November 3, 2020 will go down in history primarily for what happens on Election Day, but that doesn't mean the NFL trading deadline won't try to play a role on historic Tuesday. We will know the results of all trade negotiations around 16:00. ET deadline, well before the election results. Hopefully your favorite team makes an uplifting deal.
There were a handful of trades in October to warm up for the trading deadline, but of course this is an unprecedented year for trading for several reasons. First and foremost, it is the COVID-19 pandemic, which has an impact on finances and logistics when a player is transferred from one team to another, according to NFL protocols. Additionally, the NFL added seven teams from each conference to the playoffs that year and changed the math of who is a contender or rebuilder. The deadline is also later than usual, which could also play a role in the decision-making process.
This year's deadline includes a number of obvious candidates, including John Ross, David Njoku, Ryan Kerrigan, and Kenny Stills. There are also some exciting young players tossed around in rumors like Evan Engram and QB's Sam Darnold and Dwayne Haskins. It seems like the reports on Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are unlikely to get too many due to their large contracts, as expected. And with a few competitors in dire need of reinforcement on the defensive, safety Justin Simmons or pass-rusher Takk McKinley could be an option.
In the days leading up to the 2019 deadline, a number of notable players moved, including Marcus Peters, Jalen Ramsey, Emmanuel Sanders, Quandre Diggs, the Kenyan Drake and Leonard Williams. The 2018 deadline was highlighted by Amari Cooper's deal with the cowboys. We have to stay tuned until 4 p.m. ET to see if this year's deadline results in a similar trade boost.
Below are all of the trades that have been closed by the 2020 deadline as well as the latest news and rumors on NFL trades.
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Completed NFL trades before the deadline
– November 2: The Los Angeles Chargers sent Desmond King back to the Tennessee Titans in a deal the day before the deadline. In return, the chargers will be given a selection for the sixth round. L.A.'s tendency to blow leads got it out of the competition and allowed veteran King to strengthen a likely playoff team.
– November 2: According to Adam Schefter of ESPN linebacker Kwon Alexander, the Adamers from San Francisco traded for the New Orleans Saints. The 49ers receive a conditional pick and linebacker for the fifth round, Kiko Alonso. The outstanding linebacker Fred Warner probably made Alexander unnecessary for the 49ers.
– November 2: The Dallas Cowboys acquired Eli Ankou from the Houston Texans for a seventh round selection in 2022. Ankou is an attempt to shore up a historically poor Cowboys defense.
– November 1st: After losing to the Chiefs, New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson swaps for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pittsburgh will send a selection for the fifth round 2022 to the Jets, which will send a selection for the seventh round 2022 to Pittsburgh. The deal adds another talented player to an already strong Steelers defense while allowing Williamson to move from a 0-8 team to a 7-0 team.
– 28th of October: The Cincinnati Bengals traded defensive end Carlos Dunlap for a Seattle pick and offensive lineman B.J. Finney against the Seattle Seahawks. Dunlap had passively-aggressively requested a deal by listing his home for sale on social media.
– October 27th: The Detroit Lions exchanged conditional selections in the sixth round for the Dallas Cowboys to get the defensive end from Everson Griffen.
– 23rd October: The Giants traded linebacker Markus Golden for the Arizona Cardinals for a selection from the sixth round in 2021. The deal provided Arizona with a potential replacement for veteran Chandler Jones, who is out for the season.
Oct 22: The Minnesota Vikings swap Yannick Ngakoue's defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens to make a selection for the third round in 2021 and a conditional selection for the fifth round in 2022. The Vikings acquired Ngakoue from Jacksonville in early 2020.
– October 21: The Jets linebacker Jordan Willis and a selection for the seventh round 2021 to the San Francisco 49ers for a selection for the sixth round 2022.
– October 18th: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquire Steve McLendon of the New York Jets along with a selection for the seventh round in 2023 in exchange for a selection for the sixth round in 2020.
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Note: This section will be populated with the latest reports on potential offers on Tuesday November 3rd.