2013 NFL Trade Deadline

Today is the 2013 NFL Trade Deadline and some players, like Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon, are rumored to be on the trading block

Today, Tuesday October 29th @ 4 PM EST is the 2013 NFL Trade Deadline.  And for the first time in a while, there is some “buzz” around the date.  Already the NFL saw the trades involving former Ravens OT Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins for picks, former Panthers LB Jon Beason to NY Giants for a late round draft pick and former Browns RB Trent Richardson to the Colts for picks including a 2014 first-rounder. 

Some of the rumored players that are said to be on the trading block include:

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew
Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon
Bills QB Dennis Dixon
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez
Browns WR Josh Gordon
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
Lions QB Kellen Moore
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks

However I never hold my breath around the trade deadline, as most trades in the NFL occur on draft day — due to teams unwilling to “give-up” a player until the offseason.  If any trades do happen at the 2013 NFL Trade Deadline, expect them to be something like the 2005 deal that sent former Niners QB Tim Rattay to the Tampa Bay Bucs for a future 6th rd pick .

The 2010 NFL Trade Deadline Passes with one minor deal

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. 

The Kansas City Chiefs sent former 2009 third-round pick DE Alex Magee to the Tampa Buccaneers.  The Chiefs got a 2011 fifth round, and Tampa Bay got a 2011 sixth-round pick along with Magee.  With the trade, the Bucs got another pass rusher to help Stylez G. White (1 sacks in  2010 season), plus Magee is a better fit in Tampa’s 4-3 defense than the 3-4 scheme used by Kansas City.

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.

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and Sports Journey Network , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

The NFL Trade Deadline passes with only two minor trades

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There were only two trades at the NFL’s trading deadline and one involved young receiver Brandon Gibson going from the Eagles to the Rams for veteran LB Will Witherspoon

The 2009 NFL trade deadline came and went on October 20th at 4:00 PM EST with the same amount of fanfare accorded to the league’s annual Supplemental Draft (i.e. “Snooze Fest”) each July.  While names like San Diego Chargers LB Shawne Merriman, Cleveland Browns QB Brady Quinn, Kansas City Chiefs DT Glenn Dorsey, Philadelphia Eagles WR’s Kevin Curtis & Reggie Brown, Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe, Buffalo Bill WR Terrell Owens, Cleveland Browns WR/KR, Josh Cribbs, Houston Texans CB Dunta Robinson and others were bantered around by the media there were only two minor trades with none involving the aforementioned set of high-profile players.  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, usually on their team’s inactive list, until the offseason even if they have no intention of really playing them – See  Eagles WR Reggie Brown and Bucs QB Byron Leftwich.

In looking for their third option in replacing injured MLB Stewart Bradley, the Philadelphia Eagles traded for former St. Louis Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon.  In return the Eagles shipped promising 2009 6th round pick WR Brandon Gibson and a 2010 5th round selection to the Rams.  Witherspoon should step-in right away to help combat a foot injury suffered by LB Omar Gaither and poor play in coverage by newly-signed veteran LB Jeremiah Trotter.  Witherspoon (29) has played 8 seasons in the NFL at both the weakside and middle linebacker positions with the Rams and Panthers, this season he had 33 tackles for the Rams. 

The Eagles thought that young receiver Gibson was expendable as he was buried on the team’s depth chart behind DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, and Reggie Brown.  Gibson had emerged in training camp and the preseason as a good target, but the team never found a role for him — inactive for all 5 regular season games – even though he was never placed on their practice squad due to fears that another team would grab him. “I think [Gibson] is going to have a great career in the NFL,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said after the trade. Gibson now joins fellow former Eagles WR Danny Amendola in a depleted Rams receiving corps – starters Donnie Avery (hip) and Laurent Robinson (ACL –season) are both out.

The other trade on deadline day involved the Kansas City Chiefs continuing to clean house of the Carl Peterson/Herman Edwards regime.  The Chiefs sent underachieving DT Tank Tyler, who was a former third-round pick and an ill-fit for their new scheme, to the Carolina Panthers for a fifth-round pick in 2010.  Tyler had gotten some attention when the Chiefs were featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks during the 2007 preseason, but he never lived up to his hype as a quality “Space Eater”.  Tyler had started just two games for the Chiefs this season and now the Panthers will be looking for him to help replace NT Ma’ake Kemoeatu (out for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon).

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) or 3) Signing street free agents (higher profile players still available include WR Joey Galloway, WR Marvin Harrison, LB Derrick Brooks, and WR Matt Jones).

Trading Deadline is not silent as WR Roy Williams lands in Dallas

(Philadelphia, Pa) — Every year at NFL trade deadline time there is a lot of banter of this player or that player moving, with usually little activity.  But 2008 will go down as the year a legitimate Pro Bowl level player changed hands.  With everyone expecting All-World Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez to change hands (never did happened as I guess Chiefs GM Carl Peterson asked for too much in return), surprising it was the lowly Detroit Lions who became major players.  The winless Lions traded unhappy receiver Roy Williams and a 7th Rd Pick to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2009 first, third and sixth round pick.

Willams after a soap opera offseason filled with holdout talk had struggled this season with only 17 catches for 232 yards and 1 touchdown, but much of his lack of production was due to injuries and poor play at the quarterback position.  The interesting thing now is how will the big physical receiver fit in with a Cowboys team that already had 13 Pro Bowl players in 2007 including Terrell Owens.  T.O we all know has been a distraction at times this season (complained after having only 17 passes directed his way in a week 4 loss to the Redskins) so it will be interesting to see how America’s favorite popuri of star players fits together or explodes.  With the addition of Williams to offensive weapons T.O, running back Felix Jones, running back Marion Barber, and tight end Jason Witten the cupboard is full, but a hand injury to quarterback Tony Romo (out 4 to 5 weeks) casts a huge shadow of doubt and desperation on the Cowboys.  It was a total surprise to me that the Cowboys even went for another  receiver when they greatly needed secondary help (see Pacman Jones suspension and Terrence Newman’s groin injury) and another back-up quarterback.   All the fun will start for the Cowboys and veteran quarterback Brad Johnson this week as they face the more dangerous than expected Rams in St. Louis.

There was one other trade in the NFL on Tuesday as the Buffalo Bills traded former 2006 first round pick (26th overall) defensive tackle John McCargo to the Indianapolis Colts for a fourth-round pick. The Bills basically gave up on McCargo after a couple of injury plagued and underachieving seasons (only 2.5 career sacks).  However the deal does make sense for the Colts who were starved for defensive tackles and McCargo is a quick penetrating guy, who should fit in well with DE Dwight Freeney and DT Raheem Brock.

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)

The NFL Trade Deadline Approaches — But Don’t Hold Your Breath

(Philadelphia, Pa) — One of the quietest moments on the NFL calendar will be October 14th at 4 PM EST as the NFL Trade Deadline approaches for another year. If you are waiting for a Dikembe Mutombo type deal, forget about it. Mutombo came to the Philadelphia 76ers from the Trailblazers in 2001 at the trade deadline just in time to solidify their run at the NBA finals, but unlike the other three major sports (baseball, basketball and hockey) the NFL trade deadline usually passes with little or no movement.

The non-moves are a byproduct of

  • Cap ramifications – Trades in the middle of a player’s contract causes an acceleration of the contract (Signing Bonuses Given, Incentives already paid, etc) against the trading team’s in-season cap. With most teams at or near the limit of the cap for the year there is little wiggle room for teams to absorb a major hit.
  • Quality of Depth – With injuries mounting every week on every roster like a ten 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 fact, there were 14 trades in the first 31 picks of the 2008 NFL Draft.

One player whose name has come up in trade talks is Kansas City Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez. The 12-year veteran seems to be moving toward the end of his distinguished career and wants a chance to win now.  Apparently the Chiefs are willing to part ways with the future Hall of Famer for a 2009 NFL Draft 3rd of 4th rd pick.  Gonzalez’s numbers are down so far this season  as the Chiefs have crawled to a (1-4) start — only 21 catches and two touchdowns — but most of his struggles can be attributed to injuries at the quarterback position. 

Several teams are rumored to be interested in the nine-time Pro Bowl tight end, including Buffalo, Philadelphia and the New York Giants.  Gonzalez holds almost every tight end record imaginable — receptions (841), touchdowns (68) and yards receiving (10,075).  If the trade happens, it will be good news to the charasmatic pass catcher, but many Chiefs hope the veteran is around longer.  “It was business as usual,” said left guard Brian Waters. “We were back to work. When we had the walk-through, Tony was in there as our starting tight end. Nothing had changed. Until his jersey changes, he’s still going to be a Kansas City Chief and we’re going to treat him as such.”‘

Other rumored players on the block include: Dolphins QB John Beck, Lions WR Roy Williams, Chiefs RB Larry Johnson (very big contract), Bengals WR Chad Johnson, and Eagles CB Lito Sheppard.  If we do see some movement it will probably be something minor like the 2005 trade deadline deal where the San Francisco 49ers sent backup QB Tim Rattay to the Tampa Buccaneers for a late 2006 draft pick.

 

Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)