While the NFL holds the most underwhelming trade deadline period, that hasn’t stopped the rumors from swirling leading up to Tuesday’s deadline. Rumors have surrounded some big names, and as a football fan all we can do is sit back and hope that some sort of blockbuster deal is in the making.

Below I provided some of the top names who could potentially be on the move within the next few days. These are guys who could provide an instant impact on a competing team while filling a need down the final stretch and into the playoffs. Possible trade scenarios are included as well.

Comment below with some trade scenarios of your own!

WR Alshon Jeffery (Chicago Bears)

It looks like Alshon Jeffery headlines the list of players who could possibly be dealt at the deadline. Ever since last season trade rumors have surrounded the blue-chip WR as he was also playing on an expiring deal in 2015 before being franchise tagged this past offseason. With a 1-6 record, the Chicago Bears are clearly in an all-out rebuilding mode, and it doesn’t appear that Jeffery is in their long-term plans.

It doesn’t make sense for the Bears to hold on to Jeffery the remainder of the season, especially if they don’t plan on re-signing him this upcoming offseason. Jeffery been the bright spot of Chicago’s season, and he could haul in at the very least a 3rd round pick – value that will be coveted for the rebuilding Bears. You’d have to imagine a WR needy team like Philadelphia or Tampa Bay would be willing to dish out a 3rd as they look to make a run at the playoffs.

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Possible Suitors: Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WR Steve Smith (Baltimore Ravens)

After a premature exit in 2015 due to injury, Steve Smith returned this season after his “would be” retiring year was cut short. Even at 37 years old, he’s proven that he could still play football at a high level. So far on the year he has over 300 receiving yards and 3 TDs while catching 68% of his targets. He even has a 100+ yard game which came back in week 4.

A team desperate for WR depth could be drawn to the ageless wonder. Smith brings more to the field than just production, but he’s a great veteran presence which will be coveted by teams as well. Smith could serve as a solid and reliable #2 WR on most teams.

Possible Suitors: Kansas City Chiefs

WR Torrey Smith (San Francisco 49ers)

Earlier in the week it looked like Torrey Smith could be headed to Philadelphia, but a deal never got done, yet at least. Smith has had a rough year in San Francisco this season, and his value is lower than ever. At 1-6, the 49ers are in full rebuilding mode during Chip Kelly’s first season in Santa Clara – they need to move whoever they can, and acquire as many picks as possible.

While Smith has struggled mightily, he still possesses tremendous speed and the ability to take the top off opposing defenses. His 15.3 yards per catch is an indication that the big play ability is still there. With his production considered, he could go for as low as a conditional 5th round pick – well worth the investment for a WR needy team.

Possible Suitors: Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles

OT Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers)

Another 49er appears on the list as it’s imperative for them to acquire as many draft picks as possible, even if that means parting ways with their franchise tackle. Staley has been named to 5 consecutive Pro Bowls and has established himself as one of the toughest linemen in all of the NFL. While Chip Kelly has denied that Staley is on the trade block, his name has been swirling in trade rumors.

There are a handful of legitimate title contenders with glaring needs on the offensive line, particularly at the tackle position. I could see a team like Denver shipping a high draft pick (2nd or 3rd) for the veteran tackle as they’re desperate for a boost on offense – especially after losing C.J. Anderson for the year and with an inexperienced QB under center in Trevor Siemian.

Possible Suitors: Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks

OT Joe Thomas (Cleveland Browns)

Entering week 8, the Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win on the season and are in desperate rebuilding mode, but would they be insane to trade Joe Thomas? Even though they have a stockpile of draft picks in upcoming drafts, it’s still an idea they should at least entertain.

Joe Thomas is the NFL’s premier offensive tackle and would provide a monumental boost for a contending team. The Browns in turn could get back as a high as a 2nd round pick plus some for their franchise tackle. While he’s probably the safest to remain with his respective team of any player on this list, it remains a possibility.

Possible Suitors: Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks

DE Cameron Wake (Miami Dolphins)

Cameron Wake has been a name quietly engaged in trade talks, particularly drawing interest from the Dallas Cowboys. As Von Miller proved this past Super Bowl, premier pass rushers are a key component to a team’s championship recipe. A team needing a boost in the pass rushing department will be inquiring about Cameron Wake.

The Dolphins could receive solid value for a guy like Wake. His pass rushing production has been consistent over the years – he finished last season with 7 sacks and has 3 already so far this season. The Cowboys’ 4-3 scheme looks like an ideal fit for the 34 year old.

Possible Suitors: Dallas Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers

CB Joe Haden (Cleveland Browns)

In a late development, trade talks have been ramping up regarding Joe Haden as another Cleveland Brown appears on this list. It make sense for the Browns as they should continue to acquire draft picks and build for their future – something general manager Sashi Brown has done a decent job at thus far.

It makes a lot of sense to see Haden traded to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have suffered mightily this season without the presence of Josh Norman on the outside. Haden would fill that void long-term.

Possible Suitors: Carolina Panthers

CB Tracy Porter (Chicago Bears)

As aforementioned, the Chicago Bears are in all-out rebuilding mode and should trade as many pieces of value as possible. Porter isn’t a premier NFL cornerback, but he’s experienced and has played very well in Chicago this season. He brings versatility as he can play on the inside and outside. Has 2 interceptions so far this season.

I could see a reunion in New Orleans as the Saints look to boost their secondary on their run at an NFC South crown. He could prove to be well worth a late round pick.

Possible Suitors: Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints

About The Author Jonathan Valencia

The Editor-in-Chief of Breaking Football, Jonathan has been an amateur NFL Draft evaluator for nearly the past five years. He prides himself on producing extensive, informative content. Follow him on Twitter @JonValenciaBF for fresh draft takes and GIF analysis of draft prospects. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore area, Jonathan now resides in Washington state with his wife.