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Tuesday NFL preview: Potential trade targets for every team

With the trade deadline looming (Tuesday, 4 p.m. ET), NFL Nation reporters take a look at players on every team who could draw interest in potential trades:

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills: Percy Harvin. The Bills are 3-4 and in desperate need of a win, so trading away a player probably isn't in their plans. Still, there could be an incentive to move Harvin given his "personal" issue that kept him from traveling to London with the team two weeks ago. If the Bills don't feel that they'll get what they need from Harvin over the final nine games, why not try to get something for him? His lingering hip injury would be a stumbling block to any deal, but the final two years of his three-year contract will void five days after the upcoming Super Bowl, making a trade more palatable financially for another team. -- Mike Rodak

Miami Dolphins: Rishard Matthews. Although I fully expect the Dolphins (3-4) to keep the team together now that they are competitive, Matthews is a talented receiver and former seventh-round pick who could help a lot of teams. Matthews, who leads the team with 500 receiving yards, is an unrestricted free agent after this season and will seek a bigger payday in 2016. The Dolphins may be able to "sell high," especially since they already have a lot invested at wide receiver by drafting first-round pick DeVante Parker and trading for Kenny Stills in the offseason. -- James Walker

New England Patriots: Aaron Dobson. The Patriots' 2013 second-round draft choice is behind Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin on the depth chart, and if another team sees upside and potential in Dobson, he probably could be acquired for minimal compensation. Safety Tavon Wilson, a 2012 second-round draft choice, falls into a similar category. Dobson has two years remaining on his contract, while Wilson is in the final year of his deal. -- Mike Reiss

New York Jets: Quinton Coples. The former first-round pick (16th overall, 2012) has underachieved for two coaching staffs. He still starts in the base defense, but his playing time has shrunk in recent weeks. He could be attractive to a team that would make him a full-time defensive lineman; he's miscast as a 3-4 outside linebacker. The problem is his contract -- $7.75 million in 2016, the amount of his fifth-year option. -- Rich Cimini

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens: Eugene Monroe. The Ravens wanted a franchise left tackle so badly that they traded picks in the fourth and fifth rounds to the Jacksonville Jaguars for Monroe in 2014 and then signed him to a five-year, $37.5 million deal before the 2014 season. Monroe has not lived up to that investment, struggling to protect Joe Flacco's blind side. But Monroe is a former first-round pick who is only 28 years old, which could intrigue some teams. The problem is, it's hard to see a team picking up Monroe's sizable contract given his durability issues this season. He's been inactive for half of the Ravens' eight games. -- Jamison Hensley

Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Thompson. The Bengals don't normally make trade-deadline deals (unless they're getting rid of star quarterbacks who don't want to be in Cincinnati anymore ... ahem, Carson Palmer), so don't expect them to be active Tuesday. That said, if there were a player on their roster who could draw interest this year, defensive tackle Brandon Thompson might be it. Although he has spent his four-year career as a backup, Thompson played the run very well last year as a regular contributor. He hasn't played much in 2015, active for only three games in this contract year. That's not an indictment of him. The Bengals genuinely like him, and if he truly was trade bait, some other team would, too. -- Coley Harvey

Cleveland Browns: Paul Kruger. The Browns are not trying to trade left tackle Joe Thomas (a team icon) or center Alex Mack (he has a no-trade clause), though they will listen to offers for anyone. Kruger is the most likely to go. He's a pass-rushing linebacker being asked to play part-time and cover. A team like the Cardinals that needs an aggressive rushing LB might take a chance, though they'd have to assume Kruger's remaining salaries of $7 million, $6.5 million and $7 million. The Browns would have to swallow $3.6 million in signing bonus acceleration, but they have the cap room to do so. -- Pat McManamon

Pittsburgh Steelers: Shamarko Thomas. The Steelers drafted Thomas in the third round of the 2013 draft with hopes that they found a successor to Troy Polamalu. That hasn't happened. He has been benched in favor of Will Allen and Robert Golden. If the Steelers don't have a place for him, they should look to acquire a late-round pick for the third-year safety who could thrive in a defense that needs a big, athletic hitter. -- Jeremy Fowler

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans: Jumal Rolle and Xavier Su'a-Filo. The Texans have an abundance of cornerbacks, especially with rookie Kevin Johnson developing quickly. They tried to trade Jumal Rolle or Charles James before their original cut down to 53 players, but weren't able to. Since his return to the roster, James has been instrumental in the Texans' special teams, and is a big part of why they have improved in that phase recently. Rolle has taken special-teams snaps, but he has been used sparsely on defense. When the Texans used him more on defense, he was instinctive and created turnovers. The Texans could afford to part with him and he might draw hypothetical interest from others. Another hypothetical trade prospect is Su'a-Filo. The second-year guard hasn't panned out as the Texans had hoped when they drafted him with the first pick of the second round in 2014. He has played in only three games this season, in part because of injuries and in part because of the depth they have at guard. Another team might think a change of scenery, or perhaps a different system, would suit him better. -- Tania Ganguli

Indianapolis Colts: Dwayne Allen. He is coming off a 2014 season in which he had a career-high eight touchdown receptions, but the soon-to-be free agent went into Monday's game at Carolina having been targeted just 11 times through the first seven games. It also doesn't help that fellow tight end Coby Fleener will be a free agent, too, and he has been more durable than Allen through their first three seasons. -- Mike Wells

Jacksonville Jaguars: Marcedes Lewis. The Jaguars don't have much use for Lewis as a tight end now that Julius Thomas has recovered from a broken bone in his hand. Lewis has just eight catches this season and has been used mainly as a blocker. The Jaguars have a younger player in Nic Jacobs who could fill the same role. Lewis is in his 10th NFL season and restructured the final year of his contract, going from a base salary of $6.65 million to $2 million in 2015, so he's obviously not in the team's plans for 2016. He can still be useful in the passing game in the red zone, so maybe the Jaguars could unload him to a team desperate for tight end help for a late-round pick. -- Mike DiRocco

Tennessee Titans: Justin Hunter. The Titans traded up in the 2013 second round to get the Tennessee receiver, a timid, unaggressive player with size and speed. A team in need of help at the position might be willing to send a sixth-rounder to the Titans for a seventh-rounder and Hunter. That's the minimal return they got for Akeem Ayers last season from the Patriots, and frankly, it's hard to see someone giving up even that for Hunter right now. But a change of scenery may be all that can help him. The Titans have numbers issues at receiver, but they can promote seventh-round rookie Tre McBride from the practice squad. -- Paul Kuharsky

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos: Shaquil Barrett and Lerentee McCray. The Broncos have depth at outside linebacker with Barrett and McCray, so some team could come calling about both players. But at 7-0, the Broncos aren't looking to deal depth. It would take a remember-when offer for them to part with anybody at this point. They also like what they've seen from their young offensive line of late, particularly right tackle Michael Schofield. So barring one of those jaw-dropping offers, they won't be looking to add on the offensive line, the position where they have battled injuries the most to this point. -- Jeff Legwold

Kansas City Chiefs: Chase Daniel. The Chiefs aren't looking to trade their veteran backup quarterback, but they might listen to offers considering he's in the final season of his contract. Longer term, it's hard to see how Daniel fits into the Chiefs' plans. They have developmental quarterbacks in Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray. -- Adam Teicher

Oakland Raiders: Rod Streater. He is a former starter who has been the No. 5 receiver for most of the season. Streater has been buried on the inactive list. The Raiders are just so much stronger at receiver now with Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree that Streater has been a nonfactor. Yet he is a skilled chain-mover who could help somebody at a modest price. -- Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers: Donald Brown. He's making $3 million this season, but as San Diego's No. 4 running back on the roster, Brown has been active for just two games and he doesn't have a rushing attempt. The Chargers even released Brown in order to make room on the roster for offensive line depth in Week 4. No other team signed Brown as a free agent and the Chargers brought him back to the active roster a few days later. Brown could bring a late-round selection from a team in need of running back depth. -- Eric D. Williams

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys: Gavin Escobar. A second-round pick in 2013, he has not been able to supplant James Hanna as the second tight end behind Jason Witten. He has not caught a pass in five weeks and has four receptions for the season. He is signed through next year, but the Cowboys might be able to get a late-round pick for him from a team needing a pass-catching tight end. The lack of production is a shared responsibility between Escobar and the coaching staff. The Cowboys have Geoff Swaim as a third tight end if they move Escobar, but the likelihood of something happening is slim. -- Todd Archer

New York Giants: Damontre Moore. To be clear, I am not saying the Giants are contemplating or would contemplate trading their 2013 third-round pick. But if there's a player who might appeal to other teams and with whom the Giants aren't entirely sure what to do anymore, Moore fits the bill. He just turned 23 in September and has a world of natural ability. He makes just $843,813 next year, in the final year of his rookie deal. You could see another team looking at Moore's speed and quickness in the pass rush and thinking it could work with that. The Giants aren't so rich with defensive talent that they can trade it away, but they did deactivate Moore in Week 7 after yet another costly penalty contributed to their Week 6 loss in Philadelphia. -- Dan Graziano

Philadelphia Eagles: Vinny Curry. You could make a case for the Eagles trading DeMarco Murray and Sam Bradford, but it's bad form to trade someone you signed as a free agent eight months ago (Murray), and Bradford still has more potential value to the Eagles than to anyone else. Adam Schefter's suggestion, trading DE Vinny Curry, is a good one. Curry, who had nine sacks last season, has just one in 2015 -- but he could be attractive to a team with a 4-3 defense. -- Phil Sheridan

Washington Redskins: Alfred Morris, DeSean Jackson, Andre Roberts. Morris remains the "lead dog" running back according to the coaches -- and a fan favorite -- but they drafted Matt Jones in the spring and Morris' contract is up after the season, plus his numbers keep declining. Jackson is the Redskins' most dangerous weapon, but he could help a contending team. His hamstring issue, however, makes this scenario difficult. And Roberts has a $4 million base salary next season, but he hasn't produced. He could help a team that's more desperate, plus he can return punts and kicks (adequately, at best). -- John Keim

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears: Matt Forte. The soon-to-be 30-year-old tailback is about to reach free agency. Forte is still a multipurpose threat, but Chicago balked at extending his contract in the offseason. The veteran would flourish on a contender with enough salary-cap space to absorb Forte's weekly game check (approximately $415,000). Forte, however, suffered a right knee injury in Week 8 that is not believed to be serious, but could complicate his attractiveness to teams in need of backfield help. -- Jeff Dickerson

Detroit Lions: Calvin Johnson. It's tough to imagine the Lions doing anything at the trade deadline despite general manager Martin Mayhew saying the franchise would be buyers even at 1-7. Johnson would be the team's most attractive player to trade, but his cap numbers of $24.088 million in 2016 and $21.357 million in 2017 make it difficult to do so at the deadline. The better possibility is the Lions working something out with Johnson after the season if he wants to go to a contender, but he would be difficult to move at the deadline. Plus, Mayhew's job security is likely in question, perhaps prohibiting any moves regardless. -- Michael Rothstein

Green Bay Packers: Scott Tolzien. The Packers invested more than two years in developing the backup quarterback and believe he's a capable fill-in if anything should happen to Aaron Rodgers. But they also like rookie Brett Hundley, whose stellar play in the preseason opened plenty of eyes. Tolzien is not under contract beyond this season, while Hundley is bound to the Packers for three more years. The Packers have a long history of developing and trading quarterbacks (Ty Detmer, Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks) and could get back into that business. -- Rob Demovsky

Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson. He has gone from presumptive star to afterthought in the Vikings' offense, just two and a half years after the team sent four picks to the New England Patriots to draft him 29th overall in 2013. Patterson doesn't seem to have the trust of the coaching staff as a receiver, but another team that's willing to put in plays specifically for him might see some upside with the 24-year-old. It's unlikely the Vikings will deal him for just a late pick -- general manager Rick Spielman doesn't like to give up on guys he drafted -- but if a team comes along and makes a strong offer, the Vikings would have to listen. -- Ben Goessling

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons: Tevin Coleman and William Moore. Running-back-needy teams probably would be enticed just to see what the Falcons have to say about the rookie running back Coleman, who suddenly has become a forgotten man with the emergence of Devonta Freeman as the NFL's leading rusher. Coleman still has plenty of value for the Falcons as a potent 1-2 combo with Freeman. He flashed big-play potential in the opener against Philadelphia. As for the 30-year-old Moore, he is a veteran safety who hasn't been able to stay healthy. The Falcons value his leadership in a young secondary, but another team with inexperienced safeties might value the same. Moore, who will make $3.5 million this season, has two more years left on his contract at $4.9 million next season and $6.8 million in 2017. -- Vaughn McClure

Carolina Panthers: Amini Silatolu. The guard/tackle was a starter when healthy the past three years. He has been relegated to a backup role with the emergence of Andrew Norwell at left guard. He counts $1.6 million against the cap this season and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016. So if a team is looking for line help, Silatolu would be Carolina's best candidate with trade value. -- David Newton

New Orleans Saints: David Hawthorne. With the Saints now back among the contenders at 4-4, they don't have many expendable players (and Drew Brees certainly isn't one of them). But Hawthorne could potentially draw interest at a low price. The veteran linebacker has become a rarely used backup in recent weeks after spending the past six-plus years as a starter for the Saints and Seahawks. The 6-foot, 246-pounder can play inside or outside, but a recent hamstring injury won't help his trade value. -- Mike Triplett

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Glennon. He has 18 starts since the Bucs drafted him in the third round in 2013, and coach Lovie Smith even referred to Glennon as Tampa Bay's "quarterback of the future" in 2014. But Jameis Winston's arrival means Glennon has reached his ceiling with the Bucs. Given the right situation, Glennon could become a decent starter for a franchise struggling to find its answer at quarterback. -- Andrew Astleford

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals: Bobby Massie. The fourth-year right tackle is in the final year of his rookie deal, and with first-round pick D.J. Humphries patiently waiting in the wings, it's highly unlikely Massie will be brought back next season. After starting all 16 games as a rookie, Massie didn't start in 2013 when the Cardinals signed veteran tackle Eric Winston before training camp. Arizona returned to Massie in 2014, and he has been the starter since. For a team that needs a tackle, Massie could provide immediate help -- Josh Weinfuss

St. Louis Rams: Jared Cook. The Rams signed him to a lucrative five-year contract before the 2013 season with the intent to turn him into an oversized slot receiver in a more spread-oriented passing attack. It was an offensive experiment that lasted all of four games before the Rams asked Cook to become a more traditional tight end. He has since struggled with drops, and though he has improved as a blocker in recent weeks, his price might be more than the Rams want to pay him in the next few years. It could also make him hard to trade, but coach Jeff Fisher already has acknowledged that the Rams have received calls about him. -- Nick Wagoner

San Francisco 49ers: Anquan Boldin. Already on his third team in the past seven seasons, Boldin is the ultimate veteran rental as he is in the final year of his contract. He missed this week's game with a hamstring issue, and while he is the Niners' leading receiver with 31 catches for 372 yards and two TDs, the 35-year-old might have one last push in him for a contender, and a change of scenery from the dysfunction in Santa Clara, California, would do him well. -- Paul Gutierrez

Seattle Seahawks: Chris Matthews. The second-year wide receiver made a name for himself in the Super Bowl, exploding for four catches and 109 yards against the Patriots. But that breakout game has not led to more opportunities in 2015. Matthews has played 23.1 percent of the Seahawks' offensive snaps and has just four catches for 54 yards on the season. His value increased after Ricardo Lockette suffered a season-ending injury Sunday. With Paul Richardson likely returning from the PUP list after the bye, however, Matthews isn't going to be more than the No. 5 wide receiver on the Seahawks. Teams aren't going to give up much for him, but Matthews is a 6-foot-5 target who could draw some interest for a conditional pick or fringe roster player. -- Sheil Kapadia