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 .

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2011 NFL Trade Deadline by Lloyd Vance

Today is the 2011 NFL Trade Deadline and some players, like Cowboys RB Tashard Choice, are rumored to be on the trading block

Today, Tuesday October 18th @ 4 PM EST is the 2011 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 Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd to the St. Louis Rams for a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-round pick , former New York Jets WR Derrick Mason to the Tennessee Titans for a 7th rd pick,  and former Seahawks LB Aaron Curry going to the Oakland Raiders for a picks. 

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

Dallas Cowboys RB Tashard Choice

KC Chiefs DT Glenn Dorsey

Chicago Bears safety Cliff Harris

Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton

Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer

Denver Broncos QB Brady Quinn

Philadelphia Eagles CB Asante Samuel

Philadelphia Eagles QB Vince Young

However I never hold my breath around the trade deadline, as most trades in the NFL occur on draft day.  If any trades do happen at the 2011 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 .

 

 

Lloyd Vance is the Editor  for Taking It to the House , who is also an award-winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  Lloyd can be reached on Twitter @lloydvance_nfl

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)

Patriots Smartly Move On Without Moss

Receiver Randy Moss will now take his talents back to Minnesota after the Patriots traded him to the Vikings

The National Football League definitely is a “What Have You Done for Me Lately” entity and that fact was shown once again earlier this week.  In a surprising trade, the New England Patriots decided that indeed they could continue on in the 2010 NFL Season without former 7-time Pro Bowl receiver Randy Moss (2010 numbers of 9 receptions for 139 yards and 2 TDs on 22 targets). 

The Patriots shipped their malcontent receiver and a 7th rounder to the receiver-desperate Minnesota Vikings for a 3rd round pick in 2011.  One of the bigger surprises was that Moss (33) was even traded in the first place because we all know that typically NFL teams would rather keep a player around for roster protection (i.e. injuries), even if they are a pain in the butt. 

The NFL’s trading deadline is next week on October 19th, but usually the league’s greatest trading activity is around their yearly draft that occurs each April.  However right now picks are more important than free agent veteran-type players to the Pats as they try to reshape their team– drafted 12 players in 2010.  Moss had sulked his way through the first four weeks of the season and clearly was more concerned with his current contract situation – being paid $6.4M in 2010 which is the last year of a 2007 deal – than playing hard on the field. 

After a brief hiatus, “Bad Randy” was back from Oakland and had now reemerged in Foxboro, Mass.  There were several instances where Moss seemed uninterested and loafed it on patterns preferring to only show his Hall of Fame ability only when he wanted to.  Not even the presence of quarterback Tom “Captain America” Brady – currently ranked 2nd in the NFL in quarterback rating (109.0) — could get Moss back in line this time.

Though some thought Patriots head coach Belichick’s benching of Moss, Derrick Burgess, and Adalius Thomas — both are also no longer in New England —  in late 2009 for missing meetings due to “bad weather” was long over. Week 1 of the 2010 season should have been everything Patriots’ fans needed to see that it was going to be a long season if Moss was around.  The Patriots won a hard fought 38-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but after the game Moss only wanted to talk about himself.

In a rambling new conference, he said, “I think around here in the New England area, a lot of people don’t want to see me do good. And the reason why, I don’t know … Sometimes you want your boss to tell you you’re doing a good job. If you’re doing a good job and think you’re doing a good job, you want to be appreciated. I really don’t think that, me personally, that I’m appreciated … I’m not here to start any trouble. I am here to play out the last year of my contract.”  The final straw had to have been a much-publicized halftime shouting match with Patriots QB’s coach Bill O’Brien in Week 4.

The trading of Moss showed that New England no longer is going to try the “All-Star” route -– came close to winning it all in 2007 after starting the season 18-0 with a free agent laden team before losing the Super Bowl to the New York Giants -– in building their team.  The last two seasons have ended with identical 11-5 records in regular season.  But both seasons also had disappointing endings – No playoffs in 2008 and an embarrassing lopsided home playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. You can see that now New England have modeled themselves as a “team” oriented group which goes back to their 2001 “team first” Super Bowl winning version. 

Belichick in re-tooling his team is leaning heavily on character veterans (i.e. Brady and WR Wes Welker) and building through the draft.  Already this season has shown draft pick dividends with players like WR Brandon Tate, DB Patrick Chung, TE Aaron Hernandez, and others making solid contributions.

Currently, the Patriots are 3-1 and are tied for the top of the AFC East with the New York Jets.  And their latest effort on Monday Night produced a solid 41-14 drubbing of the Dolphins, showed New England can get contributions from a variety of players — 3 Special Teams touchdowns.  Did I mention that Moss went catchless in his last game in Patriots’ Red, White, and Blue.  Even though the former three-time Patriots’ captain had put up some huge numbers — catching 259 passes for 4,904 yards and 50 touchdowns in 51 games — and returned to his Pro Bowl form in New England, it was the right decision to move-on from a selfish player who clearly did not want to be there any longer. 

Now the torch has been passed to players like Welker, Tate, Julian Edelman, and Danny Woodhead to fill-in for the sometimes motivated Moss.  There have even been whispers that the Patriots may go back to the future in recreating their “No Name” receiving corps from their former three Super Bowl winning teams.  There have been murmurs that New England is trying to trade for former big game hero Deion Branch, who has become a high-priced spare part in Seattle, before the October 19th deadline.

The other side to the trade is that Moss will now take his immense talent to the Minnesota Vikings (1-2) who greatly need a game-breaker.  Last season’s breakout receiver for the Vikings, Sidney Rice, is still battling a hip injury that could possibly keep him out until late November and there hasn’t been many other options for Vikings quarterback Brett Favre — 2 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 3 games.  Moss had been a player that Favre had coveted going back to when the two opposed each other in the NFC North. 

Favre even unsuccessfilly lobbied for the Green Bay Packers to rescue Moss from Oakland.  And now who blame No. 4 for wanting more weapons in Minnesota besides All-World running back Adrian Peterson –- currently 3rd in the NFL in rushing yards (392).  A receiving corps led by the likes of Percy Harvin (migraines), Bernard Berrian, Greg Lewis, Hank Baskett, and Greg Camirilo has produced only 27 receptions for 266 yards and 1 TD in three games so far including two loses.

But make no bones about it…. this is a gamble as Moss brings a Hall of Fame resume — 935 receptions for 14604 yards, 15.6 ypr average, and 151 TDS —  and some much-needed pedigree to pedestrian receiving corps, but you have to wonder exactly how hard will he play at the tail end of his career.  Rumored to want a deal on par with Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall — five years, $50 million dollars, $24M Guaranteed — 29 M in first 3 years.

For now Moss -– had caught 574 passes for 9,142 yards and 90 touchdowns his past Minnesota career — will get his familiar No. 84 Vikings jersey back and Favre will get the double-coverage worthy weapon that he has greatly desired for his 1-season unretirement.  “He can still go downtown and get the football, which is a stand-alone factor,” Vikings head coach Brad Childress said. “He could sprain his toe here sometime coming up, and you could say that he’s 33, it’s old age. But there’s always risk-reward. I don’t necessarily see this as boom or bust. I think he’s got some more football in him.”

“Moss in  the Twin Cities 2” will all begin this Monday when the Vikings take on the host New York Jets on ESPN and you know that Rex Ryan’s defense led by All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis will be waiting.

 

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 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)