The 2018 NFL season is nearing the halfway point, which also means that the trade deadline is looming. Clubs have until Oct. 30 to wheel and deal should they choose to, and given the increased trade activity in recent years, it should come as no surprise if some big names are moved.
Here’s a look at 10 players who could be traded ahead of the deadline.
10. Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles opted not to trade Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles this past offseason, and that proved to be the right decision as Carson Wentz took a little extra time before returning from a torn ACL. However, with Wentz now back in the starting role, Foles has once again been relegated to clipboard duty while a plethora of quarterback positions have opened up around the league. Perhaps more than any other backup quarterback in the NFL, Foles carries a tremendous value and could yield a good return for Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to LeSean McCoy in the wake of Jay Ajayi going down for the season with a torn ACL, but it sounds like it would take an awful lot for the star running back to switch teams in 2018.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bills are “unlikely” to trade McCoy and that they value him both on the field and as a presence in the locker room.
As Rapoport notes, the price to acquire McCoy would be high, and the Eagles probably don’t want to part with something like a second-round draft pick.
McCoy turned 30 over the summer, which has become a dreaded age for NFL running backs. He’s off to a slow start this season and is averaging a career-worst 3.8 yards per carry, but Rapoport expects the Bills to keep him and his more than $6 million salary in 2019. Apparently all of the news McCoy has made off the field is not a concern for the team.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy has seen his name come up in trade rumors this week after his former team was dealt a major blow in its backfield, but he insists he is not thinking anything of it.
McCoy was asked on Thursday about rumors linking him to the Philadelphia Eagles, and he said his only commitment at the moment is to his current team.
Earlier in the day, Bills head coach Sean McDermott stopped short of denying that teams have called about trading for McCoy.
The Eagles are said to have some interest in bringing back McCoy now that Jay Ajayi is out for the season with a torn ACL. There has also been talk about Philly pursuing another star running back, but a trade for any impact player has obstacles. With McCoy set to count $9 million against the salary cap in 2019, it is not out of the question that Buffalo would be open to moving him.
The Philadelphia Eagles are in need of backfield help after Jay Ajayi went down for the season with a torn ACL, and they may be looking to bring back a dynamic running back who began his career with the team.
Josh Reed of WIVB in Buffalo reports that the Eagles have reached out to the Bills to discuss the possibility of trading for LeSean McCoy.
McCoy is off to a slow start with Buffalo this season, and he is scheduled to count roughly $9 million against the salary cap in 2019. His days with the Bills seem numbered, so it would not be a surprise if they decided to trade him to get something in return before inevitably parting ways with him this offseason.
There has already been talk about Philadelphia potentially pursuing a trade for another star running back, but a deal like that seems like it would be more difficult to pull off. Doug Pederson had been using a running back-by-committee approach with Ajayi, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement before Ajayi went down, and Darren Sproles could also return soon from injury. Don’t expect the Eagles to overspend for someone like McCoy, but they could pull the trigger if the price is right.
Through five week of the NFL season, we’re getting a much better sense of the contenders and teams that will be picking high in next year’s draft. Some players’ seasons have taken off, while others are struggling. For those in the latter group, there is still time for a turnaround.
Here’s a look at 10 players who badly need to turn things around.
Dak Prescott, QB, Cowboys
The Cowboys looked like they were set at the quarterback position for a very long time when Prescott burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2016, but he has been quite underwhelming since. Dallas has basically had no passing game this season, and that is one of the main reasons they are off to a 2-3 start. Prescott has just five touchdowns compared to four interceptions in five starts. Teams are challenging the Cowboys to throw by loading up to stop Ezekiel Elliott, and Prescott hasn’t looked up to the challenge. That could have a lot to do with not having playmakers like Dez Bryant and Jason Witten to throw to, but Dak needs to pick things up if the Cowboys want to make a run at the postseason. Luckily the NFC East is in bad enough shape where there’s still time.
Delicia Cordon, the former girlfriend of Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy, has gone on the record to accuse him of orchestrating an attack that saw her pistol whipped and robbed.
At a press conference Friday, Cordon said her home was broken into by a masked man on July 9, who pistol whipped her and stole jewelry. Cordon believes McCoy set up the attack because items he had gifted her in the past seemed specifically targeted.
The identity of the assailant is still unknown, and Cordon is offering a $40,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
“LeSean said he’s gonna deal with all this after his season,” Cordon said, via TMZ. “I don’t have that option. I have to deal with this every day.”
These accusations are not new, having been made by a friend of Cordon’s, and now she’s advancing them herself. The Buffalo Bills running back has also denied allegations of domestic violence.
LeSean McCoy is dealing with what sounds like a painful injury that he suffered in Sunday’s loss against the Los Angeles Chargers, but it remains unclear if he will miss time going forward.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that McCoy is dealing with cracked rib cartilage, which is an injury he has had in the past. He’s considered questionable for Buffalo’s Week 3 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, and Bills coach Sean McDermott termed McCoy “day-to-day” on Monday.
The Bills have been horrendous through the first two weeks of the season, and the last thing they need is to be without their best offensive player for any amount of time. They already lost one veteran in Week 2 when cornerback Vontae Davis literally retired in the middle of the game.
Like most of his teammates, McCoy is off to a slow start in 2018. He has 61 total rushing yards on 16 attempts and has not found the end zone. It initially seemed like the Bills would have to worry about him getting into legal trouble, but now his health is the biggest concern.
LeSean McCoy has been under investigation since July after his ex-girlfriend was beaten and robbed at a home owned by the star running back, but he is not expected to face legal action or discipline from the NFL.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Sunday that an investigation involving McCoy is still ongoing in Georgia, but no evidence has been turned up that would warrant charging McCoy with a crime. While the NFL could suspend McCoy or place him on the commissioner’s exempt list regardless of how the investigation plays out, the belief is that he is not in danger of being suspended.
McCoy’s ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, suffered multiple injuries when she was robbed by a man holding a gun and wearing a mask. She told police the attacker demanded specific items of jewelry that were given to her by McCoy, and Cordon believed McCoy had set her up. A previous report indicated that McCoy recently went to a judge in an attempt to have Cordon evicted from a home he owns.
The issues between McCoy and Cordon go back quite a while, as she publicly accused the Buffalo Bills star of cheating on her last summer.
Police are still investigating a July attack on LeSean McCoy’s ex-girlfriend, but the star running back will not be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list despite the allegations the woman made against him.
On Monday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed to Mark Maske of the Washington Post that there has been no change to McCoy’s status. That means he will be eligible to play on Sunday when the Buffalo Bills begin their season with a road game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Police have been investigating a home invasion that took place at a home owned by McCoy over a month ago. His ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, was living there at the time, and McCoy has been accused of sending people to the home to beat and rob her. McCoy claims he has not had contact with Cordon or any of the people involved with her in months.
Adrian Peterson was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list back in 2014 after he was accused of abusing his son. There has been speculation that the same could happen to McCoy given the disturbing allegations against him, but the league does not feel that is necessary at this time.
LeSean McCoy’s legal issues appear to only be getting worse.
McCoy’s ex-girlfriend, Delicia Cordon, accused the Buffalo Bills running back of sending people to her house to beat her and rob her last month. Police have investigated the attack for potential criminal charges, but things are not ending there.
Cordon filed a personal injury lawsuit against McCoy and his friend, Tamarcus Porter, on Friday in Fulton County court. In the lawsuit, Cordon is seeking $133,000 in damages for jewelry she says she was robbed of, among other damages. She alleges McCoy changed security codes at the home, which she claims was a big part of what led to the July 10 event.
Perhaps more explosively, Cordon also alleged in her filing that McCoy beat his dog and son frequently.
Cordon ended up reportedly moving out of the home last month.
McCoy has reported to Bills training camp, but the 30-year-old could face discipline from the league over the allegations.