MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Dylan Shiel of the Bombers runs with the ball during the round five AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the Fremantle Dockers at Marvel Stadium on April 17, 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Essendon midfielder Dylan Shiel is reportedly still a chance of being dealt from the Bombers prior to Wednesday evening's trade deadline.

The unlikeliness of a Shiel exchange rests on the fact that Essendon has numerous prioritised dealings to navigate in the lead-up to Wednesday night.

That business includes facilitating the departures of defenders Brandon Zerk-Thatcher and Massimo D'Ambrosio to Port Adelaide and Hawthorn respectively, while bringing in Power wingman Xavier Duursma, who recently indicated his desire to be traded to the Hangar.

All this after the Bombers acquired free agents Ben McKay and Todd Goldstein from North Melbourne, and Jade Gresham from St Kilda.

The potential for Shiel to depart Tullamarine via trade before Wednesday's deadline has been described as an "outside, low percentage chance", according to AFL Media journalist Cal Twomey on Tuesday morning.

However, Twomey notes clubs haven't ruled out the option, going on to claim his situation is 'one to follow' before Wednesday's 7:30 PM (AEDT) trade window closure.

Essendon acquired Shiel from the GWS Giants at the end of the 2018 season, with the speedy midfielder having played five seasons at Tullamarine since.

The 30-year-old managed an average of 18.7 disposals per game in 2023, representing the lowest season tally in his career.

Shiel isn't scheduled to come out of contract until the end of next year.