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NFL Trade Deadline Recap

National News (Sports) NFL Trade Deadline Recap Richard Watts November 1, 2023 The NFL trade deadline passed on Tuesday and it included several moves that will impact how the rest of the season will finish. Teams hoping for deep playoff runs improved their rosters as teams looking towards the NFL Draft added picks as they await the chance to select players from the next crop of potential NFL stars. There was a common theme among teams before the deadline as six defensive players, including 4 defensive linemen, were moved to different teams. With nine weeks left in the regular season which moves will have the biggest impact on the NFL’s best teams? The trade deadline got off to a hot start last week as the Philadelphia Eagles managed to pull off another blockbuster trade with the Tennessee Titans. The Eagles acquired Pro Bowl Safety, Kevin Byard, from the Titans for Safety Terrel Edmonds, a 2024 fifth-round pick, and a 2024 sixth-round pick. The move solidifies Philadelphia’s defense, at all three levels, as one of the best in the league. The Philadelphia Eagles also traded away defensive lineman, Kentavius Street, to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2025 seventh-round pick. On Monday, The New York Giants traded away Defensive Lineman, Leonard Williams, to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2024 second-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick. Seattle has the fifth most sacks as well the eighth least rushing yards allowed per game. Leonard Williams only helps to improve in both categories. Trading Williams sheds $32 million off the New York Giants salary cap as well as boasting their collection of picks for the draft. The Minnesota Vikings made some very impactful moves at the deadline as they traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for Quarterback, Joshua Dobbs, and a conditional 6th round pick. The move comes two days after the Minnesota Vikings announced that their Pro Bowl Quarterback, Kirk Cousins, would miss the rest of the year with a torn achilles. Minnesota also traded Guard, Ezra Cleveland, to the Jacksonville Jaguars in return for a 2024 6th round. The Detroit Lions added some speed on offense as they traded a 2025 sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Wide Receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones. The Buffalo Bills addressed a huge need at the deadline as they acquired Cornerback, Rasul Douglas, and a 2024 fifth-round pick from the Green Bay Packers for a 2024 third-round selection. Buffalo lost former All-Pro Cornerback, Tre’Davious White, earlier in the season with a torn achilles. The most active team at the deadline was the Washington Commanders as they shockingly traded away what fans believed to be two cornerstones of their defense. Early yesterday, the Washington Commanders traded away Defensive End, Montez Sweat, to the Chicago Bears for a 2024 second-round pick. Sweat has tallied 35.5 sacks in 67 games played for Washington. Sweat was in contract talks earlier this summer but talks ended without a deal signed. Then in the biggest trade of the day, The Washington Commanders traded 2020 Defensive Rookie Of The Year, Chase Young, to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a 2024 third-round pick. With the acquisition of Young, the 49ers defense may be the best unit in all of football. The end of the deadline now marks the start of the second half of the season. The trading of assets in the NFL can hugely affect the future of a team. For those who traded for these big-name players, at the end of the season will they be suffering from buyer's remorse?

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