Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Tuesday, Nov. 3:
A big name to keep an eye on leading up to today's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline: San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle. Pro Football Talk reports that the Chargers "are shopping" the two-time All-Pro safety, who will be a free agent after this season. Weddle made it clear during the preseason that he wouldn't be back in San Diego after being unhappy with contract negotiations over the summer. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole adds that the New York Giants are one of four teams that have expressed interest in Weddle so far. ESPN's Adam Schefter included Weddle in a Monday story about trades that should, but won't, happen, suggesting he'd be a great fit with the Pittsburgh Steelers. One way or another, it appears San Diego would like to get something -- likely a third- or fourth-round pick -- right now for Weddle before he can depart as a free agent. If he were to simply leave in free agency instead, the Chargers would likely receive a fourth- or fifth-round compensatory pick in the 2017 draft. Weddle would immediately be an upgrade over Brandon Meriweather -- who was signed off the street during the preseason after a rash of injuries -- in the Giants' starting lineup, and could perhaps allow New York to play with more three-safety packages. One thing that could complicate trade discussions: Weddle is currently battling back from a groin injury that caused him to miss two games, his first games missed since the 2009 season. Weddle is nearing a return, but teams could be hesitant trading for a nicked up player. Keep an eye on this one as the day goes on.
Updating an item from yesterday, ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi provided an excellent breakdown of where the Cleveland Browns stand heading into the trade deadline. Among the important information he offered: The Browns discussed a trade for left tackle Joe Thomas with the Denver Broncos after Ryan Clady tore his ACL in May, with the Broncos offering their 2016 first-round pick, but the Browns' desire to also receive linebacker Shaquil Barrett killed the deal. Now that rookie left tackle Ty Sambrailo is lost for the year, Grossi reports the Broncos "are revisiting the idea of trading for a left tackle," which could mean a deal for Thomas is still possible. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns want "more than a [first-round pick]" for Thomas, which is a steep price to pay for a player who will turn 31 in December, but Thomas does have three years remaining on his contract at a reasonable $25.9 million. It's unclear if the Broncos are legitimately interested when the price would include a first-round pick, but stay tuned. John Elway is certainly not afraid to make a splash. UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns want two first-round picks in return for Thomas, saying "they won't get that." Vic Lombardi of CBS 4 Denver adds that the Broncos and Browns "have been discussing" a trade for Thomas "for weeks." In a later tweet, Lombardi noted that the possibility of a deal was "much more promising a week ago" and "highly unlikely now" due to the high price. This could still change -- perhaps the Browns are trying to use the deadline as leverage to get more from the Broncos -- but Cleveland also has no reason to rush to trade Thomas. He could just as easily fetch plenty of value in an offseason trade.
Browns center Alex Mack, another player mentioned as a potential trade candidate, almost certainly won't be dealt, after saying he will use his no-trade clause to void any deal. For what it's worth though, Rapoport reports the Browns want a third-round pick for Mack, which is a steep price for a player who can opt out of his contract at the end of the season. Rapoport also notes the Browns want a third-rounder for linebacker Barkevious Mingo, which is a borderline absurd asking price for a draft bust who hasn't earned much playing time this season. Grossi sees linebacker Paul Kruger as the most likely Brown to be dealt, but adds that Mingo and 2014 first-rounders Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel could potentially be "dangled" for a trade, though none is likely to bring much in return.
Rapoport offered another interesting potential trade candidate to watch before the deadline: Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty. Rapoport notes the New England Patriots are interested in pairing McCourty with his twin brother Devin McCourty to help shore up a secondary that was weakened by the departures of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner in the offseason. However, Rapoport adds that a deal is not likely at this time. He tweeted previously that the Patriots are one of many teams around the league looking to acquire a cornerback, but few are "actually available." Acquiring McCourty would certainly make sense for the Patriots, especially considering their fatal flaw could be a lack of quality in the secondary.
Another player who could be on the move at the end of the season, or perhaps some time on Tuesday, is Indianapolis Colts tight end Dwayne Allen. Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star noted on Monday evening that he "can't see a plausible scenario" where the pending free-agent re-signs with the Colts, guessing that Allen is as "good as gone." Perhaps that means Allen could be dealt before the deadline, as ESPN's Mike Wells suggested in Tuesday's NFL preview. Allen lost weight prior to the season with hopes of being faster and more agile, but he's been nicked up with injuries and hasn't been productive when he's been on the field. Tight end Coby Fleener, who was drafted one round ahead of Allen in 2012, is also a free agent at season's end and seems like a more likely candidate to re-sign this offseason.
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the St. Louis Rams "have informed the NFL and the city of St. Louis they want changes made to the concrete area behind the benches before their next home game." Browns quarterback Josh McCown slipped on the concrete, hit the wall and fell after a play two weeks ago, while San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush suffered a season-ending torn MCL after slipping on the concrete on Sunday. Garafolo adds that it's unclear what the solution to the problem will be because there are multiple options. This seems like a no-brainer and perhaps something that should have been done a long time ago. The Rams' next game at home is Nov. 15 against the Chicago Bears.