The NFL trade deadline is just hours away and teams are beginning to scramble in order to get a deal done to improve their respective rosters. One name that has emerged as a likely trade candidate is running back Nyheim Hines. Reported interest in the versatile Indianapolis Colt continues to grow.
Hines has everything a team would be looking for in a backfield addition. He can burst through gaps as a rusher, rack up yards after the catch as a receiver and provide a spark on special teams as a returner. He is also signed through 2024, so let's take a look at three of the most likely landing spots.
Nyheim Hines Trade Destinations
1. Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have not been shy about their desire to build RB depth in a trade. They submitted an offer to the Rams regarding Christian McCaffrey and inquired about Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints. The front office seems determined to find a complementary back for starter Miles Sanders and Hines would be a great option. The 25-year-old has yet to miss a single game during his five-year NFL career and has logged 2,930 yards from scrimmage to go along with 17 touchdowns. Keep in mind head coach Nick Sirianni also has experience working with Hines as the Colts' offensive coordinator from 2018-2020. The pairing here almost makes too much sense.
2. Los Angeles Rams
There's no denying that the Rams backfield is a mess right now. Cam Akers is away from the team due to personal reasons and no one has been able to take control of the starting role. In fact, undrafted rookie Ronnie Rivers led the team in carries in Week 8 as Darrell Henderson dealt with an illness. Hines has not proven to be capable of being a workhorse in the past, but he would certainly fit into head coach Sean McVay's offensive scheme. The NC State product has averaged at least 5.5 yards after contact per reception in each of his five NFL seasons and averages a reliable 4.0 yards per carry as well. Akers could even be a part of the trade package here.
3. Buffalo Bills
It's logical to assume that a contender is more likely to add Hines at the deadline than a rebuilding team is. Dealing a mid-round draft pick for a receiving back is just not in the cards for a squad in need of a long-term starter. The Bills' Super Bowl window is wide open right now. Acquiring Hines to split snaps with Devin Singletary would only prove that they aren't messing around. Hines has a cap hit of under $7 million for the next three seasons and averages a respectable 11.8 yards per punt return in his career. His ability to flip field position on special teams would come as a considerable upgrade over current punt returner Khalil Shakir.
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