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Trade Period Of The Nfl 2020: Dates, Rumors And Possible Offers

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A potentially pivotal day for America as a whole, November 3 could also shake things up in the NFL with the trade deadline falling on Tuesday afternoon as millions of Americans head to the polls for the presidential elections.

Trade deadline in the NFL is notoriously a more sedate affair than its NBA and MLB counterparts, with deals few and far between as opposed to the flurry of trades that unfold in the other two leagues. At the same time, with an expanded playoffs and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic still a major concerns for teams across the league, the upcoming trade deadline day could be more intriguing of its recent predecessors.

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, November 3.

From that point on, all trading will end until the 2021 league year formally begins. When that will be remains to be seen, as the league is still to officially announce a date, largely due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The current league year began on March 18, 2020 and in all likelihood the NFL will be looking for a similar starting point next year.

Can players move after the NFL trade deadline?

In short, no. From the 4 p.m. deadline on November 3, NFL teams will be banned from trading until the 2021 league year begins, whenever that may be.

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.

Similarly, teams can agree in principle to trades before the new league year officially begins, although deals cannot be officially registered by the NFL.

Why is NFL trade deadline on Election Day?

Through its NFL Votes campaign, the league has actively campaigned to support players, team members and the general public to get out and vote on November 3. However, there’s no connection between the initiative and the trade deadline falling on Election Day.

NFL rules state trade deadline has to fall on the Tuesday following the conclusion of Week 8. Switching the deadline to Monday would have meant the deadline falling just four hours before the New York Giants host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football, creating a potentially complicated situation for the two teams and for any other franchises involved in any potential trades with either the Giants or the Bucs.

Similarly, pushing the deadline back to Wednesday would have led to the unusual situation of teams potentially paying players they were no longer on their rosters, as NFL rules stipulate players who are on a team’s roster after 4 p.m. ET on any given Tuesday during the season stand to receive a salary for the upcoming week’s game.

Therefore, 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday is the most logistically sensible choice.

David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns makes a touchdown reception against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on October 25 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Njoku could be on the move on trade deadline day.
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