How to Force Trades in Madden 21 Franchise Mode

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Sometimes when a breaking news story drops about a trade in the NFL world, fans want to immediately find out how that trade will impact the teams involved, so they head to EA SPORTS Madden to make the trade happen. However, sometimes the trade may not go through exactly as it did in real life because of Madden's trade logic.

While there isn't an exact setting to turn off this trade logic and force a team trade in the mode, there is a nifty trick that can help make any trade happen. Here's how to force Trades in Madden 21 Franchise Mode.

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How to Force Trades in Madden 21 Franchise Mode

Since there isn't any specific trade override setting in Madden 21, we have two methods to guarantee acquiring a player from another team.

The first method is a well-known method for Franchise players in the Madden community, the stack and release method. This method allows you to trade for any position apart from the following:

  • QB
  • HB
  • CB
  • WR
  • TE
  • DT

To do this, you are going to need a point man. This is any player from Free Agency above 67 overall, and they will be the key to forcing the trade to go through. For any position not listed above, pick up three players from free agency that are the same position as the man you're trying to get. For example, if you want to snag Jamal Adams from the Seahawks for nothing, pick up three Strong Safeties from free agency, one of them above 67 overall, keeping in mind the you need to have enough cap space on both sides to make the trade go through. Trade these three players for a late draft pick, and the trade will go through. Now check Free Agency, and the player you wanted should've been released and is now available to sign.

Keep in mind you have to be in the regular season to make this happen, being in the offseason or pre-season makes things a bit more complicated.

If you want a player like Deshaun Watson or any of the other listed positions, you have to make a little alteration to the stack and release method. We found this method thanks to

First, pick up the three players from free agency that math your desired player's position again. Next, however, you have to grab a player who is a high overall, that way you can stack that player above the one you need. Once you find that high-rated player, trade him to the team with the desired player you want. After that, repeat the first stack and release method we explained before, and the opposing team should have released the player you want.