NFL players who should be traded before the deadline

The NFL trade deadline is Oct. 29, and if recent seasons are any indication, there could be plenty of wheeling and dealing. These 25 players are top trade candidates as we get closer to the deadline. 1 of 25

Adrian Clayborn, DE, Falcons

The Falcons defense has been a dumpster fire through six games, and head coach Dan Quinn’s job could be in jeopardy. After leaving Atlanta for New England last year, Clayborn has returned to the Falcons but the stats haven’t followed (one sack). As a pending free agent, Clayborn could be made available if there’s any market for him at age 31. 2 of 25

Vernon Davis, TE, Redskins

Davis is the de facto starting tight end in Washington with Jordan Reed suffering from a concussion, but Davis has had concussion issues of his own. He’s missed the last two games, though his play in recent years shows he can still help in his mid-30s. Washington has nothing to play for after a 1-5 start to the season. 3 of 25

Stefon Diggs, WR, Vikings

Diggs seemed unsatisfied in Minnesota earlier this season, getting fined for missing team activities. Things might have changed after a spectacular game vs. Philly, with 167 yards and three touchdowns, but the market for his services should be lively if the Vikings do opt to trade their star wideout. 4 of 25

Kenyan Drake, RB, Dolphins

Drake is seeing part-time snaps on the NFL’s worst team and has 60 touches through five games. Now in his fourth season, the versatile back is being wasted on the Dolphins and would likely fetch some draft capital for a team that’s tanking. 5 of 25

Bud Dupree, OLB, Steelers

Trading their first-round pick for Minkah Fitzpatrick would indicate that the Steelers aren’t yet throwing in the towel after Ben Roethlisberger’s injury, but they still have reason to consider moving Dupree. They should be able to find decent value for the pending free agent, as he already has three sacks in six games, and the Steelers would be trading from an area of strength. 6 of 25

Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

Eifert has been extremely injury prone during his career and is no longer the red-zone threat that he was early on, but he’s still a gifted pass catcher. Now in his seventh season, Eifert is doing little for an 0-6 Bengals squad and would make a nice addition for a team like New England, which is craving tight end help. 7 of 25

A.J. Green, WR, Bengals

Green is nearing a return from his ankle injury, but the Bengals haven’t won without him. Now a pending free agent, he’s one of the faces of the franchise but has been a problem recently, missing significant time in three of the last four seasons. When healthy, Green remains an elite wideout, so the Bengals should be able to find nice value for him as they likely go into a rebuild. 8 of 25

Chris Harris, CB, Broncos

Harris didn’t seem enthused with the Broncos franchise in the offseason and has been the subject of trade speculation already. The four-time Pro Bowler remains a solid cover corner at age 30 and will be a free agent after this season. There are plenty of teams that could use his services down the stretch with the Broncos in poor position to make the playoffs. 9 of 25

Xavien Howard, CB, Dolphins

Howard had a league-leading seven interceptions in his 2018 Pro Bowl campaign, and he remains a capable cover corner. Miami has been willing to trade anything that’s not tacked down early this season, and Howard is certainly a candidate to be moved despite missing Week 6 with a knee injury. 10 of 25

Janoris Jenkins, CB, Giants

Jenkins signed a monstrous five-year deal with the Giants in 2016, and he hasn’t played as well as hoped. Still, the almost-31-year-old corner has proved to be a decent player at times and a willing tackler. He’s signed through 2020 but could be moved with teams hungry for secondary help and New York struggling for wins. 11 of 25

Trumaine Johnson, CB, Jets

Johnson signed a five-year deal with the Jets under a different front office and coaching regime. Injuries have been a storyline early in his contract, and the Jets are already effectively out of the playoff race this year. If anyone is willing to take on Johnson’s contract, the Jets should happily oblige. 12 of 25

Reshad Jones, S, Dolphins

The relationship between Jones and the Dolphins hasn’t been harmonious recently, but he remains on the roster. He missed time early this year with an ankle injury but remains one of the only quality players on a tanking squad. If Miami can find anyone to take on his salary, it’s probably time to move on. 13 of 25

Markus Golden, OLB, Giants

Golden is doing a great job reviving his value after some injuries late in his tenure with the Cardinals. Through six starts, Golden has five sacks and a scoop-and-score. Signed for a low price this year, he should be an attractive trade candidate unless the Giants opt to sign him long term. 14 of 25

Josh Norman, CB, Redskins

Norman has never lived up to the hype after Washington gave him an outlandish five-year, $75 million contract in 2016. To Norman’s credit, he has been relatively durable. He has one full year remaining on the deal after 2019 but could make a nice addition for a contending team with cap space. 15 of 25

DeVante Parker, WR, Dolphins

A former first-round pick with a world of talent, Parker simply hasn’t put it all together in the NFL. He’s now in his fifth season with Miami, and the results have been predictably disappointing. Still, there are plenty of contending teams in need of receiver help, and a change of scenery certainly couldn’t hurt with Parker’s contract expiring after this year. 16 of 25

Adrian Peterson, RB, Redskins

Like last season, Peterson has become Washington’s starting running back due to Derrius Guice’s injury. However, the 34-year-old is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry and clearly has no future on a 1-5 Washington team. It’s unclear how he really helps the team significantly over a younger option, aside from being a veteran leader. 17 of 25

Brian Poole, CB, Jets

Poole came over from Atlanta in the offseason, now in the final season of his contract. He’s seen regular snaps at safety, but the Jets have all but fallen out of contention already.

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By: Seth Trachtman

Winners and losers from NFL Week 8

Before Sunday’s slate of games got going, there was some serious drama in London as the Jacksonville Jaguars made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

That should have clued us in to the fact that NFL Week 8 was going to get weird.

The league’s most dominant defense was smashed to bits. Adrian Peterson outplayed Saquon Barkley. And a former No. 1 overall pick hit a new low.

These were the biggest winners and losers from NFL Week 8.

Adrian Peterson Placed On IR, Probably Done On Cards

Written by John Breech at CBS Sports.com

After 10 games with two different teams, Adrian Peterson’s 2017 season appears to be over.

According to ESPN.com, the Cardinals have decided to place Peterson on injured reserve. The running back, who hasn’t played since Week 12, missed the Cardinals’ past two games with a neck injury that didn’t seem to be healing.

Peterson suffered the injury during Arizona’s Nov. 26 loss to the Jaguars and hasn’t practiced since. Before the Cards played the Titans on Sunday, Arizona coach Bruce Arians was asked if he thought Peterson might return this season.

“I have no clue. It’s something that he and doctors are working through,” Arians said last week, via ESPN.com. “He’s walking around fine. It’s just a matter of being able to take a hit and getting all of his strength back.”

Before the Titans game, Peterson shared a video on Instagram that showed the exact play where he suffered his injury. In the post, he sounded optimistic that he might return this season, writing that he just needed some “TLC and rest” to heal.

As things stand, he’s now going have an entire offseason to rest.

Peterson will finish his odd season with 156 carries for 529 yards and two touchdowns. Of course, not all of those yards came with the Cardinals. The 32-year-old running back started the season in New Orleans, but was traded to Arizona following Week 4 after the Saints didn’t feel he was a good fit.

In six games with the Cardinals, Peterson rushed for 448 yards, with his biggest game coming in Week 9 when he carried the ball 37 times for 159 yards.

The only reason the Cardinals traded for Peterson is because starting running back David Johnson was lost for the season with a wrist injury in Week 1. With Johnson set to return next season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Cardinals let Peterson go. Although the aging running back still has one year left on his deal, the Cardinals would only take a small cap hit for releasing him.

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Chris Johnson’s Old Tweet Hilarious Now That AP Replaced Him In AZ

Written by Sean Wagner-McGough at CBS Sports.com

The Arizona Cardinals traded for future Hall of Famer Adrian Peterson to bolster their depleted, unproductive backfield on Tuesday. To create space for Peterson, they cut Chris Johnson, which might seem like an insignificant move considering Johnson’s lack of production. It’s anything but insignificant for Johnson, though.

This is a story of a tweet gone wrong.

Almost exactly a month ago, when Peterson made his debut for the Saints against the Vikings, Johnson tweeted that Peterson needed more touches.

In four games with the Saints, Peterson garnered 27 carries for 81 yards and two catches for 4 yards, which means he averaged 7.25 touches per game and 21.25 yards per game. In his decade-long career with the Vikings, Peterson averaged 19.7 touches and 111.3 yards per game. So, no, Peterson wasn’t being used nearly as much as he — and Johnson — was used to.

Peterson will likely see a bigger role on the Cardinals. But, at first, some thought that the two formerly great running backs could coexist in the backfield.

Johnson’s tweet went horribly wrong, though. The Cardinals cut him hours later.

His response? He could only laugh at what just happened.

To sum up:

So that could be how Johnson’s NFL career ends. Age appears to have won out. Johnson is 32, and he averaged 2.5 yards per carry this year and 3.8 last year. He hasn’t eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark since 2013.

If this does mark the end of his career, Johnson will down as one of the most explosive running backs at his peak, who gave us a magical 2,000-yard season with the Titans in 2009. Johnson actually ranks ahead of players like Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Shaun Alexander and Matt Forte in career rushing yards. Don’t let his lackluster final few seasons distract you from how good he was in his prime.

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Saints Trade AP

Written by ESPN News Staff at ESPN.com

The New Orleans Saints have traded running back Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional draft pick, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Peterson, 32, has rushed 27 times for 81 yards through the first four games this season.

He has been vastly overshadowed by other Saints running backs Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara. Kamara and Ingram have combined for 131 scrimmage yards per game

Peterson, who spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Minnesota Vikings, needs 485 more yards rushing this season to become 10th all-time in rushing.

He hasn’t scored a touchdown this season but if he scores three he will become the ninth player to reach 100 rushing touchdowns.

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Can Runningbacks Have A Second Life?

Written by Jenny Vrentras at SI.com

ADRIAN PETERSON hasn’t had to make a first impression in a locker room in a decade, rare in a business where rosters shift as often as a running back making cuts across the field. But the 11,747 yards he gained in 10 years with the Vikings are far from the only reason the Saints speak of him with awe.

They try to keep up with the 32-year-old Peterson in wind sprints after practice in the oppressive Louisiana heat. They watch as he does one-legged, 48-inch box jumps onto his right knee with cartilage that was repaired less than a year ago. His new coach, Sean Payton, describes Peterson as having a certain “temperament” to his running style, the very same one anyone who’s watched the NFL in the last 10 years can recognize—upright and powerful and aggressive, with his knees high and churning.

“There’s something about getting a do-over,” Peterson says. “Starting over. That right there is kind of refreshing. It revives you.”

Peterson in New Orleans, and Marshawn Lynch in Oakland, are on the same mission: As running backs with more than 2,000 NFL carries each to their names, they’re trying to prove—with new teams—that their best days aren’t behind them. In February, Minnesota declined an $18 million contract option to keep Peterson; Lynch, 31, is making his return after a yearlong retirement from the Seahawks. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio commemorated his comeback by tweeting a practice video of Lynch juking the entire Oakland defense.

For all the optimism surrounding both running backs’ rebirths, history offers a cloudier prognosis. For every Marcus Allen, who kept his career going until 37 with a successful five-year, post-Raiders stint in Kansas City, there is a parade of Hall of Fame running backs who had brief and forgettable final acts: Emmitt Smith’s two seasons with the Cardinals, Tony Dorsett’s year with the Broncos, Thurman Thomas’s year with the Dolphins, Franco Harris’s eight games with the Seahawks, Eric Dickerson’s four games with the Falcons. O.J. Simpson was traded to San Francisco—for the hefty price of five draft choices—long after his juice was gone.

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AP To Sign With Saints

Written by Kevin Patra at NFL.com

Adrian Peterson found a new home.

The face of the Minnesota Vikings for a decade finalized a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints that will pay Peterson $7 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation. The deal included $3.5 million guaranteed in 2017. Rapoport added the Saints were the only team to formally offer a deal to Peterson this offseason.

In a statement to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, the veteran running back said he fully evaluated the Saints’ chances to compete this season and came out convinced he could contribute to a winner.

“I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints,” Peterson said. “I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. Most importantly, I chose this team because it just felt right within my spirit. Additionally, my wife and family added their confirmation with the same feelings. On offense, it goes without saying that the Saints are really solid behind Drew Brees. I feel like my skill set can make them even more dominant as a unit.

“They have a great offensive line, which is something that stood out to me as well. I could tell from talking to head coach Sean Payton over the last two weeks that he did his due diligence in evaluating how I could contribute. I also did a lot of homework on the defense as well. While I know that injuries have played a role in performance, I also see areas of potential with a lot of younger guys having the ability to step up. Lastly, it goes without saying that the Saints have an amazing fan base and I look forward to making them proud and creating everlasting memories.”

Peterson’s average salary of $3.5 million places him 22nd among running backs this year, per Spotrac.com, behind the likes of Frank Gore ($4M), Theo Riddick ($3.85M), Bilal Powell ($3.75M) and Ryan Mathews ($3.6M). Peterson will also earn less than incumbent Saints starter Mark Ingram.

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Why Hasn’t AP Been Signed Yet?

Written by Joel Corey at CBS Sports.com

Seven-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson has been in for a rude awakening ever since the Vikings declined to pick up his option for the 2017 season, making him a free agent. Peterson’s option year was for $18 million, which included a $6 million roster bonus scheduled to become due on March 11.

Free agency can be a humbling process. This is particularly true for superstar players on the decline that don’t generate much interest during the first wave of free agency, which is typically the first 48 to 72 hours of the signing period.

Peterson took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute an ESPN report that he is asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract. The 2012 NFL MVP suggested money isn’t the most important consideration. In part, Peterson said, “Finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way to a championship is my main objective! I’m in no rush.”

It’s easy for Peterson to say he isn’t in a rush because he probably doesn’t have much of a choice about being patient. There is usually very little free-agent activity during the NFL’s annual meeting, which began Sunday in Phoenix. Teams will devote most of their attention to the upcoming NFL Draft, which will be held April 27-29, after the meeting wraps up Wednesday. There are typically some signings of free agents still on the open market in the days leading up to the draft.

My 15 years of experience in player representation suggests that Peterson was initially pricing himself out of the market. It would be a huge step from Peterson’s perspective to target a deal from the outset where he was taking a 50 percent pay cut in 2017 from his scheduled $18 million, especially after setting the running back market for the past several years on a contract averaging more than $14 million per year.

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Peterson Not Opposed To Taking Lesser Deal In New England

Written by Will Brinson at CBSSports.com

The Vikings let go of Adrian Peterson, by not picking up his option in 2017 , after several years of injury and under production from the running back. There are only a couple of teams that actually make sense for AP in free agency . He needs a team willing to utilize a running back out of power formations and a team where he can win without taking a bunch of money.

Despite his belief he can play five more years in the NFL , the contractual interest for a 30-year-old will be substantially less than half a decade’s worth.

Enter the Patriots, who have long been a haven for veterans interested in chasing a ring without actually being paid the equivalent of their name and/or production.

According to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald, Peterson might be interested in one of the Patriots patented, late-career, big-name veteran contracts.

From Guregian:

A source close to Peterson told the Herald that since AP has already earned a ton — more than $97 million is his career — it’s certainly something he’d consider. Peterson knows how it worked out for Darrelle Revis and Chris Long. But naturally, there will be a lot of teams in the mix, including the Vikings. And, of course, the Pats would have to want to bring in an aging back with an injury history, not to mention baggage.

The idea of AP playing for the Patriots and filling LeGarrette Blount’s role is actually pretty intriguing. Over the last two years, Blount rushed 464 times for just about four yards per carry and 25 touchdowns. He was a short-yardage monster, and a guy the Pats could lean on when they wanted to pound the rock or close out games.

Peterson would have to be willing to do two things. One, take less money. The Patriots don’t play around and if he tries to push Bill Belichick for more cash, New England probably walks away. And two, Peterson has to be willing not to be the focal point of the offense. He needs to know this team is based on Tom Brady and the passing game first, and the running game second. (Although it’s also possible the Patriots want to ease the load on Brady down the stretch of his career.)

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Adrian Peterson To Become Free Agent

Written by Connor Howe at SB Nation.com

After an incredible 10-year run, Adrian Peterson is days away from no longer being a member of the Minnesota Vikings. The team announced it will not pick up the $18 million option on Peterson’s contract, leaving him set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

But the Vikings say it doesn’t necessarily mean his time with the team is through.

“Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization,” general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement Tuesday. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward.”

Peterson also left open the possibility that a new contract with the Vikings could be in his future, although “other options” will be explored.

“It’s been a great 10 years with the Minnesota Vikings,” Peterson said in a statement to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “They know what I bring to the organization as a player, with my work ethic and dedication. I spoke with Rick Spielman this past weekend. The door is still open to find some common ground.

“I understand addressing the offensive line is one of their main priorities this offseason. In the meantime, I will explore my other options and see what path God leads me on. My main goal remains the same: to win a Super Bowl championship with a great team, which I also believe we have in Minnesota.”

Arguably the best running back of his generation, Peterson has tallied an unbelievable 11,747 rushing yards and 97 rushing touchdowns, along with 1,945 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns in 10 years with the team.

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