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Deadlines typically push action … but not this week in the NFL.

The tournament’s annual trading deadline, which passed Tuesday at 4pm ET, has only yielded two small swaps on the last day of action. Some teams, however, completed notable deals in the days leading up to the final call for a key squad swap. But with the limited time passed, a number of big names – including New England Patriots winger Stephon Gilmore and Houston Texans broad recipient Will Fuller – are staying with their current team.

Here’s our breakdown of all actions in the days prior to the trade deadline:

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– November 3: RB DeAndre Washington trade heads and seventh round pick for Dolphins for sixth round pick

Analysis: There weren’t many opportunities for Washington in Kansas City after Le’Veon Bell arrived to partner with first-round rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Dolphins get a low-cost view of a player who can add depth backstage.

– November 3: The dolphin handed WR Isaiah Ford to the Patriot for the seventh pick, 2022

Analysis: Pausing in front of the receiver, New England searched for reinforcements in the division. Ford may not be more than a long shot for the Patriots, but he can play a role in a team that needs assistance in catching the ball. Miami, meanwhile, could go on and offer more representation for its younger goals

– November 2: CB Desmond King to Titans trading charger for sixth round draft selection, 2021.

Analysis: All sides appear to be winning here, as King has a fresh start with an opponent after getting lost in the turmoil in Los Angeles. The All-Pro 2018 Selection is an immediate upgrade to the Titans secondary position. Chargers, for whatever reason, were not in his favor, played him in just 54.6% of their defenses and made him a healthy Sunday scratch against the Broncos.

– November 2: The 49ers exchanged LB Kwon Alexander for Saints for LB Kiko Alonso and a conditional fifth pick.

Analysis: Just a year and a half after signing Alexander for four years, worth $ 54 million, 49ers are moving on. According to overthecap.com, the injury limited Alexander to only 13 games in San Francisco, which would cost $ 6.9 million in dead money next year but save $ 8.6 million, according to overthecap.com. . The Saints continue to go all the way to compete for a title with their current group, and Alexander offers another sporting option in midfield if he recovers from a high ankle sprain. kept him sidelined for the last three games.

– November 1: Jet trades LB Avery Williamson and 2022 seventh round pick for Steelers for a fifth round pick 2022

Analysis: Lucky Williamson, who went from 0-8 to 7-0. The 28-year-old has clearly failed to find the Jets’ long-term plan. No one in Pittsburgh would mistake Williamson for injured defender Devin Bush, and the woes of his coverage (92.6% completion rate, 8.7 yards allowable per goal) could worrying. But he showed a necessary position for the Steelers.

October 28: The Bengals traded DE Carlos Dunlap to the Seahawks for CV BJ Finney and the seventh pick

Analysis: Seattle’s over-fatigue fever was arguably the most important issue for the NFL’s last-ranked defense, so John Schneider and Pete Carroll went on a bargain hunt. Dunlap offers the Seahawks a perfect presence in search of a new chapter in his post-unpopular career in Cincinnati, where the seemingly desire to continue from the veteran.

October 27: Cowboys exchange DE Everson Griffen for Lions for a conditional sixth pick

Analysis: Griffen just became the latest in a series of Dallas defense-season acquisitions that were supposed to have a door on a pathetic start to the year. A new opportunity awaits in Detroit, where it will likely need Griffen to play a key role after Trey Flowers landed on the injured reserve.

October 23: The giants trade OLB Markus Golden to the Cardinals for the sixth pick

Analysis: With a score of 5-2, Cardinals switched to using a familiar face at Golden, who played for the team from 2015-18, to speed up the passing of the ball that often occurs after Chandler Jones’s late-season biceps injury. . The 29-year-old has limited value for a rebuilding Giants team.

October 22: The Vikings traded DE Yannick Ngakoue with Raven for their third and fifth pick 2022

Analysis: Refusing to rest on his laurels, Raven went to the market to speed their pass even further and land one of the tournament’s top young talents. Ngakoue, who scored five times in five games with Vikings, allowed Baltimore to rely less on his fouls to smash opposition midfielders, the equivalent of an audition for the team and the rest. back of the NFL. Against the backdrop of a 1-5 start, Minnesota regained what was possible just months after giving up options at the second and fifth turns to land Ngakoue.

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