NFL trade deadline 2020: 10 Trade candidates and best fits

Ryan Fitzpatrick, NFL trade deadline [ALLEN EYESTONE/The Palm Beach Post]
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NFL trade deadline 2020
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Which players could move at the 2020 NFL trade deadline and where are the best fits?

The NFL trade deadline used to come and go without much notable action. However, the last few years have seen some big names being moved. Just two years ago, the Dallas Cowboys acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Raiders. Last year, we saw more in-season movement with superstars like Jalen Ramsey and Emmanuel Sanders, among other,s change homes midseason.

And this year has the makings of a busy NFL trade deadline week with a trio of talented pass rushers, Yannick Ngakoue (Ravens), Everson Griffen (Lions) and Carlos Dunlap (Seahawks), already finding new homes.

With one of the best crop of quarterback prospects lying in wait for the 2021 draft, will we see even more midseason movement as teams begin to stockpile picks for the inevitable jockeying that is bound to happen next April? It’s hard to say. But these 10 offensive players are candidates to be traded ahead of the 4:00 p.m. ET deadline on Nov. 3 and these are the best fits for them.

NFL trade deadline candidates: Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Miami Dolphins

Best trade fit: Dallas Cowboys

Despite the strong performance through the first half of the season, the Dolphins have decided that now is the time to begin the Tua Tagovailoa era. As expected, Ryan Fitzpatrick was not happy to hear of his demotion but, as per usual, he handled it like a professional.

The Dallas Cowboys are the perfect fit to acquire the bearded gunslinger. Jerry Jones isn’t ready to fold the season. He has too much pride in his franchise to ever tank. Adding Fitzpatrick should give the Cowboys offense the jumpstart it has needed since losing Dak Prescott to a horrific ankle injury.

The move to Dallas could have an impact on Fitzpatrick’s 2021 season as well. He is slated to become an unrestricted free agent and could be viewed as a suitable stopgap to allow Prescott ample recovery time or as the perfect mentor for the next batch of young quarterbacks.

Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Best trade fit: Chicago Bears

Sitting at the midway point in the season with an 0-8 record, it is well within the realm of possibility that the Jets could become the sixth winless team in NFL history. Even if they do manage to eke out a win, it still seems very likely that the Jets will have the first pick in the upcoming draft, which will certainly be used on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2018 draft, hasn’t been surrounded with very much talent, making it almost impossible for him to succeed with the Jets. If they decide to shop the young quarterback, then the Chicago Bears should come running.

The Bears are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback but they’re playing too well to finish with a high draft pick. Darnold may be the best shot they have at getting a player with his kind of potential and could breathe life back into Ryan Pace’s career as a general manager.

Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team

Best trade fit: Las Vegas Raiders

On the surface, the Raiders are not a team that needs a quarterback. Their “franchise” quarterback, Derek Carr, is having a renaissance season so far and they signed former first-round quarterback Marcus Mariota this offseason. So why add another first-rounder in Dwayne Haskins?

Raiders head coach and front office influencer Jon Gruden comes from the Mike Holmgren coaching tree, a tree that has created coaching careers for guys like Andy Reid, John Harbaugh, Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay and the list goes on.

Most everyone with roots in the Holmgren coaching tree places tremendous value on quarterback development. They understand that there’s nothing more highly coveted in the NFL than the “next great quarterback.” So, to get Haskins for pennies on the dollar would be a very savvy move for the quarterback whisperer.