Aug 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Rashad Fenton (27) is helped off the field after an injury against the Washington Commanders during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Falcons acquire Chiefs CB Rashad Fenton

The Kansas City Chiefs sent cornerback Rashad Fenton to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2023, ESPN and NFL Network reported ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline.

Atlanta also traded safety Dean Marlowe to the Buffalo Bills for a seventh-round pick in 2023.

The Falcons have dealt with multiple injuries in the secondary. Starting cornerback Casey Hayward (shoulder) is out indefinitely on injured reserve, and fellow starter A.J. Terrell (hamstring) missed last week’s win over the Carolina Panthers but could return this week.

Fenton has started all five games he’s played for the Chiefs this season, his fourth in the NFL (all with Kansas City). He has totaled 24 tackles and two pass breakups. Fenton missed the Chiefs’ past two games with a hamstring injury.

For his career, the former sixth-round draft pick has two interceptions, two forced fumbles, 20 passes defensed and 123 tackles in 47 career games (16 starts).

Marlowe previously played in 26 games for the Bills from 2018-20 after beginning his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2015. He spent last season with the Detroit Lions and has 116 tackles and two interceptions in 55 games (17 starts).

Marlowe signed a one-year deal with Atlanta in the offseason and had 11 tackles in eight games .

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Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Nyheim Hines (21) reaches up for the ball Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, during a game against the Washington Commanders at Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mandatory Credit: Max Gersh/IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Colts, Bills swap RBs: Zack Moss to Indy for Nyheim Hines

Running back Nyheim Hines was traded to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Zack Moss, who joins Indianapolis as a backup to Jonathan Taylor, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Tuesday.

Moss and a 2023 draft choice — a conditional sixth-rounder — go to the Colts and the Bills add the versatile Hines, who has 25 receptions for 188 yards this season.

The trade is pending physicals and was reportedly accepted by the NFL moments before the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Tuesday.

Hines signed a three-year, $18.6 million extension with the Colts in September and joins a backfield that includes leading rusher Devin Singletary.

Hines, 25, has 235 receptions for 1,725 yards and seven touchdowns since entering the NFL in 2018. He also has 300 career carries for 1,205 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing, plus two punt return scores.

James Cook has carved a niche as a backup running back in Buffalo and Moss was inactive in Week 6.

Moss, 24, was a third-round pick in 2020 and has 17 carries for 91 yards this season.

He has 225 career carries for 917 yards (4.1-yard average) and eight touchdowns.

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Oct 6, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) gestures after a play in the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Dolphins acquire pass rusher Bradley Chubb from Broncos

Pass rusher Bradley Chubb was acquired by the Miami Dolphins from the Denver Broncos in exchange for a package of draft picks that includes a 2023 first-round selection, according to reports Tuesday.

NFL Network also reported the Dolphins were trading a 2023 fifth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers for running back Jeff Wilson Jr.

The Dolphins pledged to work toward a long-term contract extension with Chubb as part of the deal with Denver, ESPN reported.

Chubb has 26 career sacks, including 5.5 this season playing outside linebacker in the base 3-4 defense of the Broncos. Miami employs the same scheme.

The fifth overall pick in 2018, Chubb is playing on the fifth-year option picked up by Denver with a base salary of $7.06 million

Denver will receive the first-round pick that went to the Dolphins as part of San Francisco’s trade in 2021 to move to No. 3 in the draft and select quarterback Trey Lance; a fourth-round pick in 2024; and running back Chase Edmonds, per reports.

The Broncos are sending a fifth-round pick in 2025 to Miami along with Chubb.

Draft capital should benefit the Broncos.

Denver traded two first-round picks among a package of draft choices to acquire quarterback Russell Wilson in March. By sending Chubb to the Dolphins, the Broncos recoup one first-rounder.

Chubb, 26, gives Miami a strong pair of quarterback-chasing edge defenders as he pairs with Jaelen Phillips. Phillips leads the Dolphins with three sacks.

The Dolphins have a total of 15 sacks, which is in the bottom third of the NFL, in eight games.

Miami (5-3) is 26th in the NFL in yards per play (5.89) and passing yards per game (262.1) and 28th in passing yards per attempt at 7.33 yards per pass.

Wilson, 26, carried the ball 92 times for 468 yards with two touchdowns in eight games (six starts). The 49ers’ acquisition of All-Pro RB Christian McCaffrey made Wilson a trade candidate, however.

Edmonds, 26, has 216 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns on the season. He was a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2018 and was in his first season in Miami.

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Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears inside linebacker Roquan Smith (58) tackles Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Duvernay (13) in the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bears trade LB Roquan Smith to Ravens

NFL leading tackler Roquan Smith is relocating from the Chicago Bears to the heart of the Baltimore Ravens’ defense, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported the Bears agreed to trade Smith to the Ravens for second- and fifth-round draft picks in 2023, following the rebuild pattern of shedding salary since general manager Ryan Poles took over the team in January.

Smith, 25, is a two-time second-team All-Pro with the Bears and was drafted eighth overall out of Georgia in 2018. He represents an upgrade in the middle of the 3-4 defense in Baltimore, which now stacks three first-rounders at the position in Patrick Queen (2020, 28th overall), Odafe Oweh (2021, 31st) along with proven veterans Justin Houston and Jason Pierre-Paul at the fourth LB spot.

The Ravens are atop the AFC North at 5-3, but defensive standards are not being met.

They are 32nd in defensive yards per play — 5.98-yard average — and passing yards per game (278.9) but first in the NFL against the run (84.5 yards per game).

While the Bears are set with a potential $140 million to $150 million under the salary cap for 2023 free agency, they now start over without the centerpiece of their defense in Smith. Poles traded defensive end Robert Quinn to the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

The league-leader in tackles at 83, according the NFL’s official statistics, Smith is in the final year of his rookie contract. Negotiations between Poles and Smith’s representatives became contentious before training camp, when he demanded a trade.

The trade of Quinn hit Smith hard when he learned of his departure during a press session last Wednesday.

Smith, who was fifth in the NFL in total tackles last season (career-high 163). He has 608 total tackles and 14.5 sacks in 69 career games.

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Oct 23, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) is pursued by Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Rock Ya-Sin (26) in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texans open to trading WR Brandin Cooks

The Houston Texans are listening to trade inquiries involving wide receiver Brandin Cooks, ESPN reported Sunday.

Per the report, the New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings and even one of Cooks’ former teams, the Los Angeles Rams, are potential landing spots for the wideout.

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday.

Money is a possible snag to any deal involving Cooks, however. He is due $18 million fully guaranteed next season.

Cooks, 29, has 28 catches for 281 yards and a touchdown this season in six games this season.

He has 601 receptions for 8,198 yards and 47 scores in 125 career games with the New Orleans Saints (2014-16), New England Patriots (2017), Rams (2018-19) and Texans. He was selected by the Saints with the 20th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Sep 18, 2022; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kadarius Toney (89) runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs acquire WR Kadarius Toney from Giants

The Kansas City Chiefs acquired wide receiver Kadarius Toney from the New York Giants on Thursday for a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick, ESPN and NFL Network reported.

Both picks are 2023. However, ESPN reports the third-round pick is conditional while NFL Network reports it’s a compensatory pick in Round 3.

A first-round pick in 2021, Toney has reportedly been battling a hamstring injury all season and hasn’t played since Week 2. He has just two catches for zero yards and two rushes for 23 yards.

In 10 games (four starts) as a rookie last year, Toney caught 39 passes for 420 yards.

Toney also saw 60 percent of his snaps from the slot in 2021 and could eventually become the Chiefs’ primary slot receiver.

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Oct 9, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers (3) is grabbed from behind by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Trysten Hill (72) during the  second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Rams will look to trade RB Cam Akers

The Los Angeles Rams are exploring trade options to help disgruntled running back Cam Akers find “a fresh new start with another team,” coach Sean McVay said Monday.

Akers missed multiple days of practice, citing “personal” reasons, and did not suit up for the Rams’ 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

“As of right now, I think the best option for all parties I think would be to explore if there’s a good situation for him with another team,” McVay said Monday during a news conference. “If that doesn’t come to fruition, I would never say that him coming back and figuring out the best way to be able utilize him and him being the best player he’s capable of is off the table. I would never speak in absolutes like that.”

Akers was the Rams’ second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He has played only 19 games (seven starts) for the team in two-plus years after missing most of the 2021 regular season with a torn Achilles.

Akers played in the Rams’ first five games this season, starting two. He gained 151 yards on 51 carries and scored one touchdown. For his career, he’s recorded 779 yards, three rushing touchdowns and a receiving score. He added two rushing touchdowns in the 2020 playoffs.

The Rams (3-3) are favoring Darrell Henderson as their starting running back, while Malcolm Brown is also on the depth chart.

The NFL trade deadline is Nov. 1.

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All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins returns as Cards lose Marquise Brown

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins returned from the suspended list Monday and could be back on the field Thursday night when the New Orleans Saints roll into town.

And for 2-4 Arizona, the help couldn’t be more timely.

“He’s gonna be anxious to get the ball in his hands and be super competitive. We need him to lift us up, there’s no question, with how we’re playing right now,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said.

Hopkins also returns as the Cardinals lost top receiver Marquise Brown (foot) to injury and already were playing without running backs James Conner (ribs) and Darrel Williams (knee).

Brown was injured on the final play of the game in the loss to the Seahawks. He’s expected to miss six weeks with a small non-surgical fracture, NFL Network reported. The team feared Brown might miss the rest of the season.

The Cardinals also fear starting left guard Justin Pugh is done for the season with a knee injury suffered Sunday, according to NFL Network.

To fill Brown’s spot, the Cardinals acquired Robbie Anderson from the Carolina Panthers. Anderson was kicked out of the Panthers’ game with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday by interim head coach Steve Wilks.

The Cardinals confirmed the deal Monday, adding the trade is contingent upon Anderson passing a physical. The Cardinals are sending Carolina a sixth-round pick in 2024 and a seventh-round pick in 2025, per ESPN.

The Cardinals officially added Hopkins to the active roster and released kicker Matt Ammendola.

Even with Anderson, Hopkins represents the potential cavalry amid a streak of three losses in four games and on the heels of producing only three field goals at Seattle in a 19-9 loss on Sunday.

Kyler Murray was sacked six times by the Seahawks, who entered the game ranked 32nd in scoring defense.

With Hopkins for 10 games last season, Murray was 8-2, completed 72 percent of his passes and had a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 19-9.

In 10 games without the five-time Pro Bowler since the start of the 2021 season, Murray is 3-7 with a completion percentage of 64 and an 11-6 TD-INT ratio.

Anderson, 29, did not have any catches in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams. Wilks sent him to the locker room late in the third quarter after Anderson got in a heated argument with position coach Joe Dailey.

“No one is bigger than the team,” Wilks said after the loss, which dropped Carolina to 1-5. “I’m not going to focus and put a lot of attention on one individual.”

Anderson has caught 13 of his 27 targets this season for 206 yards and one touchdown in six games. Over seven seasons with the New York Jets (2016-19) and Panthers, he has 368 receptions for 4,880 yards and 29 scores in 101 games (84 starts).

Pugh, 32, is in his sixth season in Arizona. He’s having additional testing done to ascertain the severity of his injury. He has started all but one of his 57 games with the Cardinals. Drafted No. 19 overall in 2013 by the New York Giants, Pugh has started 119 of 120 games in his 10-year career.

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Oct 9, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson (3) during the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cards acquire WR Robbie Anderson from Panthers

The Arizona Cardinals acquired wide receiver Robbie Anderson in a trade with the Carolina Panthers, NFL Network reported Monday.

There was no immediate word on a return for the Panthers.

The move comes one day after interim Panthers coach Steve Wilks kicked Anderson out of a game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Arizona added another weapon for quarterback Kyler Murray on the same day All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins returned from his suspension.

The Cardinals (2-4) have dropped three of their last four games, including Sunday’s 19-9 setback at Seattle. Murray has three touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last four contests.

Anderson, 29, did not have any catches in Sunday’s 24-10 loss to the Rams. Wilks sent him to the locker room late in the third quarter after Anderson got in a heated argument with position coach Joe Dailey.

“No one is bigger than the team,” Wilks said after the loss, which dropped Carolina to 1-5. “I’m not going to focus and put a lot of attention on one individual.”

Anderson has caught 13 of his 27 targets this season for 206 yards and one touchdown in six games. Over seven seasons with the New York Jets (2016-19) and Panthers, he has 368 receptions for 4,880 yards and 29 scores in 101 games (84 starts).

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Oct 2, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons linebacker Rashaan Evans (54) celebrates after a fumble recovery against the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Arthur Smith: Falcons’ linebackers a ‘strength’ despite Jones trade

The Atlanta Falcons (2-3) will attempt to get their record back to .500 when the San Francisco 49ers (3-2) visit Mercedes-Benz Stadium Sunday.

The Atlanta defense will be challenged by a San Francisco offense that’s gotten into a groove with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm and coach Kyle Shanahan dialing up the plays.

But Falcons coach Arthur Smith is confident in the defensive personnel he’s got after Atlanta dealt former Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones to the Cleveland Browns.

The Falcons announced Monday that they traded Jones and their 2024 seventh-round pick to Cleveland in exchange for the Browns’ 2024 sixth-round pick.

“Like any move we make, we try to do it with the best interest of the team,” Smith said. “We’re always mindful of the players and we’re very appreciative of all the players that played here. Very appreciative of what Deion has done for us.”

In Jones’ six-plus years with the Falcons, he tallied 652 tackles, 11 interceptions (five for touchdowns), 8.5 sacks and four forced fumbles across 85 games (83 starts). He made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and was in the third year of a four-year, $57 million contract.

Mykal Walker and Rashaan Evans have been Atlanta’s top two linebackers through five games. Walker leads the team in stops (44), while Evans ranks second (41).

Rookie Troy Andersen stepped in for Walker after he injured his hamstring in the second quarter against Tampa Bay on Sunday and had five tackles. Nathan Landman and Nick Kwiatkoski have provided valuable depth and have carved out roles on special teams.

“Mykal Walker has been playing really good football and the numbers show that, and the same with Rashaan. They all have their strengths,” Smith said.

“Troy, he played a little more against two stacked running back batches and thought he handled them really well. For Nate, he has to play a little more because Mykal was out. We feel good about Kwiatkoski too, so we feel like it’s a strength of our defense.”

Walker is questionable for this week’s game against the 49ers.

–Smith’s offense will face its stiffest challenge to date squaring off against a 49ers’ defense that is currently tied for first in the NFL in scoring (12.2 points per game) and ranks first in total defense (249.2 yards per game), second in rushing defense (71.4 yards per game), third in pass defense (177.8 yards per game) and first in sacks (21).

–In Sunday’s loss to Tampa Bay, Atlanta struggled offensively playing without Cordarrelle Patterson (knee) and Kyle Pitts (hamstring). Patterson will not play against San Francisco and Pitts is listed as questionable.

If Pitts is unable to go against for a second consecutive week, expect the 49ers to put the game in quarterback Marcus Mariota’s hands by keying on an Atlanta rushing attack that ranks third in the league (164.6 yards per game). The Falcons rank 30th in the NFL (166.8 yards per game) in passing after Mariota posted just 147 yards through the air last week.

The Niners’ secondary can also focus on rookie wideout Drake London, who has been the Falcons most consistent threat in the passing game through five games.

–It will be a homecoming of sorts for Shanahan. He was the Falcons’ offensive coordinator (2015-16) during the team’s Super Bowl LI run and played a key role in Atlanta leading the league in scoring.

–Field Level Media