The 2021 NFL trade deadline went relatively silent as not much activity happened.
While teams had countless discussions about moving players around, only five trades occurred during the first two days of November.
Two of those transactions involved the Denver Broncos, while another two featured the Kansas City Chiefs.
Franchises opted to stay put because there is no certainty that acquiring players at the deadline would work.
But despite the lack of drama, some teams were victorious after the deadline.
Whether they made a deal or not, these franchises are in a better spot to compete during the second half of the season.
3. Buffalo Bills
The Washington Football Team engaged them in a conversation for backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.
However, the deal did not materialize, and the Buffalo Bills still have a secondary play-caller who made the playoffs twice.
While the Bills listened to what Washington had to offer, the importance of having a reliable backup came into the forefront in Week 8.
Mike White, Trevor Siemian, Cooper Rush, and Geno Smith led their respective teams to victory.
Mitch Trubisky haters all of a sudden not talking about how the Bears should have drafted Mahomes instead when Mitch has 0 interceptions and Mahomes has 10 already this year.
— Cheap Seats Pod (🐂💊) (@cheapbbpodcast) November 4, 2021
Buffalo wants to keep Josh Allen healthy and protected against pass rushers.
But if he, unfortunately, succumbed to injury, they still have Trubisky to take over.
The Bills cannot waste this opportunity because they finally have a team to win the Super Bowl.
Seven games into their season, they lead the NFL in points per game at 32.7.
They also rank sixth in passing yards (276.3) and eighth in rushing yards (126.6) per game.
Their defense also surrenders the fewest total yards (269), passing yards (182.4), and points (15.6) every game.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs gave away guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif to the New York Jets for tight end Dan Brown.
Aside from getting a decent blocker, getting Brown helps them unlock double tight end sets.
They also got Melvin Ingram from the Pittsburgh Steelers, which can help in upgrading their pass rush.
We have acquired DE Melvin Ingram in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. pic.twitter.com/lUrqOez6KJ
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 2, 2021
If Ingram can regain his Pro Bowl form, Kansas City’s defense can reduce the 27.5 points they allow every game.
Elevating their defense will take the pressure off the Chiefs’ offense to come from behind.
Without the disadvantage, Patrick Mahomes may also lessen his turnovers.
1. Los Angeles Rams
The Los Angeles Rams made the biggest splash during the trade deadline by acquiring outside linebacker Von Miller from the Denver Broncos.
This move boosted their chances of winning the Super Bowl as Miller joins an already elite defense.
It’s a scary thought that a seven-time All-Pro will be joining reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, fellow linebacker Leonard Floyd, and two-time All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
Rams GM Les Snead could not care less about draft picks because their championship window is now.
Day 1 for @VonMiller in LA.@RamsNFL | #RamsHouse pic.twitter.com/w3iJNAG7zI
— NFL (@NFL) November 4, 2021
Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp have taken the offense to another level while the defense has the makings of a shutdown unit.
In return, the Broncos received a second and a third-round pick for next year’s draft.
But what are the odds that Denver will find Miller’s replacement in 2022?
The Rams only have a fifth, and a seventh-round pick left.
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