NFL trade deadline: Dolphins trade Jay Ajayi to Eagles

The 7-1 Philadelphia Eagles just further bolstered their offense. The Eagles traded for Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi on Tuesday before the NFL trade deadline, reportedly in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The trade boosts the Eagles running game, which is 15th in the league with 4.2 yards per carry and adds depth to go along with LeGarrette Blount. The Eagles had shown interest in running backs to help with their pass blocking, and reportedly reached out to the Colts regarding veteran Frank Gore on Monday before making a deal for Ajayi. Ajayi, a 24-year-old fifth-round pick out of Boise State, has somewhat struggled this season with pass blocking and is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Dolphins head coach Adam Gase had also expressed frustration with the offense in recent weeks, calling out his players earlier this month and threatening to replace them if they cannot get the job done. Ajayi has also reportedly been verbally combative with the coaching staff. Last season, Ajayi averaged 4.9 yards per carry and scored eight touchdowns. Continue Reading

Giants stand pat at NFL trade deadline, don’t get Chargers safety Eric Weddle

So much for all that Eric Weddle talk. The NFL trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and the Giants, as expected, stood pat. There had been talk of the club acquiring safety Eric Weddle from the Chargers, and there were rumors that Bears outside linebacker Willie Young, a pass rusher, could head to East Rutherford. But neither move happened. Weddle stayed put in San Diego, and there was little indication that the Giants made it deep into trade talks with the Chargers. Weddle, 30 and coming off an All-Pro 2014, is in the final year of his deal, so had the Giants advanced in the trade process, they would almost certainly have wanted to gauge their chances of signing him long-term. RELATED: ON NFL TRADE DEADLINE DAY, LOOKING BACK AT BIG MOVES It all leaves the Giants right where they started, with a defense that's surrendering a league-worst 427.5 total yards per game, coming off a Sunday loss to the Saints in it allowed an embarrassing 608 total yards. The club must now pin its hopes of defensive improvement on internal reinforcements returning from injury. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) hasn't been ruled out for this Sunday's game against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay and cornerback Prince Amukamara (pectoral) is set to return to practice Wednesday. Amukamara could return on Sunday as well, although that could also be a longshot after he missed the last three weeks. And linebacker Jon Beason, who sat out Sunday with ankle and knee woes, continues to work his way back. But there will be no other major pieces added to this Giants defense this season. Continue Reading

On NFL trade deadline day, a look back at some of the biggest moves

The NFL trade deadline has long been synonymous with disappointment. Big names are almost always tossed around, but they rarely get moved. The 2015 deadline has proved similar — cited players like Matt Forte, Jay Cutler and Calvin Johnson as possible trade bait — but we'll have to wait until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to see if any rumors become reality. Unlike the deadlines in other sports, which occur later in the season and allow teams to bolster their rosters for playoff runs, prior to the 2012 season it was decided that the NFL deadline would be placed on the first Tuesday following Week 8. That change three years ago pushed the deadline two weeks later in the season, but it has yet to make any significant impact on blockbuster deals. FOLLOW THE DAILY NEWS SPORTS ON FACEBOOK. "LIKE" US HERE. Still, there have been exceptions to the rule, with franchises like the Patriots and the Cowboys proving more aggressive at the deadline. The list is sparse compared to the three other major professional sports, but here are some of the biggest NFL trade deadline deals. Herschel Walker traded to the Vikings (1989) It was a risky move to ship off the team's best offensive player, but head coach Jimmy Johnson saw a window of opportunity during his Dallas team's downward spiral. At 0-5, the Cowboys were going nowhere, so Johnson unloaded Walker's contract on the Vikings along with some draft picks and received five veteran players and eight new draft picks from Minnesota. Eighteen players (including draft picks) were involved in the transaction. In the short term, it was a good investment for the Vikings, as Walker helped them into the playoffs in 1989 by carrying for 669 yards and scoring five touchdowns in 11 games. They missed the postseason the next two years and Walker's productivity dropped, so they sent him off and the blockbuster deal ended rather disappointingly — at least for Continue Reading

NFL trade deadline tracker 2017: Time, date, latest team buzz, potential targets

The NFL's deadline for trades in the 2017 season passed at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, but not without some exciting action in the 24 hours leading up to it.Here's a rundown of what happened: Recently completed trades Bills acquire WR Kelvin Benjamin from Panthers for a 2018 third-round pick and seventh-round pickJets acquire CB Rashard Robinson from 49ers for 2018 fifth-round pick Eagles acquire RB Jay Ajayi from Dolphins for 2018 fourth-round pick 49ers acquire QB Jimmy Garoppolo from Patriots for 2018 second-round pick Seahawks acquire OT Duane Brown from Texans for 2018 third-round pick, 2018 fifth-round pick and 2019 second-round pick Jaguars acquire DT Marcell Dareus from Bills for 2018 sixth-round pick PHOTOS: Best of NFL Week 8 Continue Reading

Don’t expect Titans to be active at the NFL trade deadline

The NFL trade deadline is October 31, but don’t expect a flurry of moves as teams try to improve their rosters for the home stretch. There will be some from rebuilding teams looking to jettison veterans in favor of draft picks and salary cap space, but most teams will stand pat. Count the Titans among the latter group.There are a couple big names floating around at the deadline that could theoretically make sense for Tennessee. Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant appears destined for the trading block. He’s a 6-foot-4 speedster at wide receiver that would add an explosive element on the perimeter that the Titans have been missing.However, Titans rookie wide receiver Corey Davis can also be that player. He’s been hurt since Week 2, but it looks like he’ll be ready after the bye week. The return of Davis makes Bryant less useful for the Titans. Not to mention it would put Bryant in a crowded receiving room, and his reason for wanting out of Pittsburgh is a lack of playing time. Tennessee isn’t the team for him. ► Related: Titans expect Corey Davis for next game, less sure on Delanie Walker ► Corey Davis: 'I've improved a lot' despite missing preseason, last five games Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is another player having some issues in the locker room. Tennessee could use an additional corner to help their secondary. However, Rodgers-Cromartie’s indefinite suspension from the Giants for abruptly leaving the facility doesn’t bode well for how the corner would fit in the Titans locker room. The 10-year veteran would be one of the Titans top-two cornerbacks, but at some point the on-field production doesn’t outweigh any off-field baggage.There could also be a market for Rodgers-Cromartie that might drive his price beyond what the Titans are willing to part with. They’ve invested heavily in their secondary already, and getting rid of more assets to add a 31-year-old Continue Reading

As trade deadline nears, could Eagles go for ‘Megatron,’ a left tackle?

PHILADELPHIA – There are typically very few trades made at the NFL trade deadline, unlike the other professional sports where big names often change teams for a playoff run.Last season, there was only one trade made the day of the deadline, and only a few others in the days before. But the Eagles could make a deal by the deadline on Tuesday. After all, they are 7-1, the best record in the NFL after their 33-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.Whether they do or not could depend on how the Eagles value their chances to win now compared to their long-stated goal of building for the future.So would they go after someone like 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, to fill the void left by Jason Peters, who's out for the season with a torn ACL? Or perhaps another starting caliber tackle, such as Houston's Duane Brown or Buffalo's Cordy Glenn?There have even been rumblings that the Eagles might try to lure Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson out of retirement. Johnson hasn't played since the end of the 2015 season, but there are reports that he might consider returning. Johnson did play for Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who was the Lions' head coach from 2009-13.Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Monday that the team wouldn't rule out a trade, adding that "I like where we're at with our roster.""We're always looking, obviously," Pederson said. "I'm not going to leave it out of the question. But at the same time, the guys that we have in this locker room, we got a lot of confidence in. We'll go forward from there." EAGLES: From teasing to TD celebrations, team having fun EAGLES: Wentz takes a beating in win over 49ers This is where the Eagles will have to weigh their long-term plans against the changing expectations for this season which all of a sudden is filled with playoff possibilities.That was apparent against the 49ers, who blitzed quarterback Carson Wentz relentlessly Continue Reading

Bickley: As NFL trade deadline passes, Arizona Cardinals still searching for QB of future

The NFL trade deadline changed in 2017. It’s no longer a meaningless date on the calendar, the equivalent of National Pistachio Day.The Seahawks upgraded their offensive line. The Bills and Eagles bolstered their playoff chances. And when the transactions were over, Valley football fans had yet another reason to fret:The NFC West has three teams with franchise quarterbacks under the age of 30. None of them play for the Cardinals. “We try to address it every year,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “People just keep trading up in front of us.” RELATED: Next Cardinals QB? Options for ArizonaIf a discouraging 3-4 start wasn’t bad enough for a disgruntled fan base, the Cardinals lost another battle during their bye week, watching the 49ers acquire Jimmy Garoppolo for a second-round draft pick. The move could have serious consequences for a franchise that hasn’t drafted a functional quarterback since Jake Plummer, and that was 20 years ago. You can argue that the former Patriots backup might be another pipe dream, a quarterback who parlayed a small sample size into an immense fortune. From Scott Mitchell to Kevin Kolb, there is no shortage of bad investments at the league’s most important position. There are few professions in America that offer more leverage to the job candidate, where the laws of supply and demand so handsomely benefit the unproven. But Garoppolo is cut from a different mold. He has charisma, intelligence and poise. He beat the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in the opening game of 2016, setting an ominous tone for one of the most disappointing seasons in Arizona history. If he somehow does it again on Sunday, and Arians fully expects him to play, he could end all hope for a Hail Mary finish in 2017.The alibis are sound. The Cardinals would’ve had to trade more Continue Reading

Why the Cincinnati Bengals did not make a move at the NFL trade deadline

The Walkthru is a daily look at the Bengals, your questions and whatever else spills from the brains of beat writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jim Owczarski. You can follow them on Twitter (@pauldehnerjr,@JimOwczarski), Instagram (@enqbengals) as well as Enquirer Sports on Facebook for behind the scenes and breaking news. UPDATE: The NFL trade deadline was 4 p.m. on Oct. 31, and passed without the Cincinnati Bengals making a trade. This column has been updated for content and tense to reflect that.With the Cincinnati Bengals clinging to their playoff hopes at 3-4 and in need of improvement across several offensive areas – should they have made a deal?It's easy to say yes. The Enquirer had learned the club wasn't really interested in making a move – even along the offensive line, but the Bengals had the necessary resources to do so.According to the National Football League’s Players Association (NFLPA), the club has just over $11.8 million available in cap space for this year (though the club will say it’s lower than that) and have plenty of draft capital to work with, due in large part to three free agents who left and some trades they already made.The club lost a 2018 seventh-rounder to Jacksonville for acquiring defensive end Chris Smith in April but got it back in August for sending linebacker Marquis Flowers to New England.So, the Bengals have their entire seven-round draft class intact for 2018, and the freakishly accurate compensatory pick projection has them getting an additional third rounder for Kevin Zeitler, an extra fifth-rounder for Andrew Whitworth and – believe it or not – an extra seventh rounder for Margus Hunt.That’s 10 picks – and seven in the first five rounds – to infuse into a roster that couldn’t find room for four of the 11 picks they had in 2016. (The team has nine unrestricted free agents heading into 2018, and one restricted free agent in AJ McCarron.)And Continue Reading

NFL trade deadline winners and losers: What’s Jimmy Garoppolo’s fate?

A look at who came out ahead — and who didn't — following the NFL's 2017 trade deadline, which passed Tuesday afternoon: WINNERS Russell Wilson: No one is going to confuse newly acquired LT Duane Brown with Seattle Seahawks legend Walter Jones. But three-time Pro Bowler Brown, 32, instantly becomes the most accomplished lineman to ever block for Wilson, who's suffered at least 40 sacks each of the previous four seasons. Brown, who only played one game for the Houston Texans this year — Sunday in Seattle, ironically, after a holdout — should also upgrade the Seahawks' 21st-ranked run game and will likely find his outspoken personality is a better fit in his new locker room than the previous one.Buffalo Bills fans: The prospect of reaching the playoffs for the first time in the 21st century grew even brighter as the Carolina pipeline spit out more help, this time in the form of WR Kelvin Benjamin, who addresses one of the few glaring deficiencies of a Bills roster that's mostly devoid of holes.Jay Ajayi: The health of his knees has been a concern since college, but this opportunity with the Eagles appears to be a much better opportunity to parlay his talent into one, solid contract after his rookie deal expires following the 2018 season. (But first, Jay, make sure your pass protection of Mr. Franchise, Carson Wentz, is flawless.) More: 49ers' trade for Jimmy Garoppolo likely impacts Kirk Cousins, 2018 draft More: Bill Belichick: Keeping Jimmy Garoppolo on Patriots was 'not sustainable' Adam Gase: His Miami Dolphins are ranked last in scoring and total offense, and that was with Ajayi's services. Gase's frustration with his team has been evident most of the season, and now he's sent a strong message about the expectations of a program that reached postseason in 2016 and still could get there this year.Marcell Dareus: If his head is screwed on properly, he could post some sick numbers in Sacksonville Continue Reading

NFL trade deadline’s surprising deals reflect wide-open playoff race

No one epitomizes a midseason adjustment quite like Duane Brown.A week ago, the Pro Bowl left tackle was getting ready to play in his first game of the season with the Houston Texans after holding out since the start of training camp over his contract.Now Brown, traded on Monday, is adjusting to a new city, new playbook and new teammates with the Seattle Seahawks.Shoot, there was even the matter of flying to Seattle for Sunday’s game – he knocked off the rust by playing 68 offensive snaps – and returning the next day after flying back to Houston.It’s no wonder that Brown told reporters, it has been “a bit of a whirlwind of a week.” More: NFL trade deadline winners and losers: What's Jimmy Garoppolo's fate? More: USA TODAY Sports' Week 9 NFL picks The Brown trade looked to suffice as the big one before the deadline – Houston wound up with second- and third-round picks, in 2019 and 2018, respectively, after cornerback Jeremy Lane was sent back due to a failed physical – but was merely the first domino in the hours before the market closed on Tuesday.The San Francisco 49ers landed Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots as perhaps their franchise quarterback. Jay Ajayi was dealt from Miami to Philadelphia. The Buffalo Bills got Kelvin Benjamin from Carolina.And, well, Cleveland almost obtained AJ McCarron.Who says the NFL trade deadline does little to promote wheeling and dealing?Not this time. The flurry of action before the deadline – and in the two weeks prior the Arizona Cardinals landed Adrian Peterson and the Jacksonville Jaguars obtained Marcell Dareus – illustrates that there’s a lot of urgency in the NFL that can be connected to just how wide open the playoff race is as the second half of the season looms.For the most part, the trades reflect a win-now mentality seemingly bolstered by the standings.Take the deal for Benjamin. Surely, new Bills general Continue Reading