NFL Trade Rumors: Updating Potential Deals and Scenarios
Week 1 of the NFL season has no shortage of updated trade rumors and speculation.
Potential deals and scenarios can be found all over the league, from the trading block status of two NFC South talents to Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy finally learning his long-term fate with the franchise.
There are high-profile moves on the horizon just about everywhere, so let's dive into the latest trade rumors from around the NFL.
LeGarrette Blount May Be on the Trading Block
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Maybe the writing was already on the wall when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers felt the need to draft Doug Martin in the first round.
Or maybe it was when Martin was announced as the team's starter.
But now, it is almost a certainty that LeGarrette Blount is on the trading block after the Buccaneers signed New York Giants castoff D.J. Ware.
Blount has been productive in Tampa Bay, but the upside is with Martin and the backfield is suddenly crowded.
ESPN.com writer Pat Yasinkas has speculated that Ware's history with offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan could be the tipping point in this situation.
There will likely be no shortage of suitors for Blount's services should he be moved.
Brian Waters Is Being Left Behind in New England
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The notoriously "hush-hush" New England Patriots organization is being—you guessed it—quiet about the ongoing Brian Waters saga.
The Patriots right guard has not reported to camp or finalized any type of restructuring of his contract.
However, New England is clearly moving on without him, as Waters' number (54) has been given to rookie Dont'a Hightower, and the nameplate has been removed from what was Waters' locker.
So, what now?
Greg A. Bedard and Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe are reporting that trading Waters is unlikely, as is releasing him and allowing him to sign with another AFC playoff contender like the Houston Texans.
This stalemate looks to continue for the foreseeable future.
Maurice Jones-Drew Will Not Be Dealt
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Maurice Jones-Drew has finally joined the Jacksonville Jaguars and ended his holdout, but that does not mean he is at all happy.
The team's general manager, Gene Smith, has made it very clear that there is no intention of even entertaining the idea of trading Jones-Drew (via The Washington Post), and that means MJD is going to have to suck it up this season.
But Jones-Drew is not going anywhere this season.
So, let's just move on from this saga once and for all.
One Chicago Bears Left Tackle May Be Moved
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J'Marcus Webb beat out Chris Williams for the Chicago Bears' starting left tackle job this preseason and yet finds himself just as likely to be dealt as the man he replaced.
Tim Kavanagh of ESPN has speculated that one of those left tackles could be moved to stockpile draft picks and clear room for a 2013 tackle prospect.
For a team that is clearly going to contend in the NFC North this season, a move like this would seem particularly surprising.
However, nothing has happened in the week since this speculation was first reported, and it is not like Webb ran away with the starting job anyway.
The Bears organization will be fine no matter which one of these two tackles, if either, is eventually dealt.
James Jones Could Still End Up in Miami
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The Miami Dolphins' wide receiver depth chart currently reads as follows:
- Legedu Naanee
- Davone Bess
- Rishard Matthews
- Marlon Moore
- Anthony Armstrong
- Brian Hartline
Needless to say, the Dolphins could use some more weapons at wideout.
One such option may come in the form of Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones.
ESPN's John Clayton has reported that, even though Miami has worked out Donte' Stallworth, Mike Sims-Walker and Brian Tyms, Jones could still be a target.
The connection is obvious, with Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin having been the offensive coordinator in Green Bay for the past few seasons.
A deal makes plenty of sense, with Jones deep on the Packers depth chart and not getting nearly the opportunity he would in Miami.
Jimmy Clausen May Be Trade Bait
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Perhaps Jimmy Clausen is bound to forever be considered a piece of trade bait, albeit a rather unappealing one.
Buried at the third spot on the Carolina Panthers' QB depth chart, Clausen has no real hopes of passing Derek Anderson for the No. 2 spot and is obviously not jumping "Killa Cam" Newton for the starting role.
ESPN NFC South writer Pat Yasinkas recently explored the idea of Carolina dangling Clausen out for teams looking to improve their backup role.
The problem is that Clausen looked less than impressive in preseason action, completing only 19 of 37 pass attempts and throwing two touchdowns.
The premise of moving Clausen may sound appealing, but someone has to be willing to bite.
Detroit Lions' Running Back Search
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The Detroit Lions' running back carousel is one that may never cease to stop moving. It seems the team has an endless pocketful of nickels and loves going around in circles.
With Jahvid Best on the PUP list, Mikel Leshoure suspended and an injury risk, and Kevin Smith proving to be unreliable, rumors abound surrounding the Lions' desires.
CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora tweeted last week that Lions GM Martin Mayhew was actively working the phones looking for a trade.
The fact that no deal has been struck yet leads to two possible conclusions:
1. Mayhew is willing to let the current depth chart play itself out.
2. He is waiting until the season starts to pursue potential free agents.
Either way, after a week with no trades and a plethora of running backs on the bubble, this carousel is going to continue to spin.
Colt McCoy Is Staying Put in Cleveland
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It seems that Colt McCoy may finally be able to get comfortable in Cleveland.
The Browns quarterback may have lost his starting role before ever really having a chance to run with it, but he was at least able to beat out Seneca Wallace for the team's backup role this preseason.
Now, team GM Tom Heckert is showing a level of comfort with the QBs on the depth chart.
Per Mary Kay Calbot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Heckert said the following in regards to McCoy:
I think we are pretty set there, you never say never, but right now we're pretty happy with that situation.
With the Browns front office also shooting down rumors of any interest in A.J. Feeley, the persistent Colt McCoy trade talk can finally be put on the back burner for the time being.