When Is the NFL Trade Deadline 2019? Dates and Possible Deals Explained

With the halfway point of the season rapidly approaching, time is quickly running out for NFL teams looking to reshape their rosters for the remaining eight weeks.

Tuesday marks the last day franchises can trade players up until March next year, which means it is the final chance to accumulate valuable draft picks or address roster issues that could derail a playoff charge.

From Mohamed Sanu signing for the New England Patriots, to the Los Angeles securing Jalen Ramsey's services and the Miami Dolphins trading Kenyan Drake to the Arizona Cardinals, some significant trades have already gone through in recent weeks.

A few more, however, may be in store before the trading ceases on Tuesday afternoon.

Here's everything you need to know about deadline day.

When is the NFL trade deadline?

Trade deadline falls at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 29 this year. All trading will end until the 2020 league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 18 next year.

It is worth remembering, however, that while a number of trades are completed before the deadline, they can often be formally announced after the 4 p.m. ET cutoff time has passed.

Can players move after the NFL trade deadline?

Once the trade deadline has passed, players cannot be traded until 4 p.m. ET on March 18 next year. However, teams and players can agree to trades and then finalize them once the trading period resumes in 2020.

Kenyan Drake
Kenyan Drake #32 of the Miami Dolphins runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 20 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo beats Miami 31 to 21. Drake was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on October 28. Timothy T Ludwig/Getty

Can we expect many trades on deadline day?

Several teams, such as the San Francisco 49ers, the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots for example, have carried out their business well ahead of deadline day.

Furthermore, the NFL doesn't lend itself to the kind of trade bonanza typical of the MLB or the NBA. That is not to say that deadline day will be a damp squib, however.

In 2017, six players changed teams on deadline day, while five players were traded on the same day a year ago.

Which NFL teams could be active on deadline day?

The market is more less equally split down the middle between buyers and seller.
The former category includes teams that are either on the verge of the playoffs—such as the 49ers, Patriots or the Green Bay Packers, for example—or teams who are still in the hunt for a playoff spot.

These teams are looking for the missing piece in their jigsaw or to add depth to already competitive rosters ahead of the postseason.

On the other end of the divide, the sellers category includes teams whose season is already over and who may well opt to cash in on their prized assets to accelerate the rebuilding process.

Miami, Cincinnati, Atlanta, the New York Giants and Denver all fit the bill of teams looking to accumulate draft picks, while offloading salaries.

Which players could be on the move?

Bengals owner Mike Brown is not renowned for making wholesale changes but with the team off to its worst start since 2008, they may have to entertain the prospect.

According to CBS, the Bengals could part ways with some of their main assets, notably A.J. Green, Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap.

Green is the most likely to be traded as he has attracted interest from various teams and, despite a series of injuries, remains an outstanding receiver.

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
A.J. Green #18 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a catch during the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Scott Cunningham/Getty

Atkins is also coveted by more than one team, and while he's under contract under 2022, the guaranteed part of his deal has already been paid out.

The Rams have pushed most, if not all, of their chips to the middle of the table by trading for Jalen Ramsey and may now look to move Aqib Talib.

According to ESPN, the 33-year-old has already turned down a trade proposal, but the Rams could explore further options as they look to clear some cap room.

The Broncos could also be active sellers on deadline day. Denver has slumped to 2-6 in the AFC West and has already shipped wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to San Francisco for a haul of picks.

Should the Broncos opt to go "all-in" and kickstart their rebuilding process, they could put Von Miller on the trading block.

The 30-year-old's production has declined this season—he has 2.5 sacks and seven quarterback hits—but could still deliver a significant return in terms of draft picks.

A player who may not be on the move before the deadline is Patrick Peterson. The Cardinals have received received "multiple significant offers" for the cornerback but, according to ProFootballTalk, they have turned them all down so far.