NFL Rumors: Recapping the Latest Trade Deadline Chatter Around the League
Thanks to a smart rule change approved by the NFL and NFL Players Association before the 2012 season, all 32 NFL teams have until the Tuesday following Week 8 to wheel and deal players.
While trades of players in-season are uncommon, the extra two weeks does give teams an extended window to seal up leaks for contenders or stockpile draft picks for pretenders.
In the following slides, we'll update you on the various trade rumors floating around the NFL landscape.
Spoiler: There isn't much. Yet.
Arizona Cardinals and Saints RB Chris Ivory
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The injury bug that has plagued running back Beanie Wells in Arizona struck again, biting Wells early on in 2012 and then clamping down hard on Ryan Williams, a second-year back who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
The Cardinals are now dangerously low at the running back position.
Darren Urban of the Cardinals official site pondered the idea of trading for a back, with Ivory's name on the top of the list:
The one trade name that does make some sense to me is Chris Ivory in New Orleans. He’s shown before he can perform and he is buried deep, deep on the Saints’ bench behind Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.
Ivory has been active only once this season, coming in Week 5 against the San Diego Chargers. He didn't receive a carry or reception.
However, Ivory has been a highly productive back when on the field since 2010.
In two prior seasons with the Saints, Ivory rushed for 1,090 yards and six touchdowns on just 216 carries. He has also carried 22 times in the postseason.
What the Saints would want in return is anyone's best guess. For a fourth-string running back who hasn't played a snap in 2012, one could assume the price would be relatively low.
However, the Saints know the Cardinals have a glaring need.
Arizona Cardinals and Titans RB Chris Johnson
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Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has a more fantastic idea for the Cardinals to fix their issue at running back.
Instead of dealing for a backup, why not rent a former star?
Here's Florio's grand idea:
Trade for Chris Johnson.
The Titans won’t be keeping Johnson beyond 2012, not with a $10 million salary due next year, $9 million of which becomes fully guaranteed the week after the next Super Bowl. And it’s not as if the Titans will be turning things around; as Johnson recently said himself, they’re simply not a good team.
So move him, and get value. With the Cardinals a surprising 4-1 and in need of a kick in the butt on offense, why not pick up a guy who would possibly benefit from a change of scenery?
It's an interesting idea, but one that is probably based more in fantasy than in real life. The Titans would essentially be giving up on their season, while allowing a franchise player to leave at his lowest possible value.
Even if the Titans were interested in a deal, the Cardinals would have to accept a trade that would likely be nothing more than a rental. A high-priced, high-risk rental at that.
Besides, Johnson has struggled behind a mediocre offensive line in Tennessee this season. What is going to change behind a ragtag line in Arizona?
Interest in Green Bay Packers WR Greg Jennings?
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So far, nothing solid in terms of interest from elsewhere has cropped up in media circles.
Part of the reason for that is likely because Jennings has yet to be fully healthy this season. He's missed two games and the better part of a third with a groin injury.
There should be little interest in a hobbling receiver at this point.
Overall, McGinn's position was nothing more than an opinion. It remains unlikely that Jennings will be dealt before the Week 8 trade deadline.