardinals trending in the wrong direction and Dansby at the tail end of his career/contract, Arizona may look to snag some compensation. Dansby holds around $1.3M in dead cap currently, which represents a little under $1M in potential savings for the Cardinals.



Defensive Backs

T.J. Ward, Buccaneers
The veteran isn’t pleased with his current role in Tampa, and could be shopped for value at this stage. He holds around $1.6M in dead cap currently, which would mean $2.2M in savings for the Bucs.


Justin Bethel, CB, Cardinals
Recently hopped in the depth chart by Tramon Williams, the writing appears to be on the wall for his future in Arizona. His $2.3M in current dead means $1.2M in savings per a deadline week trade.


Vontae Davis, CB, Colts
The 29-year-old is in a contract year on a suffering Colts squad, and is likely at least in conversation to be moved this week. About $4.95M of his $10.25M cap hit would remain with Indy in the event of a trade.


Honorable Mention
Malcolm Butler Patriots
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Giants



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Article by: Michael Ginnitti

Managing Editor of Spotrac