Derrick Henry, Davante Adams, and all members of the Denver Broncos remained with their respective teams. Chase Young, Montez Sweat, and Joshua Dobbs are now undergoing transitions.
On Tuesday, before the NFL’s trade deadline at 4 p.m. EDT, additional transactions were made involving Rasul Douglas, Ezra Cleveland, and Donovan Peoples-Jones.
A total of six transactions took place on the concluding day, enabling teams to enhance their rosters through the acquisition of players from rival clubs.
The San Francisco 49ers, with a current record of 5-3, executed a significant transaction by acquiring Young from the Washington Commanders in exchange for a compensatory third-round draft pick.
Young, who was selected as the second overall pick in the 2020 draft, has now become a member of the San Francisco defensive line, reuniting with his old colleague Nick Bosa. Young’s playing time has been restricted to a mere 12 games during the previous two seasons due to injury-related circumstances. With a total of five sacks achieved in seven games during the current season, his presence is expected to significantly enhance the performance of the San Francisco 49ers, who have recently seen a decline in form after suffering three consecutive defeats.
The Washington Commanders engaged in a transaction whereby they exchanged their most proficient pass rusher, Montez Sweat, with the Chicago Bears in return for a second-round draft selection. Sweat, who is currently in the concluding year of his initial contractual agreement, was not expected to be offered a new deal by the Washington football team, which currently holds a record of 3 wins and 5 losses.
The Chicago Bears, with a current record of 2-6, appear to be lacking direction in their performance. However, it is reasonable to assume that the team’s management is contemplating retaining Sweat, a player who has demonstrated exceptional prowess by accumulating 6 1/2 sacks during the season. The individual in question was selected as Washington’s initial choice in the first round of the 2019 selection process.
Due to Kirk Cousins’ injury, Dobbs, the current starting quarterback for the Arizona football team, has accepted a recruiting offer to join the Minnesota team. The Vikings traded a draft pick in the sixth round to the Cardinals and, in exchange, acquired a conditional seventh-round pick along with Dobbs.
Dobbs has recently been a member of his seventh team within a span of seven seasons, marking his third team change since the commencement of training camp. The quarterback for the Cardinals (1-7) achieved a total passing yardage of 1,569, along with a count of eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Additionally, he has accumulated a total of 258 yards and has scored three times on rushing plays.
According to Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell, the organization is now making arrangements for rookie Jaren Hall to assume the starting position in the upcoming game against Atlanta. However, the possibility of utilizing Dobbs has not been completely dismissed. The Minnesota football team, with a current record of four wins and four losses, experienced a significant setback as its quarterback, Cousins, sustained a season-ending injury due to a tear in his Achilles tendon.
O’Connell expressed his admiration for Dobbs’ skill set, noting his ability to exhibit athleticism and make plays both within and outside the pocket. This statement was made during an interview on Sirius XM. In my opinion, he possesses a high level of intelligence, which presents us with a favorable prospect of swiftly bringing him on board and adequately training him for potential responsibilities in the event that they arise. However, concurrently, I am of the opinion that we are enthusiastic and confident in Jaren Hall’s abilities. We possess the capability to devise a strategic approach for Jaren, enabling him to perform admirably against a highly skilled opposing team in a challenging setting in Atlanta. Our objective is for him to exhibit proficient football skills in this endeavor.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, who now hold the top position in the AFC South with a record of 6-2, have made a significant enhancement to their offensive line. They have acquired Cleveland from Minnesota in exchange for a sixth-round pick. Cleveland had maintained an unbroken streak of 45 consecutive appearances as the left guard until recently, when a foot injury caused him to miss the previous two games. Walker Little, the incumbent left guard for the Jacksonville football team, has been contending with a knee issue.
According to Jaguars coach Doug Pederson’s statement on The Pat McAfee Show on ESPN, the key factor is in ensuring his integration and placement beside a highly proficient offensive line. By acquiring an individual of Ezra’s caliber, we have obtained a guard who possesses the necessary qualities to serve as a starting player. The addition of this player significantly strengthens our offensive line, resulting in overall improvement for our team.
Douglas, a skilled cornerback who has successfully intercepted 10 passes in his previous 36 games while playing for the Green Bay team, transfers to the Buffalo team in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick and a fifth-round draft pick.
The acquisition of the Bills addresses a pressing requirement for a cornerback position while also being cost-effective. Douglas’s salary cap allocation for the team amounts to approximately $600,000, reducing the available cap space of the organization, which formerly stood at approximately $4.1 million. Tre’Davious White will have the chance to move into Douglas’ current position at left cornerback. White had a rupture of his right Achilles tendon during a victorious match against Miami on October 1st, resulting in his subsequent absence from the game.
Buffalo’s first-round draft pick in 2022, Kaiir Elam, struggled to fill White’s shoes. Consequently, Elam was not included in the lineup for the previous weekend, and fourth-year backup Dane Jackson assumed the role instead.
The Detroit Lions, with a current record of 6-2, bolstered their wide receiver corps by acquiring Donovan Peoples-Jones from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft. People-Jones has accumulated a total of eight receptions, amounting to 97 yards, in the current season. In contrast, during the previous season, he successfully caught 61 passes, resulting in a total of 839 yards.
The New York Jets, with a current record of 4-3, refrained from engaging in any trades during the specified period. However, they did make the decision to sign Rodger Saffold, a seasoned lineman aged 35, to their practice squad. The goal of this action was to strengthen their offensive line, which has suffered from a significant number of injuries.
A number of teams have already executed transactions in anticipation of the impending trade deadline. Last week, the Philadelphia Eagles (7-1) acquired the services of Kevin Byard, a two-time All-Pro safety, from the Tennessee Titans. On Monday, the Seattle Seahawks (5-2) completed the acquisition of Leonard Williams, a defensive lineman, from the New York Giants.
A number of well-known sports writers, including Dave Campbell, Josh Dubow, Mark Long, and Dennis Waszak from the AP Pro Football Writers as well as John Wawrow, Stephen Whyno, and David Brandt from the AP Sports Writers, contributed to the article.