5 NFL Players Who Could Be Traded Following Josh Gordon Deal

Action on the trade market is off to a quick start in the NFL once the Cleveland Browns gave up on troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon and sent him to the New England Patriots. 


For the Patriots, they now get a deep threat wide receiver that Tom Brady can target. This trade only came in the second week of the season, which means the trade market will only heat up, especially with how competitive both conferences are in the early going.


With all of this in mind, here are five NFL players who could be on the move next following the Josh Gordon trade.

5. Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston has not exactly lived up to the hype since entering the NFL. A three-game suspension put a halt to his bounce-back plans, and veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing out of his mind through the first two games of the season. Even when Winston returns, it's hard to take the ball out of the hot hand. The Buccaneers could ride with Fitzpatrick for the rest of the year and draft a quarterback next spring. So why not get a return for Winston in a trade?

4. LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy has taken on the role of human tackling dummy, and it's not his fault. He's stuck behind a depleted, turnstile-like offensive line with the Buffalo Bills. It's hard to imagine the Bills making a postseason run this year based off their first two games of the season. McCoy is under contract until the end of the 2019 season, so why not trade him to a contender for a hefty return? The Dolphins did it with Jay Ajayi, so the Bills should follow the same route.

3. Nick Foles

The Nick Foles era in Philadelphia is coming to an end, as Carson Wentz has been medically cleared to start in Week 3. With Foles returning to the bench, the Eagles could try and get a profit for him, considering the amount of quarterback-needy teams in the league. The Eagles owe a lot to Foles for bringing the city their first-ever Lombardi Trophy, and they can reward him by sending him to a place where he can play as a starter.

2. Earl Thomas

Despite his return, Earl Thomas still has hard feelings toward the Seahawks. Thomas has been adamant about getting a contract extension and if that demand wasn't met, he wanted a trade to another team. The Seahawks look to be trending towards the bottom of the NFC West standings, all in part due to the various veteran departures from the team. The Cowboys and Raiders have been linked to acquiring Thomas. If the Seahawks know they have zero chance of locking him up, they could and should consider trading him.

1. Le'Veon Bell

This one could be tricky. Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers, citing his intent to "protect his value long-term." However, his absence has seen the emergence of James Conner as the team's No. 1 rusher. Bell will likely return after Week 10 in order to make himself eligible for free agency next summer. If the Steelers continue to decline or if they grow frustrated with Bell, they could very well trade him to another team. But that comes only if Bell signs his franchise tender. With all the headaches the Steelers are enduring, they might want to get this one off their hands.