Why the NFL Trade Deadline Is Always More Bark Than Bite

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Braylon Edwards #17 and Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets celebrate on their way to defeating the New England Patriots 28 to 21 victory over the New England Patriots during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2012

October brings about the NFL trade deadline, and little else. Every year, fans get their hopes up that their favorite team will pull the trigger on a deal that will change the outcome of the season.

In the past four years, it's actually happened exactly 2.5 times.

Unfortunately, not all of those changes were positive.

Check out who changed addresses in prior years with the deadline approaching.



Roy Williams was shipped to the Dallas Cowboys for draft picks.



Braylon Edwards joined the New York Jets.



Deion Branch returned to the New England Patriots.

Randy Moss began his 2010 odyssey by coming home to the Minnesota Vikings.

Marshawn Lynch beasted his way to the Seattle Seahawks.



Carson Palmer was "liberated" by the Oakland Raiders.

Aaron Curry joined Palmer in Oakland.

Brandon Lloyd joined the St. Louis Rams.

Derrick Mason was sent to the Houston Texans.


How many of those moves strike you as consequential? 

Lynch definitely had a positive impact on the Seahawks. In their playoff win against the New Orleans Saints, he put the game away with the most incredible run the NFL has ever seen.

After him, Edwards had the second-best performance with his new team. He elevated the Jets offense and gave them a potency at wide receiver that they severely lacked.

Other than that, the only other player who created any ramifications is Palmer. And losing a first-round pick for a quarterback who cannot take you to the playoffs isn't a winning move.

The point is that the NFL generates all sorts of media buzz and false hope about player movement. Yet, year after year, nothing happens. 

Therefore, in 2012, I'm boycotting all the buzz around the deadline.

Until next week when I dream up scenarios that involve my Lions becoming a bona fide Super Bowl contender thanks to a sweet six-team deal.

A boy can dream, right?

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