I’m a bit surprised at the number of story lines that have emerged around this year’s NFL trade deadline. Normally this is a rather boring period that comes and goes without being more than a tiny blimp on the radar, but for some reason this year has been different. A number of big names are being talked about as possible moves that could be made. While I still believe that very few moves will actually be made, at least it’s made for an interesting week covering the NFL.
An interesting option at RB emerged this week when John Clayton reported that Saint’s RB Chris Ivory could be had for as little as a 7th round pick. If that is indeed true, Then I expect him to be moved before the deadline.
Steven Jackson continues to be talked about as the big prize teams are after (most notably the Packers), but it doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere. Jeff Fisher said that Jackosn “isn’t going anywhere” and that the team is preparing for this week’s game with Jackson as the featured player in the game plan. Then again, that doesn’t really mean anything, and Jackson could still end up with a new home.
Instead DeAngelo Williams is emerging as the most likely RB to be traded that will be a difference maker. He’s signed to a pretty big contract which will make trading him more difficult, but it also might lower the Panther’s asking price since Carolina will just be happy to free up the cap room Williams now occupies. Apparently several teams are interested, but none of the reports indicate who those teams are.
Speaking of Carolina, Steve Smith has apparently been the subject of many inquiries by teams looking for a WR. Problem is that he’s not available. Teams have called, but the answer has been a firm “no.” Smith has said multiple times that he plans on retiring as a Panther, and the teams apparently plans on letting him.
John Clayton also reported yesterday there’s no chance that receiver Dwayne Bowe gets traded. If Bowe were delt the new team wouldn’t be able to sign him to an extension, because he was frachise tagged this offseason. This would make him untouchable for any NFL team who values their draft picks because Bowe almost certainly get a chance to test free agency.
According to SI’s Peter King, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie could soon be a Cardinal. He’s recently lost his starting job in Baltimore, but he’s still be a massive upgrade in Arizona so the Cardinals have expressed interest. Depending on the cost, the Seahawks should at least take a look, as they have a major need for an upgrade at RT themselves.