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When is the NFL trade deadline? Rules, eligibility, rumors, players, etc.

We’ve reached the end of October, which means the NFL trade deadline is upon us. Let’s have a look at what this all means.

Oct 30, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) makes a reception as Tennessee Titans cornerback Terrance Mitchell (39) defends during the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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As Halloween traditions move into the Día de los Muertos, so too do we see Monday Night Football bring Week 8 of the National Football League to a close. Fans across the United States and far beyond will be assessing how their team is doing -- whether an actual city franchise or a motley Fantasy Football mash-up -- and it also means that the trade deadline is here.

A number of moves have been made -- linebacker Deion Jones was one of the earliest when traded from the Falcons to the Browns -- and others have made headlines through the month.

When is the 2022 NFL trade deadline and how does it work?

The NFL trade deadline for 2022 is on Tuesday, November 1 at 4 p.m. ET, on the back of Week 8. Just like in the game, there are several rules the NFL has regarding trades. The rules are between the NFLPA and the franchise owners and are governed by a collective bargaining agreement (CBA). There are five categories to a players’ rights: trade eligibility, trade procedure, trade limitations, waivers, and transfer.

Trade eligibility

Any player can have his contract given to another team via trade at any point. This rule stands unless the player’s agent has put a no-trade clause in his contract under the special provisions. If a team wants to make a trade with a player who has a no-trace provision, the player himself will have to agree to it. An example of someone who has that this year is the 49ers quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Trade procedure

If two teams reach an agreement to trade a player who has a no-trade provision, then that player’s team must have written permission from both the player and his agent. The player can choose to forego his no-trade clause and accept or deny the trade based on the provision.

Trade limitations

There was a rule in place until 2020 that encouraged competitive balance and kept the best teams from continuing to get the best players. That rule was removed. Now, the two teams participating in a trade have to understand how a salary-cap issue will affect teams.


A player may be waived by his team if he is not performing well. If he is waived between February 1 and the trade deadline, then the player is a free agent and can negotiate a contract with any other team. On the other hand, if the team waives the player after the trade deadline, then that player is subject to the waiver claim process, which grants them additional rights based on whether they have a no-trade clause or not. The waivers go in reverse order of NFL standings.

If the player has a no-trade provision, he can become an unrestricted free agent immediately following that season. If he does not have a no-trade provision, he can become a free agent following the next subsequent season. If that player is signed only through the current season, he can declare for free agency immediately following the season.


If a player is traded to another team, his salaries, rights, obligations, and special provisions must transfer to the new team as well. That means any compensation paid to the player on their current contract must continue to be paid by the new team.

NFL trade deadline: key done deals

  • Kansas City Chiefs add WR Kadarius Toney from New York Giants
  • Philadelphia Eagles add EDGE Robert Quinn from Chicago Bears
  • New York Jets add RB James Robinson from the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • San Francisco 49ers add RB Christian McCaffrey from the Carolina Panthers
  • Arizona Cardinals add WR Robbie Anderson from the Carolina Panthers

NFL trade deadline: rumors

At the time of writing, the following players and teams could still end up parting company in the final hours:

  • Cam Akers and LA Rams
  • Brandin Cooks and Houston Texans
  • Bradley Chubb, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler and Denver Broncos
  • Kareem Hunt and Cleveland Browns
  • Alvin Kamara and New Orleans Saints

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