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NFL Trade Deadline: 5 Potential Blockbuster Deals

Kareem Hunt could be the next running back on the move before the Nov. 1 trade deadline.

Among the major U.S. sports, the NFL rarely has the kind of movement that highlights the NBA offseason or MLB trade deadline. But this season has been a breath of fresh air.

Not only has All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey been traded, but Robert Quinn, who finished second in the league in sacks last season, was dealt by Chicago to Philadelphia on Wednesday. There have been other notable trades involving James Robinson and Johnathan Hankins as well. And more should take place before the Nov. 1 deadline.

And we've seen how much a single trade can swing a season. After the Rams acquired Von Miller for second- and third-round picks last season, he went on to be a key cog of their Super bowl-winning run.

Let's take a look at what other trades could shape the postseason picture.

5 Potential NFL Trade Deadline Blockbuster Deals

1. WR Brandin Cooks to the Ravens

Baltimore never fully replaced Marquise Brown and the deep threat he brought, and its offense has gone silent when Rashod Bateman has been out. The team could badly use another weapon, and Cooks would be a good buy-low option. Things just haven't clicked this season for him in Houston, but the 29-year-old has eclipsed 1,000 yards in six of the last seven seasons. Even at his age, he's a better deep threat than Devin Duvernay and could bring stability to an offense that needs it.

2. RB Kareem Hunt to the Bills

The Bills seemed like a perfect fit for Christian McCaffrey until the Niners swooped in. Regardless, Buffalo could still use an upgrade at running back to really push them over the edge. Cam Akers seems like the most likely RB to move at this point, but Hunt would be the real prize. He's averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry every season and, even in a down year, still ranks 20th among running backs in DVOA. The Browns still harbor playoff hopes, but with Hunt in a contract year and likely becoming too expensive to keep with Nick Chubb, he's expendable. That pill could be easier to swallow, too, if former second-rounder Zack Moss was coming back in the deal.

3. TE Mike Gesicki to the Packers

Aaron Rodgers is finally showing his age, but his lack of weapons isn't helping much. Although tight end isn't as big of a need as wide receiver, Gesicki is effectively a big slot receiver. That's why he hasn't been a good fit with Miami — he isn't great at what head coach Mike McDaniels wants out of a tight end. Gesicki has been playing better lately, but as a free-agent-to-be, you can expect his name to be on the market.

4. OG Jackson Carman to the Buccaneers

Speaking of aging quarterbacks who could use a boost, Tom Brady badly needs someone to shake up the Bucs' offense. The interior offensive line has gone from a strength to a sieve after the departure of Alex Cappa, the retirement of Ali Marpet, and an injury to Ryan Jensen. Carman isn't exactly a surefire upgrade — after all, he lost his starting job to a fourth-round rookie — but he has plenty of talent and is an excellent change-of-scenery candidate. Tampa Bay could also look at the Panthers' Cameron Erving and the Browns' Joe Haeg, among others.

5. CB William Jackson III to the Chiefs

One of the Chiefs' few flaws is a pass defense that ranks 30th with 277.0 yards allowed per game and only has three picks. They'll need to pick up another defensive back, and Jackson may be the top one available. He hasn't lived up to his three-year, $40.5 million contract that he signed two years ago, but a change of scenery (and more time in man coverage) may go a long way to unlocking that talent. The Chiefs will certainly need it the next time they go up against Josh Allen.