Disgruntled Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth is a player that might be moving at the 2010 NFL Trading Deadline
Today, Tuesday October 19th is the NFL Trade Deadline (4 PM EST). And for the first time in a while, there is some “buzz” around the date. Already the NFL saw the trades sending former New England Patriots WR Randy Moss – along with a 7th rounder — to the receiver-desperate Minnesota Vikings for a 3rd rounder in 2011.
Watch for the names like Chargers holdout WR Vincent Jackson, New England Patriots holdout OG Logan Mankins, Philadelphia Eagles QB’s Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, Carolina Panthers WR Steve Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker, Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman and Green Bay Packers LB AJ Hawk to be mentioned.
Speaking of holdouts V. Jackson and Mankins, the NFLPA has instructed them to report to their respective teams in order to not lose an accrued season of service — the deadline for Mankins is November 16. Of course I never hold my breath around the NFL trade deadline, as trades like the 2005 deal where former Niners QB Tim Rattay went to the Tampa Bay Bucs for a future 6th rd pick are usually the norm.
Reason for non-NFL trades at the deadline:
- Cap ramifications – Trades in the middle of a player’s contract causes an acceleration of the contract (Signing Bonuses Given, Incentives already paid, etc). Of course we already know there is no cap for the 2010 season, so this may not be as big a deal as in the past.
- Quality of Depth – With injuries mounting every week on every roster like a 10 car pile-up, NFL teams are unwilling to part ways with players, even malcontents.
- Help needed now – Most times a team sending away a player will get a draft pick in return, but most coaches, GM’s and Owners operate on a “win now” philosophy and April is a long way from helping them this season.
- The ”System” – Players usually take at least a year to learn a system and feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
- The NFL Draft is Trading Central – Most trades in the NFL are done at the draft or near the end of training camp. The draft is when everyone is thinking of uprgrading their roster and not game planning.
In my opinion, the NFL should think to moving the trade deadline to around Week 12, so teams could improve themselves for their playoff push like MLB teams do at their deadline.