Once again the NFL’s Trade Deadline brought disappointment as potentially tradeable players, like Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans, stayed with their respective teams
The 2010 NFL trade deadline came and went on October 19th at 4:00 PM EST with the same amount of fanfare accorded to the league’s annual Supplemental Draft each July (i.e. One Big “Snooze Fest”).
While names like Chargers holdout WR Vincent Jackson, New England Patriots holdout OG Logan Mankins, Philadelphia Eagles QB’s Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, Washington Redskins DT Albert Haynesworth, Buffalo Bills WR Lee Evans, Dallas Cowboys RB Marion Barber, San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman and others were bantered around by the media, there was only one minor deal to report at the end of the day.
Remember unlike major league baseball GM’s, football personnel men don’t like to part with “their” players. Most football GM types always fear injuries and lack of depth over a grueling 17-week regular season, so they usually keep players around until the offseason even if they have no intention of really playing them.
The only personnel moves left now for teams are 1) Claiming Players off Waivers, 2) Raiding other teams’ Practice Squads (players taken must be on their new team’s 53-man roster for a minimum of 3 weeks), 3) Signing players after the UFL season has completed around November 26th or 4) Signing street free agents (higher profile players still available include WR Matt Jones, RB Larry Johnson, DE Charles Grant and others).
Some reasons for non-NFL trades at the deadline are:
- 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 some time to learn a new system and to feel comfortable in their new surroundings.
- 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.
- 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. But you can’t force NFL personnel evaluators to make a deal, if they don’t want to.
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